Graduate Certificate in Religious Education

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 1 locations

0.5 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$8340 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2024
Applications open August 2023
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2024
Applications open April 2024


Build on your primary or secondary education qualifications to gain the skills and obtain the necessary accreditation to teach religious education in Catholic schools or church organisations.

The Graduate Certificate in Religious Education provides the basic certification, fundamental knowledge, skills and competencies needed to teach religious education. 

Note: This course, on its own, does not lead to a teaching qualification.

Professional recognition

The Graduate Certificate in Religious Education provides qualified primary and secondary teachers with the accreditation necessary to teach religious education. Please contact your local diocese/employer to confirm your specific accreditation requirements to ensure you complete the required combination of units. Each diocese has slightly different requirements.


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • education and teaching

Course details

Course structure

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Commencing Semester 1 - Full-time

  • Religious Education Units Religious Education unit 110 cp
  • Religious Education Units Religious Education unit 210 cp
  • Religious Education UnitsReligious Education unit 3ORTheological Studies UnitsTheology unit 110 cp
  • Religious Education UnitsReligious Education unit 4ORTheological Studies UnitsTheology unit 210 cp

Students should check with their local diocese/Catholic Education Office for the accreditation requirements for teaching Religious Education in specific states and/or regions of Australia as these can vary.

Students must complete 40cp from the Schedule of unit offerings with a minimum of two Religious Education units eg. EDRE5xx.

Commencing Semester 1 - Part-time

Students should check with their local diocese/Catholic Education Office for the accreditation requirements for teaching Religious Education in specific states and/or regions of Australia as these can vary.

Students must complete 40cp from the Schedule of unit offerings with a minimum of two Religious Education units eg. EDRE5xx.

Graduate statement


As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.


As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures


As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.


As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

AQF framework

Graduate Certificate - AQF Level 8

Additional course information

Units in this course are offered fully online, with campus and onsite options available. Please contact the Course Administrator for further details –

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed a Bachelor degree or an equivalent or recognised teaching qualification.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

English language requirements

Overall score: 6.5 Individual score of: 6.0 in all tests

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Further study

The Graduate Certificate in Religious Education provides entry, as well as advanced standing (up to four units of credit), into the Master of Religious Education .


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$8340 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates  and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester; 
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and 
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

Search our scholarships  

How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

Apply now


Deferment is available for one year. Cohorts will need to check with their sponsoring body for approval to defer. Find out more about deferment.

Staff Profile

Dr Peter Ivers

Senior Lecturer, Religious Education

Dr Peter Ivers is based on the McAuley (Brisbane) campus of Australian Catholic University (ACU) and has experience in a variety of leadership roles in different settings.

Before coming to ACU on a full-time basis, he worked as the Assistant Principal (Senior Years) at St Eugene College (a prep to Year 12 college) in the Archdiocese of Brisbane. He also worked for many years as the Assistant Principal (Religious Education). At the diocesan level, Peter has held senior roles in Brisbane, Rockhampton and Sydney, working both with Catholic schools and in contexts beyond Catholic schools.

In 2010, Peter completed his doctoral studies through the Centre for Innovation in Education at the Queensland University of Technology. His doctoral work investigated the emergence of educational discourses on religious education in the Archdiocese of Brisbane between 1984 and 2005.

Peter worked as a sessional lecturer at ACU for a number of years and has interests in both religious education and leadership studies. He has a particular interest in online learning platforms.

He currently teaches graduate and postgraduate units in religious education in the following areas: history and theories of religious education, religious education curriculum, social justice, spirituality and partnerships in religious education

Dr Janine Luttick

Lecturer, Biblical Studies

Dr Janine Luttick is a lecturer in biblical studies at Australian Catholic University (ACU), in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. Much of her teaching is with pre-service education students and post-graduate students, particularly teachers as well as other professional people working in and for the Church. Her current research interest is the representations of children in the Bible and in the material culture and literature of the ancient world. Janine also undertakes research in the field of biblical hermeneutics, including its application in the formation of teachers for Catholic schools.

Before taking up this teaching role, Janine completed a PhD at ACU. Her dissertation considered the story of the raising of Jairus’ daughter in Mark’s gospel by examining the role of the body in Mark’s gospel and the function of depictions of females’ bodies in Judaism and Greco-Roman culture in the first century CE. Prior to the PhD, Janine completed a research masters degree at Monash University, at the Centre for Jewish Civilization, in which she studied the understanding of ancient Jewish purity law in modern interpretations of the healing of the leper and the bleeding woman in Mark’s gospel.

In addition to undertaking academic studies, Janine has worked in various roles within Catholic education in Melbourne for the past twenty-eight years, in schools and education offices. She has recently completed a role in the governance of a Catholic secondary school for a girls’ school.


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