The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education is principally, although not exclusively, designed to enable teachers to gain accreditation to teach Religious Education in a Catholic school. It is designed to fulfil the requirements of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Policy 1.7 Accreditation to Teach Religious Education in a Catholic School.

The Graduate Certificate allows those who have an undergraduate, or higher, qualification in another discipline to pursue theological and educational units that will enhance their ability to reflect on and communicate the Catholic faith.

It introduces students to contemporary scholarship in scripture, theology and religious education, so as to assist them in the planning, implementation and evaluation of programs of religious education.


2018 Dates for Box Hill, Mildura and Ballarat


Four (4) units of study (each worth 10 points) are taken normally over a two year period. These units are taught intensively over four days: either two Saturdays and two days in the school term holidays; or two consecutive days twice during the semester. The course is taught at Box Hill, Mildura and Ballarat with the latter two venues having different unit code numbers.

The required units are usually taken in the following order:

DR8601Y Introduction to Scripture for Religious Educators
DR8602Y Jesus Christ Today: In Church, Mission and Sacraments
DR8603Y Foundations of Religious Education
DR8604Y Making (Christian) Choices in Life: Value Added Approach

In addition one 5 point unit (DR8605Y Integrative Exercise) is taken concurrently over the duration of the course.

Forms (New applicants please apply as soon as possible)

2018 Application for Admission – Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education (GCTRE)
2018 Re-enrolment – Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education (GCTRE)

Please return forms to:
Associate Professor Michael A. Kelly, CSsR
Yarra Theological Union
PO Box 79
Box Hill   3128
Enquiries to: Phone: 9890 3771 ext 4


GCTRE units $1600 per 10 point unit of study
GCTRE Integrative unit $800 per 5 point unit of study


Many students are sponsored by the relevant Catholic Education Office.  Enquiries related to funding by Catholic Education Melbourne should be addressed to Mrs Ann Capp-Perucic or Ms Anna Colombo.

Phone: 9267 0228

Applications closed for 2018

Enquiries related to funding by Catholic Education Ballarat should be addressed to your school principal or the Religious Education Office Ballarat contact:

Further information from Catholic Education Melbourne:


Undergraduate degree or equivalent to enrol in the course.

Normally, successful completion of the first year units is a prerequisite for undertaking the second year units. The reason is that the units are sequenced as part of the curriculum for the course.

Updated 20 December 2017