Pre-2022 Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry

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


Graduate Certificate Intercultural Ministry (GradCertIM)
AQF Level 8

Entry Requirements A three-year AQF 7 award in any field
Duration          0.5 year (1 semester) full-time, or 2 years (4 semesters) part-time
Mode           Face-to-face or Online delivery
Structure Four units (36 credit points) including two units (18 credit points) taken from the list of approved Master of Intercultural Ministry specialist units 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.

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry course is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in intercultural ministry, and who are seeking skills in intercultural studies to enhance their professional work. Graduates will be able to apply a body of intercultural knowledge in a range of contexts relating to ministry and/or further learning.

Outcomes

Graduates will have added particular transferable knowledge and skills in intercultural ministry to enhance their work in Christian ministry and mission:

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

    • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of intercultural ministry and mission which are transferable to a variety of complex intercultural contexts;
    • an understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to intercultural theory and their application to real-world ministry practice.

Skills

Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in intercultural ministry so that they are able independently to:

    • review and synthesize intercultural information and identify and reflect on complex problems;
    • think critically and evaluate complex ideas;
    • demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts in the missions sub-discipline;
    • transmit intercultural knowledge, skills, and ideas to a variety of audiences

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

    • make high-level, independent judgments related to a range of issues pertaining to intercultural living and/or ministry.

Articulation to Other Awards

Students who satisfactorily complete this award will be eligible to articulate with full credit to the SCD Graduate Diploma of Intercultural Ministry or other SCD Graduate awards, provided that they meet the entry requirements of that award.

Special consideration may be granted by the SCD Student Support and Administration Committee.

PRE-2022 ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry shall:
  1.1.1 hold a three-year AQF 7 award or equivalent in any field from an accredited tertiary institution; or
  1.1.2 professional entry as determined by the Student Support and Administration Committee.
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 Intercultural Ministry if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments, including a minimum of 5 years in a leadership role, 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 cps) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 cps) per semester.
1.5 In general, 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 Intercultural Ministry program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry requires the completion of 36 cps from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.2 The four units (36 cps) shall include:
·        two units (18 cps) taken from the list of approved Master of Intercultural Ministry specialist units
  ·     two elective units from the 8500 and 9600 series in the SCD Schedule of Units (18 cps)
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the degree 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 Intercultural Ministry. 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 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 18 cps in the Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry.
6.2 Credit may be granted only from units at the 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.
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.

Professional entry into the Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry

This award is a course for professional development where the student may acquire transferable knowledge and skills over a reasonably short period of time. On this basis, professional entry into the Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry will be considered by the Student Support and Administration Committee on the basis of:

Five years experience in a ministry or professional role. The candidate must be able to demonstrate that they have led people or projects even though their role may not have been senior in their organisation.


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

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