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.

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Registration is available  –  18-09-2020 – 16-10-2020
Sponsored Study Support is for 2 years – 2021-2022 (subject to availability)


2021 Dates for Box Hill and Ballarat

Structure  2021

Four (4) units of study (each worth 16 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 and Ballarat.

The required units are usually taken in the following order:

BS8601Y   Introduction to Scripture for Religious Educators
CT8602Y   Jesus Christ Today: Church, Mission and Sacraments
DR8603Y   Foundations of Religious Education
DT8604Y   Making our Moral Choices in Life: Value Added Approach

In addition one 8 point unit (DR8605Y Integrative Exercise) is taken concurrently over the duration of the course but you enrol and pay for this unit in the last Semester.

2021 Forms

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

2021 Fees

GCTRE units $1760   per 16 point unit of study
GCTRE Integrative unit $880 per 8 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:

Phone: 9267 0228

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


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: 13th Oct 2020