Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education
The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education (GCTRE) fulfils the requirements of the Policy of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria in relation to Accreditation to Teach Religious Education or Lead in a Catholic School. (CECV January 2020) 
This course is for teachers who already meet the VIT requirements for teacher registration. The Course itself does not meet the requirements for VIT registration.
This course provides
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 in the context of the Catholic identity of the school, and education in life and faith.

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. 

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:

Semester 2, 2020: Online Mode: synchronous and asynchronous

Synchronous Learning: Required participation in 4 sessions via Zoom according to the following timetable. 
Saturday 1 August:
10.00am – 12.50pm                               
Saturday 29 August:
10.00am – 12.50pm              
Saturday 12 September:
10.00am – 12.50pm      
Saturday 10 October:
10.00am – 12.50pm      
Asynchronous Learning: Further activities will be provided via ARK.


Details of modes and venues will be available in early August

Normal Duration

2 years (part-time)

Study Pathways

Enquiries and Enrolments

Dr Frances Baker RSM, GCTRE Coordinator