Catholic School Educator Preparation Program 

Nurturing Children’s Faith and Learning Do you want to teach in Catholic schools?

Are you interested in helping children develop spiritually? College students committed to faith-based teaching have the opportunity to nurture their own faith as they study to become teachers. The Catholic School Educator Preparation Program parallels the traditional education program while emphasizing the faith-based teacher’s role in helping children develop their spiritual lives. The program is open to any education major or minor and is part of “Rebuild My Church,” a program that promotes faith and vocation at Marian University. The program is endorsed by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

The mission of the Educators College at Marian University is to prepare teachers who can transform the lives of their students, families, and the community embodied by the theme: Teacher as Model and Mentor: Ever Teaching, Ever Learning, Ever Changing.

Marian University’s elementary education program is honored to be nationally recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). We focus on a holistic approach to education centering on each Marian University student’s unique learning profile while integrating instruction with critical 21st century skills. Marian University students’ field experiences begin their first year and they are placed in a variety of settings over four years, such as suburban, township, urban, private, public, charter, and faith-based schools. Marian University students also work with a wide range of K-12 students from diverse backgrounds, including ethnicity, socioeconomic status, language, race, gender, ability, exceptionality, and religion.

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The Educators College at Marian University Program Expectations

The Educators College at Marian University requires practicums for various methods courses taken in years two through four. Students help select the Catholic school to which they will be assigned for this requirement. Students complete the required Educators College phase assessments. The following are also expected:

Theology Component

Completing this program leads to a concentration in faith-based teaching. Students complete an additional 10 hours of coursework in theology. Their coursework focuses on:

  • creed of the Church 
  • liturgy of the Church 
  • sacraments of the Church 
  • moral response 
  • Old Testament 
  • New Testament 
  • the person of Jesus Christ 
  • praying with children 
  • catechism of the Catholic Church 
  • teaching of religion 
  • mission and history of Catholic schools
  • knowledge of subject matter 
  • knowledge of child development 
  • cultural competence 
  • good instruction and support
  • Practiced based on differentiation
  • curriculum development and planning 
  • positive classroom environment 
  • strong collaborative skills 
  • reflective practice 
  • value and respect for children, parents, and colleagues 
  • ability to work with diverse communities 
  • a moral commitment to children and their parents

Students complete two, three-hour practicums as part of a methods course in teaching religion. 

Click here to download the Catholic School Educator Preparation Program Student Handbook.

For more information contact:

Mary O'Brien
Coordinator, Catholic School Educator Preparation Program

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