School Chaplaincy Pathway

School chaplains and Christian teachers change lives and communities. Ridley College offers a one-year (full-time) Graduate Diploma in Divinity that trains school chaplains and better equips Christian teachers.

Chaplains fulfil a unique role:

  • They are active in promoting student wellbeing, particularly through the provision of pastoral care
  • They encourage reflection about the spiritual dimensions of life
  • They have an educative role in the areas of beliefs, values, morals, ethics and religion
  • They work to facilitate the connection of students into the school network and wider community

Together with your teaching qualification, the Graduate Diploma will give you the formal qualifications required by ACCESS Ministries for its chaplains. Christian teachers will also benefit as they lead Christian studies, CRE, pastoral care and other school-based ministries.

The Graduate Diploma may be taken full time or part time, during the day or evenings, in classes or online.

School chaplaincy is an ideal opportunity for Christian teachers who want to change the focus of their current engagement with students to a more proactive pastoral care and discipleship role.

The Graduate Diploma provides foundational studies in Old and New Testaments, and an excellent overview of Christian theology. A specialist unit in chaplaincy completes the core. A range of electives allows you to tailor your program to your needs and interests.

School Chaplaincy Pathway Course Structure
Elective Units Core Units
PC602 Foundations of Pastoral Care OT501 and 502 Foundational Old Testament
RYM51/2 Evangelism/Ministry Foundations NT501 and 502 Foundational New Testament
EM618 Ministry in Culturally Diverse Contexts TH505 Foundational Christian Beliefs
EM621 Living Faiths DM614 Chaplaincy in Educational Settings
DM613 Ministry to Non-Church Youth  PC652 Chaplaincy Skills
DM621 Issues in Children’s Ministry
PE501 Introduction to Christian Ethics
PC643 Supervised Field Education


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This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.

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