Religious Educator Program

This program equips suitably qualified men and women to serve the churches as religious educators.

Why study the Pastoral Pedagogical Program?

A religious educator is a teacher and theologian who plays a key role in the life of the Church and in its future development. An educator inspires and stimulates clergy and laity to deepen their understanding and to relate their faith to the world outside the Church. Therefore, a religious educator must have an in-depth understanding of the Church’s tradition, as well as the tools which will allow him or her to communicate that understanding to others. This course provides students with these competencies and skills.

In collaboration with Stockholm School of Theology (University College Stockholm) Sankt Ignatios College is able to offer to its students graduate academic programs of the highest quality in the department of Eastern Christian Studies at Stockholm School of Theology. Students are able to combine their academic studies there with practical and Church tradition based courses from the Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola professional program, and are thus able to combine practice and theory, and integrate their own Church traditions with the wider Christian and Orthodox perspective. In this way they are well prepared to lead their parishes and engage in dialogue with other communities.

Students on this program receive a theological education at master’s level in the Department of Eastern Christian Studies at Stockholm School of Theology (Sankt Ignatios College, Stockholm School of Theology). In addition, they learn how to create a safe and stimulating learning environment within a Church congregation or a diocese, and how to encourage participation in the life of the Church by clergy and lay members. The successful student will be well equipped to help the Church to meet the challenges it faces today.

Program objectives

The Program aims to provide the students with the necessary knowledge, insight and pedagogical skills to enable them to serve in parishes and diocesan contexts as educators, trainers and theological resources.

Program outcomes

On completion of the program the students will have an in-depth understanding of their church’s tradition within the context of the wider history of the Church and Orthodoxy, be able to read and expound the apostolic scriptures and understand and make accessible the Church’s theology. They will also have an understanding of the way people learn, and of teaching and pedagogic techniques and skills. They will have training and experience of working within parish educational settings and be resourced to inspire and encourage parishes and diocese to engage in study and reflection.

Structure of the program

Participants on the program study Sankt Ignatios College, at both university and folhögskola level.

At university level, students complete a master’s degree within the Department of Eastern Christian studies at Stockholm School of Theology. The program can be taken over two years for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a theological or a biblical subject or over three years for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a subject within the humanities other than theology.

At folkhögskola level students also take courses in languages or in pedagogics.

Program Requirements

To be eligible to be admitted to the program, an applicant must either have a bachelor’s degree in theology/religious studies, comprising 180 ECTS credits, or a degree in another subject as part of which they have taken religious studies or theological courses worth at least 60 credits, including a thesis of at least 15 credits.

At least 15 credits should be in Eastern Christian studies or an equivalent subject area within religious studies studied at an advanced level. Students with other relevant subjects or an equivalent foreign degree may be admitted on the basis of individual assessment and examination Students may also be admitted to later parts of the program (61-120 ECTS credits) on the basis of a special application, provided that the relevant prerequisites are met

The entry requirement for studies is equivalent to the English 6 course at Swedish upper secondary school. Students from outside Sweden, or students who cannot verify, proficiency in English, are required to make an internationally recognized test, e. g. TOEFL IELTS or equivalent.

Cost of study

If you are a Swedish citizen, or a citizen of an EU / EEA country or Switzerland and you have a residence permit for Sweden, you do not have to pay tuition fees. If you are an international student coming from another country, you must pay tuition fees, see Fees&Finance

Membership of the student union is mandatory for students at EHS. The student union fee is SEK 125 per semester, regardless of the kind of study. Read more about union fees and the student union’s work: Membership in the Student Union.

Career prospects

The combined coursework will lead to a Master of Theology degree in Eastern Christian Studies (120 university credits) and a Religious Educator professional qualification issued by Sankt Ignatios College. Those who pass the course will be qualified to work within the churches as educators, facilitators and theologians. Successful completion of the program serves as the basis for further research at doctoral level and the high quality of education and training means that students are qualified to seek employment in many different fields.

Contact persons: Gabriel Bar Sawme, / Daniel Öhrwall,
Director of Studies: Pierre Aziz Nehme,
How to apply? Apply through or
Length: 2 or 3 years (full-time), 120 ECTS credits
Type of instruction: On-campus learning
Study Pace: Full-time
Teaching Hours: Daytime, certain weekends and evenings.
Language of Instruction: English
Location: Campus Södertälje and Campus Bromma, Stockholm.