Catholic Education Applications and Instructions

Determining your future involves more than choosing a career. We invite you to join educators whose lives makes a difference, whose vision contributes to new dimensions, and whose commitment focuses on the development of the total child in an atmosphere of faith.

Qualifications for Catholic School Educators:

  • Commitment to the educational mission of the Catholic Church
  • Public witness of a lifestyle consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Religion certified by the Archdiocese (for teachers of religion)
  • Valid state teacher certification
  • Missouri Family Care Safety Registry background check
  • Ability to support and implement the philosophy of education for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and to contribute to the unique climate of a Catholic school
  • Commitment to quality education for youth

"Catholic education sees all knowledge as sacred when human insight is combined with divine revelation in the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty....It is the educator, respecting each learner as created and loved by God with special gifts and needs, who directs the learning process as guide and companion." (Philosophy of Catholic Education, Archdiocese of St. Louis)




Please see below descriptions of the Teacher, Administrator and
Director/Coordinator of Religious Education positions.  Click on the links below
to view each application and their instructions.




Teacher Application

The teacher application is for education positions in the elementary and secondary schools of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Completed application packets are kept on file at the Education HR Office and are made available to principals, pastors and others seeking qualified education employees.







Administration Application

Qualifications of Principal


A principal in a Catholic school should be a knowledgeable and practicing Catholic.  The principal should also have a thorough understanding of and commitment to the Catholic philosophy of education and the Witness Statement for Those Who Service in Catholic Education.

Principals should have prior teaching experience.  A number of these years should have been in Catholic education.

Principals are expected to hold a current state teaching certificate and have a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership/Administration or a Master’s degree with at least twenty hours of graduate work in Educational Leadership/Administration or state certification in Educational Leadership/Administration.  Applicants are also expected to hold an elementary school religion teacher certificate or religion coordinator certificate from the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. 

Requirements for Missouri Elementary, Middle School and High School Principal certification can be found at the Missouri DESE website: 

To complete an application please click on the following to download and complete the necessary documents.


Administrator Application 

Reference Letter Templates and Background Check Registration INFORMATION




Director/Coordinator of Religious Education Application

Thank you for expressing interest in a religious education leadership position for a parish/school of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  This is a special ministry which requires spiritual, educational and administrative gifts to help the parish fulfill its mission of total Catholic education.

The St. Louis Archdiocese offers a rich diversity in the character and organizational structure of its parishes and missions, in the city, county and rural areas.  Many of these parishes support a Catholic elementary school as well as a parish school of religion for children from the public school.  Many also offer programs for other age-levels and groups, including faith development of adults, youth ministry, pre-school age programs, catechumenate programs, sacramental preparation programs, Liturgy-of-the-Word for Children, Vacation Bible School, etc.  Some parishes look for a Director of Religious Education (DRE) to direct some or all of these efforts, and other parishes hire a part-time or full-time Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE) to coordinate one or more of these ministries. 

Applicants are expected to have prior teaching experience in Catholic education, and be certified (or working toward certification) as a religion coordinator by the Office of Catholic Education and Formation of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

To complete an application please click on the following to download and complete the necessary documents.



Reference Letter Templates and Background Check Registration Information






For more information, contact:

Education Human Resources
Office of Catholic Education and Formation
20 Archbishop May Dr.
St. Louis MO 63119

Administrator or DRE/CRE contact:  [email protected] or 314-792-7308

Teacher contact:  [email protected] or 314-792-7307

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