Religious Education in Catholic Schools: Part I

Prerequisites for Religious Education in Catholic Schools: Part I

  • Certificate of Qualification: Participants must be registered with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and must submit the OCT Certificate of Qualification at the start of the course.

Course Description

Religious Education in Catholic Schools: Part I is part 1 of the 3 session specialist Additional Qualification courses identified in Schedule D (Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation 176/10) and is intended for the purposes of enhancing professional practice and extending knowledge and skills through critical reflection and inquiry.

This AQ course employs a critical pedagogical lens to explore the following in a holistic and integrated manner:

  • Mission of Catholic schools;
  • Sacred scriptures;
  • Spiritual, sacramental and liturgical life;
  • The Church and a post-modern world;
  • Faith in action;
  • Ethics and morality;
  • Pedagogical practices for religious education;
  • School ministry;
  • The faith journey related to teaching and learning across the divisions.

Course Details

OCT mandates that the duration of all AQ Courses is 125 hours of contact time. Candidates in the AQ course must meet 100% of this contact time in order to successfully complete the AQ course requirements. The Halton Catholic District School Board’s Additional Qualification Courses: Religious Education in Catholic Schools: Part I delivers the requirements for certification in the following manner:

Blended Format

A portion of the course is offered online, and a portion is offered face-to-face. All AQ courses require that candidates successfully complete all course expectations, for a total of 125 hours. Attendance in all face-to-face sessions is mandatory.

Content Delivery

The content will be delivered in four (4) strands. Each strand is comprised of 25 hours of contact time (16 hours online and 9 hours face-to-face). The four strands are:

  • The Bible as Sacred Scripture;
  • Focus on Faith and Church;
  • Spiritual, Sacramental and Liturgical Life;
  • Ethics and Morality.
Inquiry Portfolio Project

Candidates will complete an Inquiry Project based on their individual learning needs. Candidates will explore their personal faith journey, their role as a Catholic educator, and the practical application of the course learnings in an area of personal need or interest. The Inquiry Portfolio Project is comprised of 25 hours of contact time. In addition to online work and classroom lessons, Part I candidates will sign-up for one (1) 15-minute conference with the Course Director/Portfolio Supervisor for the Portfolio Project.

Course Schedule