Teaching in a Catholic School
It is vital for the effectiveness of the Catholic school community that all members understand the distinctive purpose and mission of Catholic schools. Principals and teachers need therefore to be accredited to teach in a Catholic school. In pursuing accreditation to teach in a Catholic school, staff will develop a deeper understanding not only of the nature of the school as part of the Church’s mission but also of their roles as members of staff. It is expected that accreditation requirements will be met within five years of beginning teaching in a Catholic school in Victoria.
There are two categories of accreditation:
1. Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School (gain and maintain)
2. Accreditation to Teach Religious Education or Lead in a in a Catholic School (gain and maintain)
All teachers are required to gain and maintain Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School.
All teachers of Religious Education and leaders are required to gain and maintain Accreditation to Teach Religious Education or Lead in a Catholic School.
(Note: Meeting the study and currency requirements of Accreditation to Teach Religious Education or Lead in a Catholic School also satisfies the requirements of Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School.)
Requirements for gaining and maintaining accreditation
NOTE: While this provision concerns teachers new to Catholic education, current teachers may pursue Accreditation to Teach Religious Education or Lead in a Catholic School at any stage of their career.
Principal Manual (TAP) - pdf CLICK HERE (995 KB)
Teacher Manual (TAP) - pdf CLICK HERE (1.03 MB)
Registration as a teacher in Victoria
All teachers in Victoria must hold current teacher registration through the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) whether you work in the Catholic, government or independent sector. The VIT’s role is to maintain high standards of professional practice for teacher registered in Victoria and to support teachers to meet those standards.
For more information, visit the VIT website www.vit.vic.edu.au.