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Pedagogical Program - Religious Educator (Paidagogos / Malphono / Marigeta)

Level: Graduate level

Type of education: University & Folk highschool

Location: Bromma & Södertälje

Language of instruction: English

Length: 6 years

Study pace: Fulltime (100%)

Teaching hours: Daytime, Certain weekends & evenings

Application Information

Next program start: Fall term 2018

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

The application period is over.

The application period for 2019 will be announced by the end of 2018.

Applications are submitted via universityadmissions.se. A direct link to this program on universityadmissions.se will be available here during the application period.

Applicants outside the EU:

The application period is over.

The application period for 2019 will be announced by the end of 2018.

Applications are submitted via application form (PDF).

This six-year program prepares students to serve as teachers and theologians in the Orthodox Church.

At Sankt Ignatios we see education as a process that empowers people and equips them to take responsibility for their own lives. In the Church this entails incorporating tradition into one’s life. As a bearer of tradition, the individual becomes a living witness to, and a source of the faith. Religious educators play a crucial role in this process. Their unique competence enables them to actualize the bishop's pedagogical duty, translating it into reality in parishes and the diocese. Religious educators highlight and reaffirm the importance of lay participation in the Church.

This program guides students into a deep intuitive understanding of the spirituality and theology of the Orthodox Church, and provides a solid foundation in Eastern Christian studies and religious education by combining academic studies at the university with spiritual formation at the seminary.

Well-rooted in their own tradition and that of other Orthodox churches, students are equipped to meet the challenges they will face as contemporary Church leaders in Sweden and Western Europe.

Content

The first year of study is at tertiary (folk high school) level and is common to many of our theological programs. During this formative year students can grow as humans and as Christians, and deepen their spiritual identities, while establishing a broad foundation of knowledge in Orthodox theology and tradition (see Introductory Year to Orthodox Theology and Tradition in Södertälje or Introductory Year to the Theology and Tradition of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Örkelljunga).

Thereafter, students progress to university studies at Stockholm School of Theology where they study courses such as:

  • Theology and Church History
  • History of Eastern Christianity: Mission and Development
  • Text, Context and Interpretation of life
  • Peace, conflict and religion
  • Sacred Texts of Eastern Christianity
  • Eastern Christian Theology (Byzantine/Coptic/Syriac/Tewahedo)
  • Human Rights and Foundations of International Law
  • Ecclesiology and Canon Law in Eastern Christianity
  • Methodology – Eastern Christian Studies
  • Bachelor’s thesis
  • Scientific theory and method, focusing Eastern Christian studies
  • Spirituality and science
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Master's thesis

While taking these university courses, students continue studying pedagogics and liturgical languages, both at tertiary (folk high school) level.

For a full listing of the university courses included, see Bachelor's Program in Eastern Christian Studies, and Master's Program in Eastern Christian Studies.

Degree

The program leads to a master's degree in theology with a focus on Eastern Christian studies, and a vocational qualification as religious educator (Paidagogos / Malphono / Marigeta).

Optional Trip to Jerusalem

This program begins with a six-week period of intensive language study in either Kthobonoyo, Ge’ez, Church Slavonic, Coptic or Arabic. Students have the opportunity of taking this introductory part of the program in Jerusalem instead of at the seminary (at present this applies to Kthobonoyo and Arabic only). This entails additional costs (see Kthobonoyo (Syriac) with an introduction to the orthodox tradition - Intensive course in Jerusalem or Arabic with an introduction to the orthodox tradition - Intensive course in Jerusalem).

Cost

Tuition is free for Swedish and EU citizens or residence permit holders. Non-EU applicants are referred to info@sanktignatios.org for more information.

However, during the first year of this program we charge a service fee of SEK 1200 per term, as well as a fee of SEK 650 per month to cover the cost of meals at the seminary.

Accommodation at the Seminary

Students can apply for accommodation at the seminary. Students who live at the seminary are charged SEK 850 per month for accommodation.

While participants of many of our programs and courses may apply for accommodation, spots are limited and priest candidates always have priority.

Student Financial Aid

Participants on this program are eligible to apply for student loans and grants via The Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN). Applicants must be prepared to validate their eligibility for study by providing documentation detailing previous education, since this will determine the outcome of their application for student financial aid. Students can participate in this program without applying for student financial aid.

Prerequisites

General entry requirements for university studies in Sweden.

Admissions Proccess

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country who are admitted will be informed via universityadmissions.se. Applicants outside the EU who are admitted will receive an admissions letter by e-mail in early March.

Applicants outside the EU are responsible for investigating which permits are required for them to study at a Swedish folk high school and university, and for applying for such permits.

A second application period for late application may be opened in early June, depending on available spots.

Application Information

Next program start: Fall term 2018

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

The application period is over.

The application period for 2019 will be announced by the end of 2018.

Applications are submitted via universityadmissions.se. A direct link to this program on universityadmissions.se will be available here during the application period.

Applicants outside the EU:

The application period is over.

The application period for 2019 will be announced by the end of 2018.

Applications are submitted via application form (PDF).