About Certifications

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CERTIFICATION POLICIES

 

“The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people in communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ”

(On Catechesis in Our Time #5).

 

The Office of Catholic Education and Formation of the Archdiocese of St. Louis issues various levels of certification for religion teachers, catechists and administrators in elementary and secondary Catholic schools and in parish schools of religion and parish programs. Certification is aimed at providing each teacher with theological competency, catechetical methodology, and personal spiritual formation. A person must be Catholic to be certified. The Catechetical Formation Program offers the core curriculum. Equivalent coursework from another accredited Catholic college/university/institute or certification from another diocese will be reviewed upon receipt by the Office of Catholic Education and Formation. Three certification levels are listed below. Each level builds upon the previous level(s).

LEVEL ONE CERTIFICATION

12 basic credits

Elementary School Religion Teacher

 + State teacher certification

 

Elementary PSR Catechist

Without state teaching certification

 

12 BASIC CREDITS FOR LEVEL ONE CERTIFICATION INCLUDE:

ST 101     BASIC CATHOLIC TEACHINGS – 2 credit

                 or VLCFF Dayton- Survey of Catholic Doctrine

LT 101     CATHOLIC SACRAMENTAL AND LITURGICAL THEOLOGY—2 credits

                 or VLCFF Dayton- Sacraments

MT101     FOUNDATIONS OF CATHOLIC MORALITY—2 credits

                or VLCFF Dayton- Intro to Christian Morality

SS 101    INTRODUCTION TO SACRED SCRIPTURE—2 credits

                or VLCFF Dayton- Intro to Scripture

SP 187    SPIRITUAL FORMATION—2 credits

                or VLCFF Dayton- Intro to Prayer

RE 174   TEACHING RELIGION TO CHILDREN—2 credits

                 or VLCFF Dayton- Intro to Catechesis

* Two additional elective credits are required every five years to maintain Level  One certification.

 

Please contact the Director of Religious Education at [email protected] for information on anything beyond catechist/teacher religion certification.

 

 

 

 APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION

 

Application for certification is made through the Office of Catholic Education and Formation. Verification of credits and degree should be sent to Samantha Grone at 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, MO 63119. For further information call 314.792.7361 or email [email protected]