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)  (2022)

CECV Accreditation Studies – Graduate Certificate Courses
CECV Accrediation Studies – LRE Pathways
Further Studies in Religious Education – Theology

Applications OPEN:

Please find below the link for teachers working in Catholic Schools that want to apply for Sponsored Studies.

Staff interested in applying are asked to complete online applications via the CEVN website in (Online professional learning) OPL by Tuesday 12 October 2021.

Principals are asked to complete the Principal Endorsement form forwarded to them upon completion of an application in OPL and submit it prior to Friday 15 October 2021

Sponsored Study support is for 2 years – 2022-2023 (subject to availability)


2022 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; 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
DR8603Y   Foundations of Religious Education
DT8604Y   Making our Moral Choices in Life: Value Added Approach

** Those that began this award in 2021 will continue with two 16 point units and the integrative unit.

Forms (2022)

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 (2022)

GCTRE First Year Unit                $2,049 (18 point unit)
GCTRE Second Year Unit           $1,821 (16 point unit)
GCTRE Integrative Unit              $  911  (8 point unit)


Many students are sponsored by the relevant Catholic Education Office. Enquiries related to
funding by Catholic Archdiocese Melbourne Schools should be addressed to:

The CEVN website:

Enquiries related to funding by Catholic Education 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

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