Master of Education and Theology [MEdTheol]

(Accredited through UD)


The Master of Education and Theology enables students to apply advanced knowledge of the nexus between education and theology in professional practice contexts such as faith-based schools and prepares them for further learning in these disciplines.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the MEdTheol are able to: 

  • have mastery of educational and theological concepts which underpin the practice and mission of faith-based learning contexts
  • have skills to reflect critically on professional practice in faith-based learning contexts, informed by education and theological theory
  • apply insights from the dialogue between education and theology to generate and evaluate complex concepts in professional practice and further learning
  • have communication and technical research skills to investigate, interpret and justify theoretical propositions and professional decisions in faith-based learning contexts
  • apply relevant skills in the disciplines of education and theology through the execution of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience or piece of scholarship.

Course structure

The Master of Education and Theology through ALC consists of 135 points (9 units) comprised of:

  • Core unit—DE9016L Education and Theology in Dialogue
  • One unit in the discipline of Biblical Studies or Systematic Theology
  • One unit in the discipline of Education Studies or Religious Education
  • One unit in the discipline of Education Studies, Religious Education or Systematic Theology
  • A capstone unit
  • The remaining units may comprise of RPL, external credit and/or additional ALC units

Teachers who hold a 4-year undergraduate teaching qualification or a Graduate Diploma in Education or equivalent will normally gain three units of RPL, and hence will only need to complete 6 units.

DE9016L Education and Theology in Dialogue is a compulsory unit. All students must also complete a capstone unit during the last third of their degree.

Additional unit information:

  • For students considering future doctoral studies through the University of Divinity a qualifying research essay is available—12,000 words, as 2 x 15 credit point units (Semester 1: RQ971AM & Semester 2: RQ972BM). This essay also satisfies the compulsory Capstone unit requirement.
  • DE9019L Lutheran Perspectives on Schooling is available by negotiation only

Entry requirements

  • an undergraduate degree
  • a qualification recognised for teacher registration in Australia
  • two years of full-time teaching experience or part-time equivalent

For published information specific to this course, including the associated regulation, go to the Master of Education and Theology.

ALC operates with a policy of credit transfer and recognition of prior learning (RPL); see the Course Credit Policy.


  • 1½ years full-time (less for most registered teachers)
  • 4½ years part-time

Study modes

  • Units for the MEdTheol are offered via flexible education (distance) study modes

Please see ALC study modes. For off campus study options see Off campus study

Course updated: 07/02/2018 9:06am