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Master of Religious Education


80 cp

Minimum duration: 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time.

Course available at:
Ballarat, Victoria
Brisbane, Queensland
Canberra, ACT
Melbourne, Victoria
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Nationally online (http://www.acu.edu.au/elearning/)
New Zealand

EFTSL value of units: All 10 cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

1. Admission Requirements1

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

    1. four year Bachelor degree in education; or
    2. Bachelor degree in an area other than education and a Graduate Diploma in Education; and
  1. substantive studies in theology and religious education to fourth year level.

2. Requirements for Completion of the Degree

To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 80 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

  1. at least 40 cp from Religious Education Units;
  2. at least 20 cp from Theological Studies Units;
  3. up to 20 cp from Religious Education or Theological Studies Units or units from other Masters level courses approved by the Course Coordinator.

3. Exit Point

A student who has completed the requirements prescribed for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Religious Education) may exit from the course with that award.


Schedule of Unit Offerings

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Prerequisite (Pre), co-requisite (Co) and incompatible (Inc) units are indicated in parentheses where applicable.

Religious Education Units

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
EDRE621 10 History and Theories in Religious Education
EDRE622 10 Cultural Contexts of Religious Education
EDRE623 10 Coordination in Religious Education
EDRE624 10 Curriculum in Religious Education
EDRE626 10 Faith, Moral Development and Values Education
EDRE627 10 Social Justice and Religious Education
EDRE628 10 Creative Arts and Religious Education
EDRE629 10 Spirituality and the Religious Educator
EDRE632 10 Teaching World Religions
EDRE633 10 Religious Education Project
EDRE635 10 Religious Education Independent Unit
EDRE636 10 Religious Education Seminar
EDRE639 10 Religious Education in the Faith Community
EDRE641 10 Early Childhood and Religious Education

Theological Studies Units

Biblical Studies

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
THEO602 10 Biblical Narrative as Theology
THEO615 10 New Testament Christology
THEO636 10 Prophetic and Wisdom Literature
THEO650 10 Theological Perspectives of the Bible
THEO674 10 The Corinthian Correspondence
THEO694 10 Biblical Studies

Historical and Religion Studies

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
THEO618 10 The Phenomenology of Religion
THEO621 10 Church Literature to Gregory the Great
THEO632 10 Jews and Judaism
THEO648 10 History and Development of the Church
THEO655 10 History of the Church in Australia

Practical Theology

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
THEO629 10 Issues in Liturgical Studies
THEO643 10 Women and the Church

Systematic Theology

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
THEL602 10 Theology Today
THEO625 10 Issues in Ecumenism
THEO631 10 Issues in Systematic Theology
THEO647 10 Issues in Christian Ethics
THEO649 10 Revelation and Tradition


Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
THEO611 10 Theology of Sacraments
THEO626 10 Bible Lands Study Tour
THEO633 10 Special Study
THEO644 10 Religion, Ethics and Pluralism
THEO660 10 Jesus the Christ
THEO663 10 Theology of Church

Any other Theology unit at Master’s level approved by the Course Coordinator.

1A student must also comply with the Admission Rules.
2Other electives may be taken from other Master’s level courses with the approval of the Course Coordinator.