GradDipProfSupervision Award Summary
Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision (GradDipProfSupervision)
AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma
Entry Requirements : An AQF Level 8 award Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision
Duration : 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time or 2 years (4 semesters) part-time.
Mode : Full-time, part-time.
Structure : Four units (36 credit points) including two compulsory units (18 credit points), one core unit (9 credit points) in the sub-discipline of Counselling taken from the SCD Register of Units, one unit (9 credit points) focused on supervisory practice in the context of the candidate’s place of work, ministry or mission.
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.
Graduate Profile and Rationale
The Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision is designed for those possessing an AQF 8 Graduate Certificate in Supervision who wish to pursue a further qualification in the area of supervisory practice as part of their continuing education.
The Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision focusses 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 particular knowledge and skills in 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 and integrated understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to supervision theory and their application to real-world professional practice.
Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in leadership within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
- analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex problems, concepts and theories information to complete a range of activities associated with supervision in a ministry related context;
- research and apply established theories to provide solutions to complex problems to guide the effective supervision of employees or volunteers in a religious, non-profit, community organisation;
- interpret and 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 assume and effective supervisors in religious, non-profit, and/or community-focused enterprises;
- plan and execute a substantial research or field-based project in an area of work-based supervisory practice.
Academic regulations for the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision
- Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision shall:
1.1.1 hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision 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.
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 Diploma of Professional 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 Diploma of Professional Supervision program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
- Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision degree requires candidates to complete 36 cps (i.e. 4 units) from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.2 The four units (36 cps) shall include:
– two compulsory units* (18 cps):
C8546 Pastoral Counselling in Ministry
P9689 Advanced Skills in Professional Supervision
* If either of the two compulsory units have been completed in the award used for admission into the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision they are to be replaced with one or two elective units respectively
– one unit (9 cps) from the Counselling sub discipline on the list of SCD Schedule of Units.
– one unit (9 cps) focused on research into supervisory practice in the context of a place of work, ministry or mission through a capstone unit, research project, research essay, or action research project.
2.3 The Course must include at least one 9600-series unit.
2.4 Units from the entry Graduate Certificate if equivalent, to units required for the award will be included in the forming of a specialisation (54 cps) within the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision.
2.5 Candidates who have previously studied an SCD Course may not enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their previous studies.
- Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 1 year (2 semesters) full-time, or up to 3 years (6 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 Diploma of Professional 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 18 cps in the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision but not the compulsory units.
6.2 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.
6.3 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.