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MTh(Ed)/Postgrad Dip Ed/EdD

Module topics

A. Core modules

1. Education, discipleship and formation in Christian faith communities: Inter-disciplinary overview and rationale (3 credits)

... provides a foundation for a critical appreciation of the nature of intentional educational/formational processes in the total life of Christian faith communities (CFCs). It integrates theological and philosophical concerns with insights from educational theory and the social sciences, with both historical and future perspectives.

2. Faith development and expression (3 credits)

explores theories of the development of faith and spirituality, and identifies and examines principles and strategies for educating/forming/discipling people in the Christian faith that arise from the theories.

3. Curriculum design and development in Christian faith communities (3 credits)

... examines and critiques curriculum theory for appropriate education/discipleship/ formation in CFCs. ("Curriculum" refers to the range of processes intentionally offered by an institution, both formal and non-formal, beyond a bare syllabus of instruction.)

B. Non-core modules

The non-core modules will be offered from a range of courses similar to these:

1. Growing and developing in Christian faith communities (2-3 credits)

... explores from a biblical framework how the social sciences, particularly developmental psychology, contribute to an understanding of individuals across the lifespan, and their relevance to major issues in human relationships which impact on Christian growth and community.

2. Creating learning Christian faith communities (2-3 credits)

... explores the theory and practice of effective learning in CFCs and teaching which enables people to learn holistically. The strengths and weaknesses of the wide range of contemporary teaching/learning strategies are discussed.

3. Educational leadership in Christian faith communities (2-3 credits)

... principles/practices for leadership which create and sustain inclusive, integrated and missional CFCs. It includes discussion of strategies for changing the values of a community and its members, and being effective change agents.

4. Discipleship (2-3 credits)

... examines current perspectives on discipleship and contemporary discipleship issues; and formulates a discipling approach which recognises the socio-cultural realities of CFCs.

5. The Bible in Christian faith formation (2-3 credits)

... explores the role of the Bible in forming Christians and their faith communities. It reviews appropriate hermeneutics and discusses strategies and practices to enhance opening the Bible in life-changing ways.

6. Age-group ministries (2-3 credits)

Subject to the interest and needs of participants, modules focusing on the education/discipleship/formation of specific generational groups may be offered, e.g. children, youth, adults, senior citizens.

7. Educating/discipling intergenerational Christian faith communities (2-3 credits)

... explores the rationale (biblical, educational and from the social sciences) for developing processes which encourage people of different ages to learn and worship together. It discusses strategies to enable greater cross-generational interaction in CFCs.

8. Putting small groups to work (2-3 credits)

... discusses the potential and scope of small groups as effective educational/discipling environments in CFCs. Special attention is given to the dynamics and leadership of small groups.

9. The pastor as educator/discipler (2-3 credits)

... explores key aspects of the role of ordained ministers/pastors as educators/disciplers, and the specific challenges they face to fulfill this role in the context of their overall office.

10. Spiritual formation and direction (2-3 credits)

... examines the rationale and potential for intentional spiritual formation and direction. It explores the ways formation may be enhanced, and the role of a spiritual director. Participation in the module may require attending a spiritual retreat.

11. Research methods in Christian faith communities (3 credits)

... overviews approaches to educational research for churches, seminaries and organisations. Qualitative and quantitative methods are explored, so that participants may develop their own research strategies.

This module is highly recommended for participants planning to complete the thesis/project component of the MTh(Ed) program. It is a core module for EdD candidates.

12. Special study (2-3 credits)

Participants may request permission to complete a module on a specific topic of their choice.



  1. Non-core modules are usually for 2 credits. A participant may be permitted to complete extra work for a module, to make it equivalent to a 3 credit module.
  2. The content of the modules may be fine-tuned, in order to ensure "best fit" between content, the strengths of invited faculty, and the needs of participants.


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