Master of Education
A student must complete at least 72 credits points to obtain this award. Both core units are mandatory. Ideally, a student will begin with the core units and either finish with the capstone unit or a research thesis depending on their Course Progression Stream.
Graduate Diploma of Education
This course is integrated with the Master of Education (MEd). It provides both a possible stepping stone into the MEd and an exit point for those doing the MEd. If a student who is enrolled in the GradDipEd wants to use their credit points towards an MEd they can apply for this (though they will need to surrender their GradDipEd then complete the remaining 36 credit points). Students enrolled in the MEd who complete 36 units may choose to 'exit' at this point with a GradDipEd instead of the MEd.
Students must complete 1 core unit and 3 elective units. This is 9 credit point plus 27 credit points making a total of 36 credit points.
9 credit points are awarded for each unit completed.
ED500 Foundations of Christian Education
This unit promotes an authentic and robust understanding of the Bible as the core foundation for the development of Christian education. Starting from a recognition of the Bible’s inspired and divine character, this course enables students to develop a sound biblical understanding of the theology, history, and literature of the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, and to be prepared to apply this growth in educational planning and decision making at all levels.
EDE501 Worldview Assumptions in Education
This unit enables students to appreciate the philosophically committed nature of all education by exploring the role that worldviews play in human life, thereby enabling them to critique worldviews in contemporary educational practice and, in their own school communities, to engage in educational decision making and curriculum development that is faithful to a Christian understanding of the world and our/their place and task in it.
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This unit investigates varying concepts of curriculum design with specific focus on the Australian Curriculum. It encourages the development of dynamically structured curricula which are influenced by the vision of the school community, and which reflect a Christian worldview.
Students will explore the connection between assessment and learning. The unit explores past and current research into formative and summative assessment practices. Students will be guided to develop a responsive approach to assessment and reporting that is shaped by quality teaching practice and the Christian view of the child.
This unit investigates and evaluates past and current understanding of the learning process in the everyday classroom situation. Attention is given to the influence of worldviews in shaping various learning theories. The student will be guided to critically integrate a variety of learning theories into their current practice.
This unit systematically examines a significant educational problem or issue. The investigation of the problem will include a review of existing literature, suggesting a number of alternative solutions and justifying the choice of one of these alternatives.
This unit equips educators to understand the change process and to plan and implement for responsible and relevant innovation leading to more effective learning.
One of the most complex and difficult tasks in the field of education today is determining what constitutes effective teaching. This unit has been designed for students who are interested in the assessment of teaching and are seeking to develop or improve their own teaching and assessment systems in a way that is consistent with a Christian worldview.
Teachers face a wide diversity of special needs in the classroom. It is an ongoing process to develop a well-informed repertoire of relevant skills and an awareness of the resources available. This unit focuses on the development of a biblical understanding of exceptionality, on the major issues and choices facing educators in this area, and on the development of inclusive classroom practices.
This unit provides students with a critical understanding of the developing role of information and communication technologies (ICT) in education. Students will critically explore the worldviews that underpin digital technologies and the impact they are having on culture and specifically on school-based education.
This unit helps teachers to apply a biblical worldview in the area of mathematics. Teachers will be helped in the planning and implementation of mathematics teaching, appreciating the place of mathematics within the integrated nature of creation.
Educational practice is more than the application of techniques to achieve particular outcomes. It takes place in the context of understandings about meaning and purpose in human life. Different answers to basic questions will lead to different practices. This unit helps students to explore basic perspectives on education and to consider how a Christian perspective might generate distinctive practice.
Where have Christian schools come from? Students are introduced to the roots of Australian Christianity and educational development and will come to appreciate the important themes and distinctives within Christian schools. By knowing from where we have come, we may be better equipped to reflect upon and evaluate our present schooling programs and practices.
Students will critically evaluate and review 3 professional development activities that they have participated in. Evaluation will be made in light of educational practice and the contribution that the training makes towards Christian education.
This unit is an introduction to research methodology. Students will develop a basic understanding of educational research principles and methods so that they may be more effective in responsibly interpreting and conducting their own research. It is a prerequisite to engaging in a minor or major thesis through the Research Strand.
Using methodology explored in ED591 Research Methods in Education, students undertake research in an educational issue resulting in a short thesis of 10-12,000 words.
Using methodology explored in ED591 Research Methods in Education, students undertake research in an educational issue resulting in a short thesis of 18-20,000 words.
This unit enables students to effectively diagnose a problem or analyse an educational issue in the classroom or the school. The student will then apply Biblical principles to the problem and the potential solution. In addition, they will carry out a literature review related to the problem or issue to find a solution. Further they will then construct and implement appropriate intervention plans to solve the problem or issue and reflect on the outcome.