Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education
The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education (GCTRE) 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.
It provides opportunity for students to develop and deepen their understanding of scripture, theology and religious education, so as to assist them in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of programs of religious education.
The award fulfils the requirements of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Policy 1.7 Accreditation to Teach Religious Education in a Catholic School for teachers who already meet the VIT requirements for teacher registration. The course itself does not meet the requirements for VIT registration. 

Course Learning 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. 


Craigieburn: Our Lady's Primary School, Craigieburn Road West
Notre Dame Australia, Melbourne Clinical School, Hoppers Lane

Classes will be offered at both venues if numbers are sufficient at each.

Admission Criteria

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent  

2018 Course Structure

45 points, comprising:

In Australia all units are taught intensively, on four Saturdays, 9.30am — 4.30pm

2019 Course Structure

72 points, comprising:

  • BS8600C Sacred Scripture: A Foundation for Teaching Religious Education (16 points)
  • CT8605C In Dialogue with the Catholic Tradition (16 points)
  • CT9606C Being Followers of Christ: Sacramental and Moral Life (24 Points)
  • DR8600C Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Religious Education (16 points)

In Australia all units are taught intensively, on four Saturdays, 9.30am — 4.30pm

Normal Duration

2 years (part-time)

Articulation to Further Study

Enquiries and Enrolments

Dr Frances Baker RSM, Deputy Master, GCTRE Coordinator