Graduate Certificate in Theological Education
The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education (GradCertThEd) is an AQF Level 8 award. It is designed to enhance the professional work of those engaged in theological education.
The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education may be ideal for you, if
- you hold a tertiary qualification in the field of philosophy and religious studies,
- you are engaged in theological education, and
- you wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theological education.
6 months full-time or 2 years part-time
An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Graduate Certificate in Theological Education shall:
- hold a three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies) from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or
- hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award; and
- have current or previous experience as a theological educator in the tertiary sector.
Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Sydney College of Divinity Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.
In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Theological Education if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Sydney College of Divinity Student Support and Administration Committee.
Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.
No candidate for the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Sydney College of Divinity Academic Board.
The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education requires the completion of 4 units (36 credit points) from 8500 and 9600 series units from the subdiscipline of Theological Education, within the Humanities in the Christian Tradition discipline.
The four units (36 credit points) shall include:
- two compulsory units (18 credit points)
- two elective units (18 credit points)
The units will be taken from the schedule of units listed below. Each unit is 9 credit points.
- D8501 Principles of Theological Education
- D9601 Theological Pedagogy
- D8502 Contemporary Issues in Theological Education
- D9602 Theological Curriculum
- D9621 Theological Education Project
- D9622 Theological Education Focused Study
The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification in the field of philosophy and religious studies, and who are engaged in theological education, who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theological education, in order to enhance their professional work.
Graduates will possess:
- an advanced understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge, in the field of Theological Education
- specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the delivery of Theological Education
- an understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to the principles and practice of Theological Education
Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in the design, development, and delivery of Theological Education, so that they are able independently to:
- evaluate current educational theory and practice from a theological perspective
- review and synthesize historical approaches to the theory and practice of Theological Education
- critically consider and evaluate a variety of approaches to Theological Education
- develop effective methods of learning and teaching in Theological Education
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
Graduates will possess the ability to apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility as theological educators in the tertiary sector.
A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 9 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education. Credit may be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the Sydney College of Divinity award, and for units that are congruent with the ethos of the Sydney College of Divinity GradCertThEd.
Articulation to Other Awards
Those holding the Graduate Certificate are eligible to articulate to the 8 unit Master of Arts, retaining their Graduate Certificate.
Those holding the Graduate Certificate are eligible for 2 units of credit (18 credit points) in the Master of Divinity or the Master of Theology, if the Graduate Certificate is retained, or 4 units of credit (36 credit points) if the Graduate Certificate is surrendered.
The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education is offered through the individual colleges and an application for enrolment must be made to the Registrar of the teaching institution. The registrar will be able to help you with any information regarding your study, including fees, units, mode of delivery and timetable.
A domestic student is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.
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