An Introduction to Teaching in a Christian School (Proficient)
Everything you need to know about the distinctives of teaching in your Christian School
Course Code: PL2013 & PL2015
These NESA-accredited Proficient level online courses have been designed to help participants understand the vision and some of the history of schools in Australia based on a Christian faith. It will facilitate a process that will help participants become more familiar with the culture and expectations of the school they are working in. It is specifically designed to explore the place of faith in the educational vision and the way this is expressed in individual schools.
Completing An Introduction to Teaching in an Christian School will contribute 20 hours of NESA accredited PD addressing 6.2.2 and 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Course Code PL2013 is designed for teachers in Anglican Schools
Course Code PL2015 is designed for teachers in other independent Christian Faith-based Schools
Target audience: For teachers that are new to Christian schools.
Purpose of this course:
These courses have been designed to help participants understand the vision and some of the history of schools in Australia based on a Christian faith. It will facilitate a process that will help participants become more familiar with the culture and expectations of the school they are working in. It is specifically designed to explore the place of faith in the educational vision and the way this is expressed in individual schools.
These courses acknowledge the wide range of culture and faith expressions in both Anglican and other Independent Schools and aims to orient the participant to the particular expression of the education and faith vision in their own school workplace. The course presents an overview of the biblical understanding that underpins the vision and mission of education.
The course structure and timing:
An Introduction to Teaching in a Christian School is a twenty-hour course attracting twenty hours of NESA-accredited learning at the Proficient level.
It is suggested that:
- Staff new to teaching complete Parts B and C.
- Part D: Values for All is also a stand-alone module useful for all staff, especially when looking at how to develop values as part of teaching.
This course can be:
- completed online over a period of fifteen weeks
- undertaken as an intensive, facilitated, face-to-face, two-day course (consecutive or separated days) - by arrangement with EdComm.
- custom designed to integrate with your school’s Professional Learning schedule - by arrangement with EdComm.
- as separate modules in various combinations (further detail below).
The course has eight modules and involves Readings, Videos and Interactive Learning Tasks – discussions and reflection exercises that are an application of the learning to the participant’s school situation.
Explicit course outcomes:
- To develop a critical understanding of the unique nature of your Anglican school within the framework of the school's vision, while also developing an understanding and respect for the history and vision of Anglican schooling.
- To develop an understanding of the Biblical foundation that underpins Anglican schooling.
- To reflect on how you can fit into and contribute to the culture and fulfilment of the vision of your Anglican school.
- The participant can express an understanding of the vision of the school and its relationship to lived practice within the school.
- The participant engages in discussion with the Head of School or their appointed person about the history and culture of the school.
- The participant shows evidence of understanding the concepts of Biblical inerrancy and an overview of the story of the Bible (a brief biblical theology).
- The participant reflects on their own practice and can express an appreciation of the school's culture and where they can contribute.
Part A - Modules 1, 2, 3 & Reflection (5 hours)
Module 1: An overview of the purpose and vision of education
This module begins by looking at the OECD Education Vision Statement, then briefly looks at the Melbourne Declaration, and a Christian Vision for Education. Participants read three short summary papers and complete two Learning Tasks.
Module 2: The vision for Christian Faith-based Schools
This module begins with a history of Christian schooling for Anglican/other Independent Schools.
- The course for Anglican schools asks participants to read extracts from the Diocesan Vision for Education Statement, then read the 2009 Isaac Armitage Lecture which sets out a very clear vision for Anglican Education.
- The course for other Independent Schools asks the question: What is the relationship between the International OECD Vision for Education, the National Australian Vision and the vision expressed in the extracts from Diocese of Sydney Vision and other Christian schools?
Four current Heads of Schools speak briefly about their visions for education.
Module 3: Understanding the differences in Christian Schools
This short module helps participants to appreciate the diversity of Christian schools and the contribution of historical factors to this diversity. The course for Anglican schools will also consider the diversity of relationships Anglican schools have with the Diocese.
Part B - Module 4 & Reflection (4 hours)
Module 4: Christian Fundamentals: Understanding the common heritage in Anglican/Other Independant schools (prepared in conjunction with Moore College)
Module Four has four parts and was compiled in partnership with Moore Theological College. Part A explores knowing God through the Bible, Part B explores knowing God's purpose through the narrative of the Bible, Part C explores knowing God's salvation through Jesus Christ and Part D explores knowing the God of the Bible. Most of this information is video based. There are two Learning tasks to be completed.
Part C - Modules 5, 6 & Reflection (7 hours)
Module 5: Understanding your school
This unit is a practical experience of learning about the new school. It guides the participant's exploration of their new school: its stated mission, vision and values, its stated and lived values, and the school's formal and informal expressions of its faith base. After interacting with the school website and printed materials, participants will interact with the Head of School or the Chaplain and other staff to learn more about the school. There are five Learning Tasks to complete in this unit.
Module 6: Understanding your role in the school
This short module asks participants to explore what is expected of them in upholding the values and faith base of the school in the classroom, in pastoral care and in co-curricular activities. There is one Learning Task to complete.
Part D - Module 7 & Reflection (4 hours)
Module 7: Current issues
Module 7 explores why no education can be values free and challenges participants to recognise and critique the values base of content they are teaching and to teach students to be critical thinkers. A video clip of Ken Dickens helps to clarify these challenges. There are two Learning Tasks to complete.
Module 8: Reflection
This unit asks the participants to reflect on their learning from this course and what they can contribute to their school. They are then asked to set some short and long-term goals based on their learning and expected contribution to the school. There are two Learning Tasks to assist this process.
This course can now be completed in the following combinations:
- The complete course (20 hours NESA Accreditation) – This is our recommended course of study
- One or any combination of:
- where possible, teachers complete the full 20 hr course to gain maximum benefit
- staff new to teaching complete, as a minimum, Parts B and C.
- Part D Module 7 - Values for All as a stand-alone module useful for all staff, especially when looking at how to develop values as part of teaching.
Take this important first step in learning about teaching in your Christian school
Full Course cost:
$100pp for Anglican EdComm Member Schools
$100pp for Anglican EdComm Individual Members
$200pp for Non-member Schools
Part A only cost:
$50pp for Anglican EdComm Member Schools
$50pp for Anglican EdComm Individual Members
$100pp for Non-member Schools
Part B only cost:
$40pp for Anglican EdComm Member Schools
$40pp for Anglican EdComm Individual Members
$800pp for Non-member Schools
Part C only cost:
$70pp for Anglican EdComm Member Schools
$70pp for Anglican EdComm Individual Members
$140pp for Non-member Schools
Part D only cost:
$40pp for Anglican EdComm Member Schools
$40pp for Anglican EdComm Individual Members
$80pp for Non-member Schools
Contact EdComm Professional Learning regarding upcoming course dates.