The Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) has state-wide responsibilities with respect to Catholic schools on behalf of the Bishops of Queensland. The QCEC Policy on Teacher Accreditation is implemented and administered by Catholic Education Services for the Diocese of Cairns.
Accreditation to teach in a Catholic school is one means of assisting all teachers to develop a deeper understanding of the nature of a Catholic school and its contribution to the mission of the Church. It affirms the positive efforts of teachers already teaching in Catholic schools and is a means through which Catholic Education Services officially recognises teacher qualification and competency in respect to the particular character and educational philosophy of Catholic schools. Accreditation helps promote confidence in the quality of the Catholic school on the part of the Catholic community and the parents who send their children to Catholic schools.
Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School
All teachers require Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School whether or not they teach Religious Education. Accreditation fosters a knowledge and understanding of the Gospel and the Catholic Tradition to enable them to support, through their teaching and example, the efforts of the school to harmonise faith, culture and life.
Accreditation to Teach Religion in a Catholic School
Teachers of Religion in Catholic schools require additional professional competence in Scripture, Theology and Religious Education theory and practice. Teachers wishing to teach Religious Education require formal qualifications in Religious Education totalling four undergraduate units or equivalent.
At the discretion of the Executive Director of Catholic Education Services, teachers who do not have appropriate qualifications to meet accreditation requirements at the time of employment may be given Interim Accreditation.