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Accreditation to Teach and to Teach Religious Education or Lead in Catholic Schools in Victoria

Leaders and teachers in Catholic schools play an essential part in seeking to ensure that students experience a quality education, and are invited to encounter God and develop their knowledge and appreciation of the Catholic faith and tradition.

The accreditation process aims to support leaders and teachers entering and continuing service in Catholic education to develop the knowledge and skills that will support authentic witness in and across all Victorian Catholic schools.

Leaders and teachers entering Catholic education without being accredited to teach in a Catholic school are granted a five-year period from the commencement of employment to secure their accreditation.

There are two levels of accreditation in recognition of the different roles that leaders and teachers undertake:

1. Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School (gain and maintain)

2. Accreditation to Teach Religious Education or Lead in a Catholic School (gain and maintain).

All teachers are required to gain and maintain Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School.

All teachers of Religious Education and leaders are required to gain and maintain Accreditation to Teach Religious Education or Lead in a Catholic School. (Note: Meeting the study and currency requirements of Accreditation to Teach Religious Education or Lead in a Catholic School also satisfies the requirements of Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School.)
 

Requirements for gaining and maintaining accreditation

Level

Gaining

Maintaining

Accreditation is gained by undertaking:

Accreditation is maintained by undertaking:

Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School

25 hours of professional learning within five years of being employed, balanced across the areas of:

  • the aims and objectives of the Catholic school
  • faith development
  • Catholic identity, culture and tradition (including prayer, liturgy, scripture and Catholic social teaching).

25 hours of professional learning or formation in each five-year period following the initial gaining of accreditation, balanced across the areas of:

  • the aims and objectives of the Catholic school
  • faith development
  • Catholic identity, culture and tradition (including prayer, liturgy, scripture and Catholic social teaching).

Accreditation to Teach Religious Education or Lead in a Catholic School

formal, assessed study in Religious Education/Theology/Catholic Leadership within five years of being employed (courses are approved by agreement of the diocesan heads of Religious Education).*

A qualification in Catholic Leadership (e.g. a master’s degree) must include four units of Religious Education or Theology (or equivalent).

50 hours of professional learning or formation in each five-year period following the initial gaining of accreditation, balanced across the areas of:

  • Catholic identity and culture
  • prayer and liturgy
  • scripture
  • Catholic social teaching
  • Theology or Religious Education

or a qualification in Catholic Leadership.

* Note: While this provision concerns teachers new to Catholic education, current teachers may pursue Accreditation to Teach Religious Education or Lead in a Catholic School at any stage of their career.
 

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