Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry [GCCFM]

The Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry provides an academic qualification which can be used to accredit people who are engaged in ministry with children and their families. Safe practice and effective ministry with children, demands practical expertise, pastoral awareness, and ethical depth. This qualification will assist the church (and associated agencies) to

  • Build a cohort of professionals and enthusiasts;
  • Provide opportunities for growth in this area;
  • Grow expertise in the Children’s Ministry Network;
  • Improve skills and standards in the sector; and
  • Enhance community recognition for people engaged in ministry with children and their families.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry will:

  1. Have a broad knowledge of biblical texts and the Christian tradition, particularly as these bear on theologies of the child, and child spirituality.
  2. Apply a clear vision of mission to children and their families in various contexts.
  3. Have a critical understanding of pastoral practices and theories of child development as these apply to ministry with children and their families.
  4. Apply the skills of theological reflection in a coherent practice of ministry with children and their families.
  5. Have an understanding of ministry that recognises and values the spirituality and experiences of children.

The Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry consists of 45 points comprised of:

  1. DA8015S Children and Families Ministry: Core Issues in Diverse Contexts;
  2. DA/DS9019S The Nurture and Spiritual Guidance of Children; and
  3. A further 15 points.

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Graduate Certificate in Divinity [GCDiv]

(a qualifying award for the aifc Graduate Diploma in Counselling)

The Graduate Certificate in Divinity allows students to explore areas of interest in divinity and its associated disciplines. It serves as an introduction to the broad field of study of theology or philosophy and disciplines which are associated with them.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Divinity

  1. have knowledge of key concepts in one or more areas of divinity and associated disciplines
  2. have basic research, analysis and communication skills applicable to postgraduate study
  3. apply skills of interpretation to texts or concepts.

Structure

Every course of study for the Graduate Certificate in Divinity consists of 45 points of Foundational or Elective units. However, a set curriculum is required or students wishing to qualify for the aifc Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy – click here for more information.

Follow on study

Graduates may proceed to a Graduate Diploma or Masters’ degree by coursework.

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Graduate Certificate in Leadership [GCL]

An incredible opportunity to learn alongside like-minded change agents and pioneers in a course that will grow and develop your unique leadership gifts.

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What is this course about

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership allows students to focus on the spirituality of organisations and to integrate spirituality, leadership and organisational transformation.  Graduates are equipped to meet the challenge of new moral imperatives facing the world.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Leadership:

  1. have knowledge of how processes, structures, skills and attitudes impact on organisational development at different stages;
  2. have skills in reflection, research and communication required for effective engagement in organisations;
  3. have engaged with conscious and unconscious processes in self and other, informed by the spiritual pedagogy and dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises as applied to groups as well as to individuals;
  4. apply key concepts of organisational behaviour, systems thinking and spirituality to the task of leadership, including processes which facilitate healthy organisational development and transformation.

Candidates must complete the following units:

  • either DA9016S or DA9716S Spiritual and Self Leadership
  • either DA9018S or DA9718S Leading People and Teams
  • DP8011S Reflective Practice

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Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology [GCRM]

The Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology equips students to apply sophisticated research skills to complex issues such as the development of a research proposal, gathering of and conceptual processing of research material, and the presentation of a research artefact, such as a dissertation.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology

  1. have a working knowledge of terms, assumptions and approaches to research that are current in selected theological disciplines;
  2. have familiarity with research methods, protocols, practices and ethics;
  3. apply focussed research methods towards complex research issues;
  4. apply writing and communication skills to the presentation of research results.

Course structure

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology must complete 45 credit points as follows:

  1. a postgraduate unit in research methodology (worth 15 points)
  2.  a 12,000 word Research Essay (worth 30 points).

Follow on study

Graduates who meet the other requirements for higher degrees by research may be eligible for admission to the Master of Theology, Doctor of Theology, Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

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Graduate Certificate in Supervision [GradCertSuperv]

The Graduate Certificate in Supervision is designed for a person with at least three years of experience in ministry who wishes to supervise others. The course will form students as supervisors of ministry practice, and enables them to develop key skills in supervision in one of three streams: spiritual direction, healthcare practice, or pastoral ministry. You will also learn to supervise others and enable them to:

  • Realistically assess their ministry skills.
  • Develop more accurate awareness of areas of pastoral strength and weakness.
  • Become aware of emotional patterns and responses.
  • Grow in spirituality and theological reflection.

The GradCertSuperv requires completion of three standard postgraduate units (two core units and one specialist unit). Please note there are special entry requirements for this course.

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Graduate Certificate in Theology [Grad.Cert.Theol]

The Graduate Certificate in Theology qualifies students in theological study by developing or deepening their knowledge and skills in theological disciplines. It serves as a foundation for further study and a means of critically engaging Christian thought and traditions. Graduates are able to articulate insights for Christian life and social engagement.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Theology:

  1. have knowledge of sources, terms and conceptual frameworks required for theological engagement;
  2. have research, analysis and communication skills applicable to theological studies;
  3. apply skills of interpretation to texts and traditions with awareness of context, implications and application to historical and or contemporary issues;
  4. apply theological and hermeneutical skills in clearly articulating insights relevant to life, work and community settings.

Course structure

Every course of study for the Graduate Certificate in Theology consists of 45 points of Foundational units taken across three disciplines in at least two fields.

Follow on study

Graduates may proceed to the Graduate Diploma in Theology or Master of Arts (Theology).

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