Core Course Comparison

The McGrath Institute partners with Catholic schools to help form faculty and staff by passing on the beautiful beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Faith in two unique course offerings. Please explore the content of these courses and select the best one for your teachers and staff. 

  Catholic Faith and Tradition for School Teachers Introduction to Catholicism for School Teachers & Catechists
Mode of Delivery
  • 6-Weeks
  • Facilitated course
  • Requires approximately 5 hours of work per-week
  • Learning activities include: reading lectures, reflections, discussions, assignments, and live chat
  • Primarily asynchronous with one live chat
  • Option for school-based live chat
  • 6-Weeks
  • Facilitated course
  • Requires approximately 4 hours of work per-week
  • Learning activities include: watching lectures (or reading transcripts), reflections, discussions, assignments, and live chat
  • Primarily asynchronous with one live chat
  • Option for school-based live chat
Course Content

Course Description

  • Faith Development
  • Scripture
  • Creed
  • The Church
  • Sacraments, Liturgy & Prayer
  • Morality

Course Description

  • The Creed
  • Creation
  • Christ
  • Salvation
  • The Church and the Sacraments
  • The Last Things
Lecture Format

Text-based, presentation of basic beliefs

Short, high-production quality videos addressing basic beliefs

Readings
  • Chapters from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Adult Catechism (USCCB-A)
  • Integrates USCCB-A e-book
  • Lectures tailored to this audience explaining articles of faith presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Lists of Catechism sections are provided for reference
Delivery Tool
  • Sakai Learning Management System
    • University of Notre Dame courseware tool used by McGrath Theology Online for the past 10 years
  • Pathwright
    • Newer, more visually appealing, and user-friendly tool
Distinguishing Differences
  • Addresses foundations of the faith in a systematic way
  • Uses lives of Saints to frame units
  • Heavy use of discussion and asking teachers to articulate what they learned
  • Features lectures written for this specific audience by dynamic Notre Dame theologians
  • Invites Catholics to a deeper appreciation of the richness and beauty of the faith
  • Integrates literature, art, and scripture
  • Special emphasis on addressing the integration of faith and science
Take a Peek

Explore a preview of our "Catholic Faith and Tradition for School Teachers" course in Sakai.

To access this preview:

  • Visit the course log-in site
  • Log-in using the information below:
    User ID: CFTpreview@nd.edu 
    Password: step123
  • Click the "Sites" tool on the top right of the Sakai homepage
  • Select "Preview Faith Tradition"
  • Click through the "Orientation," "Course Content," or "Study Tools" tabs on the left-hand side to explore features of this course.

Explore a preview of our "Introduction to Catholicism for School Teachers & Catechists" course in Pathwright.

To access this preview:

  • Visit the course site
  • Create an account by entering name, email and password
  • Once you have an account, “Register” to a gain access to course
  • Click on the “Path” to explore the “Introduction,” “Lectures,” and "Learning Activities." 

 

Have any questions about online courses or how to get your school signed up? 
Please call 866-425-7837, email stepnd@nd.edu or fill out our Contact Us Form.