For more information, contact the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis.

To meet the updated TCCBED Guidelines, PreK-8 Catholic School Teachers of Religion must fulfill “150 clock hours of undergraduate-level coursework appropriately distributed among courses in Catholic doctrine, Sacred Scripture, morality/social justice and sacraments/liturgy…[consisting of] online, non-credit courses offered by an accredited Catholic University.” The following complete series of non-credit online independent study courses offered by CDU meet this criteria.

CDU Series meeting TCCBED Guideline Requirements as approved by the Diocese of Corpus Christi Superintendent of Catholic Schools:

Successful completion of this CDU series of non-credit courses fulfills TCCBED Certification Requirements for PreK-8 Teachers of Religion in Catholic Schools  and Certification in the Diocese of Corpus Christi. Be sure to use access code 16CORPUSCHRISTI when registering to receive the discounted tuition rate.

Course Number Course Title CEUs*
SCRPT N004 Introduction to Scripture and the Gospel Message 1
RELED N042 Forming Disciples: Basic Tasks of Catechesis 1
THEO N006 The Celebration of Christian Mystery 3
THEO N007 Life in Christ 3
THEO N008 Christian Prayer 2
THEO N004 Introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2
SCRPT N113 The Way Catholics Use Scripture: Pope Benedict’s Verbum Domini 1
THEO N005 The Profession of Faith 2

*1 CEU = 10 clock hours

Online Independent Study Courses

  • View and/or listen to lesson lectures
  • Complete graded assignments [open book – Grade of 75 or higher required to receive credit]
  • Complete course within two months

When an individual successfully completes a course, the student will be invited to download a certificate, confirming completion of the course and the corresponding CEU’s/clock hours awarded.

Once a course is completed an individual will print out their certificate and do the following.

  1. Provide one copy to their school principal in order to receive partial reimbursement for the $45 fee.
  2. Provide one copy to the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Once all course requirements for certification through CDU are successfully completed, the individual submits the certificates of completion, along with the application for  certification.  (click here) If the individual completed live courses in the St. Paul School of Catechesis, those completion certificates would also accompany the application for certification. Send the application and certificates to the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis:  (Office of Evangelization and Catechesis  Diocese of Corpus Christi,  620 Lipan St., Corpus Christi, Texas 78403 or by Fax:  361-693-6731 or email:  The individual must assure that the application is complete. Incomplete applications will be returned to the individual.