GCTRE: Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education (YTU) 2024

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education is principally, although not exclusively, designed to enable teachers to gain accreditation to teach and to teach Religious Education and lead in a Catholic school.

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

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

Accreditation material from Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic School (MACS)

Sponsored Study – FAQs Facts Sheet
Sponsorship applications for 2024 OPEN from 11th September 2023

Staff interested in applying are asked to complete online applications via the CEVN website in (Online professional learning) OPL by  11 October 2023.   Principals are asked to complete the Principal Endorsement form forwarded to them upon completion of an application in OPL and submit it.

Sponsored Study support is for 2 years  (subject to availability)


2024 dates for Box Hill and Ballarat


Four (4) units of study (each worth 18 points) are taken over a two year period. These units are taught intensively over four days: either two Saturdays and two days in the school term holidays; four Saturdays during the Semester; or two consecutive days twice during the semester.

The course is taught at Box Hill and Ballarat.
The required units are usually taken in the following order:

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: Value Added Approach


Admission Form – Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education (GCTRE)
Re-enrolment Form – 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

Fees (2024)

GCTRE First and Second Year Unit:  $2,379 (18 point unit)

Enquiries related to funding by MACs should be addressed via the CEVN website: https://cevn.cecv.catholic.edu.au

Enquiries related to funding by MACs Ballarat should be addressed to your school principal and then the Religious Education Ballarat:
Dr Gina Bernasconi:     


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