St. Joseph's College Certificate in Catholic Education

General Information

St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta offers a Certificate in Catholic Education to provide additional special qualifications in the area of Catholic elementary and secondary education.

The Certificate is designed to prepare teachers to work in Alberta's Catholic school districts. It also provides teachers with religious education courses that may be required or recommended by Catholic school districts in Alberta towards being considered for a continuous teaching contract.

Successful completion of the Certificate demonstrates initiative on the part of the education student or teacher, as well as a serious desire for the opportunity to teach in Catholic school districts.

All courses offered at St. Joseph’s College count as University of Alberta Arts credits and will appear on final transcripts/records.


Admission to the Certificate program requires one of the following:

  • Current enrolment in an undergraduate Bachelor of Education program
  • Current enrolment in a Bachelor of Education after-degree program
  • Current teachers in schools or graduate students should contact the College for information on how to register via Open Studies.

Applicants may apply to enter the Certificate program in any semester. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the program within 6-8 business days from the date of their submission.

Components of the Program

The Certificate consists of four 3-credit courses:

  1. CHRTC 100  The Bible: An Introduction
    A study of the themes of the Christian Bible; creation and covenant; sin and evil; the biblical history of ancient Israel; the prophets and justice; the preaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; redemption; the emergence of the Church.
  2. CHRTC 250  The Theological Education of the Catholic Teacher
    The components that make up the education of the Catholic teacher. Issues include credal statements, the moral and social teachings of the Church, liturgical practices, and a general theology and theory of Catholic education.
  3. CHRTC 380  Teaching Religion: Elementary
    An introduction to Christian religious education for elementary schools with an emphasis on pedagogy, child development and the religious education program.
    CHRTC 381  Teaching Religion: Secondary
    An introduction to Christian religious education for secondary schools with an emphasis on pedagogy, adolescent and young adult development and the religious education curriculum.
  4. Any other course offered through St. Joseph’s College.

Students are encouraged to take CHRTC 100, CHRTC 250, and CHRTC 380/381 in successive order.

The Certificate may be completed according to the student/participant's timeline, not to exceed five consecutive academic years.

Students must achieve an average 3.0 GPA among the four courses to be granted the Certificate in Catholic Education.

Obtaining the Certificate

Upon successful completion of the Certificate requirements, the student/participant will receive an official St. Joseph's College Certificate of Completion together with an official Letter listing the certificate courses completed.

This Certificate and Letter may serve as an important component in job applications to Catholic school districts in Alberta, as well as proof of completion of religious education courses.

How do I start?

What else should I know?

  • Some Catholic School Districts may request a pastoral reference as part of the employment application.
  • St. Joseph’s College has an active Campus Ministry program that includes numerous student groups and volunteer opportunities.
  • St. Joseph’s College offers Mass six days a week in the Chapel; the schedule is available here.
  • Have questions? Send us an email at:

Click here to download an application form

For more information, please contact:

Academic Program Coordinator
1-12 St. Joseph's College
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB   T6G 2J5
Tel: 780-492-7682

Graduate Studies

Individuals considering graduate studies in Education may also be interested in the SJC cohort of the Master of Education in Educational Studies Program.