Teaching Methods and
Learning Styles

Our Catechist Training Courses focus on content and teaching methods. This page lists the courses we offer on Catechism, Scripture, Church History and other Special Topics. For courses on methods, please click here.

CAT106: Tools for Teachers

Instructor: Colette Lienhard, M.A.
Tools for Teachers is designed like a "workshop".  It is geared towards active participation, and will provide Teachers with classroom ideas they can implement immediately!  Ideal for all catechists and teachers of the Faith, including parents and home- schoolers.

Classes include: Catechetical Movements (Where to Begin), Lesson Planning, Prayer, Demonstrations, Story/Drama, Music, Religious Art, Crafts, Projects, Technology and Reviewing Resources.


AFF100: An Introduction to the Bible

Instructor: Sal Ciresi, M.A.

An Introduction to the Bible presents the fundamentals needed to read and study the Sacred Scriptures with "the mind" of the Catholic Church. This course will be a basic, yet rich and substantial, examination of God's Word. Highly recommended for those beginning their study of the Bible, as well as Adult Faith Formation Leaders or Bible Study leaders/participants.

Classes include: Becoming Familiar with the Bible: the Crucial First Steps, Tools for Learning Scripture: A Review of the Study Resources, Biblical Inspiration: The Foundational Doctrine, Biblical Inerrency: The Church's Reasonable Explanation, The Canon of Scripture: The Collection of Divine Books, Interpreting the Bible: Essential Catholic Guidelines, The Bible in the Church: The Relation of Scripture, Tradition and Magisterium, An Overview of Salvation History: God Speaks to Us, Biblical Geography: A Look at the Holy Land, God's Word and the Interior Life: Praying with the Scriptures


CAT210: Methods and Learning Styles

Instructor: Susan Doyle M.Ed.

Understanding what makes Catholic Education unique, this course presents how students learn and the ways we can incorporate various methods in the classroom to more effectively teach the faith. Ideal for catechists and all teachers of the Faith, including Parents and home-schoolers.

Classes include: Catholic Education: What is the Difference?, Routines: A Template for Engagement, Temperaments, Learning Styles, The Three Brain Networks, Motivation, Building Community in the Classroom, Using Your Resources, Assessment/Review Strategies, Trouble Shooting


CAT214: Reaching the Student with Special Needs

Instructor: Margaret Whitehead. MRE

Reaching the Student with Special Needs is a course designed to assist catechists with practical suggestions and resources so they might truly engage and reach all their students - whether in an integrated class or a Special Learning Needs class.  Written with wisdom and experience, this course is a true gift to the Church!  Highly recommended for Catechists and Parents.

Classes include: The Call of Christ and the Mission of His Church, The Call to Work with Student with Special Needs, Starting Out: The Welcoming Classroom and General Class Structure, The Challenge of Teaching the Student with Autism: Part 1 (Lower Functioning ASD); The Challenges of Teaching the Student with Autism, Part 2 (Asperger's Syndrome, ADD, ADHD), The Challenges of Teaching Students Who Have Hearing, Visual and/or Physical Impairments, The Challenges of Teaching Students with Down Syndrome and Students with Intellectual Impairments, Preparing Students with Special Needs to Attend Mass and Receive Baptism and Holy Communion, Preparing Students with Special Needs to Receive First Reconciliation and Confirmation, Teaching with the Bible, the Saints, the Virtues and the Welcoming Church.

MIN101: Classroom Management

Instructor: Jerry Aull, D.Min.

This course studies many ‘hands on’ best practices in managing our classrooms in Catechetical Ministry. It looks at Christ our Model and the ‘classroom’ he used as guiding us toward the graced and healthy environment we need to help young people thrive in their vocation. Several practical recommendations garnered from years of experience are used, but also a lot of involvement is given to your own experience and style and preferences. A lot of attention is given to your planning and discipline, but also your ‘on the spot’ responses to the variety always present in interaction. Ideal for any teacher.

Classes include: Foundations for Classroom Management, Proactive vs. Reactive Approaches, Day One, A safe, well managed, and friendly class, Setting the Tone, Discipline, Employing Our Gifts, Involving Their Gifts, Learning from Miss-Takes, Learning Leadership