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EDU155 Teaching Religion in Catholic Schools in Ontario (0)


This subject is designed to introduce students to the historical, pedagogical, and theological foundations for Religious Education and Family Life Education programs in the publicly funded Catholic schools of Ontario. The course also explores the principles of moral and faith development, Catholic teaching on Social Justice, Hebrew and Christian Scripture, and the prayer and sacramental life of the Church.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Teacher Education

Enrolment restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Primary Education Studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify key moments in the historical development of Catholic education in the province of Ontario;
  • be able to identify the challenges facing Catholic education in Ontario;
  • have a working knowledge of the Ontario Elementary Religious Education Policy Document (2012) and Family Life Education Policy Document (2012);
  • be able to integrate the Ontario Elementary Religious Education Policy Document (2012) curriculum expectations and the Family Life Education Policy; Document (2012) expectations into individual lesson plans in other subject areas;
  • be able to understand how the principles of assessment and evaluation may be applied to Religious and Family Life Education;
  • be able to implement a variety of instructional and assessment strategies to enhance learning in Religious and Family Life Education and meet a range of diverse student needs;
  • be able to critically reflect on their practicum experience in Catholic schools and consider changes in their teaching practices;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to facilitate classroom prayer; and
  • be able to understand the role of the teacher in preparing students to receive the sacraments.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Preparing a Prayer Celebration.
  • Stages of Faith Development.
  • History of Catholic Education.
  • Catholic School Identity.
  • Challenges in Catholic Education.
  • Religious Education and Family Life Education Programs.
  • Issues related to inclusion and diversity.
  • Role of Scripture in Religious and Family Life Education.
  • The Historical-Critical Method and implications for Scripture study.
  • Foundations and Sources of Catholic Morality.
  • Catholic Morality: Social Justice.
  • Sacramental Preparation.

Specialised Resources

Students require a laptop computer and/or appropriate mobile device.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.