QUALIFY TO TEACH IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
If youre looking to become qualified to teach Catholic students, were the only Scottish University providing courses to prepare you specifically to work in Catholic schools.
Our Certificate in Religious Education by Distance Learning (CREDL) is recognised by the Bishops of Scotland as a preliminary qualification in Catholic religious education. This online programme has been specifically designed to provide you with the requisite understanding of the main tenets of Catholic Christian theology. Youll also learn about the Catholic vision of education and the methodology appropriate to Catholic religious studies in primary and secondary schools.
In addition, the programme is recommended if you are already a qualified teacher and you are looking to revisit religious education to renew your understanding as part of your continuing professional development.
Alternatively, it is also ideal if youre studying on an Initial Teacher Education programme at another university.
- Gain knowledge of the scriptures, doctrines, morals and practices of the Catholic faith
- Understand the roles of scripture, language, liturgy, signs and symbols in the traditions and insights of Catholic education
- Appreciate the stages of personal religious and moral development and the appropriate educational responses to these
- Explore approaches to learning and teaching in religious education, relating methods and practices to subject content, curriculum development and faith formation
- Interpret and contextualise a range of biblical, doctrinal and religious principles and beliefs, and develop and implement appropriate educational experiences based upon these
- Gain positive, varied and motivating contexts for learning and personal growth in religious education, based upon confidence in using the syllabus, resources and strategies of the subject area
- Continual critical enquiry and personal development in values and religious education
- Develop sensitivity to culture, authority, belonging and tradition in religion
- Research into the relationship of faith to life, to religious practice, to tolerance and to respect for difference
- Develop reflective professional practice in the broad interpersonal, spiritual and philosophical dimensions of education
As a graduate of our Certificate in Religious Education, youll have all the necessary attributes and accreditation to progress into teaching roles within Catholic education at primary and secondary schools.
CREDL is the University of Glasgow route for qualified teachers or students studying an ITE programme at other universities. There are 2 compulsory courses. For each course, you will produce a portfolio and a 1,500-word essay.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
During this course, you’ll explore aspects of the Catholic theological traditions and show a personal understanding in the context of teaching religious education. The key areas of the course are the role of scripture in theology, the relationship between faith and reason, how Jesus Christ is portrayed in scripture and the importance of the church as communion.
The key areas of this course are the role and purposes of the sacraments in Catholic theology, principles of Catholic moral teaching, the role and purpose of liturgy in Catholic theology and the characteristics of contemporary Catholic education in both national and international context.
To be accepted to this programme, you must have:
You must hold a teaching qualification or be a student on a programme of initial teacher education.
If English is not your first language, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. This is an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no sub-test less than 6. If you do not have an IELTS test certificate, equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications may be accepted.
To apply to this programme:
You must apply online for this programme. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:
- A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s), if you have already completed your degree
- A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
- Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
- One reference letter on headed paper
- Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
- Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
Please check you meet the entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.
You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents, such as your final transcript or your language test.
- Application Deadline
- Start Date
- 23 September
- 23 September
- Home/EU: £455*
- International: £455*
*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.
How much does the programme cost?
Part-time fees £455 per 30 credits (total cost) over 1 year.
Can I get help to fund my studies?
You may be eligible for help with the cost of the programme.
What it's like to study online
- 100% online for complete flexibility
- Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
- Connect to campus from anywhere
- All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
- Gain a global perspective
- As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
- Learn from the experts
- Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
- Interact with everyone
- Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
- Access a multitude of resources
- Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.