Pre-2022 Graduate Certificate in Theological Education

ⓘ This information is only relevant to students who enrolled in the GradCertTE award prior to 2022


Graduate Certificate in Theological Education (Pre-2022 GradCertTE award summary)
AQF Level 8

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).
Current or previous experience as a theological educator in the tertiary sector.
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), 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.

Outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education 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.

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

  • 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 possess 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 recognize 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.

PRE-2022 ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Graduate Certificate in Theological Education 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, 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 shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (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 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 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 cps (i.e. 4 units) from 8500 and 9600 series units from the subdiscipline of Theological Education, within the Humanities in the Christian Tradition discipline. See SCHEDULE* of Units of Study.
2.2 The four units (36 cps) shall include:

  1. Two compulsory units (18 cps)
    • D8501 Principles of Theological Education
    • D9601  Theological Pedagogy
  2. Two elective units (18 cps), taken from SCHEDULE 1*
3 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.
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 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 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.  Credit may be granted only from units at the graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the SCD award, and for units that are congruent with the ethos of the SCD GradCertThEd.
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*

Compulsory Units

  • D8501 Principles of Theological Education (9 cp)
  • D9601  Theological Pedagogy (9 cp)

Elective Units

  • D8502  Contemporary Issues in Theological Education (9 cp)
  • D9602  Theological Curriculum (9 cp)
  • D9621 Theological Education Project (9 cp)
  • D9622 Theological Education Focused Study (9 cp)

Contact your college registrar or the Academic Registrar at SCD if you have any questions.

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