D: Teachers of RE

LEVEL D: Teachers of Religious Education

From the policy

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Broken Bay exist to educate and form students in Catholic discipleship. The ongoing evangelisation and Catholic formation of leaders and staff of Catholic schools holds a central place in the fulfilment of this purpose. As the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education states:

For the Catholic educator, religious formation … must be a part of and a complement to one’s professional formation, and … be proportionate … religious formation must be oriented toward both personal holiness and apostolic mission… two inseparable elements in a Christian vocation. “Formation for apostolic mission means a certain human and well-rounded formation, adapted to the natural abilities and circumstances of each person” and requires “in addition to spiritual formation, … solid doctrinal instruction … in theology, ethics and philosophy”. Nor can we forget, in the case of an educator, adequate formation in the social teachings of the Church, which are ” an integral part of the Christian concept of life “,(49) and help to keep intensely alive the kind of social sensitivity that is needed.(50)
(Lay Catholics in Schools: Witnesses to Faith, 65)

In addition to being persons appropriately formed as witnesses to the Gospel, newly appointed teachers of Religious Education ordinarily should be practising Catholics who are:

CATEGORY 1
Primary or secondary school teachers who have successfully completed six undergraduate units in Religious Education/Theology in an undergraduate teaching degree at a Catholic institution (if undergraduate study commenced from the beginning of 2013 or afterwards);OR

CATEGORY 2
Primary or secondary school teachers who have successfully completed four postgraduate units in Theology and/or Religious Education in an approved Catholic program at a tertiary institution.OR

CATEGORY 3
Primary or secondary school teachers who have complied with the 2001 Policy for the Professional Requirements for Teachers of Religious Education, through

  1. accreditation or registration as teachers of Religious Education in the Diocese of Broken Bay or another Australian Diocese prior to 31 December 2011; or those who are deemed to hold equivalent qualifications; OR
  2. attainment of the equivalent of four undergraduate units in Religious Education/Theology or the Certificate of Religious Education (NSW) in an approved Catholic program at a tertiary institution, provided these units were commenced no later than 2012;OR
  3. attainment of the Certificate of Religious Education (NSW) by the end of 2012.OR

CATEGORY 4
Primary or secondary school teachers who have been accredited as a teacher of Religious Education in another NSW diocese.


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What do I need to do
If I meet Mission Accreditation requirements?
CATEGORIES 1 and 2

Click here to apply online for Mission Accreditation and you will receive confirmation of your Mission Accreditation status via email once it has been processed.

CATEGORIES 3

You should already have been accredited to teach Religious Education. If you are unsure of your status or did not complete accreditation requirements contact your school’s Mission Services Education Officer for advice on how best to proceed to full Mission Accreditation.

CATEGORIES 4

Click here to apply online for Mission Accreditation and you will receive confirmation of your Mission Accreditation status via email once it has been processed.

What do I need to do?
If I have yet to meet accreditation requirements
Step One: Apply for Provisional Mission Accreditation

A teacher of Religious Education may be provisionally accredited for a period of up to five years on the condition of attainment of four post-graduate units of study in Scripture, Theology and Religious Education.Click here to apply online for provisional Mission Accreditation and you will receive confirmation of your Mission Accreditation status via email once it has been processed.

Step Two: Teach for two years

Teachers are advised not to commence post-graduate studies in Theology or Religious Education until having completed two years of teaching. You are encouraged to consider completing the Mission Formation program ‘In the Beginning’.

Step Three: Commence post-graduate study in your third year of teaching.

Teachers of Religious Education may apply to the Catholic Schools Office to subsidise post-graduate study. Click here for further information regarding post graduate study options and CSO funding.


Maintaining currency of Mission Accreditation

In addition to the normal currency of religious formation for permanent teachers, Religious Education teachers should undertake an equivalent of three days of formation or professional learning specifically related to the teaching of Religious Education every five years.

As part of the process of Tier 1 School Review, teachers of Religious Education Mission Accreditation will be renewed on the basis of evidence demonstrating that the school has provided and that staff have participated in opportunities for professional learning and mission formation. Evidence provided by the school will include descriptions of professional learning and mission formation sessions and sign on sheets.

Teachers of Religious Education are still encouraged to keep a log of relevant professional learning and formation activities specifically related to the Catholic faith, Catholic education and Religious Education. Mission Accreditation logs can be used to record and validate participation in school-based or other  professional learning and mission formation opportunities.


System, Diocesan and other Professional Learning and Mission Formation opportunities

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