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Becoming an Effective Catechist

Catechetical Education Certificate

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Elevate your teaching

Not all Catechists have been trained in theology or pedagogical best practices. This program will outline evidence-based best practices in education, give an overview of various theological topics, and provide the learners' tools and primary resources needed for further research on any Catechetical topic of interest.

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Industry Trends and Rationale

Why Now?


Catechetical education, which refers to the teaching of the Catholic faith, is constantly evolving as the Church seeks to engage with modern culture and new generations of believers. These trends reflect the ongoing efforts of the Catholic Church to make the faith accessible and relevant to the needs of the modern world.

Faith Formation

Catechists, the individuals who teach the faith, are being trained to be more effective and engaging in their teaching, and are being encouraged to continue their own faith formation.

Enhanced Learning Experience

With the rise of online learning, catechetical programs are being designed to incorporate digital tools and resources to enhance the learning experience.

Course Outcomes

This program is carefully designed to aid Catechists in gaining knowledge on the various aspects of Catechism through interactive activities, videos, quizzes, and real-life scenarios.

This program will cover the following topics:

  1. Catechesis and the Catechist
  2. Catechetical Tools
  3. Lesson Structure and Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching (CST)
  4. CST, “The Dignity of the Human Person” applied to Catechesis
  5. CST, “Call to Family, Community, Participation” and “Solidarity” applied to Catechesis; Overview of Part III of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  6. CST, “Rights and Responsibilities” and “Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers” applied to Catechesis; Overview of Part II of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  7. CST, “Option for the Poor and the Vulnerable” applied to Catechesis; Overview of Part IV of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  8. CST, “Care for God’s Creation” applied to Catechesis; Overview of Part 1 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

This program will prepare learners for various job titles including Catechists, Director of Religious Education, Theology Professor, Director of Evangelization, Catholic School Teacher, and Chaplain.




The salaries of Catechists in the US range from $22,380 to $77,220, with a median salary of $44,250. The middle 60% of Catechists makes $44,250, with the top 80% making $77,220.




This program will equip learners with the following skills:

  • Knowledge of the Catholic faith
  • Communication skills
  • Teaching skills
  • Patience and empathy
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Strong faith and spirituality
  • Continuous learning

This program will equip learners with the following work competencies:

  • Utilizing Catholic Primary Sources on contemporary issues and catechetical topics
  • Explaining and implementing pedagogical practices
  • Interpreting roles and boundaries for all stakeholders, including students, parent/guardian, immediate leadership, Parish leadership, other pertinent community members
  • Expressing catechetical mission, goal, and objectives for each lesson
  • Explaining basic tenets of the Catholic Faith as outlined in the Catholic Catechism of the Catholic Church

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