Graduate Certificate in Religious Education

Available to:
Domestic students only.
  • Online

6 months full-time or equivalent part-time

This course does not, on its own, lead to a teaching qualification.

Domestic students


The Graduate Certificate in Religious Education is for qualified primary and secondary school teachers who want to teach religion.

The course provides the basic certification, fundamental knowledge, skills and competencies needed to teach religious education.

Prospective students should check with their employing authority to ensure they complete the required combination of units. Each diocese has slightly different requirements.

Course duration

6 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Online

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Note: Units are offered fully online, with campus and on site options available. Please contact the Course Administrator for further details –

Deferment, credit points & course units


Deferment is available for one year. Cohorts will need to check with their sponsoring body for approval to defer. Find out more about deferment.

Credit Points


Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $8800 Fee-Paying (indicative only)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed a Bachelor degree or Diploma or equivalent.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Direct Applications

Career paths

This course is designed to provide basic certification for those who want to teach religious education in schools or parishes.

Pathways to further study

This course provides the necessary specialisation in religious education for entry to the Master of Religious Education course for those students with four years of tertiary study in education which do not include substantial successful study in religious education at the fourth year level.

More course information

Units in this course are offered fully online, with campus and on site options available. Please contact the Course Administrator for further details –

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