Studying during the summer
We often find that students like Semester 3 as it includes the summer break. Make the most of your extended school holidays and get one unit closer to graduating with your postgraduate degree. Remember semester 3 is a short one, so enrol now to get a head start into the semester. If you are not yet a student of the National Institute, can we recommend to you the two core units that unfold the biblical foundations of Christian education and the nature and implications of alternative worldview perspectives that shape our students and the curriculum we teach.
Enrolling in the summer semester
Click here to find our enrolment forms.
Simply type your responses directly into the form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 19th of November.
Semester 3 dates: 19th November 2013 – 17th January 2014.
Remember, CEPA members receive a $100 discount on unit fees.
We also have FEE-HELP available.
Postgraduate units being offered
Note that some of our units are more suitable for 3rd Semester as they involve classroom reflection and critique. See below the list for an indication:
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.
ED501 Worldviews 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 that is faithful to a Christian understanding of the world and our/their place and task in it.
ED510 Teachers as Curriculum Developers
This unit investigates varying concepts of curriculum design. It encourages the development of dynamically structured curricula which are influenced by the vision of the school community, and which reflect a Christian worldview.
ED511 Reflective Practice in the Classroom
Students reflect on the implementation of curriculum change and discuss how to act to improve aspects of the curriculum so that it more clearly embodies biblical values and encourages responsive discipleship in children.
ED512 Evaluation and Assessment
Curriculum evaluation (the appraisal of programs, curricula and institution) and assessment (the appraisal of what individuals know and can do) are an integral part of a teacher’s role. Students evaluate and develop systematic evaluation and assessment approaches which support the purposes of the Christian school and are suited to the student’s situation and needs.
ED520 Ways of Learning
This unit investigates and evaluates current understanding of the learning process in the everyday classroom situation, with attention being given to the influence of worldviews in shaping various theoretical positions.
ED530 Research Methods in Education
There is no doubt that educational practice is influenced in major ways by the results of educational research. Students will develop a basic understanding of educational research principles and methods so that they may be more effective in responsibly interpreting and conducting research.
ED531 Directed Reading
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.
ED532 Minor Research Thesis
This focuses on an educational issue or problem that the student identifies.
ED533 Major Research Thesis
The option of a major research project gives students with research experience the opportunity to explore an area in greater depth. Entry into this unit is normally dependent upon a Credit grade in ED530.
ED534 Practical Investigations in Teaching and Learning
Sometimes in their schools, teachers encounter situations about which they wish to conduct limited research. By identifying an issue (needs analysis), embedding it in a worldview context, and devising a systematic study and evaluation of the situation, they tend to devise an action plan that improves their responses to the situation. This is often called action research. The purpose of the unit is to provide teachers with training and the framework in which to engage in action research without undergoing the full development that is necessary for a longer term and detailed research project.
ED536 Qualitative Research Methods in Education
This unit is designed to help students develop an awareness of the assumptions and perspectives that underlie qualitative approaches to research, and to provide a robust understanding for the effective practice of qualitative research methodology in an educational context.
ED542 Understanding Innovation in Schools
This unit equips teachers, and especially those in leadership positions, in planning for, and implementing, responsible and effective innovation that will lead to more effective learning in the school.
ED543 Effective Teaching
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.
ED544 Special Education
Teachers face such a wide diversity of special needs in the classroom that 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 basic skills to effectively serve students with special needs.
ED551 Issues in Teaching Mathematics
How do we celebrate the Lordship of Christ in the area of mathematics? This unit focuses on an important Key Learning Area by laying a Christian foundation to the understanding of mathematics and following this through into the classroom perspectives and strategies.
ED555 Technology and Education
This unit provides students with a critical understanding of the developing role of information and communication technologies (ICT) in education. Students critically explore the worldviews that underpin digital technologies and the impact they are having on culture and specifically on school-based education. Students will also reflect upon ICT issues relevant to Christian education. In addition to this analysis, students will explore these new technologies, evaluate their pedagogical effectiveness and develop their own ICT skills.
ED556 ICT Integration and Effective Pedagogy (EPICT Licence)
How do we maintain our ICT skills to be equal or better than our students? New technologies demand new pedagogies. This unit provides students with the opportunity to better understand, and make greater use of, ICT tools, applications and resources in order to construct teaching programs and learning content that addresses agreed curriculum standards. The learning tasks within this unit develop in students the ability to integrate ICT into the curriculum while assessing appropriate pedagogical imperatives. Students completing this unit will also attain the European Pedagogical ICT Licence.
ED560 Leadership: Vision and Mission
School leaders are a vital link in the translation of a school community’s vision into the daily life of the classroom. This unit encourages the understanding and development of distinctively Christian leadership in the settings of Christian schools which are committed to Christ-centred education.
ED561 Maintaining Quality Teaching
This unit develops competence in the planning and implementation of systematic strategies of school-based professional development, making effective use of teacher appraisal information.
ED562 Ethical Administration and Decision Making
Students develop their understanding of key issues in educational leadership and through reflection and practice improve a range of competencies necessary to make biblically informed, ethical decisions within the complex environments of educational communities.
ED570 Perspectives and Trends in Education
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.
ED571 Understanding Christian Schooling in Australia
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.
ED573 Stakeholders and the Christian School Community
This unit is designed to help students investigate and evaluate current understandings of community in the school setting and explore the application of a Christian worldview perspective to interactions between key community stakeholders in the relationship-rich school environment.
Please note: The following units are not ideal for semester 3:
And also note: The following units may require early enrolment into semester 3 as assignments are based on classroom observations:
NEW Professional Development courses
We are currently in the process of applying for accreditation with the NSW Institute of Teachers and subsequently with other teacher accreditation bodies around Australia. This is also coinciding with the development of a suite of Professional Development courses that will be offered in your state next year.
We are looking forward to launching these course, and full information will follow shortly.
1 day courses currently being written for delivery next year are:
- New Teacher Induction
- Technology and Effective Pedagogy
- Inclusive Education
- Teaching Mathematics
- Teaching History
- Teaching English
- Teaching Science
- Effective, reflective classroom practice
Christians and Culture – a paper
We offer here a helpful paper by Tim Keller on Culture. It is brief and designed to be a summary of the issues to consider when reflecting on a Christian response to culture and the big questions for humanity: what does life mean?, what are human beings? what is the purpose of life? – answers to which we might call a worldview.
Christian education will always, and should always, be bumping up against these questions as God’s world is unfolded to students in our homes and schools.
Click here to read the summary paper
Christian schooling – a video testimony
Recently, Ken Dickens gave a testimony of his professional/personal ‘conversion’ to Christian education. In his reflection, Ken also speaks of the importance of finding the right balance between emphasising cultural transformational thinking and personal faith and growth.
This was presented to the State Executive Officers of CEN, and all present found it a helpful and inspiring analysis and testimony.
Links to the two articles that Ken refers to:
Click here for Kevin DeYoung
Click here for James K. A. Smith