Professional Learning

Sydney Catholic Schools offers appropriate and supportive pathways for the preparation and ongoing professional learning of its teachers, especially in Religious Education (RE), and for the professional and spiritual formation of those who will lead our schools into the future.

SCS offers ongoing professional development courses as well as reimbursement of costs for post graduate study in RE and Theology.

Religious Education Accreditation

It is a requirement that all teachers of Religious Education be qualified teachers, with the necessary background, knowledge, and professional commitment to the purposes of RE and the ethos of the Catholic School. It is expected that teachers of Religious Education are Catholic, and are committed to their faith.

Those seeking accreditation to teach Religious Education can apply through the classification process or complete the Application for Accreditation.

Do you have questions about the ‘Work, Teach and Lead in a Catholic School’ policy? Click here to check the answers to ‘Frequently Asked Questions‘.

Further Study in RE/Theology
Teachers and system leaders wishing to commence post-graduate studies in RE and/or Theology in 2023 are required to complete an Expression of Interest Form prior to course enrolment.


The following documents provide detailed requirements and study paths:

Related Documents

Staff Study Support Policy
The Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) Staff Study Support Policy reflects our individual and communal commitment to the continued professional development of staff.

Application for Category D Accreditation
For teachers applying for Accreditation to teach Religious Education in the Sydney Archdiocese.

Application for Category D Provisional (Other than Catholic)
For those who have completed the study requirements to teach Religious Education, but whose faith tradition is other than Catholic.

Application for Category D Provisional
For those who are teaching/will be teaching Religious Education but have not met the study requirements.

Application for Category E Accreditation 
For those applying to be accredited/provisionally accredited for Senior Leadership in a Catholic school.

List of RE/Theology Courses
For teachers wishing to be accredited to teach Religious Education and/or for teachers wishing to upgrade their RE/Theology qualifications in the Sydney Archdiocese.

Endorsement Form
For Teachers wishing to be endorsed for further study in RE/Theology in the Sydney Archdiocese.

Steps in Applying for Reimbursement
Detailed steps for Teachers in the Sydney Archdiocese wishing to be reimbursed for RE/Theology study.

Reimbursement form
For Teachers wishing to be reimbursed for study in RE/Theology in the Sydney Archdiocese. Teachers should note that reimbursements generally need to be received no later than six months after successful completion of the unit.

Religious Education Co-ordinators Classification
Form for Religious Education Co-ordinators wishing to be classified Level I/II.

Accreditation to Work, Teach and Lead in a Catholic School Policy
This SCS policy outlines the five accreditation categories to enable staff members to work, teach and lead in a Catholic school.