In the elementary school, the principal selects Catholic teachers who have been certified by the Archdiocese of St. Louis to teach religion to the children. In Catholic secondary schools, religion teachers are specialists with a bachelor or master's degree in theology, or the equivalent, as well as catechetical training to certify them for the position. In the elementary and secondary parish school of religion (PSR), the coordinator or director recruits catechists with knowledge and commitment to the faith as well as understanding and love of children in order to teach religion to those who attend public school. All catechists are given assistance by the Director or Coordinator of Religious Education (DRE/CRE) and by the Archdiocese to more deeply understand and grow in their own faith and to develop effective methods for sharing the faith with children. For adults, the parish priest and DRE/CRE initiate programs for studying and sharing the faith according to adult learning models.
Religion Teacher Certification
Religious education certification is granted by the Religious Education Department of the Cathoic Education Office for various levels and positions. Religion teachers in the elementary schools and PSRs are required to complete twelve credits in doctrine, scripture, morality, sacraments, and methodology for various age-levels either through Paul VI Institute or through a Catholic college or university. An additional course is required every five years for updating. Elementary religion teacher specialists are required to complete twenty-four specified credits for certification. Religion teachers in Catholic high schools are required to complete thirty credits in specified areas, including doctrine, scripture, morality, and methodology, either through Paul VI Institute or a Catholic college or university, in addition to general education credits. Further coursework is required for those in leadership positions in religious education. Coursework toward religious education certification is sent to the Religious Education Department of the Catholic Education Office for review before certificates are sent.
Click on the Resources link for information on programs and course offerings toward religious education certification.
For additional information about religious education certification contact:
Dr. Barbara Blackburn
Catholic Education Office
4445 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis MO 63108