Foundations of Catholic Belief STEP Course

Welcome Catholic School Teachers! 

Basic Certification consists of a Lumen Retreat (offered periodically throughout the year)  or equivalent, completion of Basic Certification track (CI or STEP), and submission of a Basic Certification application form. EMMAUS institute has partnered with University of Notre Dame STEP program and Catechetical Institute of Franciscan University (CI) to provide two options for an online learning pathway. Each teacher is enrolled in the Emmaus Institute by their school administration. Please use your school email for all enrollments.

Using Franciscan University Catechetical Institute

The formation step of Basic Catechist Certification (Spanish and English) utilizing the CI platform requires completion of the 12 workshops in the Catholic Schools Teachers track. Set up your profile at:

Using University of Notre Dame STEP program

We have partnered with University of Notre Dame STEP program to provide this formation. Please choose the dates that work best for you. UND has a promo code for the Diocese of Orange.  When registering, teachers will use the code and not be required to pay.

Foundations of Catholic Belief is offered throughout the year. The dates and links are listed below:

October 23  December 8, 2023
Link to register:

January 8 – February 23, 2024
Link to register:

February 28 – April 12, 2024
Link to register:

April 29 – June 14, 2024
Link to register:

Credit: Upon completion of CI Basic Catechist Certification track or Catholic School Teachers track, completion of each track will be posted to the learner’s file on the Emmaus Student Portal ( The Basic Certification application must also be submitted.   Basic Certificates will be issued at the end of April, August and December.


If you have any questions, please see the FAQ Emmaus Institute FAQ. If you still have questions or need assistance please contact us at: [email protected]