Teachers Certification Information

Component A: Foundation in Catholic Doctrine

University of Notre Dame McGrath Institute for Church Life

Course & Register: Foundations of Catholic Belief or Catholic Faith and Tradition for School Teachers*

Available: Offered three times a year

Time Expectations: 4-6 hours per week / 7 weeks

Approximate Cost: $49.50

Note: To obtain the discounted rate from the McGrath Institute enter “Raleigh” as the Promotional Code.

*The McGrath Institute announces that, starting June 13, 2022, the course “Foundations of Catholic Belief” replaces the course “Catholic Faith and Tradition for School Teachers.”

Component B: Methodology in Catechesis

Independent Study **

Read: The Catechist’s Toolbox: How to Thrive as a Religious Education Teacher - by Joe Paprocki

Required Assignment (min. 150 words per question): 

  1. What new catechist tool did you learn, and how do you envision applying this to your teaching?
  2. Share a Scripture, prayer, or quote that you found meaningful. Please explain.

Publisher: Loyola Press

Book cost: $10.00

Note: Save your responses in a Word document. When applying online for the certification you will be prompted to upload your responses.

** This option is equivalent to the courses: “Six Tasks of Catechesis” offered by the University of Notre Dame McGrath Institute for Church, and "Introduction to Catechesis" offered by VLCFF. If you took these courses, upload the Certificate of Completion when applying for the Certification.

Component C: Catholic School Culture

Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation & University of Dayton

E-Seminar: Catholic Identity and Culture | Register I VLCFF Course Calendar

Available: Offered three times a year

Time Expectations: 3 weeks

Approximate Cost: $40.00

Note: To receive the discounted price from VLCFF, you do not need to provide a discount code, instead select “Diocese of Raleigh” when asked “Select Diocese.”

Apply for the Certificate

Once you have completed components A, B, and C above and have electronic copies of each course Completion Certificate, apply online.

Allow three weeks for your application to be reviewed. The certificate will be mailed to the address provided. If you have any questions regarding your application, contact Aracely Alcala, Certification Specialist: registerme@raldioc.org or 984-900-3421.