Graduate Certificate of Catholic Education

Course Code





Arts, Education and Social Sciences

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an undergraduate teaching degree, from this or another university; or

Completion of 72 credit points of the Bachelor of Education from this university; or

Other qualifications recognised by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Science as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non-English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements


Special admission requirements

Candidates may be concurrently admitted to the Bachelor of Education.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Catholic Education, graduates will be able to:

  • Know, understand and make independent judgements about the theological concepts fundamental to the sacramental and liturgical dimensions of Catholic tradition

  • Analyse, reason, and deploy evidence clearly, logically and practically in the study of the principles of interpretation concerning the books of the bible (Biblical hermeneutics) and in the place and use of the scriptures in the Catholic tradition

  • Acquire a coherent set of Religious Education curriculum skills, and theological understanding and initiate, plan and evaluate teaching and learning practices associated with teaching religious education in a Catholic school

  • Reflect on and evaluate their understanding of issues that underpin the role of spirituality and values in living and particularly in teaching, including speaking coherently and concisely about theories of moral development and their implications for teaching religious education

  • Identify and generate practical and knowledge solutions to complex problems in a range of Catholic religious education contexts, with creativity, responsibility, autonomy, well-developed judgement and adaptability

  • Communicate complex knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences through high-level speaking, reading, writing, listening and advocacy skills.

Course Structure

Core Subjects

ED5931:03 Catholic Religious Education 1

ED5932:03 Catholic Religious Education 2

ED5933:03 Catholic Religious Education 3

ED5934:03 Catholic Religious Education 4









Expected time to complete

6 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

2 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 12 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable