Graduate Certificate in Religious Education



40 credit points

Duration                                    6 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Available at                                Ballarat Campus Vic (Aquinas)
                                                Brisbane Campus Qld (McAuley at Banyo)
                                                Canberra Campus ACT (Signadou)
                                                Melbourne Campus Vic (St Patrick's)
                                                Strathfield Campus NSW (Mount Saint Mary)
                                                ACUweb (selected units only)

The course is designed to provide basic certification requirements for teachers who wish to be involved in Religious Education. It aims to assist teachers in primary or secondary schools to gain fundamental knowledge, skills and competencies needed for Religious Education.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate can continue into the Graduate Diploma course if they wish to extend their professional qualifications. This course is also intended to provide the necessary specialisation in religious education for entry to the Master of Religious Education course for those students with four years of tertiary study in Education which do not include substantial successful study in Religious Education at the fourth year level.

Mode of Offering

Full-time or part-time. Offered in a variety of modes including on campus, vacation/ weekend schools, distance education in print based and electronic (on-line) formats. In addition to the various modes of face-to-face teaching for the delivery of all the courses, both the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available in print-based distance education format. (Only some Theology units are currently fully on-line).


Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales
Apply to UAC.

'Apply-by-Web' applications are available at Go to the postgraduate section then click on the Apply-by-Web under Login Access and follow the instructions provided. Application Forms (Form PG) and instructions are also available from the Student Centre or UAC. Applications through UAC do not require academic records as they are available electronically.

Queensland and Victoria
Application should be made on the Direct Entry Application Form available on the ACU National website, or from the Student Centre. Direct Entry Application Forms, together with any supporting documentation, should be submitted to the ACU National Admissions Section.

Applicants for courses offered in the online study mode must apply and enrol online through ACUweb at

Students may choose to study in mixed mode, that is, on-campus and online. A student who is currently enrolled in a course on-campus and who elects to study some online units should not reapply through ACUweb for admission to the same course. However, students must apply through ACUweb to enrol in, and to withdraw from, their online units of study.

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed a three-year post-secondary degree or diploma course or equivalent.

Course Structure

Unit Offerings

Unit offerings will vary subject to student demand and lecturer availability.
Elective units will vary between campuses and from year to year.

Religious Education


Principles of Religious Education


Religious Education Curriculum

or approved alternative units

Theological Studies


Biblical Studies


Foundations of Christian Faith

or approved alternative units

Requirements for Completion of Award

Satisfactory completion of 4 units.
Total of 40 credit points.