UG CertMin Program and Academic Regulations

Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry

AQF Level 5 Undergraduate Certificate
Entry Requirements – Satisfactory completion of Year 10 in the Australian school system, or its equivalent and if still in the secondary school a written recommendation from the school principal; OR
– Special Entry Admissions for those with evidence of capacity for successful study at this level.
Duration Six months full-time or two years part-time.
Mode Full-time, part-time.
Structure 36 credit points (4 units) from the list of approved units listed in **Schedule 1.
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 6.0 with no result below 5.5.

Enrolment

Contact the Registrar of the college with whom you intend to study for enrolment and fee details.

Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry (CertMin) is offered at:

International students cannot enrol in the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry.

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry provides students with the opportunity to undertake AQF Level 5 study in practical ministry-oriented disciplines, in order to enhance their prospects of employment in a ministry setting, within a church or para-church context.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry provides an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills appropriate for engagement in practical Christian ministry within a limited scope of defined operation.

Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge

Introductory biblical and theological knowledge and knowledge of technical concepts and processes involved in a practical area of service as a basis for effective performance and for further learning

Skills

Cognitive, communication, and technical skills in a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able to:

    • identify, analyse, and act on ministry-oriented information from a range of foundational sources
    • express ideas and perspectives related to the Christian faith
    • communicate ministry-related knowledge, skills, and ideas to others

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

The ability to:

    • demonstrate an understanding of theological knowledge by applying it in Christian ministry
    • perform technical operations within a specific field of Christian ministry, taking personal responsibility for them
    • organise the work of self and others and plan and coordinate the work of teams within well-defined parameters.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for an Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry shall:
1.1.1 have satisfactorily completed Year 10 in the Australian school system, or its equivalent; and if still in secondary school have a written recommendation from the School Principal; OR
1.1.2 have adequate grounds for Special Entry with evidence of capacity for successful study at this level.
1.2 A candidate for the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) in one semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) in one semester.
1.3 No candidate for the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity. Candidates may enrol in awards of other tertiary institutions with the approval of the Academic Board of the Member Institution.
1.4 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 6.0 with no score below 5.5.
1.5 Application for enrolment in the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry requires the completion of 36 credit points (4 units) which shall include:
2.1.1 9 credit points from the list of units in Part A of  **Schedule 1 of units for the award;
2.1.2 18 credit points from the list of units in Part B of  **Schedule 1 of units for the award;
2.1.3 9 credit points from any other units in **Schedule 1 of units for the award.
2.2 Where equivalent AQF 7 units are available, the above requirements may be met through the taking of AQF 7 units instead.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the Undergraduate Certificate shall be 0.5 year (one semester) full-time or two years (four semesters) part-time.
3.2 In certain circumstances, the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions.
4 Leave of Absence
4.1 The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the Certificate.
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 shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines for assessment packages.
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 severe.
6 Credit
6.1 A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry.
6.2 Credit will 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 Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry.
7 Progress to Further Awards
7.1 Students who complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry will be eligible to proceed to the SCD Diploma of Ministry or Diploma of Theology with full credit of 36 credit points.
7.2 Students who complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry with AQF 7 units in the award will be eligible to proceed to the Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology with a maximum of 36 credit points according to the number of AQF 7 units taken (9 credit points each).
8 Saving Clause
8.1 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 

The list of approved units for the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry:

  1. Part A
    Choose ONE unit from:
    • B5101 Survey of the Bible
    • B5110 Survey of the Old Testament
    • B5150 Survey of the New Testament
    • M5109 Engaging in Discipleship
    • P5104 Introduction to Theological Study
    • T5105 Introduction to Christian Doctrines
  2. Part B
    Choose any TWO units from:
    • C5100 Basic Pastoral Counselling
    • C5127 Introduction to Chaplaincy
    • H5100 Church History Survey
    • H5110 Survey of Early Church History
    • H5150 Reform and Reformers
    • M5100 Introduction to World Mission
    • M5127 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Mission
    • P5101 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry and Practice
    • P5110 Introducing Youth Ministry
    • P5113 Introduction to Children’s Ministry
    • P5115 Developing a Youth Ministry
    • P5148 Basics of Christian Worship
    • P5150 Basics of Pastoral Preaching
    • P5155 Introduction to Christian Leadership
    • P5171 Supervised Ministry I
    • P5172 Supervised Ministry II
    • S5101 Introduction to Personal Formation

    • P51XX Christian Literature and Western Civilisation
    • S51XX Human and Spiritual Development
    • T51XX Christian Thought and Modern Ethics
    • T51XX Theology and the Environment
  3. Choose ONE unit from any other units listed in Parts A and B above.

 


 

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