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Frequently Asked Questions

Basic Information
  1. What is the Religious Education Credentialing Program?
  2. Who is responsible for the program?
  3. What is the history of the program?
  4. Is this a mandatory program?

Entering the Program

  1. How do I enter the program?
  2. Do I have to have the program requirements already completed in order to begin the program?
  3. Why is this program only centered around religious educators in congregations?
  4. Why can’t very experienced DRE’s just be grand-parented into a credential?

Completing the Program

  1. What do I need to do to complete the program?
  2. Is there a time limit to complete the program?
  3. How long does it take to complete a level?
  4. How do I find the time to do this?
  5. If I start out at Credentialed Religious Educator, Associate Level, do I have to work through every level?

Religious Education Credentialing Committee

  1. What does this Committee do?
  2. Who serves on the Committee?
  3. What happens at the evaluative interview with the Committee?


  1. What does a Religious Education Credentialing mentor do?
  2. How do I get a mentor?
  3. Can I request a particular mentor?

Professional Training Requirements, and Academic Requirements and Considerations

  1. What are the academic and professional training requirements for the program?
  2. I don’t have a Bachelor’s degree. Will I be shut out of this program?
  3. I want to work towards the Credentialed Religious Educator, Masters Level. I have a Bachelor’s degree but no time to take any graduate courses, let alone a Master’s degree. What do I do?
  4. Do I have to take graduate courses for credit? This makes them so expensive.


  1. What is a Religious Education Credentialing Equivalency?
  2. How do I get an Equivalency?

Religious Education Credentialing Portfolio

  1. What should I put in my Portfolio?
  2. Do I have to document or locate everything I ever did in my professional life and include it in my portfolio?
  3. Am I required to complete the portfolio grids and include them in my portfolio?
  4. I don’t have lifespan religious education responsibilities in my job. Is this program not for me?
  5. How can I do a reflection on a Renaissance module I took 10 years ago?

Reading Lists

  1. What kinds of books are on the reading lists?
  2. I read a book a long time ago. Do I have to have it memorized in order to indicate on the reading list that I have read it?
  3. How can I ever afford to buy all those books on the reading lists? What if I want to read a different book than one on the reading list?

Program Benefits

  1. What are the program benefits for a religious educator?
  2. What are the program benefits for a congregation?

Financial Considerations

  1. How much does the program cost?
  2. What kind of financial assistance is available?
  3. Will my compensation be negatively affected if I don’t participate in this program?

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Last updated on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

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