Master's Capstone Unit: Enhancing Teacher
Professional Learning for Religious Education


Semester 2, 2020
Two Fridays: 7 August; 9 October
9.30am – 12.30pm
+ online learning
In this unit, students will undertake a capstone learning experience that includes personal study, collaborative enquiry, and reflective practice. This unit investigates and evaluates insights aimed at improving the quality and effectiveness of teacher professional development in Religious Education. A focus of this unit will be to articulate the contribution of theological, practical and educational knowledge and methods to a professional learning framework suited to enhancing teacher capacity in Religious Education in Catholic schools. Students will demonstrate advanced and well-integrated knowledge and skills within the disciplines of education, theology and religious pedagogy, with application to their school context.

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August


may only be taken in the final two semesters of the Master of Education and Theology.


  • online (asynchronous interaction with peers and supervisor)
  • intensive (seminars and individual study)


  • one 1,000-word report (outline and bibliography for essay) 10%
  • one 7,000-word essay 90% 


  • Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. 2018.
  • Brookfield, Stephen. D. Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2017.
  • Catholic Education Melbourne. Horizons of Hope: Education Framework for the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Melbourne: Catholic Education Melbourne, 2016.
  • Congregation for Catholic Education. Educating to Intercultural Dialogue in Catholic Schools: Living in Harmony for a Civilization of Love. Vatican City, 2013.
  • Groome, Thomas H. Educating for Life: A Spiritual Vision for Every Teacher and Parent. New York: Crossroad, 2001.
  • National Catholic Education Commission. A Framework for Formation for Mission in Catholic Education. National Catholic Education Commission, 2017. 
  • National Catholic Education Commission. Religious Education in Australian Catholic Schools. Mulgrave: National Catholic Education Commission, 2017.
  • Pollefeyt, Didier, and Jan Bouwens. Identity in Dialogue: Assessing and Enhancing Catholic School Identity: Research Methodology and Research Results in Catholic Schools in Victoria, Australia. Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2014.
  • Rymarz, Richard, and Angelo Belmonte, eds. Religious Education in Australian Catholic Schools: Exploring the Landscape. Mulgrave: Vaughan, 2017.
  • Sharkey, Paul. Educator’s Guide to Catholic Identity. Mulgrave: Vaughan, 2015.