MASONIC EDUCATION COURSE as practised in Lodge Epicurean No. 906 & Lodge Amalthea No. 914, A. F. & A. Masons of Victoria, Australia and participating lodges using the “European Concept”.
The course is structured in three Sections, with four parts to each section. Section One is required to be completed by Entered Apprentices prior to their promotion to the Second Degree, Section Two by Fellow Crafts prior to their Raising, and Section Three by new Master Masons prior to them receiving their Grand Lodge Certificate or being eligible for appointment to any lodge office other than Steward.
The aim of the course is not to make candidates "experts" in freemasonry, but rather to give them a broad knowledge of its principles, teachings, history and workings. The syllabus for the course, set at "High School" standard, involves candidate's reading elected extracts from various applicable Masonic books. Thus, a candidate is not required to gain and consult any books, per se, although an extensive "non-compulsory" reading list is attached for those desirous of extending their knowledge further.
About the Course Author
Kent Henderson, PJGD, is a trained educator, he is a Past Master of The Victorian Lodge of Research No. 218 and co-editor of its annual Transactions. He is a graduate of the Grand Lodge of South Australia's Masonic Education Course, and the
author of many papers and books on freemasonry including Masonic World Guide (Lewis Masonic, London,
1984) and The Masonic Grand Masters of Australia (Drakeford, Melbourne, 1989). He is a member of most
other Masonic Degrees and Orders, and a past master in many.
Currently - 2008 - he is secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Masonic Research Council.
|SECTION ONE - FIRST DEGREE TO SECOND DEGREE|
|Part 1: Teachings & Symbolism of the 1st Degree|
|Part 2: The Furniture and Regalia of the Lodge|
|Part 3: Structure & Government of Freemasonry|
|Part 4: Visiting|
|SECTION TWO - SECOND DEGREE TO THIRD DEGREE|
|Part 1: Teachings & Symbolism of the 2nd Degree|
|Part 2: Historical Background of Freemasonry|
|Part 3: The Spread of the Craft Worldwide|
|Part 4: The Future of Freemasonry|
|SECTION THREE - THIRD DEGREE TO MASTER MASON'S CERTIFICATE|
|Part 1: Teachings & Symbolism of the 3rd Degree|
|Part 2: Masonic Charity|
|Part 3: The Involvement of Master Masons in the Lodge|
|Part 4: Other Degrees and Orders in Freemasonry|