Does taking these Catholic Core courses replace the Foundations of the Catholic Faith requirement?
Completing all three courses fulfills the Foundations of the Catholic Faith requirement except for the two-day retreat component which would remain.
Are Educational Assistants eligible to apply for this scholarship?
The Scholarship is open to all TRB qualified teachers and contracted Educational Assistants at a Catholic school within the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
In taking these Catholic Core courses how does this impact the salary that I receive?
Successful completion of these 3 courses does not on its own lead to a salary adjustment. If the applicant is enrolled in an academic program and these courses can count toward the completion of that program the degree or diploma obtained would be assessed against CISVA’s Teacher Salary Scale (log in to our Intranet for details).
In such cases please be sure to speak with your principal to allow for adequate budget planning should an adjustment be required.
For Congregational school teachers, you need to check with your respective school to determine what impact, if any, taking these courses has on your salary.
When can I be reimbursed for taking these Catholic Core courses?
You will be reimbursed after successfully completing the course. If you have signed the waiver at the end of the application process, St. Mark’s College will inform the Superintendent’s Office of your successful completion. In courses taken for credit, successful completion is defined as attaining a course grade of 70% or better; in courses taken for audit, successful completion is defined as attendance and participation in 100% of classes.
Who is eligible to apply for the Archbishop’s scholarship for Leadership in Catholic Education?
The Scholarship is open to all TRB certified teachers at a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, as well as Education Assistants, Principals, and Vice-Principals. This includes Congregational schools as well.
I am not interested in becoming a principal but do wish to deepen my knowledge and understanding of my faith in an academic context am I eligible to apply?
Yes. We encourage applicants from any TRB certified teacher, Education Assistant, Vice-Principal, or Principal within the system who wishes to improve themselves in these areas.
I am currently enrolled in a program at St. Mark’s. Am I eligible to apply for this scholarship?
Yes. Students currently enrolled in a program at St. Mark’s are able to apply for the Archbishop’s Scholarship for the applicable courses.
I have recently completed one of the Catholic Core courses listed as eligible for the Archbishop’s Scholarship. Can the Scholarship be retroactively applied?
The Scholarship applies only to Introduction to Scripture (SCRI 505), Foundations of Theology (THEO 501), and Foundations of Theology (THEO 501) commencing in April 2017.
Can the Archbishop’s Scholarship be applied to courses outside of the Catholic Core?
No. The Scholarship can only be used for the three Catholic Core courses.
Can I apply for the Archbishop’s Scholarship for all three Catholic Core courses?
Yes, provided you successfully complete each course, and provided you confirm with the Superintendent’s office that the funding is ongoing.
Will these Catholic Core courses be offered online or in venues other than at St. Mark’s?
Please see details on the website for the latest updates.
What is the difference between auditing and taking a course for credit?
Those who qualify are most likely to want to take the Catholic Core courses for credit as then it is possible to use those credits for a later graduate certificate or master’s degree. For those who already have a master’s degree, or who do not qualify to take courses for credit, there is an option to audit courses. Those who audit do not have to do all the paper and exam writing, but they are required to do the reading and participate in class discussions.
Archbishop’s Scholarship and potential students in Catholic Core courses
Archbishop’s Scholarship pays for the tuition fees for 3 graduate courses: THEO 501: Foundations of Theology, THEO 530: Christian Morality, SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture
Present students are:
- Teachers interested in leadership in Catholic schools
- Taking courses for graduate credit
Potential students to encourage:
- New groups within CISVA
- New possibility to audit courses in some instances
- Vice-principals and principals
- Without graduate degrees: take courses for credit with a view to at least a graduate certificate (15 credits) or a master’s degree (39-42 credits)
- With graduate degrees: take courses for audit – at least the three Catholic Core courses
- All teachers, especially:
- Religion teachers
- Department heads
- Those interested in leadership
- Educational assistants
- With an undergraduate degree: take courses for credit
- Without an undergraduate degree: take courses for audit
To audit courses
To take courses for credit
|Obligation to do reading and come prepared to class||Obligation to do reading, assignments, come prepared to class|
|While it is possible to audit a number of courses, auditing courses does not lead to further studies, a certificate, a degree, etc.||Could lead to a graduate certificate (15 credits) or master’s degree (39-42 credits) and a pay increase|
Fees for auditing courses for 2019-2020:
|Fees for taking credit courses for 2017-2018:
*Note: 2019-2020 information is TBA*