College specialises in distance education.
Coolamon students study at home, in small groups or on their own.
Established in 1993 to provide for students not able to attend set
classes in capital cities, Coolamon has become a leader in theological
education. Our faculty of almost 100 scholars supports over 500
students each year. The College is a national agency of the Uniting
Church in Australia, the nation's third largest Christian denomination.
Coolamon College is open to anyone and everyone,
regardless of faith, denomination or location. Overseas applicants
While Coolamon College has no classrooms, our
National Office is based in South Australia, part of the campus
of the Adelaide College of Divinity. Our postal
34 Lipsett Terrace
Brooklyn Park SOUTH AUSTRALIA 5032
We are here to answer the telephone or faxes during office hours
08 8416 8480
Fax: 08 8416 8491
You can leave messages at any time through our Freecall number,
or by E-mail:
Freecall: 1800 639 385
E-mail: [email protected]
We believe that the Christian church is called by God to be a community
in which people can find wholeness and healing and then be equipped
to serve God in the world.
Distance Theological Education has an important part to play in
this. Through Distance Theological Education people can be helped,
under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to develop their own understanding
of God, the world, the church and themselves in a way that draws
on the rich tradition of thought and experience through which God
has been revealed through the centuries. By means of Distance Theological
Education we aim to increase people's understandings of the Christian
faith, deepen their spiritual lives and enhance their competence
In this way Distance Theological Education can be an agent for
change towards wholeness for people and for communities.
coolamon is a vessel, carved from wood, or made from bark,
used by Australian Aboriginal people for carrying food, drink, and
firecoals, as well as a cradle for babies. The College uses this
name because it symbolises what we do: carry the nurture of education
across distance to our students.
As a specialist deliverer of distance education, Coolamon
College provides study topics in Three
Streams, from entry-level group work through to Postgraduate
degrees, for Awards offered by the Adelaide College of Divinity
and Flinders University.
The Discover Stream
offers topics that consist of 8 group sessions of 1 1/2 hours plus
some personal study and reflection time. Students can choose whether
or not to offer work for (non-accredited) assessment.
The Explore Stream involves
education within the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Sector.
Topics involve about 70 hours work, and form part of the nationally
recognised Certificate IV in Ministry award of the Adelaide College
of Divinity (ACD). A Diploma in Ministry Studies is a further option.
Accredited Lay Preachers can fulfil all of their study requirements
through this Stream.
The Deepen Stream involves
studies within the Higher Education Sector. The Bachelor of Ministry
(BMin) and Master of Ministry (MMin) focus on ministry training.
These are Awards of the Adelaide College of Divinity, a registered
Higher Education Provider (HEP). Students in these awards enrol
through the ACD and receive full student status.
Coolamon provides distance education for several Flinders University
Awards: Bachelor of Theology (BTh), Graduate Certificate (GradCertTheolStud),
Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies (GradDipTheolStud),
and Master of Theological Studies (MTheolStud). Each of these
coursework degrees involves study topics requiring a minimum
of 140 hours of work.
Coolamon students are also eligible for research degrees at
Masters and Doctoral levels, accredited through Flinders University.
For both coursework and research degrees from BTh through PhD,
students enrol directly through Flinders University to study
theology by distance mode.
Australian citizens, or those with Permanent or Humanitarian
Visas, enrolling in ACD award programmes within the Deepen (Higher
Education) Stream are eligible to apply for FEE-HELP,
the government-supported loans scheme. Apply directly through
the accrediting Higher Education Provider. Australian citizens
or those visa holders can also apply directly through Flinders
University for HECS-HELP, the public university equivalent.
College of Divinity
From 2003, Coolamon College has been a member college of the
Adelaide College of Divinity (ACD), a cooperative venture of
the Anglican, Catholic, and Uniting Churches founded in 1979.
Other member colleges are St Barnabas (Anglican), the Catholic
Theological College, a branch office of Nungalinya College (Darwin),
and Parkin Wesley College (UCA). There are close associations
between the ACD and the Churches of Christ in South Australia,
as well as the Australian Lutheran College. The ACD also serves
as the Theology School for Flinders University (South Australia)
in the Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law, and Theology (EHLT).
Those Coolamon students already more than halfway through degree
programs previously offered through the Brisbane College of
Theology and the Sydney College of Divinity will be allowed
to complete their degree. All other continuing students must
apply through the ACD for transfer of credits.
Coolamon College is a member of the Australia New Zealand Association
of Theological Schools (A.N.Z.A.T.S.).