GradCertTE Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Theological Education (GradCertTE)

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), and current or previous experience as a theological educator in the tertiary sector.
Duration          6 months full-time, or 2 years part-time
Mode           Full-time, part-time.
Structure 36 credit points (four units) including 2 core units (18 credit points) and two elective units (18 credit points).
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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education course 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.

Outcomes

Knowledge

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.

Skills

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.

Assessment

Graduate students are expected to give evidence of a breadth and a depth of understanding beyond that of an undergraduate student. In particular, their work should manifest the higher order skills of:

  • Analysis – the ability to recognise the distinctive aspects of a topic, and the inter-relationships between them.

  • Synthesis – the ability to integrate the various aspects of a topic and see them in the light of the whole.

  • Evaluation – the ability to think critically and originally, making judgments based on relevant evidence and methods.

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.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education will:
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, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award; and
1.1.3 have current or previous experience as a theological educator in the tertiary sector.
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 Theological Education, 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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 27 credit points 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 will normally 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 Theological Education program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education requires the completion of 36 credit points from 8100 and 9200 series units within the subdiscipline of Theological Education, within the Humanities in the Christian Tradition discipline.
2.2 The four units (36 cps) include:
2.2.1 two core units (18 cps)

  • D8101 Principles of Theological Education
  • D9204 Theological Pedagogy
2.2.2 two elective units (18 cps), taken from *Schedule 1
2.3 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a Concentration or Specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will normally be 0.5 year full-time (1 semester) 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.
4 Leave of Absence
4.1 The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education. 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 Assessment
5.1 The assessment of subject units will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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 severe.
6 Credit and Recognised Prior Learning
6.1 A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 9 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education.
6.2 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.
7  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.

*Schedule 1

Core Units

  • D8101 Principles of Theological Education
  • D9204 Theological Pedagogy

Elective Units

  • 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]

 

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