Graduate Certificate in Theological Education
The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education (GradCertTE) is an AQF Level 8 award. It 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.
The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education is not offered to international students.
The Award Summary lists the full program and the academic regulations for students enrolling in 2022. The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education is offered through the individual colleges. Contact the Registrar of the teaching institution for study information, including mode of delivery and timetable, and to make an application for admission. Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian government scheme, assisting students to access a loan to help cover all or part of their tuition fees.
An applicant for admission to candidature for the 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), and
- Current or previous experience as a theological educator in the tertiary sector
Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.
The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education requires the completion of 36 credit points (4 units) from 8100 and 9200 series units within the subdiscipline of Theological Education, within the Humanities in the Christian Tradition discipline.
The four units (36 credit points) are taken from *Schedule 1 and include:
- two compulsory core units (18 credit points)
- two elective units (18 credit points)
- D8102 Contemporary Issues in Theological Education
- D9206 Theological Curriculum
- D9211 Theological Education Project
- D9212 Theological Education Focused Study
- [D81/92XX] Theological Education and [Western/Christian] Civilisation
- [D81/92XX] Contextualising Theological Education
- [D81/92XX] Assessment Design in Theological Education
- [D81/92XX] Distinctives of Theological Education in the X Tradition
- [D81/92XX] Ecumenical Theological Education
- D9297 Major Research Project
- [D8193 or D9292] Seminar in [Contemporary Theological Education]
- [D8192 or D9291] Issues in [Contemporary Theological Education]
- D9298 Minor Research Essay [D8190 Research Methodology]
Graduates will have:
- 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 have 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 can only be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the SCD award, and for units that are congruent with the ethos of the SCD GradCertTE.
Articulation to Other Awards
Those holding the Graduate Certificate are eligible to articulate to the 8 Unit MA, retaining their Graduate Certificate.
Those holding the Graduate Certificate are eligible for 2 Units of Credit (18cps) in the MDiv or the MTh, if the Graduate Certificate is retained, or 4 Units of Credit (36cps) if the Graduate Certificate is surrendered.
The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education is not offered to international students on an Australian student visa.
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. SCD offers a wide range of units and students have the option to study one or more units across the colleges delivering SCD awards, whilst enrolled with one college.
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