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STUDENT NEWS

Welcome to 2015. Already this year, students from Victoria have participated in intensives in a couple of our postgraduate units. This year is an exciting year with the International Transforming Education Conference (ITEC15) in Melbourne.  As well as inspiring speakers and energising workshops, there will be opportunity for Institute students to further their postgraduate study both by using material from the conference and/or participating in post-conference intensive classes in a range of units.

We are keen for you to know that all of our units have recently undergone revision.

There is now a sharper distinction between the MEd and MEd (Leadership). There will also be a fresher presentation of on-line study material tutorial by tutorial. The units are currently being uploaded in the new format. The core units for both courses will be ready to go by the start of semester but many of the electives will still be going through a quality control process.

Those students wishing to study a unit not being offered are encouraged to take up ‘head start’ during Semester 1 for formal enrolment into Semester 2. If this doesn’t suit please contact our registrar, Ingrid, and we will try to accommodate you.


Enrol NOW into Semester 1

Semester 1 is starting February 17

Click here to enrol into your next unit now using the login details that were emailed to you late last year.

The National Institute is offering a limited number of units during Semester 1 of this year.  Please note, that the full range of units will become available again from Semester 2 onwards (Semester 2 enrolments will open early, in around April).

If you are moving across into the new reaccredited version of your course, please study the new course pathways before selecting your next unit.

Click here for more information

Click here for Key Dates for Semester 1

 

During Semester 1 MEd and GradDipEd students can choose from:

ED500 Foundations of Christian Education (based on old ED500)

EDE501 Worldview Assumptions in Education (based on old ED501)

EDE531 Directed Reading (Education) (based on old ED531)

ED591 Research Methods in Education (based on old ED530)

EDE592 Minor Research Thesis in Education (based on old ED532)

EDE593 Major Research Thesis in Education (based on old ED533)

 

MEd(Leadership) students can choose from:

ED500 Foundations of Christian Education (based on old ED500)

EDL501 Worldview Assumptions in Educational Leadership (based on old ED501)

EDL560 Leadership in an Educational Community shaped by a Biblical Vision (based on old ED560)

EDL563 Leadership Contemporary Perspectives and Challenges

ED591 Research Methods in Education (based on old ED530)

EDL592 Minor Research Thesis in Educational Leadership (based on old ED532)

EDL593 Major Research Thesis in Educational Leadership (based on old ED533)

 

Please contact Ingrid with any questions or concerns.


2015 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.

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

 

 


REMINDER to Existing Students (passwords)

Late last year you would have received an email from us with new login details.  These login details are for both Moodle and the new Enrolment Portal.

Please note the following important login issues:

1. For many of you, a ‘space’ character was erroneously added to the end of your password.  This means that if you copy and paste your password into the site you will need to delete the last character.  Alternatively, you can simply type your password in manually.

2. The Enrolment Portal is the ‘mother ship’ so if you would like to reset your password, you will need to do this through the Enrolment Portal (not through Moodle).

3. When you log into the Enrolment Portal you will notice a list of your previous enrolments.  We are currently in the process of bringing our new database up to speed with data from our old database.  So don’t stress if you notice that your completed units are listed as ‘incomplete’ (or any other discrepancy)!  We will be tidying things up over the next few months.


Please contact the Registrar ASAP

If you enrolled prior to Semester 1 2015, have you caught up on the important changes?

These students need to choose which course they would like to continue in and inform our Registrar, Ingrid, as soon as possible.

Click here to read about important changes to your course.  You then need to decide which course you want to be in.

In a nutshell …

Students who choose to continue in the old version of their course do not need to follow the new course pathways but will need to complete their degree before the end of Semester 2, 2016. (N.B. these students will complete their degree using the new units and can choose units available in any of our courses).

Students who decide that they can not complete their degree before Semester 2, 2016 will need to move into the new reaccredited version of their course.  They will be given the same amount of years to complete their degree, as units they have remaining to complete.  However, students will need to fulfill the new course pathway requirements and can only select units available in their course.  Advanced Standing will be granted for the units they have completed prior to Semester 1, 2015.

Please choose which version of your course you would like to continue in and inform Ingrid as soon as possible.

 


Choose your course wisely

Please be aware that new students, as well as students moving into the new reaccredited version of our courses, need to choose their course wisely.

The MEd and MEd(Leadership) courses are now distinctively different from each other as they are made up of different units.  This means that switching courses will become increasingly difficult.

If you are thinking about moving from the MEd into the MEd(Leadership) or vice versa please contact Ingrid as soon as possible to see if this is an option for you.

 


Apply now for RPL or Advanced Standing

We are moving to towards a policy where students will need to apply for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Advanced Standing (AS) upon initial application into their course.

So, existing students that believe they may be eligible for either RPL or AS and have not already applied need to do so as soon as possible.

 

Advanced Standing (AS) explained

Students may be eligible for Advanced Standing (AS) when they have completed units from another accredited postgraduate award (this award can not be part of the prerequisite requirements for entry e.g. BEd).  Credit is transferred from the previous award and granted to the student’s current course.  No AS will be granted for work completed more than 10 years prior to the AS application.

Click here for more information about AS.

Click here for an AS application form.

 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) explained

Students may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) when they have previous professional experience or non-accredited learning that can be documented and which demonstrates equivalence with a unit of study. No RPL will be granted for work completed more than 10 years prior to the RPL application.

Click here for more information about RPL.

Click here for an RPL application form.