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Certificate in Religious Education for Primary Schools
Course Code: IET12

Certificate in Religious Education for Primary Schools

Entry Requirements:

The course is open to:
- Qualified primary school teachers;
- Qualified post-primary school teachers who wish to transfer to primary school teaching.

In addition, the course would be open to parents, sacramental preparation teams and parish catechists who have a specific interest in the area of primary religious education.


A one year part time programme commencing in Autumn 2020

Fees (euro):

Application fee: €25
Course Fee: €780 (non-refundable)

Application Process:

Application Forms are currently being accepted electronically. 
Please email directly to or  Closing Date for receipt of Applications is Friday, 15th May 2020.

Next Intake:

Programme commences in Autumn 2020.

Closing Date: 2020-05-15

Programme Overview

This Certificate in Religious Education (Primary School) is designed to provide qualified primary school teachers with a basic preparation and qualification in teaching Religious Education within Irish primary schools. Given this focus it would also be of interest to parents of primary school children and parish catechists working with children of primary school age.

Course Aim

This Certificate course aims to contribute to the theological and pedagogical development of qualified primary school teachers and other teachers of children of primary school age and to equip then with the necessary knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to teach Religious Education within Irish primary schools and for sacramental preparation.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • express a degree of theological insight
  • show an awareness of the theological and educational underpinning of Religious Education within the primary school programme
  • demonstrate a range of teaching skills appropriate to the delivery of Religious Education within primary schools
  • deliver primary school RE programmes
  • participate with competence and confidence in sacramental preparation
  • demonstrate an integration of their personal and professional development.

Course Structure
(Under review and therefore may differ from details outlined below)

A part-time Certificate Course with online delivery and some face-to-face lectures .
Module 1: Fundamental Theology and Foundational Ethics
Module 2: Biblical Studies and Biblical Christology
Module 3: Ecclesiology and Sacramental Theology
Module 4: RE in the Primary School

Module 4 will run throughout the year concurrently with the other modules and its delivery and assessment will be based specifically on the particular teaching context of the participating teachers.

Course Co-ordinator
Mr. Francis Cousins, Lecturer in Religious Education

Total ECTs for the Course: 20

Continuous Assessment.

Downloads & Other Information

Application Form
Programme Brochure
Draft Timetable for this Programme:


Postgraduate / Adult and Continuing Education Prospectus

Contact Details

Program Administrator
Education Department
T: 353 71-9195552 / 353 71-9195550
F: 353 71-9144585

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