MProfSupervision Award Summary

Master of Professional Supervision (MProfSupervision)

AQF Level 9 Master Degree (Coursework)
Entry Requirements An AQF Level 8 award Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision
Duration          1 year (2 semesters) full-time or 4 years (8 semesters) part-time.
Mode           Full-time, Part-time
Structure Eight units (72 credit points) including two compulsory units (18 credit points), three core units (27 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 and two elective units (18 credit points).

A specialisation in the Master of Professional Supervision comprises 54 credit points in the sub-discipline of Counselling.  The Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma entry award units may be used towards the 54 credit points required for the specialisation.

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 Master of Professional Supervision.

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

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Master of Professional Supervision is designed for those possessing an AQF 8 Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision who wish to pursue a further qualification in the area of supervisory practice as part of their continuing education.

The Master of Professional 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.

Outcomes

Knowledge

Graduates will have:

    • 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.

Skills

Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in supervisory 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 as 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 Master of Professional Supervision

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Master of Professional Supervision will:
1.1.1 hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Professional 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 award 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 Master 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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as 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 admission to the Master of Professional Supervision program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Master of Professional Supervision degree requires candidates to complete 72 credit points (8 units) from 8100 and 9200 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.2 The eight units will include
2.2.1 two compulsory units (18 credit points):
If compulsory units have been completed in the award used for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision, they are to be replaced with one or two appropriate elective units.
  • C8102 Pastoral Counselling in Ministry
  • P9278 Advanced Skills in Professional Supervision
2.2.2 three units (27 cps) from the Counselling sub-discipline on the list of SCD Schedule of Units.
2.2.3 one unit (9 or 18 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.
2.2.4 elective units from the 8100 and 9200 series in the SCD Schedule of Units to complete the 72 cps required for the award.
2.3 The Course must include at least two 9200-series units.
2.4 Students completing the required units will have completed at least 54 credit points in the Counselling sub-discipline thus qualifying for a specialisation in Counselling.
2.5 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 Master of Professional Supervision.
2.6 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a concentration or specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
2.7 Candidates who have previously studied an SCD Course may not enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their previous studies.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will normally be 1 year full-time (2 semesters) and up to 4 years (8 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 Master 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 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 rigorous.
6 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 36 cps in the Master of Professional Supervision.
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 can be granted subject to a successful application.
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.

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