An Introduction to Teaching in a Christian School (Proficient)

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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: PL2015


Purpose of this course:

The course has been designed to help participants understand the vision and some of the history of schools in Australia based on a Christian faith and to facilitate a process that will help them to become more familiar with the culture and expectations of the school they are now 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. The course acknowledges the wide range of culture and faith expressions in these 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 the mission of education. 


Nesa 15

Completing An Introduction to Teaching in a 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.



Target audience: For teachers and leaders that are new to a Christian school.


Course structure and timing:

An Introduction to Teaching in a Christian School is a twenty-hour, online course. It attracts twenty hours of NESA-accredited learning at the Proficient level. It should be completed over a period of twenty weeks but can also be completed as an intensive two-day course by arrangement with EdComm. These days can be continuous or separated according to the needs of the school.

The course has eight modules and involves readings, videos and interactive learning tasks – discussions and reflection exercises are an application of the learning to the participant’s school situation. Participants join an online learning community.


Explicit course outcomes:

  1. To develop a critical understanding of the unique nature of your Christian faith-based school within the framework of the school's vision, while also developing an understanding and respect for the history and vision of faith-based schooling.
  2. To develop an understanding of the Biblical foundation that underpins faith-based schooling.
  3. To reflect on how you can fit into and contribute to the culture and fulfillment of the vision of your Christian faith-based school.


Success criteria:

  1. The participant can express an understanding of the vision of the school and its relationship to lived practice within the school.
  2. The participant engages in discussion with the Head of School or their appointed person about the history and culture of the school.
  3. The participant shows evidence of understanding the concepts of Biblical inerrancy and an overview of the story of the Bible (a brief Biblical theology).
  4. The participant reflects on their own practice and can express an appreciation of the school's culture and where they can contribute.


Course outline:

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 short history of Christian schooling and 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. Three Learning Tasks are completed.

Module 3: Understanding the differences in Christian schools

This short unit helps participants to appreciate the diversity of Christian schools and the contribution of historical factors to this diversity. There are two Learning Tasks in this unit.

Part B - Module 4 & Reflection (4 hours)

Module 4: Understanding the common heritage in Christian faith-based schools

Module 4 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 participant’s 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 their 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 in this unit.


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:

  1. The complete course (20 hours NESA Accreditation) – This is our recommended course of study
  2. One or any combination of:


Part A – The Contextualisation of Christian Education in Australia - Overview of the Purpose and Vision of Education

(Modules 1 - 3 + Reflection, 5 hours) – Course Code PL2015A


Part B – Christian Fundamentals - Understanding the Common Heritage in Christian Schools

(Module 4 + Reflection, 4 hours) – Course Code PL2015B


Part C – My School Orientation & My Role

(Modules 5 & 6 + Reflection, 7 hours) – Course Code PL2015C


Part D – Values for All - Current Issues

(Module 7 + Reflection, 4 hours) – Course Code PL2015D


We recommend:

  • 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


Course cost: 

$100pp for Anglican EdComm Member Schools

$100pp for Anglican EdComm Individual Members

$200pp for Non-member Schools


Dates available:

January 28 – July 3 2020


Further information:

Once you have registered and paid you will be given access to EdComm's Learning Management System where you will be able to work through the course material in a facilitated online learning community.


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