Teaching in a Catholic Institution


#1

Hi Everyone,

Sorry to ask this question here, but am not sure where else to ask. As a Protestant I earned an M. Div and planned on teaching. I have been told that the degree from a Protestant schoolm, though recognized, does not fit the requirement to teach in a Catholic high school or college. Am I correct in understanding that I would need to go back to school to get a Catholic theology degree? If I have to that is fine, but wanted to double check.


#2

Really depends on what you are teaching. Many, many, MANY teachers in Catholic High Schools and Universities not only don’t have a Catholic education, but outright reject Catholic teachings. Normally it is only those that teach theology that they would want to hold a theology degree from a Catholic University. I know some diocese do not require a theology degree at all, but do require their theology teachers to hold a certificate issued by the diocese. This is generally at the high school level and colleges tend to be more strict. Even at that, one of my theology/religion teachers in a Jesuit University was Eastern Orthodox and had a JD. His undergrad was in ancient languages or something, but he did not hold a theology degree of any sort.

Long and short is to check in areas where you might want to teach to see what their requirements are.


#3

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