Dr Allie Ernst

Director, Institute of Faith Education

Mark Lavelle

Senior Education Officer


Brisbane, Rockhampton, Townsville, Mt Isa


Foundations is designed to provide a pathway to gaining accreditation to teach Religious Education in a Catholic school. The course is endorsed by Brisbane Catholic Education. Accreditation requirements include four semester units of study in a formal qualification from any one or more of: Religion Studies, Christian Leadership, Theology, Scripture, Religious Education, Liturgy and Spirituality. This course provides four semester units of study that meet these requirements for accreditation to teach religion in a Catholic school. Learners may choose to complete the course in one or two years.

This course is taught in four units:

Learning and Teaching in a Catholic Context

Themes: Catholic Story and Tradition / Religious Education Curriculum / Identity and Culture / Catholic Community / Living the Gospel / Ethos and Charism / Pedagogical Practice

Scripture in the Classroom: The World of the Bible

Themes: Sacred Texts (Old and New Testament) / Biblical Interpretation / Historical and Cultural Contexts / Jesus and the world of the New Testament / Letters of Paul

Spirituality in the Classroom: Church, Liturgy & Sacraments

Themes: Church authority / Celebration of Liturgy and Sacraments / Eucharist / Community / Church History / Ritual, Symbol and Ceremony / Prayer / Church in Australia /  Catholic Fundamentals / Ecumenical Awareness

Catholic Thinking in the Classroom: Theology, Ethics and Catholic Social Teaching

Themes: Belief / How is God revealed? / Human Existence / Ethics and Morality / Catholic Social Teaching / Social Action and Justice

Each unit involves two days of face-to-face delivery plus individual learning and assessment work. Each semester also includes a final reflection workshop which is relevant to all units offered that semester. Competencies are assessed through group work projects, presentations, short-answer assessments and learning journals completed during and after the workshops.

Workshop attendance is a mandatory requirement of this course. Learners will not normally be able to complete the requirement of a unit without attending all of the workshops associated with that unit.

Upon completion of Foundations learners will be well resourced to teach Religious Education with confidence in a contemporary Catholic context. The Foundations course offers a nationally accredited qualification (10433NAT Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology).

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