Students will participate in a minimum of six hours of synchronous professional development in the area of Lutheran Education. They will identify the ways in which the content of the professional development activity is applicable to their school, early childhood service or agency, and reflect on its implications for their personal practice and/or the collective practices of the site.

Unit code: DE8067L

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 4.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Education Studies

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Critique the theoretical component of the professional development activity


Analyse and integrate the learnings from the professional development activity with policy or practice in a defined local setting

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 8 unit in postgraduate theology, ministry and education courses


This unit uses synchronous engagement in professional development as a springboard to reflective practice in the workplace.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. The Australian Curriculum.
  • Bartsch, Malcolm. A God who speaks and acts: theology for teachers in Lutheran schools. North Adelaide, SA: Lutheran Education Australia, 2013.
  • Beard, Colin, and John P. Wilson. Experiential learning: a handbook for education, training and coaching. 3rd ed. London, UK: Kogan Page Publishers, 2013.
  • Christenson, T. The gift and task of Lutheran higher education. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 2004.
  • Collver, Albert B. III, James Arne Nestingen, and John T. Pless. The necessary distinction: a continuing conversation on law & gospel. St Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2017.
  • Education Council. Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration, Carlton South, VIC: Council of Australian Governments Education Council, 2019.
  • Felker Jones, Beth. Practicing Christian doctrine: an introduction to thinking and living theologically. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, 2014.
  • Kolb, Robert. Between Wittenberg and Geneva: Lutheran and reformed theology in conversation. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2017.
  • Lutheran Education Australia. A vision for learners and learning in Lutheran schools. Adelaide, SA: LEA, 2005.
  • Lutheran Education Australia. Six Challenges Six Mysteries. Adelaide, SA: LEA, 2005.
  • Paulson, Steven D. Luther for armchair theologians. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.
  • Veith, Gene Edward. ‘Christian secularism: vocation in the postmodern world.’ Lutheran Theological Journal 52, no.1 (May 2018): 25¬35.
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Type Description Word count Weight (%)

An application of the professional development material to the workplace

1100 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 20 Aug, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-08-23 13:51:34 +1000