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FORMATION & CERTIFICATION IN THE ALBANY DIOCESE
Appendix A: Individual Certification Topics by Level

 
Provisional & Basic Certification

The eight courses that comprise the basic certification requirements for a particular track will provide an introduction to catechetical ministry, expose the participant to some methodological and pedagogical techniques and provide a basic level introduction to key theological topics.

Under the 2010 revision to the Albany Diocese’s Certification Requirements there are two versions of the “Call and Mission” course. One is applicable for all catechists working with children and teens, adults and in intergenerational programs (“The Call & Mission of the Catechist”) while the other applies to religion teachers in Catholic Schools (“The Call & Mission of the Catholic School Teacher”). While each certification track has three of its own, unique, methodology topics (typically dealing with “techniques”, “discipline” or “community”, and “resources”), all certification tracks share the four basic theology/scripture topics – “Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures”, “Introduction to Christian Scriptures”, “Jesus: Who do you say that I am?” and “Introduction to the Creed”.

Catechists – be they working with elementary age children, teens (“youth ministers”), adults or in intergenerational programs – and Catholic School religion teachers are expected to complete any four of the basic topics for their particular track either before they begin in this ministry or during their first year. This qualifies them for “Provisional Certification” for their respective track. Provisional certification is good for one year.

No later than the end of their second year in ministry, catechists, youth ministers and school religion teachers are to complete the remaining four basic courses, appropriate for their certification track, to qualify for “Basic Certification”. Thus, Basic Certification represents completion of the appropriate “Call & Mission” course, three methodology topics and four introductory theology/scripture topics. This establishes the general expectation that, on average, a person would complete the equivalent of four, two hour formation sessions each year.

If a person changes certification tracks (for example switches from “catechist of children” to “youth minister”) the basic courses that they took for their initial certification that are common to both tracks may be applied towards their certification in this other track as well.

The following grid lists all of the provisional/basic certification topics and indicates which topic applies to each of the five certification tracks or specializations. To view the descriptions, goals and objectives of the courses that apply towards provisional and basic certification as well as what is necessary to demonstrate competency for these topics and a summary of options available to fulfill these requirements simply click on the topic name. Additional resources suitable for independent or further study are also referenced and the date at the conclusion of each topic’s entry indicates when the resources for a particular course or topic were last updated. This information reflects the contents of “Appendix A” of our Diocesan Guidelines and Policies for the Formation and Certification of Catechists, Youth Ministers and Catholic School Teachers.

Topic
#

BASIC CERTIFICATION
Course Title/Topic

Catechist of Children

Youth Minister

Adult Catechist

Inter- generational Catechist

Catholic School Religion Teacher

Last Updated

 

 

 

 

 

Working primarily with children in pre school or elementary grades

Working primarily with teenagers in junior or senior high school

Working with adults

Working in an intergenerational program that may blur the lines between the tracks

Teaches religion in a Catholic school. Note slight differences between grade levels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A01

Call & Mission of the Catechist/Youth Minister

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

11/30/12

A02

Call & Mission of the Catholic School Teacher

 

 

 

 

Y

11/30/12

A03

Catechetical Techniques

Y

 

 

Pick either A03, A04 or A05

Lower Grds

11/30/12

A04

Adolescent Catechesis

 

Y

 

Upper Grds

11/30/12

A05

The Adult Learner

 

 

Y

 

11/30/12

A06

Creative Discipline with children

Y

 

 

Pick either A06, A07 or A08

Competency assumed for Gr. level

11/30/12

A07

Adolescent Discipleship

 

Y

 

11/30/12

A08

Leading and Facilitating Small Groups

 

 

Y

 

11/30/12

A09

Catechetical Tools & Resources

Y

 

 

Pick either A09, A10 or A11

Lower Grds

11/30/12

A10

Vision of Youth Ministry

 

Y

 

Upper Grds

11/30/12

A11

Resources for Adult Faith Formation in the parish or beyond

 

 

Y

 

11/30/12

A12

Introduction to Hebrew Scripture

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

11/30/12

A13

Introduction to Christian Scripture

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

11/30/12

A14

Jesus – Who do you say that I am?

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

11/30/12

A15

Introduction to the Creed

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

11/30/12

 


Intermediate & Full Certification

The twenty topics of Intermediate Certification build upon the topics covered under Basic Certification and provide an introduction to the core doctrines of our faith and methodology needed to become an effective catechist, youth minister or religion teacher.

Under the 2010 revision to the Albany Diocese’s Certification Requirements 14 of the topics are common to all five certification tracks (Catechist of children, Youth Minster, Catechist for Adults, Intergenerational Catechist and Catholic School religion teacher) and the remaining six topics are track specific.

Having completed the eight topics for basic certification, these catechists/youth ministers/religion teachers are now expected to continue their ongoing formation by completing, on average, four intermediate topics a year (8 hours of formation). Upon completion of any four intermediate topics they are eligible to advance one level of “Intermediate Certification”. Upon the completion of all twenty intermediate topics (hopefully within seven years of starting out in catechetical ministry), not only do they qualify for Level V Intermediate Certification but for “Full Certification” as well. Full Certification is good for three years and is renewable by completing twelve advanced level courses (or their equivalent) over a three year period.

If a person changes certification tracks (for example switches from “catechist of children” to “youth minister”) the intermediate certification courses that they took for their initial certification as a catechist of children that are common to both tracks may be applied towards their certification in this other track.

For persons who qualified for Basic Certification under the earlier certification requirements, the four theology/scripture topics that are now part of Basic Certification, while not affecting their basic certification status, must be completed in order for them to qualify for either Full or Advanced Certification issued after September 1, 2010. Consequently, they will need to have completed the original four basic topics for their track, the four theology/scripture topics that are now part of basic certification (but were intermediate certification topics prior to Fall, 2010), and the twenty intermediate topics for their track listed below.

The following grid lists all of the intermediate certification topics and indicates which topic applies to each of the five certification tracks or specializations. To view the descriptions, goals and objectives of the courses that apply towards intermediate certification as well as what is necessary to demonstrate competency for these topics and a summary of options available to fulfill these requirements simply click on the topic name. Additional resources suitable for independent or further study are also referenced and the date at the conclusion of each topic’s entry indicates when the resources for a particular course or topic were last updated. This information reflects the contents of “Appendix A” of our Diocesan Guidelines and Policies for the Formation and Certification of Catechists, Youth Ministers and Catholic School Teachers.

Topic
#

INTERMEDIATE CERTIFICATION
Course Title/Topic

Catechist

Youth Minister

Adult Catechist

Inter- generational Catechist

Catholic School Religion Teacher

Last Updated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics common to all tracks (14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

B01

A Christian Vision of Human Sexuality

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

11/30/12

B02

Church

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

11/30/12

B03

Ecumenism

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

11/30/12

B04

Faith Development

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

11/30/12

B05

Images of God

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

11/30/12

B06

Introduction to Morality

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

11/30/12

B07

Introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

11/30/12

B08

Introduction to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

11/30/12

B09

Introduction to the Sacraments

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

11/30/12

B10

The Liturgical Year

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

11/30/12

B11

Mary and the Saints

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

11/30/12

B12

Ministry to persons with special needs

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

11/30/12

B13

Social Justice & Service

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

11/30/12

B14

Use of Media & Resources

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

11/30/12

 

Topics for specific certification tracks (6)

 

 

 

 

 

B15

Evangelization

Y

 

 

Pick either B15 or B16

Lower Grds

11/30/12

B16

Evangelization & Outreach

 

Y

 

Upper Grds

11/30/12

B17

Learning Styles

Y

 

 

Pick either B17, B18 or B19

Competency assumed

11/30/12

B18

Adolescent Development

 

Y

 

11/30/12

B19

Leading Prayer (with adults)

 

 

Y

 

11/30/12

B20

Using the Bible with different ages

Y

 

 

 

Lower Grds

11/30/12

B21

Exploring the Scriptures with Adolescents

 

Y

 

 

Upper Grds

11/30/12

B22

Adolescent Spirituality

 

Y

 

 

Upper Grds

11/30/12

B23

Components of Comprehensive YM 1

 

Y

 

 

Upper Grds

11/30/12

B24

Components of Comprehensive YM 2

 

Y

 

 

Upper Grds

11/30/12

B25

Introduction to Our Hearts were Burning Within Us

 

 

Y

Y

 

11/30/12

B26

Prayer

Y

 

Y

Y

Lower Grds

11/30/12

B27

Psychology of the Learner

Y

 

Y

Y

Lower Grds - Competency Assumed

11/30/12

B28

Worship

Y

 

Y

Y

Lower Grds

11/0/12



Advanced Certification

The advanced level catechist, youth minister or Catholic school religion teacher seeks a deeper and more comprehensive study of doctrine, spirituality and skills. Advanced Certification is awarded upon the completion of 64 hours of theology and scripture, 16 hours of catechetics and catechetical ministry or ministry to adolescents, and 8 hours of spiritual renewal plus a minimum of two years of catechetical or youth ministry experience under the supervision of the catechetical leader or pastor. This is a three-year certification renewed by the completion of twenty-four more hours of theology/scripture, catechetics and catechetical methodology or ministry to adolescents, and spiritual renewal taken over the three-year period.

The following grid lists all of the advanced certification topics and indicates which topic applies to each of the five certification tracks or specializations. At this time for further information (descriptions, goals and objectives of the courses that apply towards advanced certification and a summary of options available to fulfill these requirements, along with additional resources suitable for independent or further study) contact Stephen Mawn.

 

Topic
#

ADVANCED CERTIFICATION
Course Title/Topic

Catechist

Youth Minister

Adult Catechist

Inter- generational Catechist

Catholic School Religion Teacher

Last Updated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theology/Scripture Topics common to all tracks (8 topics, 8 hours each)

 

C01

Hebrew Scripture (4, 2 hour sessions or equivalent)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

C02

Christian Scripture (4, 2 hour sessions or equivalent)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

C03

Christology (4, 2 hour sessions or equivalent)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

C04

Ecclesiology (4, 2 hour sessions or equivalent)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

C05

Liturgy & Prayer (4, 2 hour sessions or equivalent)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

C06

Morality (4, 2 hour sessions or equivalent)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

C07

Peace & Justice (4, 2 hour sessions or equivalent)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

C08

Sacraments (4, 2 hour sessions or equivalent)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

 

Catecheticsl/Methodology Topics for specific certification tracks (8, 2 hour sessions or equivalent)

 

D01

Perspectives in Ministry 1 – The Family

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

D02

Perspectives in Ministry 2 – Multiculturalism

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

D03

Perspectives in Ministry 3 – the Non-Catholic Student

 

 

 

 

Y

 

D04

Perspectives in Ministry 4 – Culture & Values

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

 

D05

Confirmation Today

 

Y

 

 

 

 

D06

Drug & Alcohol Prevention

 

 

 

 

Y

 

D07

Eastern Catholic Churches

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

D08

Planning Parish Missions, Retreats & Times of Reflection

 

 

Y

 

 

 

D09

Using PowerPoint and other tools for presentations (to adults)

 

 

Y

 

 

 

D10

Methodology Elective one

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Methodology Elective two

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Methodology Elective three

Y

Y

 

Y

Y

 

Methodology Elective four

Y

 

 

Y

 

 

 

Spiritual Renewal (typically four, two hour sessions)

 

 

 

 

 

E01

Spiritual Renewal course 1

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Spiritual Renewal course 2

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Spiritual Renewal course 3

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Spiritual Renewal course 4

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

To view the content of Appendix A for a specific certification level in its entirety, click on the following links: