Religious or Spiritual Educator
Religious or Spiritual Educator in Schools or Pre-Schools
The Board's policy enables religious or spiritual educators, who do not hold teacher registration, to teach in the specialised subject area of the religion of a school or pre-school. Such leaders may be ordained priests or ministers, members of a religious order, or lay people recognised within the relevant religious/spiritual community.
This Special Authority does not enable the applicant to teach any other subject.
A Special Authority for an Unregistered Person to Teach as a Religious or Spiritual Educator in Schools or Pre-Schools is required when:
- Teaching in the area of the religion of a school or pre-school. This means teaching a course of instruction (e.g. studies in sacred text) as a part of the religious/spiritual education program of the school or pre-school.
- Teaching a language which is an integral part of the study of a religion. It is distinct from teaching a language other than English.
A Special Authority is not required when providing pastoral and/or spiritual support to the school community.
Religious or Spiritual educators can lodge an Application for a Special Authority for an Unregistered Person to Teach (Religious or Spiritual Educator) form with the Board.
Minimum Qualifications Requirements
- Either a tertiary qualification from a recognised university (or approved equivalent) that is of at least three years' full-time duration (or part-time equivalent), in a field related to the study of religion (e.g. Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Divinity etc.), or an approved equivalent degree or diploma.
- Or recognition and endorsement from the relevant religious or spiritual community.
Renewal of Special Authority
An applicant is eligible to apply to renew a Special Authority at the expiry of each three year period provided they have satisfied all other requirements i.e. Mandatory Notification Training, consent to a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check undertaken by the Board and are fit and proper to be granted an extension of the Special Authority to Teach for a further three year period.