Graduate Certificate of Professional Pastoral Supervision

Course Description

The Graduate Certificate of Professional Pastoral Supervision provides professional development for Christian leaders to be equipped for the ministry of pastoral supervision of others. 

The 48 credit point course, comprising four units of 12 credit points each at AQF level 8 or 9, combines theological reflection on the theory and practice of professional pastoral supervision with personal experience of giving and receiving pastoral supervision. 

Duration Part-time (up to 2 years)
Mode  Blended learning combining self-paced learning, video conferencing, and in-person classes.
Timing Part-time
Semester or Intensive or Extensive Classes
Course Level  Australian Qualifications Framework Level 8
Unit Level Delivered at Levels 8-9
Early exit point N/A
Admission Requirements
Academic Qualification: Completion of 3 year bachelor degree or equivalent; and minimum 2 years’ formal academic studies in Ministry, Theology, Divinity, Chaplaincy, or a related discipline.

Professional Experience: Minimum 5 years’ experience as a pastor, pastoral ministry worker or chaplain.

Personal Readiness: Commendation from current employer and professional supervisor affirming suitability for training as a professional pastoral supervisor.

Fee-Help Eligible for FEE-HELP and Centrelink allowances
Credit Points 48 (4 subjects)

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Discipline Knowledge and Understanding
    Demonstrate up-to-date advanced knowledge and understanding of the theories and methods of professional supervision, its biblical, theological and ministry foundations and relevant aspects of the Australian legal, ethical and professional context. 
  2. Inquiry and Analysis
    Collect, analyse, evaluate and synthesize advanced scholarship in inquiry-based learning of Professional Pastoral Supervision. 
  3. Problem Solving and Integration
    Construct evidence-based perspectives on advanced issues in Professional Pastoral Supervision by using recognised source materials, scholarly literature, and reflection on practice in order to evaluate alternative explanations and draw reasoned conclusions. 
  4. Communication
    Present advanced ideas, knowledge and principles in Professional Pastoral Supervision and engage with specialist and non-specialist audiences using a variety of formats. 
  5. Teamwork and Professional Practice
    As a professional practitioner, apply advanced knowledge of the supervisory alliance to develop professional pastoral relationships with supervisees and other church leaders using a variety of formats. 
  6. Engagement With the World
    Develop professional and vocational capacity to support Christian leaders to engage in an ethical manner with the challenges of contemporary Christian leadership in the church, society and the wider world. 
  7. Continuous Learning and Professional Development
    Demonstrate advanced skills of reflective practice and self-awareness within supervision practice to sustain personal and professional development. 

The Graduate Certificate of Professional Pastoral Supervision has three core subjects and one elective, each worth 12 credit points.

Core subjects: (36 credit points)

Elective subjects: (12 credit points) 

This course includes one elective. Electives can be completed concurrently with, or subsequent to, core units.  

Electives eligible for inclusion in this course are:

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This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.

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