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NEW Courses and Units

We are pleased to remind our students, alumni and friends, that we have recently been re-accredited (through Morling College) with the Australian Government Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA). This has resulted in some exciting changes for both our course structure and the units that we offer. The Master of Education (Leadership) has been strengthened in its focus on educational leadership and the units offered for each of the three degree courses – MEd, MEd(Leadership), and GradDipEd – have been revised and updated. For existing students there maybe some impacts to the pathway for your completion of your degree – please see information below. Ingrid Jeffries (Registrar)


Postgraduate Courses

The National Institute for Christian Education offers courses accredited through Morling College. Morling College is fully accredited with the Australian Government Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) just as any other Australian university. All courses are equivalent to, and recognised by, all other universities in Australia.

Click here for the accreditation listing on the National Register.

The courses of study offered are:

These courses are offered via distance education with unit content being delivered online through our eLearning Portal with personalised tutoring provided by an experienced and qualified lecturer.

NB: If you enrolled prior to Semester 1 2015 click here to read about important changes.
Master of Education

The Master of Education degree is a nationally and internationally recognised award. This award provides professional development for teachers with a focus on the intergration of faith and vocation. The twin aims of high academic rigour and a clear biblical worldview make this course capable of transforming your thinking and practice as you explore integrating a cross-centred framework to your teaching.

Duration

Maximum 8 years

Delivery

Online through our eLearning Portal
(Occassionally, associated seminars are offered e.g. in conjunction with educational conferences)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a 4 year qualification. This should be a degree with a major in education, or a degree and a diploma/certificate in education. Ideally, a student will have teaching experience.

Units Offered

The course requires the completion of 72 credit points.

Click here for a list of units, and their credit points, for 2015 onwards

Click here for a list of units prior to 2015

Course Progression

To complete the MEd students need to acquire 72 credit points. Each unit of study is typically worth 9 credit points (exceptions are the Major and Minor Thesis units). A student can choose from 3 pathways through the course:

Stream 1: Coursework

Students must complete the two core units and select 6 units from elective choices. The final unit must be EDE583 Education Project (Capstone Unit). This results in 8 units at 9 credit points which equals 72 units.

Stream 2: Minor Thesis and Coursework

Students must complete the two core units and select three from the elective units. The remaining credit points come from taking ED591 Research Methods in Education andEDE592 Minor Research Thesis in Education. This results in 18 credit points from core, 27 credit points from electives and 27 credit points from the Research Strand which equals 72 credit points.

Stream 3: Major Thesis and Coursework

Students must complete the two core units and select two from the elective units. The remaining credit points come from taking ED591 Research Methods in Education andEDE593 Major Research Thesis in Education. This results in 18 credit points from core, 18 credit points from electives and 36 credit points from the Research Strand which equals 72 credit points.

Course costs

Click here for course costs and payment options

 

Master of Education (Leadership)

The Master of Education (Leadership) is a targeted degree program. It is designed to provide an understanding of education theory and practice for professionals in leadership roles in schools and other educational institutions. It is designed for educational practitioners, and those involved in schools or training institutes (without educational qualifications). This program is integrated with the MEd but with a different entry pathway, and separate requirements, to meet the specific needs of professionals involved in educational leadership. This is a nationally and internationally recognised award.

NB: Completion of this course does not qualify a person to teach.

Duration

Maximum 8 years

Delivery

Online through our eLearning Portal
(Occassionally, associated seminars are offered e.g. in conjunction with educational conferences)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a 3 year higher education qualification (undergraduate degree) not necessarily in education. It is highly desirable that an applicant have a strategic leadership role in an educational institution or training organisation.

Units Offered

The course requires the completion of 72 credit points.

Click here for a list of units, and their credit points, for 2015 onwards

Click here for a list of units prior to 2015

Course Progression

To complete the MEd, students need to acquire 72 credit points. Each unit of study is typically worth 9 credit points (exceptions are the Major and Minor Thesis units). A student can choose from 3 pathways through the course:

Stream 1: Coursework

Students must complete 3 of the core units and at least 2 units from the Leadership Strand. The student then chooses 2 units from either the Leadership or Contextual Strands. The final unit is EDL583 Educational Leadership Project (Capstone Unit). This results in 27 credit points from core, 18 credit points from Leadership Strand and an additional 18 credit points from either the Leadership or Contextual Strand and then 9 credit points from the Capstone Unit making a total of 72 units.

Stream 2: Minor Thesis and Coursework

Students must complete 3 core units and 2 units from the Leadership Strand. The remaining credit points come from taking ED591 Research Methods in Education and EDE592 Minor Research Thesis in Education. This results in 27 credit points from core, 18 credit points from Leadership Strand and 27 credit points from the Research Strand which equals 72 credit points.

Stream 3: Major Thesis and Coursework

Students must complete 3 core units and 1 unit from the Leadership Strand. The remaining credit points come from taking ED591 Research Methods in Education and EDE593 Major Rsearch Thesis in Education. This results in 27 credit points from core, 9 credit points from the Leadership Strand and 36 credit points from the Research Strand which equals 72 credit points.

Course costs

Click here for course costs and payment options

 

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 wanting to leave the the MEd before completion. 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.

Duration

Maximum 4 years

Delivery

Online through our eLearning Portal
(Occassionally, associated seminars are offered e.g. in conjunction with educational conferences)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a 4 year qualification. This should be a degree with a major in education, or a degree and a diploma/certificate in education. Ideally, a student will have teaching experience.

Units Offered

The course requires the completion of 36 credit points.

Click here for a list of units, and their credit points, for 2015 onwards

Click here for a list of units prior to 2015

Course Progression

To complete the GradDipEd students need to acquire 36 credit points. Each unit of study is worth 9 credit points. A student must do one core unit and 3 elective units.

Course costs

Click here for course costs and payment options


Units offered in MEd

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.

NB: If you enrolled prior to Semester 1 2015 click here to read about important changes.

 

CORE UNITS

ED500 Foundations of Christian Education (9 credit points)

EDE501 Worldview Assumptions in Education (9 credit points)

 

ELECTIVE STRANDS

 

Curriculum Strand

EDE510 Teachers as Curriculum Developers (9 credit points)

EDE512 Assessment for Learning (9 credit points)

 

Teaching and Learning Strand

EDE520 Ways of Learning (9 credit points)

EDE542 Understanding Innovation in Schools (9 credit points)

EDE543 Reflective Teaching Practice (9 credit points)

EDE545 Inclusion in Education (9 credit points)

EDE551 Issues in Teaching Mathematics (9 credit points)

EDE555 Technology Education (9 credit points)

EDE556 ICT Integration and Effective Pedagogy (9 credit points)

 

Contextual Studies Strand

EDE531 Directed Reading (Education) (9 credit points)

ED570 Trends in Education: A Philosophical, Historical and Contemporary Overview (9 credit points)

ED575 The Vision and Mission of Christian Schooling in Australia (9 credit points)

ED579 Appraisal of Professional Learning (9 credit points)

 

Capstone Unit

EDE583 Education Project (9 credit points)

 

Research Strand

ED591 Research Methods in Education (9 credit points)

EDE592 Minor Research Thesis in Education (18 credit points)

EDE593 Major Research Thesis in Education (27 credit points)

 

 


Units Offered in MEd(Leadership)

To complete the MEd(Leadership), students need to acquire 72 credit points. Each unit of study is typically worth 9 credit points (exceptions for Major and Minor Thesis units). 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.

NB: If you enrolled prior to Semester 1 2015 click here to read about important changes.

 

CORE UNITS

ED500 Foundations of Christian Education (9 credit points)

EDL501 Worldview Assumptions in Educational Leadership (9 credit points)

EDL560 Leadership in an Educational Community Shaped by a Biblical Vision (compulsory 9 credit points)

EDL563 Leadership: Contemporary Perspectives and Challenges (compulsory 9 credit points)

 

ELECTIVE STRANDS

 

Leadership Strand

EDL561 Leadership for Quality Teaching (9 credit points)

EDL573 Stakeholder Relationships in the Christian School Community  (9 credit points)

 

Contextual Studies Strand

EDL567 The Professional Development of Educators (9 credit points)

ED570 Trends in Education: A Philosophical, Historical and Contemporary Overview (9 credit points)

ED575 The Vision and Mission of Christian Schooling in Australia (9 credit points)

ED579 Appraisal of Professional Learning (9 credit points)

 

Capstone Unit

EDL583 Educational Leadership Project (9 credit points)

 

Research Strand

ED591 Research Methods in Education (9 credit points)

EDL592 Minor Research Thesis in Educational Leadership (18 credit points)

EDL593 Major Research Thesis in Educational Leadership (27 credit points)

 

 


Units Offered in the GradDipEd

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.

NB: If you enrolled prior to Semester 1 2015 click here to read about important changes.

 

CORE UNITS

ED500 Foundations of Christian Education (9 credit points)

EDE501 Worldview Assumptions in Education (9 credit points)

 

ELECTIVE UNITS

EDE510 Teachers as Curriculum Developers (9 credit points)

ED512 Assessment for Learning (9 credit points)

EDE520 Ways of Learning (9 credit points)

EDE542 Understanding Innovation in Schools (9 credit points)

EDE543 Reflective Teaching Practice (9 credit points)

EDE545 Inclusion in Education (9 credit points)

EDE551 Issues in Teaching Mathematics (9 credit points)

EDE555 Technology and Education (9 credit points)

EDE556 ICT Integration and Effective Pedagogy (9 credit points)

EDE531 Directed Reading (Education) (9 credit points)

ED570 Trends in Education: A Philosophical, Historical and Contemporary Overview (9 credit points)

ED575 Vision and Mission of Christian Schooling in Australia (9 credit points)

ED579 Appraisal of Professional Learning (9 credit points)


How This Affects Existing Students

The affect that these changes will have on you as an existing students will be dependant on how far through your studies you are. If you are less than half way through you will have two options.

 

 

If You Have Completed Less Than 50% of Course

If you have completed less than 50% of the course by the end of 2014 then you have 2 options:

Option 1 – Transfer into the reaccredited course

You will receive Advanced Standing for the units you have completed and be transferred into the course offered from 2015. Under the regulations of the reaccredited course the maximum time allowed for completion is eight years. The time remaining for continuing students transferring will be proportionate to the number of credit points already completed.

Option 2 – Completion by the end of Semester 2 2016

Please note if you choose not to enrol over the next two years then your candidature will cease and you will need to reapply for admission into the course offered from 2015.  Please note any units completed more than ten years ago will not be eligible for Advanced Standing.

 

 

If You Have Completed More Than 50% of Course

If you have completed more than 50% of the course by the end of 2014 then you will need to complete the course by the end of Semester 2 2016.  If you believe you will not be able to complete the course by the end of Semester 2 2016 please contact the registrar urgently.

 

 

 


The Cause of Christian Education (new edition)

In conjunction with Dordt College Press we are pleased to announce the publication of the 4th edition of Richard Edlin’s book, The Cause of Christian Education.

Much has happened since the 3rd edition was published in 1999. Biblical principles remain the same, but contextual issues change, technology advances, and cultural priorities alter. Dr. Edlin has extensively revised and expanded this edition of the book to take these realities into account and to make the contents vitally applicable to a 21st century audience.

The book explores the reasons for, and the distinctives of, Christian education at the school and higher education levels. It highlights foundational belief perspectives and shows how these apply in curriculum and related areas such as vision and mission, the place of the Bible, evaluation and assessment, the teacher as mentor, and professional development. This new edition includes a special section for Christians in public school settings, and every chapter is accompanied by a provocative study guide.

Given Richard’s 10 years of service to the National Institute for Christian Education and CEN, readers will recognise much in this new edition that is specifically relevant to the CEN family of schools across Australia. See the reverse side for endorsements of the book by informed Christian leaders – including our own Ken Dickens.

Dr. Edlin, president of Edserv International, is a widely recognized scholar and speaker in the global Christian education community. He writes from a background of 40 years international experience in Christian education. The book, described by a reviewer as a “must read” for anyone involved in Christian education, is an important resource for teachers, pastors and parents, and also for university teacher training and worldview courses.

Click here to order a copy now