Certificate in Catholic Education


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.

Edmonton Catholic Schools and Elk Island Catholic Schools both formally recognize the Certificate in Catholic Education as a hiring asset.

Application Process

Please download and submit the application form by email to: sjcdean@ualberta.ca

The application fee of $50 can be arranged by:

  • Contacting the SJC Finance Office during business hours at 780-492-7682.
  • Sending an eTransfer to: sjcpay@ualberta.ca (in the memo field, include your name and the purpose for the payment)
  • Alternatively, a cheque can be mailed to the College.

Components of the Program

The Certificate consists of four 3-credit courses:

  1. CHRTC 100: The Bible: An Introduction
  2. CHRTC 250: The Theological Education of the Catholic Teacher
  3. CHRTC 380: Teaching Religion: Elementary OR CHRTC 381: Teaching Religion: Secondary
  4. CHRTC 410: Integrated Learning in Catholic Education

Certificate Outcomes

  1. Comprehensive introduction to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition
  2. Reviewed teaching demonstration to be included in the student's professional portfolio.
  3. Opportunity to observe practicing religious educators in the classroom.

Optional Specialization

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

General Guidelines

  • Students may submit the application form & fee at any time throughout the Certificate coursework.
  • Students are encouraged to take CHRTC 100, CHRTC 250, CHRTC 380 or CHRTC 381 and CHRTC 410 in this order. Additional courses of interest are noted here.
  • Credit will not be given for both CHRTC 380 and CHRTC 381.
  • The required courses for the Certificate in Catholic Education must be taken within a five-year period.
  • Students must achieve an average 3.0 GPA across the four required courses to be granted the Certificate in Catholic Education.

Official Recognition

Upon successful completion of all requirements, candidates will be issued an official SJC Certificate of Completion along with a letter listing the courses completed. Certificates are awarded twice a year.

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