Catholic Institute of Education


Short course (SC1): Human Existence, God and Human Destiny

This course, delivered by distance education, runs over nine weeks. Participants, however, may register at any time. Part one of the course focuses on the nature and practice of Theology, and addresses a number of the big questions that engage us all in our journey through life. Part two looks at the practical issues relating to teaching Theology in the classroom.

Meditation in the Christian Tradition

Six-week course by distance education

This course aims to deepen participants’ knowledge, understanding and practice of meditation in the Christian tradition, and to share ideas on how to run a meditation group for adults, and how to establish a practice among learners in the school.

The course begins with a regional face-to-face two-hour introductory session. The remainder is delivered by email. Dates and venues for these sessions are to be determined by the regional office manager. Registration will take place at these sessions.

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Advanced Certificate in Religious Education (NQF level 6)

The importance of creating new opportunities for the personal and professional development of religious educators cannot be overestimated. For this reason the CIE is happy to announce its intention to offer the Advanced Certificate of Religious Education (NQF Level 6) in collaboration with the TEEC (Theological Education by Extension College), the accrediting body. This modular course is offered via distance education with face-to-face and online tutorial support. 

The accreditation process through the CHE (Council for Higher Education) can be a lengthy one so it is not possible at this stage (April 2018) to announce definitively when it will be available. Our hope is the beginning of 2019.

Watch this space for details.

​Bachelor of Education (Hons) in Religious and Values Education

This nationally accredited programme is offered in collaboration with St Augustine College, Johannesburg. It is a two-year, part-time programme designed for persons involved in areas of religion and values education (particularly but not exclusively those planning to operate in administrative contexts) who wish to pursue specialised studies and advanced training in Religious Education and to acquire greater knowledge and skills. It will also enable participants to inform and shape the spiritual, moral, cultural and social lives of learners.

The BEd (Hons) enables those who have obtained an undergraduate teaching qualification (NQF level 7) and who wish to further their qualifications at postgraduate level to gain access to further postgraduate study at master's level (NQF level 9). The degree will be recognised for purposes of employment in education provided that the student has previously completed an approved four-year teaching qualification, or an appropriate bachelor's degree and a recognised professional teaching qualification.

For further information, contact Paul Faller (Catholic Institute of Education) at +27  (0)11 433 1888 ( or St Augustine College directly at +27 (0)11 380 9000.

Echoing the Word

A course for beginners with the following broad aims:

  • Ongoing personal formation in Theology and Scripture
  • The development of a professional, yet personalised, approach to Religious Education

The course consists of 10 units and is delivered by regional offices through monthly workshops. It is certified by the local bishop, and is suitable for both religious educators and catechists who are new in the field.

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Boston College – C21 Online course

Barbara Radtke, programme manager of C21 Online at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, writes:

“I manage a non-credit, online programme with a focus on spiritual renewal and ongoing faith formation, called C21 Online. Let me tell you a little about us. We serve an international, English-speaking community of learners with varied interests. Some, e.g., an adult group in a parish or a vowed religious community, are seeking spiritual enrichment; others, e.g., parish catechists, are looking for preparation for their volunteer ministry; still another constituency, e.g., parish directors of religious education or Catholic school teachers use C21 Online for ongoing pastoral development.

“Our learning opportunities include two six-week courses that have moderated discussion among the participants and some free resources available on our website that allow for interaction with the material. The latter ( and have attracted over 25 000 participants from all 50 US states and over 100 countries and territories.”

Go to C21 Online for more information.