ALC has several courses designed for the professional development of teachers. These awards assist teachers to reflect on their roles in the educational and theological environment of a school.
Faith-based schools provide a vibrant education context for the study of the interactions between education and theology. These complementary disciplines inform each other and are lived out side by side in the day-to-day life of the school.
For teachers working in Lutheran or other faith-based schools, the capacity to engage in the conversation between education and theology in the school context is of critical importance to the health and growth of the individual school and the school system.
All units in the following courses are delivered online. See units for scheduling details.
The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education is designed for inexperienced teachers or those not currently teaching in the Lutheran system. The award is three units or the equivalent of one full-time semester. The GCTRE fulfils most of the requirements for being accredited to teach Christian Studies in a Lutheran school; the remaining accreditation requirements are undertaken at school level. Most teachers undertake one unit per semester for three semesters.
The Graduate Certificate in Divinity is an option for teachers wishing to go deeper into the theology which underpins the Christian Studies Curriculum Framework in use in Lutheran schools, or who just wish to pursue their own theological interests. The award is three units or the equivalent of one full-time semester. If the appropriate pattern is followed, the GCDiv may be used to fulfil most of the requirements to be accredited to teach Christian Studies in a Lutheran school. Most teachers undertake one unit per semester for three semesters.
The Graduate Certificate in Leadership is designed for teachers with at least three years’ experience who are in, or seeking to be in, middle and senior leadership roles in schools. The award is three units or the equivalent of one full-time semester and satisfies most of the requirements for accreditation as a leader in a Lutheran school. The remaining accreditation requirements are undertaken at school level. Most teachers undertake one unit per semester for three semesters.
The Master of Education and Theology is designed for teachers with at least three years’ experience who wish to deepen and/or broaden their understanding of theology within an education context. Students consider the key question of how theology shapes education practice and how education practice informs theology. Teachers with a four-year Bachelor of Education or graduate qualification generally complete 6 units or the equivalent of one full-time year. The GCL may be embedded in the pattern of the MEdTheol if required. Most students undertake one unit per semester for six semesters.
While the awards specifically designed for teachers focus on the conversation between theology and education, teachers are also welcome to enrol in general theological awards through the School of Theological Studies.
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