Theological Education Formation Program

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The Theological Education Formation Program introduces students to the theory and practice of theological education and college level teaching in a structured learning environment. It emerges from within the distinct teaching and learning paradigm that the Augustinian tradition inspires.

In addition to academic training in theology, the Program provides students with instruction, supervision, and mentorship in evidence based pedagogical theory and practices, and mentoring in professional and leadership competencies.

Four seminars are structured as a developmental process that enables you to transition from your role as a “senior learner” through a “colleague-in-training” to a confident “junior colleague,” prepared to function effectively in your first professional appointment.

Each seminar attends to four critical areas of teaching:

  • philosophy and purposes;
  • planning and design of educational experiences;
  • teaching and learning strategies; and
  • assessment of learning.

In each of these areas, you are introduced to specific pedagogical competencies, given an opportunity to practice the competencies, and receive supervision and feedback on their efforts.

Philosophy and Purposes

Why teach theology? Purposes of theological/religious education.

Planning and Design

“Backward design” starting with learning objectives.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

How students learn. Make instruction a learning experience.

Assessment

Align evaluation with learning objectives.

Student Practice

Teaching observation logs. Short lectures.

Philosophy and Purposes

Develop a philosophy of teaching.

Planning and Design

Course design. Syllabus development.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Student-centered instruction Teach to different learning styles. Ask effective questions. Facilitate discussion. Work in small groups.

Assessment

Test construction. Write assignments and activities.

Student Practice

Teaching Assistant in sections of THL 1000.

Philosophy and Purposes

Teach students to think and write in theology.

Planning and Design

Select resources. Use teaching aids and technology effectively.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Create a learning environment. Motivate students. Prevent and respond to classroom incivility. Making the most of office hours.

Assessment

Preserve academic honesty. Grade. Develop and use rubrics. Assess class participation and small group work.

Student Practice

Teach one section of THL 1000 with close individual supervision.

The fourth teaching module is structured as a series of group supervision and mentoring sessions in which students have an opportunity to meet with fellow 1st and 2nd semester teachers for small group reflection on their teaching experience.

Student Practice

Teach independently section of THL 1000 or upper division class.

During the 5th and 6th years of studies, time will be set aside for mentoring in professional and leadership competencies (e.g., mock interviews) and for academic career development such as creation of documents for the academic job market, e.g.,

  • curriculum vitae,
  • teaching and research statements,
  • syllabus,
  • portfolio preparation,
  • documentation of teaching effectiveness.