Certificate in Religious Studies

Certificate in Religious Studies

Do I need a Certificate in Religious Education to teach?

Do I need a Certificate in Religious Education to teach in all Catholic Nursery or Primary schools in Northern Ireland?

Teachers can only be appointed to a Catholic Maintained nursery or primary school if they hold a recognised Certificate in Religious Education.

Do I need a Certificate in Religious Education to teach in Catholic Maintained Secondary Schools?

A Certificate is not required for posts in Catholic Maintained secondary schools.

Where can I get a certificate from?

You will need to undertake a religious certificate course in order to get a certificate. There are various courses available To see where they are available please click here.

How much do these courses cost?

Each course is between £400 and £600 and is entirely self-funded.

How long do they take?

Courses normally take between 12 and 18 months

Do I need to complete the course before taking up a teaching appointment?

The course must be completed before taking up appointment. While it is permissible to apply for positions whilst studying for the certificate, you are required to have the certificate upon taking up appointment. The certificate is only required for Nursery School and Primary School posts.

How do I know that the Certificate in Religious Education that I have obtained is recognised by CCMS?

To find a comprehensive list of all the Catholic colleges in higher education which award the Certificate in Religious Education recognised by church authorities, please click here

Also check out the information on - Recognition of Qualifications to Teach Catholic Religious Education in Catholic Primary Schools on the Island of Ireland - here.

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