STM Opportunities for Catholic Educators

Opportunities for Catholic School Educators

Catholic education has always been at the heart of the Church’s mission in the world, animated by educators who honor the dignity of each student, ultimately helping to form compassionate, faith-filled disciples committed to the common good. At the School of Theology and Ministry (STM), we offer a rich range of opportunities in service to Catholic educators:

For those looking for a degree program, we offer three first-level master's programs, six 18-credit certificate programs, and a number of advanced degrees (including a Ph.D. in theology and education). Qualified Catholic educators are eligible for at least a 50% tuition scholarship for our master's and 18-credit certificate programs.

Our Continuing Education office offers world-class non-credit theological and pastoral resources for Catholic educators – in both English and Spanish. These include online course and digital resources including podcasts and videos. The latter have no cost associated with them, and the online courses range from $30 - $60.

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Degree Programs

What does it mean to be immersed in both theology and ministry? We balance theory and practice, approaching theology as an academic discipline and a personal pursuit—engaging with it intellectually and with intense reflection—while connecting to active ministry that prepares our students to be leaders and agents of transformation in Catholic schools.

The programs listed below are not exhaustive, but point to the most flexible of our offerings, which would align themselves well to graduate studies while teaching.

Hybrid M.A. in Theology and Ministry

Earn your master's through our hybrid M.A. program, combining online courses during the academic year with on-campus summer courses.

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Certificate in Religious Education

Intended for educators and catechists looking to gain an introduction to religious education, benefitting from STM’s tradition of expertise in this area.

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Certificate in Theology and Ministry

This flexible 18-credit certificate program can be completed completely online and provides broad grounding in theology and ministry.

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Partnership for Catholic Education

STM is delighted to guarantee at least a 50% tuition scholarship for Catholic school teachers and administrators in an STM degree or certificate program.

Meet Our Faculty


Our faculty are committed to the highest standards of teaching, research, and service. With an STM degree, you'll receive a world class theological education, diving deep into the Christian tradition while remaining focused on the challenges and opportunities of ministry today.

Faculty Directory

Theology and Education

Thomas H. Groome

Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Theresa A. O'Keefe

Hispanic Ministry

Hosffman Ospino

Our Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry is known for their expertise in religious education, researching appropriate pedagogies for handing on the faith to students of different ages and backgrounds.


Continuing Education

As part of the STM’s mission to serve the community and the Church, our Continuing Education programs provide access to world-class theological and pastoral scholarship for those who seek to deepen their engagement with the Catholic faith. Catholic educators may find a wealth of resources to support their teaching in the classroom as well as affordable professional development opportunities.

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STM Online: Crossroads

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With a focus on shared reflection in an online learning community, Crossroads offers non-credit courses for spiritual enrichment and faith renewal.


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Encore is a free, curated collection of digital resources covering a range of topics. This archive includes podcasts and videos of our on-campus events.

Formación Continua

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Los cursos en español están orientados a la formación continua de todas las personas que quieran profundizar en su desarrollo humano, espiritual y teológico desde una perspectiva cristiana.

STM Online: Crossroads courses are $30 for 3-4 week courses, $60 for 5-6 week courses


Online Non-Credit Certificate Programs

Basic Catechesis


Adult Faith Formation


New Testament

Continuing Education


Highlighted Online Courses for Catholic Educators

Teaching Religion to Children:
Creative Strategies and Best Practices

Teaching Religion to Adolescents:
Creative Strategies and Best Practices

Catholic Social Teaching:
Living Faith in Our Social Context

A Catholic View of Today's Families


We are able to work with Diocesan Catholic Schools Offices to develop a course schedule to accommodate particular needs of their Catholic school educators.

Featured Encore Videos

Navigating Toward a Meaningful Life: Adolescents and Faith Formation

Theresa A. O'Keefe, STM Associate Professor of the Practice, Youth and Young Adult Faith

Religious Education in the Age of Google, Facebook, Netflix, and SpaceX

Hosffman Ospino, STM Associate Professor Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education

Genesis 1-11: What Do Adam and Eve Teach Us Today?

Richard J. Clifford, S.J., STM Professor Emeritus of Old Testament

Encore Access

In order to help parishes, schools, and other ministry groups leverage this content for engaging formation activities, we have developed a new series of resources: Encore Access.

Encore Access is a guide to using an Encore presentation as a conversation starter with members of a faith community. It provides:

A brief overview of each segment,

Video clips from the presentation, and

Suggested questions to stimulate reflection or discussion.

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