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Faculty Accreditation

The SCD is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).  Under this accreditation the SCD must ensure that academic staff

  • are appropriately qualified in the relevant discipline for their level of teaching (qualified to at least one Qualification Standards level higher than the course of study being taught or with equivalent professional experience);
  • have a sound understanding of current scholarship and/or professional practice in the discipline that they teach;
  • have an understanding of pedagogical and/or adult learning principles relevant to the student cohort being taught;

Within the SCD, academic staff are accredited as Teachers or Associate Teachers. A Teacher meets the above specifications and is responsible for all or most of the following teaching activities: instruction; evaluation; student-academic advisement; academic program planning; and curriculum development. An Associate Teacher does not quite meet the above specification but performs many of the functions of a Teacher under the supervision of a Teacher. Academic Staff must apply for accreditation through their Academic Dean, using the Application Form Accreditation may be granted on the basis of formal academic criteria or on professional qualifications.  Applicants seeking accreditation on professional qualifications need to provide evidence of:

  • high professional standing and
  • broad theological understanding and awareness.

The Policy and Procedure for Accreditation of Academic Staff defines the teaching activities more closely.
It also describes the manner in which Associate Teachers are supervised.  Supervising Teachers must keep a supervision log of the supervision provided.  A current listing of academic staff accredited to teach in the SCD may be found in the Faculty Register September 2016. The table below offers a guide to accreditation.

Accreditation as Teacher & Associate Teacher: Academic qualifications at least one Qualification Standards level higher than the course of study being taught
Range of SCD Units To Be Taught SCD Unit Level to be taught Teacher Associate Teacher
Diploma Theology Units AQF Level 5  AQF Level 7 qualification in theology, ministry, divinity or philosophy with substantial study in the relevant subdiscipline  AQF Level 7 qualification in theology, ministry, divinity or philosophy
Diploma of Christian Studies, Associate Diploma Christian Thought & Practice, Bachelor Theology and Bachelor Ministry Units AQF Level 7 AQF Level 7 qualification in theology, ministry, divinity or philosophy with substantial study in the relevant subdiscipline
AND
A 1 year AQF Level 8 qualification in theology, ministry, divinity or philosophy with substantial study in the relevant subdiscipline
Research Units: As well as or as a part of the above requirements, supervision of research units (research essay, research project) requires a research qualification of at least AQF Level 8 
AQF Level 7 qualification in theology, ministry, divinity or philosophy with substantial study in the relevant subdiscipline
AND
A 1 year AQF Level 8 qualification in theology, ministry, divinity or philosophy with substantial study in the relevant subdiscipline
Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma Units AQF Level 8  AQF Level 9 qualification in theology, ministry, divinity or philosophy with substantial study in the relevant subdiscipline
Research Units: As well as or as a part of the above requirement, supervision of research units (research essay, research project, research methods, thesis) requires a research qualification of at least AQF Level 9
AQF Level 9 qualification in theology, ministry, divinity or philosophy with substantial study in the relevant subdiscipline
Masters Units and Doctoral Degrees AQF Level 9-10  AQF Level 10 qualification in theology, ministry, divinity or philosophy with substantial study in the relevant subdiscipline
Accreditation as Teacher: Professional Qualifications Professional qualifications equivalent to an AQF Level that is at least one Qualification Standards level higher than the course of study being taught
The applicant must demonstrate

  • high professional standing and
  • broad theological understanding and awareness.
1)     Professional Standing: demonstrate activity in at least two areas within the past five years: a)      Employment at a supervisory or other advanced level in work directly related to the teaching area accompanied by three references from leaders in the field certifying that the applicant is well-regarded professionally by his/her peers (two of whom should be external to the applicant’s MI) b)     Professional Development: maintain professional certification, attend professional conferences and workshops. c)      Professional Leadership: Officer in international, national, or state associations d)     Books: Academic or practitioner-oriented book e)     Articles: Peer-reviewed or non-peer reviewed articles in practitioner journals f)      Editorials: Editorial in professional magazines or journals g)     Presentations: Local, regional, national or international practitioner conferences. h)     Authoring public or professional reports i)      Engage in other professional duties and responsibilities deemed sufficient to demonstrate currency in teaching area.
2)     Theological understanding and awareness: demonstrate an integration of professional activity and theological understanding in at least two of the following activities within the past five yearsa)     Professional Leadership: Officer in international, national, or state associations b)     Books: Academic or practitioner-oriented book c)      Articles: Peer-reviewed or non-peer reviewed articles in practitioner journals.d)     Editorials: Editorial in professional magazines or journals e)     Presentations: Local, regional, national or international practitioner conferences.f)      Authoring public or professional reports g)     Engage in other professional duties and responsibilities deemed sufficient to demonstrate currency in integration of professional activity and theological understanding.