Teachers in Catholic schools seek to integrate life and faith. Our primary school teachers in particular are required to teach Religious Education in their classes as an integral part of the curriculum. Although some secondary teachers may not be directly involved in teaching Religious Education, all teachers are required to promote a Catholic view of the human person and world.
To gain accreditation to teach Religious Education a teacher will require a minimum of four tertiary units of study in the fields of Scripture, Theology or Religious Education in undergraduate or postgraduate studies at a university. Provision is made for teachers to hold Temporary Accreditation to Teach RE for a maximum period of five years while they complete the appropriate qualifications. The administration processes for acquiring RE Accreditation is managed by Professional Learning within Staff Services (SS) at the Catholic Education Office.
Accreditation to Teach Religious Education 2012 - 2015
The following guidelines for Accreditation to Teach Religious Education will have effect for a period of four years from 2012-2015. All teachers who teach Religious Education must be accredited, either by receiving the Accreditation to Teach Religious Education or by receiving Temporary Accreditation to Teach Religious Education.
In order to qualify for Accreditation to Teach Religious Education, applicants must be suitably qualified Catholic teachers, who have met one of the following standards of tertiary education:
- Undergraduate studies which include a minimum of four units in Theology/Scripture/Religious Education, at a Catholic tertiary institution.
- Undergraduate students commencing their studies in 2013 and beyond require undergraduate studies which include a minimum of six units in Theology/Scripture/Religious Education at a Catholic tertiary institution.
- A minimum of four postgraduate units of study in Theology/Scripture/Religious Education at a Catholic tertiary institution.
Teachers who are already Accredited to Teach Religious Education do not need to re-apply.
Full recognition will be given to teachers who have received Accreditation to Teach Religious Education from another diocese.
Applications for consideration for study grants need to be completed and submitted to CEO Professional Learning within Staff Services.
Steps for applying to CEO for Accreditation to Teach Religious Education
Apply for Accreditation to Teach RE on the appropriate Application Form
Temporary Accreditation to Teach Religious Education
Teachers required to teach RE but who do not have appropriate qualifications to be fully Accredited to Teach RE must apply for Temporary Accreditation and undertake to complete suitable qualifications within five years.
To be granted Temporary Accreditation to Teach RE, teachers send in the above application form, signed by their principal, to the RE Accreditation Officer at the CEO. Temporary
Accreditation is confirmed by a letter to the teacher from the CEO which will outline the expectation that studies be completed within five years.
Personnel Assisting Teachers with RE Accreditation Applications
In the school
At the CEO
- Carmen Cassar
Teaching Educator ERE
Liaising with teachers re applying for RE accreditation.
- Carol Hendricks
Team Leader Professional Services
Processes applications for accreditation and for study grants.
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