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 216 points (9 units) comprised of:

  • DE9016L Education and Theology in Dialogue
  • 24 points in either the discipline of Biblical Studies or Systematic Theology
  • 24 points in either the discipline of Education Studies or Religious Education
  • 24 points in either the discipline of Education Studies, Religious Education or Systematic Theology
  • Either a Capstone unit of at least 24 points that integrates education and theology or the unit RQ9748M Minor Thesis on a related theme, as approved by an academic dean
  • Further units at postgraduate level

provided that at least 96 points of postgraduate elective units are included.

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.

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 minor thesis is available—16,000 words (RQ9748M). This thesis 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

Where the first language is other than English, please see the English language proficiency requirements in the Admissions Policy.

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 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: 12/02/2019 5:51pm