Major Overview

While religion plays an important role in many people's lives, someone must teach those people about the texts, traditions, and beliefs. As a Religious Education major, you will learn the skills to teach others the important aspects of your faith.

Students take classes in biblical studies, religious studies, world religions, literature, history, and education to learn how to teach others and develop a deeper understanding of their religion and sacred texts. This degree will prepare you for a rewarding career informing others the various aspects of your religion.

Required Skills

Religious Education professionals spend their time teaching both children and adults everything they want to know about religion from its history to the role it plays in modern society. This means professionals should have strong interpersonal and communication skills so they can connect with their students and provide a welcoming classroom. Since professionals are required to teach classes and develop lessons, it is important to be organized. Students who pursue a career in Religious Education often have a background in religious and biblical studies.

A degree in Religious Education often leads to a fulltime career teaching at a Christian school, or with an advanced education, at the collegiate level. Some also may have a ministry job with a local church. Those who work in a church or for a religious organization may teach classes at night or on the weekends, while professors hold a more typical workweek.

Students who are interested in pursuing a Religious Education degree should work a summer job or internship as a counselor or tutor at a camp, in a church, or within a religious organization. Students will be able to assist Religious Education teachers and gain more experience in the field.

Careers

Religious Education graduates often pursue a career as teachers either at private schools, within churches or religious organization, or at the collegiate level. Some of these positions may require additional schooling or certification. You may also be prepared for roles in the church as youth pastors, educators or ministry leaders. Religion plays a large role in many people's lives, making this a very gratifying career for many.

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Directors, Religious Activities and Education
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
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