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Where it’s all been heading: becoming a teacher in a Lutheran school
7 August 2014

Queensland-based ALC Lutheran Strand students are looking forward to an event on 14 August which will support them in achieving their goal of finding a teaching position in a Lutheran school or early learning centre.

Final year students are invited to an event held in a school (this year Prince of Peace Lutheran College at Everton Hills) designed to help them in the process of applying for teaching positions in Lutheran schools. Most of this year’s twenty students are from the Australian Catholic University with one from Griffith University and another from the University of the Sunshine Coast. Outside of Qld Lutheran Strand students are studying at Flinders University, UniSA, Adelaide University and Tabor College as well as various universities in Victoria and elsewhere.

The College kindly provides the venue and a dinner for the graduating students. A group of leaders from Lutheran schools and Lutheran Education Qld will be participating. The program will include information on the job application process, advice on writing letters of application, feedback on the students’ portfolios and practice job interviews. There is always a high level of interest in this event as well as appreciation for contribution of the educational leaders who participate.

The graduating students then take responsibility for applying for teaching positions with individual schools as these are advertised. A very high proportion of Queensland Lutheran Strand graduates have been successful in gaining positions in Lutheran or other schools. Lutheran schools are very keen to have available to them teacher graduates who are skilled teachers, especially when they are able to live out their faith and Christian commitment within their calling as teachers.

Similar graduate events are held in South Australia, and we are grateful to the staff in the Lutheran Education office in Victoria who work with the graduates there, helping us to ensure that all ALC Lutheran strand applicants are well prepared when they apply for positions and attend interviews in Lutheran schools.

The Lutheran Strand is a means by which people can work towards accreditation to teach in Lutheran schools while enrolled in their education degree at a university. These students undertake four ALC units of study and complete their final teaching experience in a Lutheran school. (Postgraduate students complete ALC’s Graduate Certificate in Religious Education.) Anyone who would like more information on the Lutheran Strand can contact Natalie Weir (School of Educational Theology Administrator) at ALC at set@alc.edu.au or on 08 8267 7400.