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Approved by the Office of Catechetical Leadership, Youth and Young Adult Ministry Formation  •  Anthony C. Marchica, Director

Online Catechist Certification

The Searchlight Virtual School offers online Catechist Certification for parish Catechists, Catholic school teachers, those in lay ministry, and adults seeking online faith formation.

"Getting Up To Today" is a foundational reflection and study of the Catholic Faith through the wisdom and vision of the Second Vatican Council. It provides the essential building blocks for further study and ongoing faith formation. It consists of six online foundational courses for Basic and Intermediate Catechist Certification. Those seeking more advanced certification should review the School of Christian Formation Online Division.

 

"Getting Up To Today" consists of these courses:

•  Foundational Principles and Practices for Catechists

•  Foundations Course 1: Getting to Know Vatican II

•  Foundations Course 2: An Introduction to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

•  Foundations Course 3: Catechesis: Passing on the Faith - An Overview of the General Directory for Catechesis

•  Foundations Course 4: Building A Culture of Life: The Church's Social Teachings

•  Foundations Course 5: Living Vatican II Today

Online Catechist Certification Overview

Download the Goals and Objectives for the Basic and Intermediate Courses

1. Basic Catechist Certification/Foundation Certificate for Teachers: Subscription Cost: $30.00


Complete the following courses:

•  Foundational Principles and Practices for Catechists

•  Foundations Course 1: Getting to Know Vatican II

•  Foundations Course 2: An Introduction to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

•  Foundations Course 3: Catechesis - Passing on the Faith: An Overview of the General Directory for Catechesis

 

2. Intermediate Catechist Certification/Level 1 Certificate for Teachers: Subscription Cost: $30.00

 

Complete the following courses:

•  Foundations Course 4: Building A Culture of Life - The Church's Social Teachings

•  Foundations Course 5: Living Vatican II Today

Note: In the Diocese of Palm Beach, Basic and Intermediate Catechist Certification, as well as Foundation and Level 1 Certificates for teachers, may also be obtained in your parish through the Echos of Faith program. Earning the Basic and Intermediate Catechist Certification through Echos of Faith training is equivalent to the online Basic and Intermediate certification available through the Searchlight Virtual School. For more information regarding the parish-based Echos of Faith program, talk to your PCL (Parish Catechetical Leader, i.e. DRE, Youth Minister, Principal, etc.)

Attention Catholics School Teachers in the Diocese of Palm Beach:

 

All Middle School Religion Teachers must obtain a LEVEL TWO Certificate, and Middle School Curriculum Teachers must hold a FOUNDATION Certificate.

3. Advanced Catechist Certification/Levels 2 and 3 for Teachers: School of Christian Formation Online

 

 

 

One must first earn the Basic and Intermediate Catechist Certification or, if a teacher in a Catholic school, the Foundation and Level 1 Certification, then enroll in the School of Christian Formation (a diocesan sponsored adult faith formation program) to earn the Advanced Catechist Certification. The School of Christian Formation consists of 12 courses. The classroom courses are offered at various locations throughout the diocese. Typically, a student completes four courses per year over a three year period.

 

The School of Christian Formation has an online division provided by the Searchlight Virtual School, therefore Advanced Catechist Certification can also be earned via the internet.  Online courses require completion of online tutorials and submission of an electronic assessment of the course text. For an overview of the School of Christian Formation's online courses (goals and objectives, tutorials, and required texts), click here. Cost: $30.00 per course, plus the purchase of the text. Those who have already earned their Basic and Intermediate Certification through the Searchlight Virtual School automatically receive credit for the Vatican II and Social Doctrine courses upon enrollment in the School of Christian Formation, but must complete the remaining eight courses to obtain the Advanced Catechist Certification.

 

 

Download the Goal and Objectives for the Online School of Christian Formation Courses

The Online Catechist Certification Process

•  To earn Catechist Certification you must first enroll in the Searchlight Virtual School.

•  Once the enrollment process is complete, you may purchase the appropriate subscription plan. When we receive notification of your subscription, you will receive all the course materials needed for a given level of certification as attachments to an e-mail. When you complete all the courses for a given level, you should submit the completed course materials to the Searchlight Virtual School.

•  You will receive a certificate of completion from the Diocese of Palm Beach for each course when the requirements for all courses in a particular level  have been met.

•  When the four courses required for the Basic Catechist Certification have been completed, you will also receive the Basic Catechist Certification Certificate.

•  Likewise, when the additional two courses required for the Intermediate Certification have been satisfied, you will receive the Intermediate Catechist Certification.

•  When the requirements outlined above for the Advanced Catechist Certification are met, you will receive the Advanced Catechist Certification.

•  All certificates for the Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Catechist Certification are issued by the Diocese of Palm Beach.*

•  For enrollment information and/or to download the enrollment application, click here.

*Note: If you are participating in the Searchlight Virtual School by the recommendation of a diocese other than the Diocese of Palm Beach and your diocese is an official diocesan affiliate, your certificates of completion and certification may be issued through your own diocese. This depends on the type of affiliation plan that your own diocese has set up with us.

 

 

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