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Further study opportunities for teachers

All teachers and staff within the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese are encouraged to undertake professional development throughout their career to further their education and improve career prospects. The BBI, Broken Bay Institute – Australian Institute of Theological Education and ACU, Australian Catholic University are the two preferred providers for postgraduate study with the Catholic Schools Office.

Teachers and staff who wish to teach in the Catholic system will complete a graduate certificate course and will be qualified to teach Religious Education in a Catholic school. Staff who are permanently employed at the CSO who undertake study through the Religious Education, Theology or Educational Leadership pathway at either institution, will be able to apply for fee help and relief to complete study requirements and attend CSO sponsored seminar days. 

Information provided on this page is a guide only. 

This information has been taken from the BBI and ACU websites and was correct as of July 2018.

Staff who are considering study through BBI or ACU are invited to contact the Catholic Schools Office in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle for further information.

For BBI inquiries, please contact Brian Lacey, Head of Religious Education and Spirituality Services, Catholic Schools Office on 4947 1211 or via email brain.lacey@mn.catholic.edu.au

For ACU inquiries, please contact Chris Quinn, Assistant Director of Schools, Catholic Schools Office on 4979 1244 or via email chris.quinn@mn.catholic.edu.au

More information is also available on the BBI website and the ACU website

Staff have the option of studying through the following programs.

Australian Catholic University

Educational Leadership

Graduate Certificate

Successful completion of four (4) units of study through approved pathway.

Graduate Diploma

Successful completion of eight (8) units of study through approved pathway.

Master in Religious Education

Successful completion of twelve (12) units of study through approved pathway.

Postgraduate Certificate in Religious Education

Successful completion of four (4) units of study through approved pathway. Staff need to check with ACU if this course will satisfy accreditation requirements.

Graduate Certificate in Religious Education

Successful completion of eight (8) units of study through approved pathway.

Master of Religious Education

Successful completion of twelve (12) units of study through approved pathway.

Broken Bay Institute – The Australian Institute of Theological Education

Religious Education

Graduate Certificate

Successful completion of four (4) units of study through approved pathway.

Graduate Diploma

Successful completion of eight (8) units of study through approved pathway. This course is recommended for teachers applying for accreditation at Category E – Senior Leadership.

Master in Educational Leadership

Successful completion of twelve (12) units of study through approved pathway.

Leadership and Theology, Theological Studies, Governance and Canon Law

Graduate Certificate

Successful completion of four (4) units of study through approved pathway.

Graduate Diploma

Successful completion of eight (8) units of study through approved pathway.

Master’s Degree

Successful completion of twelve (12) units of study through approved pathway.