Study Catholic Education – Mission, Culture and Spirituality in Rome

The Faculty of Education and Arts is pleased to offer the postgraduate unit Catholic Education – Mission, Culture and Spirituality (EDCE600) at the ACU Rome Centre. This 20 credit point unit can be taken as an elective in one of ACU’s suite of Postgraduate Master’s level courses. This study tour unit will be offered in Rome from 24 June to 13 July 2019.

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Course Overview

As places of learning and believing, Catholic schools contribute to the evangelising mission of the Church. School communities have deep theological foundations and spiritual traditions and charisms that can assist in realising the ecclesial identity and mission of schools. In various ways, the Vatican documents on Catholic education and schooling express the mission of these Catholic institutions in terms of integrating faith, life and culture.

This unit EDCE600, taught by ACU staff at the Rome Campus of ACU, focuses on key documents concerning Catholic education and schooling, the role of schools in realising the mission of the Church, and how spiritualties and charisms can contribute to the culture of Catholic schools and communion. The learning outcomes of the unit have been mapped to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) and the leadership profile for Principals.

The unit consists of three modules: Mission and Purpose of Catholic Schools; Realising Mission; and Schools as Communities of Faith.In addition to lectures and workshops, participants will take part in excursions to the Vatican Museum, Gardens and Crypt, the Basilicas of St Peter, St John Lateran, St Paul Outside the Walls and St Mary Major, the town of Assisi and other places of religious significance to Catholic education and schooling.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the development of understandings related to the purpose and mission of Catholic education and schools (APST 6.2L)
  2. Critique contrasting and contesting understandings of the mission and identity of Catholic schools in various cultural contexts (APST 6.2L)
  3. Appraise and critique the ecclesial identity of Catholic schools and implications for building schools as communities of faith (APST 1.3 L)
  4. Explore how spiritualties and charisms may help realise the mission of Catholic schools and inform their identity (APST6.3 HA)
  5. Analyse and report on issues of substantial importance for Catholic education internationally (APST 1, 3, 4 & 5).

Please visit to access the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and leadership profile for Principals.


To be eligible to undertake this elective unit students must be enrolled in an ACU Postgraduate Master’s level course in any of the following:

Cross-institution credit arrangements may be applicable.


There are three assessment tasks in this 20cp unit, including: a task focusing on Church documents related to Catholic education; an analytical essay; and a case study or report.

Approximate Cost for 2019

  • sponsored cohort $4,980.00 per participant;
  • non-sponsored $5,828.00 per participant;
  • auditing $3,750.00 per participant. (attending study tour but not as an enrolled ACU student)

Costs include tuition fees, site fees, transportation and some meals. (Exclusive of airline fares, accommodation, airport transfers).

What were the highlights of the Rome Study tour in 2017?


Pictured above are students from the 2017 cohort.

"I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to study in Rome. The course itself was well constructed and expertly organised…One of my hopes for the course was a renewed confidence in the purpose of Catholic Education and this outcome was achieved and exceeded. The combination of study, people and places served to provide an enriching and affirming experience.”

"The opportunity to visit significant sites in Rome and beyond, including Assisi, have enabled us to renew our faith and reflect deeply about our Catholic culture and traditions.  The experience has exposed us to a variety of speakers who have shared the rich story of their charisms."

"The synergy between study and travel in this context is indescribable, and the multileveled examination of the Catholic Church: its origins, influences, spiritual branches and contemporary direction in the context of such an historic and holy place, is something which has allowed me to reflect on my faith and will deeply enhance what I bring to my role in a Catholic school as a leader and classroom practitioner. This course has transformed me – I couldn’t more strongly recommend it to others considering enrolling.”

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About the centre


Located on Rome’s famous Janiculum Hill, the five-storey property is just a 10-minute drive from Vatican City and is the design work of Gio Ponti, one of the most famous and influential architects of the 20th century. The facilities at the Centre include residential accommodation, catering facilities, well-equipped teaching spaces, a library and chapel and two large external terraces.

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If you have any queries or would like to know more about this study tour, please contact:

Professor Peta Goldburg rsm

Australian Catholic University


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