Certificate in Catechesis & Ministry
Is this course for you?
The Certificate in Catechesis and Ministry (CCM)* course is for anyone interested in developing his or her own faith for the sake of explaining it to others in any context. The course includes practical aspects of catechesis, as well as a solid foundation in key areas of theology and spirituality, so theory is reflected in practice throughout the course.
*The new CCM course updates and replaces the Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis and Certificate in Parish Mission and Ministry programmes.
How long is the programme?
This is a two-year, part-time, distance-learning course, which is completed in two distinct stages – Part I and Part II.
Programme information (content & structure)
This course draws from the Scriptures, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the General Directory for Catechesis, and relevant documents of the Second Vatican Council as key reference texts, offering a balance of theology, spirituality, and catechetical insights.
Eight modules are studied over two years – 7 are compulsory and the student selects the final module based on their individual circumstances and preferences:
Year 1 (Part I): 4 modules
- Formation in Faith
- Jesus the Christ
- Introduction to Church History
- Understanding the Catholic Church
Year 2 (Part II): 3 compulsory plus 1 optional module
- Sacred Scripture
- Liturgy, Sacraments and Prayer
- Life in Christ: Catholic Moral Teaching
Options (students select one):
- The Ministry of Compassion
- Principles of Ministering to Young People and Families
- Introduction to Digital Catechesis
- Introduction to the Directory for Catechesis (2020)
Assessment is undertaken in the form of a workbook (completed as part of the course study). This includes a range of activities, reading and reflection, with a final assignment requiring the production of an outline plan for a catechesis session.
Learning Methods and Student Support
The course is carefully designed to give you a high level of support so that, even though you are at a distance, help is always at hand. Support is provided through:
- Live lectures for each module, available to students after the lecture to rewatch.
- Modular group tutorials prior to the final workbook submission date.
- Course materials, which are written as ‘tutorials in print’.
- Additional provision, guidance and information on Moodle (Virtual Learning Environment).
- Guidance on written work from academic tutors.
- Opportunities for 1-to-1 tutorials for students throughout the course.
- Access to monthly tutorials for all Centre students, where there is opportunity for prayer together as well as additional input from seminars and discussions with other students and staff.
- Access to the Maryvale Institute research library throughout the period of your studies.
- Student handbook and Course handbook.
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How do I apply?
Please contact the Course Director for further information:
Institute regulations and the complaints policy and procedures
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