Accreditation to Teach Religious Education in Catholic Schools
Accreditation is one means of ensuring that teachers' professional qualifications and competencies are formally recognized by Catholic Education Commissions and diocesan Catholic Education Offices with respect to the particular character and educational philosophy of Catholic schools. This is applicable
to teachers who want to teach Religious Education in Catholic Schools. Teachers in Catholic primary schools are normally required to teach Religious Education.
Each diocese in Australia stipulates its own requirements for a teacher who is to be granted Accreditation to teach Religious Education. PST’s must follow the Religious Education Accreditation Information, the sequence of units and advice prescribed in the CEG or Course Coordinator/Adviser, in order
to be eligible to apply for accreditation. It is the responsibility of the individual student/teacher to be aware of the diocesan requirements for the school in which employment is sought. Full recognition will be given to teachers who have completed Accreditation to Teach Religious Education
requirements upon application.
Please note in some dioceses provision is made for teachers to hold Temporary Accreditation to Teach RE for a maximum period while they complete the appropriate qualifications. The administration processes for acquiring RE Accreditation is managed through each Catholic Education Office. A
visit to each Diocesan website should clearly outline the steps for Applying for Accreditation to Teach Religious Education in Catholic schools. The most accurate and up to date information regarding RE accreditation requirements, sponsorship possibilities and the application process, can be viewed in
Diocesan policy documentation. Please refer to your local Catholic Education Office for further information.
Completing this Discipline Minor will qualify you to teach in Catholic Primary Schools
|| Unit to Study
|| Semester Offered in 2021
|| Study Mode
|Discipline Minor Unit 1
Introduction to the Bible
|Discipline Minor Unit 2
What Christians Believe
| Semester 2
|Discipline Minor Unit 3
Religious Education 1: Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
| Professional Term 1
OR Semester 1
|Discipline Minor Unit 4
Christian Symbol, Ritual and Sacrament
| Semester 2
|Discipline Minor Unit 5
Religious Education 2: Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
| Professional Term 5
Religious Strand Options
Students can choose from either Catholic or Lutheran units.
Seeking accreditation to teach Religious Education in Catholic Schools
Pre-service Teachers seeking employment in Catholic primary schools are expected to be able to teach Religious Education. Students who wish to teach in Catholic schools are advised to ascertain the accreditation requirements of Catholic Education Offices in their respective diocese to make an appropriate
To meet the varying State and Diocesan requirements, the following set of units of study in Theology and Religious Education is required:
- EDRE101 Religious Education 1: Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
- EDRE102 Religious Education 2: Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
- THBS100 Introduction to the Bible
- THCT100 What Christians Believe
- THCT202 Christian Symbol, Ritual and Sacrament
In ACT, QLD, NSW and VIC, UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society, becomes a sixth unit in the Catholic Studies for Accreditation sequence to qualify graduates to teach in a Catholic Primary school.
Students may choose to extend this to a specialist area of 8 units by taking an additional 2 units of Theology as defined in the course rules.
Seeking accreditation to teach in Lutheran Schools
Pre-service Teachers seeking to gain accreditation to teach in Lutheran schools should enrol in the Lutheran strand offered by Australian Lutheran College through ACU. The four strand units listed below are offered online and as workshop intensive modes. Students are granted automatic credit for these
units within their ACU degree. Please contact Australian Lutheran College for details (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For more information, see https://alc.edu.au/study/lutheran-strand-for-pre-service-teachers/
- BS1003L Exploring the Bible
- CT1002L The Christian Faith
- DE3012L The Practice of Lutheran Education
- DE2007L Principles and Context of Lutheran Schooling
- UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World