ALC does not offer a full teacher education program. However, if you are studying to become a teacher, or intending to do so, ALC offers you the opportunity to complete many of the requirements needed for accreditation as a teacher in a Lutheran school in the form of units or topics that you may be able to cross-credit into your Bachelor of Education This program is called the Lutheran Strand.
The Lutheran Strand program helps to prepare teachers for their role in the ministry and mission of Lutheran schools. It provides a valued addition to initial teaching studies which is highly regarded by those who employ teachers in Lutheran and other Christian schools.
Both a study component and a practical component make up the Lutheran Strand.
The four semester-length units of study increase biblical and theological understanding, knowledge of the ethos and nature of Lutheran schools and capacity to teach Christian Studies. Lutheran Strand units are fully online although students benefit enormously from attending intensives and most choose to do so.
We suggest you discuss how you might cross-credit ALC units into your university degree with your home university course co-ordinator. Units that can be cross-credited will be eligible for FEE-HELP.
Your final professional experience placement will be in a Lutheran school so you can experience the culture of a Lutheran school, participate in the school worship life and, where possible, teach Christian Studies. You will need to negotiate this with your university’s placement office, though ALC staff can assist if requested.
Undergraduate students who complete both the study and the professional experience at an appropriate level, and who are eligible for registration as a teacher, receive an ALC vocational certificate in recognition of their participation in the Lutheran Strand program.
Postgraduate students completing the requirements are awarded a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education.
The Board for Lutheran Education Australia (BLEA) is responsible for accrediting teachers in Lutheran schools. ALC works closely with the BLEA to ensure that our units contribute towards accreditation requirements.
The remainder of the accreditation process generally takes place during the first two years of teaching in a Lutheran school.
Commencing students will receive advice from the course advisor as part of the application process.