Certificate in Catechesis

Audience

  1. Volunteer catechists
  2. Catholic school religion teachers
  3. Others whose ministry would be enriched by formal certification in this field.
  • Please Note:
  • If you are looking to be certified as a catechist in your diocese please check with your parish Director of Religious Education (DRE) or contact the diocesan Director of Faith Formation first. You may not be required to sign up for the VLCFF certificate program.

Requirements

  1. Complete the application form (use the link found below) and pay the $20.00 / $35.00 fee for Level One.
  2. Complete the 6 required courses for Level One. Successfully complete the required work for each course including the additional catechist exercises in each session of the course.
    1. It is recommended that the courses in each level be taken in sequence.
    2. Normal Course and Seminar fees apply.
    3. You are responsible for self-registering for all courses.
  3. Complete the application form (use the link found below) and pay the $20.00 / $35.00 fee for Level Two. Successfully complete the required work for each course including the additional catechist exercises in each session of the course.
  4. Up to two courses taken with a diocese may be applied toward the Certificate in Catechesis.
    1. The Diocesan Catechetical Leader is required to submit a letter to the Director of the VLCFF indicating that the selected course/s was equivalent to 2.5 CEUs (25 clock hours of work) and met the equivalent VLCFF course objectives.
  5. It is your responsibility to keep track of your progress in the program: Keep track of the courses you have taken, and when you have finished the program, contact Laura Franklin with your request for your certificate of completion.

Register

If you are new to the VLCFF, please complete a user profile (in the Become a New Student page, click the link to create your profile). You must be logged in to see the registration link.

Level I Courses

Theology:

  1. Survey of Catholic Doctrine
  2. Introduction to Scripture
  3. Images of Jesus
  4. Sacraments

Method:

  1. Introduction to Catechesis

Formation:

  1. Introduction to Prayer

Level II Courses

Theology:

  1. Old Testament
  2. New Testament
  3. Ecclesiology: Beginnings of the Church
  4. Introduction to Practical Morality

Method:

  1. Faith and Human Development

Formation:

  1. Vocation, Spirituality, and Discipleship of Catechists