Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education

Overseas student type

You are an overseas student if you are:

  • a temporary resident (visa status) of Australia,
  • a permanent resident (visa status) of New Zealand, or
  • a resident or citizen of any other country.

Conditions of study for this course

This course is available to overseas students residing in Australia and overseas students studying overseas.

  • If residing in Australia, you will require a visa that allows study and note any conditions specified.  These visas include;
      • You cannot study more than 1/3 of this course online.
  • If residing overseas, you will not require a visa to study this course.

Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education prepares graduates to teach religious education.  It provides graduates with knowledge of the disciplines, principles, practices and traditions that form the basis for religious education.

At Catholic Theological College and Yarra Theological Union the award fulfils the requirements of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Policy 1.7 Accreditation to Teach Religious Education in a Catholic School.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education

  1. have a foundational knowledge and skills in theological disciplines of importance for teaching religious education.
  2. have enhanced their capabilities to engage with particular faith traditions and spirituality.
  3. have ability to communicate religious traditions to students by drawing critically on appropriate sources.
  4. apply knowledge of contemporary approaches to the learning and teaching of religious education.
  5. apply their knowledge to religious awareness and faith formation of students and the formation of religious identity in a school community.

Course structure

The GCTRE is offered in three streams:

Students at Australian Lutheran College complete the following units:

  • DE8004L Introduction to Lutheran Education
  • CT8001L The Christ-centred School
  • DR8012L Teaching in a Lutheran Education Context

Students at Catholic Theological College complete the following units:

  • BS8602C Introducing the Bible
  • CT8605C In Dialogue with the Catholic Tradition: Foundational Theology for Teachers
  • CT9606C Being Followers of Christ: Sacramental and Moral Life
  • DR8600C Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Religious Education

Students at Yarra Theological Union complete the following units:

  • BS8661Y Introduction to Scripture for Religious Educators
  • CT8662Y Jesus Christ Today: Mission, Church and Sacraments
  • DR8663Y Foundations of Religious Education
  • DT8664Y Making Our Moral Choices in Life: A Value Added Approach

Colleges where this course is available

  • Australian Lutheran College

    Australian Lutheran College

    Lutheran
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    North Adelaide SA
  • Catholic Theological College

    Catholic Theological College

    Roman Catholic
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    East Melbourne VIC
  • Yarra Theological Union

    Yarra Theological Union

    Roman Catholic
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Box Hill VIC
  • Australian Lutheran College
    Online mode
    North Adelaide SA
  • Catholic Theological College
    Online mode
    East Melbourne VIC
  • Yarra Theological Union
    Online mode
    Box Hill VIC

    Duration

    The standard full-time duration of the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education is six months. The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education must be completed in not less than six months and not more than two years from the date on which the course is commenced.

    Standard full-time 6 months
    Maximum part-time 2 years

    Pathways to future study

    Graduates may proceed to study at Graduate Diploma or Masters’ level.

    Admission criteria

    Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

    For admissions information please consult Australian Lutheran College or Catholic Theological College or Yarra Theological Union.

    Fee summary

    The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education requires completion of 72 points over two years and the course structure differs for each College: ALC students complete three 24 point units;  CTC students complete three 16 point units and one 24 point unit;  YTU students complete four 16 point units and one 12 point unit.
    The cost of the course at 2022 fees is $8,196.

    Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.

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