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Religious Education Credentialing Forms and Resources

Please refer to the Religious Education (RE) Credentialing Program Plan (PDF, 17 pages) for a program overview and details, as well as application procedures and completion requirements. Currently online is the 2009 plan document. We are now putting the finishing touches on 2014 Program Plan. Contact Catherine Rowland,, to receive the nearly finalized 2014 plan document. Through the end of calendar year 2014, applications are being accepted to both the 2009 and 2014 plans. As of January 1, 2015, only the 2014 Plan will be open.

Forms for Application to the Religious Education Credentialing Program

Note: Candidates applying to the 2014 RECP should use the 2014 forms available from Catherine Rowland, The forms below are for candidates applying to the 2009 RECP Plan, which is open through December 31, 2014.

  1. Statement of Intent Form (Word), (PDF, 1 page)
  2. Endorsement Forms (Word), (PDF, 3 pages)
  3. Criminal Offense Disclosure Form (Word), (PDF, 2 pages)

Forms for Completing the Religious Education Credentialing Program

Forms All Candidates Must Submit

  1. RE Credentialing Information Cover Sheet (Word), (PDF, 1 page)
  2. Personal statements. Complete the form that corresponds to your credentialing level (samples in Resources section, below):
  3. Self-Assessment of Competencies (Word), (PDF, 2 pages)
  4. Resource Check List (Word), (PDF, 9 pages)
  5. Recommendation Forms (Word), (PDF, 5 pages)
  6. RE Credentialing Committee (RECC) Meeting Request Form (Word) (PDF), for candidates who need to meet with the RECC.  (See What to Expect from the RECC Interview Meeting (PDF, 4 pages).)


  1. RE Credentialing Equivalency Requirements (PDF, 26 pages), including forms for equivalency requests and waivers
  2. Generative Project Proposal Form (PDF, 2 pages) (Word), for Master Level candidates who choose the Generative Project option


Portfolio Standards:  Requirements for Creating Your RE Credentialing Portfolio (PDF, 5 pages)

Reflection Paper and and Generative Project standards are found in the Religious Education (RE) Credentialing Program Plan (PDF, 17 pages).

For ALL Candidates

  1. Annotated Resource List (PDF, 45 pages)
  2. Continuum of Competencies (PDF, 13 pages)—describes scope of knowledge and skill expected in each competency for each level of credentialing.
  3. Competency grids—an optional tool intended to help you identify and organize the experiences and work products you would like to include in your portfolio or reflection paper:
  4. Stages of Formation for Credentialed Religious Educators (PDF, 3 pages)—explains how a religious educator at each credentialing level can be expected to function in and beyond a congregation


  1. Sample Associate Level Portfolio (PDF, 65 pages) (conforms to current program requirements)
  2. Sample Credentialed Level Portfolio (PDF, 146 pages) (Screen Reader Version) (conforms to current program requirements)
  3. Sample Master Level Reflection Paper (PDF 25, pages) (confirms to current program requirements)
  4. Sample Master Level Portfolio (PDF, 329 pages) (conforms to older version of program requirements; remains a good illustration of competencies documented at Master Level)
  5. Sample Associate Level Personal Statement (PDF, 1 page).
  6. Sample Credentialed Level Personal Statement (PDF, 3 pages)
  7. Sample Master Level Personal Statement (PDF, 4 pages)

For more information contact recredentialing @

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Last updated on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

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