The Catholic school is a center for evangelization. The distinctive Catholic identity and mission of the Catholic school also depend on the efforts and example of the whole faculty. (National Directory for Catechesis)
The Academy also oversees the religion certification of teachers in the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese with the TCCED Certification for elementary teachers of religion and the Archdiocesan Certification for Teachers in Catholic Schools Who Do Not Teach Religion.
All courses are designed to meet the needs of adults who are active in ministry or interested in cultivating skills for ministry. Full and active participation is expected for all those enrolled. It is hoped that, once engaged in the formation process on any level, participants will realize their responsibility to be informed Catholics and continue their ongoing formation through continuing education opportunities provided by the Academy, other Archdiocesan offices, and area colleges and universities, as well as other Catholic institutions.
Certification for Teachers in Catholic Schools Who Do Not Teach Religion
Catholic school teachers have 2 options to become certified:
• Obtain Level 1 Certification: Level 1 Certification meets the requirements for Archdiocesan Certification for Teachers in Catholic Schools Who Do Not Teach Religion
• Take the Online Course presented by My Catholic Faith Delivered. Once all 25 lessons have been completed, the individual must print a copy of the online certificate and submit it, along with the application for certification, to his or her principal, who will send it on behalf of the teacher to the Archdiocese of San Antonio Academy for Lay Ecclesial Ministry. All incomplete applications will be returned to the individual.
TCCED Certification of Elementary Teachers of Religion in Catholic Schools
To meet the updated TCCED Guidelines Academic Year, Elementary Teachers of Religion must fulfill “150 clock hours of undergraduate-level coursework appropriately distributed among courses in Catholic doctrine, Sacred Scripture, morality/social justice and sacraments/liturgy…[consisting of] online, non-credit courses offered by an accredited Catholic University.” More information about TCCED Certification can be found at the CDU website here.