Information on NZ Certificate in Christian Studies – Religious Education (NZCCS-RE)

The New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies (Level 5) – Religious Education (NZCCS-RE) is specifically for those studying at a University College of Education who would like to teach in a Catholic school and for qualified teachers in Catholic schools.

The NZCCS-RE will provide you with the knowledge and skill to confidently and competently teach Religious Education and to contribute to the Catholic character of your school.

This qualification is a Level 5 qualification of 80 credits. There are 7 papers to this qualification. Six papers are 10 credits, one paper is 20 credits. A full time student does 80 credits in a year. That is four papers or 40 credit points each semester.

  • 2 papers x 10 credits + 1 paper x 20 credits = 40 credits per semester (NZCCS-RE)
  • There are 2 semesters in a year = 40 + 40 = 80 credits (NZCCS-RE)

Part time or distance students will take longer to complete this qualification as there are limits to the number of papers students can take each semester. This ensures a reasonable workload.

Students are offered the opportunity to do separate papers each semester either via distance learning or on campus. Or if students prefer on campus learning, with the advantages of having in class room engagement then they are most welcome to have all their courses delivered by a lecturer. This will be the same case if students prefer online learning.

  • Semester 1 : SC501 Understanding the Old Testament(Distance) + TH501 What Catholics Believe (Campus)
  • Semester 1 : SC501 Understanding the Old Testament (Campus) + TH501 What Catholics Believe (Campus)
  • Semester 1 : SC501 Understanding the Old Testament (Distance) + TH501 What Catholics Believe (Distance)

What are the entry requirements?

This is open to students enrolled in University Colleges of Education (or equivalent) and practising teachers.  There is a pre-service component for teacher trainees and an in-service component for qualified teachers.

What is the structure of this programme?

There are 7 main papers that you must complete in order to receive this award. 6 Courses in Theology, Scripture and Religious Education and 1 Practicum (for trainee teachers) or 1 project/portfolio (for practicing teachers)

  • RE501 Religious Education Today – (10 Credits)
  • RE502 Spirituality for Teachers – (10 Credits)
  • SC502 Interpreting the New Testament – (10 Credits)
  • SC501 Understanding the Old Testament – (10 Credits)
  • TH501 What Catholics Believe – (10 Credits)
  • TH502 What is Theology? – (10 Credits)

Either one of the two following papers

  • RE503 Teaching Practice (trainee teachers) – (20 Credits)
  • RE504 Teaching in a Catholic School (qualified teachers) *capstone paper – (20 Credits)

One of the following papers can be substituted for TH502 What is Theology?

  • TH503 Church and Sacraments – (10 Credits)
  • TH504 Catholic Social Teaching – (10 Credits)
  • TH505 Issues in Christian Ethics – (10 Credits)
  • TH506 He Timatanga- A Beginning – (10 Credits)

Can I get recognition for previous academic study (Recognition of Prior Learning)?

Prior learning from an accredited institute at the same level is recognised by Te Kupenga. Please contact each site-coordinator for more details on how you can apply for this. Depending on your previous tertiary study, Te Kupenga may credit up to 40% towards a qualification. For previous study to be considered, it must have occurred no longer than 10 years ago. There is an administration fee for processing an RPL application:

  • RPL for an overseas qualification = $50.00
  • RPL for a New Zealand qualification = $40.00

There is no charge for cross-credit or for processing pre-requisites for entry into the NZDCS.

What is the next step?

Now that you have decided upon the qualification you want to study towards, the next step is to select which papers you would like to do first. Feel free to email our Catholic Theological College team for help or assistance in planning your studying schedule.

If you would like to check out further studies above this Level 5 qualification, check our Degree-Level qualifications or Diploma-Level qualifications that we have on offer.

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