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​​All faculty and administrators are responsible for the religious formation and instruction of students in accordance with the principles of the Gospel and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In a Catholic school, all teachers, not solely religion teachers, participate in the ministry of the Church and support the religious instruction and formation program of the school.  The ​Congregation for Catholic Education has described this principle in a series of documents, among them Lay Catholics: Witnesses to Faith​.  All teachers need to be knowledgeable about the Catholic faith and supportive of Church teaching. It is the responsibility of the principal to provide faculty members with adequate opportunities for religious formation and an understanding of Church teaching. 

Teachers of religion in a Catholic school have a particular ministerial role and are required to be practicing Catholics and meet the professional and personal standards set forth in policies for hiring, certification, and renewal of certification. To assist teachers in meeting these standards, the Department of Catholic Schools provides programs for certification as well as workshops and opportunities for ongoing formation and learning. In addition to required faith formation workshops, the Department of Catholic Schools sponsors occasional in-service training and recommends participation in the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, national and regional religious education conferences, and courses at Catholic colleges and universities.

Opportunities are offered to assure that teachers in a Catholic school become familiar with the purpose and philosophy of Catholic education, a basic theology of Catholic ministry, and the charism, mission, and history of the school in which they teach.

All elementary school teachers are required to participate in catechetical formation, and all elementary school teachers who are Catholic are required to obtain and maintain certification as catechists​ as set forth by the California Catholic Conference.

Annually each high school is to provide an opportunity for teachers to grow in their understanding of Catholic identity, in particular by studying the purpose and philosophy of Catholic education, a basic theology of ministry, and the charism, mission, and history of the school in which they teach. For all high schools teachers, the Department of Catholic Schools also provides an outline of a four-year cycle of topics of Catholic formation and instruction, to be implemented by each school (see "High School Curriculum" under Religion Curriculum​).

The religious formation program for all high school teachers at each school (including private Catholic schools) is to consist of a minimum of 10 hours each academic year. A copy of the Annual Report Form Regarding Catholic Identity and Faculty Faith Formation of High Schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is to be submitted to the Department of Catholic Schools by June 30 each year.

See Qualifications of the High School Religion Teacher​.​