Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education
The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education (GCTRE) 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. The units in this course develop in dialogue with the Catholic tradition. The course provides graduates with an opportunity to engage with the Catholic biblical and theological tradition, and the principles and practices that form the basis for religious education. It provides an 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. 

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
  • Werribee: Notre Dame Australia, Melbourne Clinical School, Hoppers Lane

Classes are offered at both venues is numbers are sufficient.

A decision is made by mid-December each year. 

Admission Criteria

Entry Requirements are the same as for Victoria Teacher Registration or  Bachelors Degree or equivalent

Course Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education consists of 72 points comprised of:

Each unit is taught intensively face-to-face, on four Saturdays in a semester, 9.30am — 4.00pm

Normal Duration

2 years (part-time)

Study Pathways

Enquiries and Enrolments

Dr Frances Baker RSM, GCTRE Coordinator