The Certificate in Catholic Education is designed to prepare prospective or practicing educators to work in Alberta's Catholic School Districts, providing religious education courses that may be required or recommended by Catholic school districts in Alberta for consideration for a continuous teaching contract. (The Edmonton Catholic School District recognizes the Certificate in Catholic Education as a hiring asset.)
Submit the application form and application fee of $50 to St. Joseph's College.
Components of the Program
The Certificate consists of four 3-credit courses:
- CHRTC 100: The Bible: An Introduction
- CHRTC 250: The Theological Education of the Catholic Teacher
- CHRTC 380: Teaching Religion: Elementary OR CHRTC 381: Teaching Religion: Secondary
- Any SJC Course (prior to Fall Term 2019); CHRTC 410: Integrated Learning Experience (beginning Fall Term 2019)
- Comprehensive introduction to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition
- Reviewed teaching demonstration to be included in the student's professional portfolio
- Opportunity to observe practicing religious educators in the classroom
Specialization in one of the following areas may be gained upon completion of two additional SJC courses approved by the College:
- Science and Religious Education
- Morality and Religious Education
- Catholic Intellectual Tradition
- Students may apply to enter the Certificate program in any semester.
- Students are encouraged to take CHRTC 100, CHRTC 250, CHRTC 380 or CHRTC 381 and CHRTC 410 in this order.
- The Certificate must be completed within five consecutive academic years from the time of initial acceptance.
- Students must achieve an average 3.0 GPA across the four required courses to be granted the Certificate in Catholic Education.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, candidates will be issued an official SJC Certificate of Completion along with a letter listing the courses completed.