Teachers in Lutheran schools play a vital role in the ministry of the school. Lutheran Education Australia affirms and appreciates the important contribution of teachers to the life of the school.
Lutheran schools have a growing need for Lutheran and Christian, qualified teachers who seek to work in a learning environment that reflects an ethos that is outlined in the policy document The LCA and its schools .
The appointment of staff is the responsibility of individual schools, taking into consideration their particular needs. In other words, there is no central appointment of staff. All positions in Lutheran schools are advertised on the LEA website [Go to Find a job in a Lutheran school]. Schools update this site is updated on a regular basis.
The following provides some guidance for those interested in teaching in Lutheran schools
a) If you are a teacher graduate or experienced teacher
Since appointments in Lutheran schools are a local school responsibility teacher graduates and/or experienced teachers are encouraged to study the employment vacancies in Lutheran schools that are advertised on the LEA website and apply giving testimony 'to your Christian faith and commitment'. You should apply directly for positions in Lutheran schools as they are advertised. In addition, you may seek to meet with the appropriate regional director to discuss what it means to teach in Lutheran schools. During the first three years of your appointment in a Lutheran school you will be taken through the study requirements for accreditation as a teacher in the Lutheran school.
b) Students in training for teaching
Australian Lutheran College offers the Lutheran Strand as a way in which undergraduate students doing a teacher education program in Australian universities can fulfil major requirements for LEA accreditation.
Since appointments in Lutheran schools are a local school responsibility teacher education students are encouraged to study the employment vacancies in Lutheran schools that are advertised on the LEA website and apply giving testimony 'to your Christian faith and commitment'. During the first three years of your appointment in a Lutheran school you will be taken through the study requirements for accreditation. Graduates in disciplines other than education who wish to become either primary or secondary teachers will need to undertake postgraduate study. Contact the Australian Lutheran College, who will provide relevant information.
c) If you are a secondary student interested in teaching in Lutheran schools
The Lutheran Church of Australia prepares students for teaching in Lutheran schools through the Australian Lutheran College, which has partnership arrangements with several tertiary institutions around Australia. These arrangements allow students to study in Brisbane, Adelaide and Ballarat and include Australian Lutheran College units in their initial degree. Such students also undertake formative activities and practice teaching in Lutheran schools. Students should contact the Australian Lutheran College to obtain further information on these programs and application procedures. For further information refer to the Australian Lutheran College website or email email@example.com
d) International enquiries
International Lutheran teachers who seek appointment in Australian Lutheran schools should initially contact the LEA national office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are not able to provide direct advice on the immigration issues involved, but for an overview and application requirements, refer to the Australian Government's Department of Immigration site [www.immi.gov.au/skilled/index.htm].
Further information about teaching in Lutheran schools is available:
On Australian Lutheran College at www.alc.edu.au or email email@example.com