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Personnel is policy- an old adage but true, especially for schools. Gender ideology is pervasive in today’s state schools of education, in teacher training and professional development courses, which means that teachers are often trained and formed to accept gender ideology without question. Catholic schools, along with other faith-based programs, want to hire teachers who are faithful to the Church’s teachings and have a sound understanding of the human person. More broadly, Catholic institutions want teachers with an excellent formation in Catholic pedagogy and education–and a credential that proves it.  There’s an exciting new opportunity to meet this need: The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education has developed a national Catholic teaching credential.

Read their announcement below:


A National Catholic Teaching Credential!

Join the first-ever national cohort of teachers earning a Catholic teaching credential!  

In August, ICLE’s Catholic Educator Formation and Credential (CEFC) program is expanding coast to coast with an 18-month program designed especially for K-8 teachers in Catholic schools from across the United States.

This group will kick off August 1–5 at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, for an 18-month hybrid program that features five robust courses on content and pedagogy rooted in Catholic philosophy and theology.

The successful pilot program was launched last year for Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver, whose superintendent, Elias J. Moo, comments: 

 “[O]ur teachers now have access to a truly formative experience that honors their dignity as human people, preparing them in the best of our Catholic tradition made anew for the reality of our times, and giving them sound pedagogical tools rooted in Catholic principles. CEFC has truly been a blessing for the Archdiocese of Denver!”

Testimonials from credential candidates:“The program has aided in deepening my vocation as a Catholic educator. The program has reignited the fire in my heart to continue to inspire our students in and out of the classroom.”“I feel that I have found my desired vocation after this [program]. I left each day excited and filled, knowing I am being formed in how to share truth with my students and that there is a place and way to do it. I knew I wanted to share the Gospel with youth but did not know how after graduating college, and now I know how! Through teaching!”“I have had a lot of technical training, but this training is helping me find the true beauty and goodness in my vocation.”“I greatly appreciated the balance of seminar/ lecture with interactive lessons and time to engage with and practice the techniques given. I also enjoyed being able to observe [the instructors] utilize many of the strategies taught.”“I appreciate the balance between practical application and formal instruction.”“I am feeling much more prepared in classroom management… I feel I have good tools to start my classroom off with success and order.”

The 2022-2023 national cohort is reserved for 40 educators.  We have a limited number of openings, with priority given to diocesan-sponsored candidates, as well as those from ICLE member schools.Want more information?  Click here for the brochure. Reach out or apply today!