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Principals and teachers need to be accredited to teach in a Catholic school, to ensure the Church's mission and purpose is understood.

 

Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School (F–12)

For secondary teachers not teaching Religious Education, and specialist primary teachers not teaching in the classroom.

Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School is a means of assisting all teachers in Catholic schools to develop a deeper understanding, not only of the nature of the school as part of the Church's mission, but also of their roles as members of staff. To achieve this goal, Catholic Education Melbourne and all diocesan offices in Victoria administer the policy of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV), Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School (CECV Policy 1.6). This policy requires that a minimum of fifty (50) hours of study be completed in stipulated areas. It provides possibilities for completion either through school-based inservice activities, diocesan and regional seminars or formal courses. For further information read The Means of Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School.

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. 

When the above criteria have been met, an application may be made, using the application form for Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic school. Applicants must be currently teaching in a Catholic school, and will need to provide a copy of their Victorian Institute of Teaching registration. A certificate of accreditation will be issued by the CECV.

For enquiries regarding accreditation, please contact the Catholic Identity Unit on 9267 0228 or accreditationenquiries@cem.edu.au.

Accreditation to Teach Religious Education in a Catholic School (F-12) 

For secondary teachers of Religious Education and all primary classroom teachers
It is essential that religious educators in a Catholic school have appropriate and adequate knowledge of the Catholic faith, tradition and practice in order to teach diocesan guidelines and texts for religious education competently and contribute to students' growth in faith. To achieve this goal, Catholic Education Melbourne and all diocesan offices in Victoria administer the policy of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV), Accreditation to Teach Religious Education in a Catholic School (CECV Policy 1.7).

Registered teachers may be Accredited to Teach Religious Education in a Catholic school by applying under one of five categories outlined in the document The Means of Accreditation to Teach Religious Education in a Catholic School.

The key requirements for applicants are the successful completion of a formal course and its assessment, and satisfactory evidence of practical experience in teaching religious education in a classroom setting.

When the criteria have been met, an application must be made using the application form for Accreditation to Teach Religious Education in a Catholic School (P-12).

Successful applicants will be issued with a Certificate of Accreditation to Teach Religious Education in Catholic Schools. Exemption is granted to primary school teachers who have been teaching Religious Education in Catholic schools in Australia since before 1 January 1977. This exemption must be applied for on the application form.

For enquiries regarding accreditation, please contact the Catholic Identity Unit on 9267 0228 or accreditationenquiries@cem.edu.au.

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