If you’re studying education now, or thinking about starting, integrating our Catholic Education units with your university studies at ECU, Curtin, Murdoch, or UWA is the simplest way towards accreditation.

Catholic Education elective units have been written to meet the Catholic Education Commission of WA’s policy requiring those seeking to teach in Catholic schools to gain accreditation. In other words, if you’re planning to teach in a Catholic school, these units are a must.

“The Catholic Education units effectively teach all aspects of religious education, encompassing elements which focus on the teacher and the student. The units are fun, hands on, and allow the learner to personally reflect on each activity and connect to the content at a deeper level.”
— Nikita, Student, Bachelor of Education [Early Childhood Studies], ECU

Let’s Take a Closer Look

We know it can be confusing, so let’s break it down a little more. To satisfy the ‘tertiary study’ component of accreditation, you have to successfully complete three Catholic study units, either before commencing teaching or within the first five years of accepting a position in a Catholic school. CIWA offers accredited units at Edith Cowan, Curtin and Murdoch universities.

To find out what each university offers please contact the people below.


ECU offers three units in Catholic studies each year at undergraduate level. Three units are also offered in the Master of Teaching (Primary).

Edith Cowan University
Joanne Harris


Curtin offers three Catholic studies units each year in their Bachelor of Education programs. All three units are planned to be offered in both on-campus and also online for regional and metropolitan students who may benefit from this.

Curtin University
Dr Nathan Leber


Murdoch offers one Catholic Studies unit each year in Summer School to assist Education students in meeting the tertiary study requirements for accreditation. You’ll need to study three units over your time at Murdoch, or, fast-track your studies through our Short Course program.

Murdoch University
Megan Franken

Can’t Make it to the Units?

No problem! For those who are unable to access these units, we offer our own standalone program of three online courses, so you can still get the required accreditation.
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