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Master of Education and Theology

Abbreviation: MEdTheol Accredited through UD
1.5 years full-timeUp to 4.5 years part-time
Available to domestic students only

The Master of Education and Theology enables students to explore the nexus of education and theology in professional practice contexts such as faith-based schools. It also prepares them for further learning in these disciplines.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the MEdTheol

  • have mastery of educational and theological concepts which underpin the practice and mission of faith-based learning contexts
  • have skills to reflect critically on professional practice in faith-based learning contexts, informed by education and theological theory
  • apply insights from the dialogue between education and theology to generate and evaluate complex concepts in professional practice and further learning
  • have communication and technical research skills to investigate, interpret and justify theoretical propositions and professional decisions in faith-based learning contexts
  • apply relevant skills in the disciplines of education and theology through the execution of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience or piece of scholarship.

The Master of Education and Theology through ALC consists of 9 standard units (216 points). Teachers who hold a 4-year undergraduate teaching qualification or a Graduate Diploma in Education or equivalent will normally gain 3 units of RPL, and hence will only need to complete 6 units.

The structure of the award is:

  • DE9016L Education and Theology in Dialogue
  • 1 unit in either the discipline of Biblical Studies (BS) or Systematic Theology (CT)
  • 1 unit in either the discipline of Education Studies (DE) or Religious Education (DR)
  • 1 unit in either the discipline of Education Studies (DE), Religious Education (DR) or Systematic Theology (CT)
  • Either 1 Capstone unit or RQ9748M Minor Thesis that integrates education and theology
  • Further units at postgraduate level, provided that at least 4 units at AQF level 9 are included.

Core unit


Other units

Additional unit information

  • For students considering future doctoral studies through the University of Divinity, a qualifying minor thesis is available—16,000 words (RQ9748M Minor Thesis). This is a double unit and also satisfies the compulsory Capstone unit requirement.

Contact for course advice on completing the requirements of the award.

Entry requirements

Only domestic candidates who are registered to teach in Australia are eligible for entry into this course. Teacher registration occurs through the relevant state teacher registration authority.

Candidates will have

  • an initial teacher qualification recognised for teacher registration in Australia
  • two years of full-time teaching experience or part-time equivalent.

Where the first language is other than English, please see the English language proficiency requirements in the Admissions Policy.

ALC operates with a policy of credit transfer and recognition of prior learning (RPL); see the Credit Policy.

Study load

  • Most participants in this award study part-time at a rate of one unit per semester.

Online availability

  • Yes—this course can be studied entirely online.


  • Yes—this course is registered for FEE-HELP.

Overseas students

  • No—this course is only available for domestic students.