Catholic Teacher Certificate

The University of Dallas Catholic Teacher Certificate 

We must remember that teachers and educators fulfill a specific Christian vocation and share an equally specific participation in the mission of the Church, to the extent that "it depends chiefly on them whether the Catholic school achieves its purpose."

– Congregation for Catholic Education

With the University of Dallas Catholic Teacher Certificate, you will meet all of the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department pedagogy requirements for teaching in Texas Catholic schools. The program is comprised of 18 credit hours and offers emphases in elementary or secondary education. 

What you need to know about the Catholic Teacher Certificate:

  • The CTC certifies distinctive preparation for teaching in Catholic schools, at the elementary or secondary level.
  • Courses are offered in foundational pedagogical knowledge, rooted in educational research and Church teaching, to guide teachers in the integration of Catholic values and effective teaching.
  • Students gain practical experience in Catholic school classrooms, with Catholic school mentors.
  • Students are invited to become members in the University of Dallas Catholic Cohort, a community of practice supporting the growth and continuing education of Catholic school teachers.
  • The Catholic Teacher Certificate can count towards the fulfillment of some of the credit hour requirements for additional graduate programs at the university, or towards the fulfillment of some of the requirements for the accredited Texas Teacher Preparation Program for full Texas teacher certification. 

Are you called to be a Catholic school teacher?

Teachers in Catholic schools have a unique responsibility. They are called to be well prepared in subject matter and Catholic values and to integrate those values into their teaching. The Church relies on Catholic school teachers to deliver a Christian education that integrates the insights of faith into all teaching and learning experiences, in all content areas. They are charged with the formation of the whole child and guide students by both word and deed to develop and enrich their human knowledge through the light of faith. 

Ready to take the next step? 

Explore the Certificate Requirements.

Contact us.

Reach out to the Braniff Graduate Office online or give us a call at 972-721-5106. We're happy to answer any questions you might have about studying at the University of Dallas.

Apply now.

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