Graduate Certificate of Catholic Education

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Graduate Certificate of Catholic Education

Providing you with the additional skills and knowledge needed to teach in the Catholic school system.

Length of course may vary due to subject availability
Start dates
February, July
12 months part-time
Study mode
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in teaching; or 72 credit points of Bachelor of Education from JCU; or equivalent

Career opportunities

As well as a Bachelor of Education, many Catholic schools also seek graduates with expertise in religious education. Our Graduate Certificate of Catholic Education provides you with these specialised skills.

Course highlights

James Cook University offers professional development opportunities, student flexibility through course design and structure, as well as a successful history in securing funding for major research programs.

Course overview

To be eligible for entry into this course you must have already completed a three-year undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution.

How you will study

This course is available in Cairns and can be studied full-time or part-time. This program can be studied via limited attendance or flexible delivery.

This course does not lead to an accredited teaching qualification.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.


Graduate Certificate of Catholic Education

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in teaching; or

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

Other qualifications recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Special admission requirements

Students may be concurrently admitted to a Bachelor of Education.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points as per course structure

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


ED5931:03 Catholic Religious Education 1

ED5932:03 Catholic Religious Education 2

ED5933:03 Catholic Religious Education 3

ED5934:03 Catholic Religious Education 4





Limited Attendance Mode


Expected time to complete

12 months 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


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation 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 student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.