What credentials do I need to work at a Christian school? - Symposium II
This is something that confused me during graduation. It's as if every faith-based school does something different! It can be especially daunting during the ‘job hunting silly season’, as you’re not sure if you’re under qualified for certain faith-based schools.
Luckily, at Symposium II, Tim Kotzur (the principal of St. Peters’ Lutheran College) cleared this matter up for all the pre-service teachers in the audience. To hear what he had to say, watch the video or listen to the audio below!
You need to do your research around different schools, as many do it differently.
At St. Peters, new teachers are required to do a religious education course called ‘Pathways’, which is ten hours per year, for three years.
This course contains information as to why Lutheran schools approach education in the way they do. For example, pastoral care revolves around supporting every student as each of them were made in God’s image.
You may want to look into getting a Diploma in Theology, as that allows you to teach Religious Education and could make faith-based schools look on you favorably in the hiring process.