GradCertPSupervision Award Summary
Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision (GradCertPSupervision)
AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate
Entry Requirements :
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); or in the field of social work, social science, counselling, or psychology.
At least 5 years professional experience within a helping profession and a recommendation from their employer, professional association, or ordaining body.
Duration : 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time, or 2 years (4 semesters) part-time.
Mode : Full-time, part-time.
Structure : Four compulsory units (36 credit points) with a concentration in Counselling.
English Proficiency : 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 GradCertPSupervision is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.
Contact the Registrar of the following college :
- Australian College of Ministries
Graduate Profile and Rationale
The Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision is designed for those possessing a three-year undergraduate degree in ministry/theology or an allied helping profession who wish to pursue a further qualification in the area of supervisory practice as part of their continuing education.
The Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision focuses on building supervisory leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious and/or non-profit and/or community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.
Graduates will have added advanced knowledge and skills in supervisory leadership to their theological education to enhance their work in the religious sector:
Graduates will possess:
- specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of professional supervision to aid in the development of high quality, ethical and safe practitioners in ministry, community work and allied people helping professions.
- an advanced understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to supervision theory and their application to real-world professional practice.
Graduates will demonstrate advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills in leadership within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
- analyse critically, evaluate, and apply information to complete a range of activities associated with supervision in a ministry related context;
- analyse, generate and provide solutions to complex problems to guide the effective supervision of employees or volunteers in a religious, non-profit, community organisation;
- transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
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 for effective supervision in religious, non-profit, and/or community-focused enterprises.
Articulation to Other Awards
Students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma in Professional Supervision or the Master of Professional Supervision.
Academic Regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision
- Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision shall:
1.1.1 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
1.1.2 hold a three year AQF 7 award in the field of social work, social science, counselling or psychology; or
1.1.3 hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award; and
1.1.4 have at least 5 years professional experience within a helping profession and a recommendation from their employer, professional association, or ordaining body.
1.2 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 Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.
1.3 In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.
1.4 A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 cps) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 cps) per semester.
1.5 No candidate for the award 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 Academic Board.
1.6 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.
1.7 Application for enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
- Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision requires the completion of four compulsory* units (36 cps) that shall be:
– C8507 Fundamental Principles of Pastoral Supervision
– C8548 Well-being and Resilience for People Helpers
– P8502 Foundations of Ethical Professional Practice
– P8504 Theological Principles of Pastoral Supervision
* If compulsory units have been completed in the award used for submission into the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision, they are to be replaced with one or two appropriate elective units.
2.2 The candidate will complete the necessary 18 credit points in the sub-discipline of Counselling to achieve a concentration in Counselling.
- Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award shall normally be 0.5 year (1 semester) full time and up to 2 years (4 semesters) part-time.
3.2 In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.
- Leave of Absence
4.1 The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.
4.2 The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.
5.1 The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.
5.3 Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are rigorous.
- Credit and Recognised Prior Learning
6.1 A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 9 cps in the Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Supervision.
6.2 Special consideration for credit (up to 18 cps) may be given to Clinical Pastoral Education students if the Student Support and Administration Committee deems any CPE units on the SCD Register of Units as equivalent to the units required for this Course.
6.3 Credit may be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to those of existing SCD units.
6.4 Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may be granted subject to a successful application.
- Saving Clause
7.1 Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.