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Certificate in Religious Education and Teaching

This certificate is a necessary prerequisite to teaching in Irish Catholic primary schools.  It is recognised by the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference and the Catholic Primary School Association.  The Certificate in Religious Education offers foundational knowledge and skills for communicating the Catholic faith to children in Catholic primary schools.  This programme aims to enable schools and their teachers address the many spiritual and religious opportunities and challenges facing pupils in contemporary Ireland. 

The programme presents a summary of the Catholic faith which enables teachers to teach it in a child-centred, developmentally appropriate manner while simultaneously exploring issues surrounding Catholic identity, inter-culturalism, religious diversity and the importance of promoting respect for all pupils. 

At the end of the programme of study students will demonstrate knowledge, understanding and appreciation in the following fields of study:

  • Images of God; Faith, Creed and Trinity
  • Jesus Christ
  • Scripture, stories, parables and their meaning in the 21st Century
  • Prayer, Sacraments and Liturgy
  • Spirituality, Ethics, Social Justice and Human Rights
  • Church, Ecumenism and Inter-religious Dialogue

These themes allow for inclusion of many current issues, such as social justice, peace and reconciliation, gender, ethics, ecology, equality, disability, sexuality, racial identity, cultural and religious diversity, and citizenship.

The certificate will be taught over the following semesters:

Semester 1: Christian Revelation

Semester 3: Scripture & Spirituality

Semester 6: Christology & Social Justice

Semester 8: Church, Sacraments & Inter-Faith Dialogue


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