Graduate Diploma in Religious Education



80 credit points


Mode Admission

Course Structure
* Core Units
* Religious Education Units
* Theological Studies Electives

Requirements for Completion of Award


Duration                   1 year 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 graduate diploma aims to introduce students to current scholarship in the fields of theology, Scripture and religious education. Graduates will be able to: plan, implement and evaluate programs of religious education for schools and parishes in accordance with basic principles of religious education. They will also apply principles of religious education to specific areas such as prayer, liturgy, personal development, values and morals, education and social justice; and develop broader understanding of theological studies and their implications for religious education.

Mode of Offering

This course is offered on-campus. It is also available in distance mode through McAuley campus. Contact the Course Coordinator in each state for further details.


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. Applicants may choose to enrol directly in the Graduate Diploma in Religious Education without having first completed the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education.

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.

This course is composed of eight units comprising four units of Theological Studies and four units of Religious Education Studies (80 credit points). Four of the eight units are compulsory.

Core Units


Principles of Religious Education


Religious Education Curriculum


Biblical Studies


Foundations of Christian Faith

* These units constitute the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education.


Religious Education Electives (2 units to be chosen)


Liturgy and Prayer in Religious Education


Professional Practice in Religious Education


Religious Education and Values


Religious Education Seminar


Teaching Religion Studies


Religious Education and Social Justice


Religious Education in Early Childhood


Personal Development and Religious Education

or approved alternative units

Theological Studies Electives (2 units to be chosen)


Approaching World Religions


Christian Morality


Liturgical Studies


Jesus the Christ


Theology of the Human Person

or approved alternative units

Requirements for Completion of Award

Satisfactory completion of 8 units.

Total of 80 credit points.