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    Overview on Accreditation

     

     

    Accreditation to Teach in Catholic Schools (F–12)

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

    It is vital for the effectiveness of the Catholic school community that all members understand its purpose and mission. Principals and teachers need, therefore, to be accredited to teach in a Catholic school.

    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. 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.

    FAQs for Accreditation or Download PDF  

    Responsibility of Facilitators of Professional Development and School Administration

    To enable participants in local professional learning activities to claim accreditation hours, it is the responsibility of schools and others conducting professional learning for accreditation purposes to have programs approved by the CECV prior to the program being conducted. Facilitators of activities can apply using the Approval for Accreditation Purposes Form. To assist participants in gaining recognition of accreditation hours completed, providers have the responsibility to provide a record of participation to attendees, and schools are required to keep an official record of professional learning undertaken by staff. Individual teachers have the responsibility of keeping their own record of attendance at any professional learning activity.

    For further information on accreditation contact the Religious Education and Catholic Identity Unit on 03 9267 0228.

     

    Accreditation to Teach Religious Education in Catholic Schools (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.

    FAQs for Accreditation or Download PDF 

    Sponsored Accreditation Studies Programs

    Since 2004 Catholic Education Melbourne has undertaken to sponsor registered teachers who have not gained their teaching qualification at the Australian Catholic University, so that they can satisfy the above accreditation requirement. This support has been developed:

    • to improve the knowledge and personal formation of teachers of Religious Education in Catholic schools
    • to provide the benefit of a formal tertiary qualification to those teachers who have undertaken this study for the purposes of accreditation
    • to strengthen the provision of Religious Education classes in Catholic schools through the academic and personal formation of teachers
    • to provide the possibility of articulation to further studies for those teachers who develop a deeper interest in this area through the completion of the formal courses.

    Teachers, employed in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, interested in sponsored accreditation studies programs are advised to visit the Religious Education pages of the Catholic Education Victoria Network (CEVN).

    Frequently Asked Questions 
     FAQs for Sponsored Study: RE Accreditation or Download PDF
    FAQs for Sponsored Further Study: RE /Theology or Download PDF  

    For further information contact the Religious Education and Catholic Identity Unit on 03 9267 0228.