School Chaplaincy Pathway

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 contribute towards the formal qualifications accepted by KorusConnect (in Victoria) for its chaplains. However, it is a Department of Education and Training (Victoria) requirement that you also complete two further VET units with Korus Connect; Respond to client needs and Work with people with mental health issues in order to become a Korus Connect School Chaplain.

Christian teachers will also benefit as they lead Christian studies, SRI (Christian Special Religious Instruction), pastoral care and other school-based ministries.

The Graduate Diploma may be studied full-time or part-time, on campus 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 Testament, and an overview of Christian theology; a specialist unit in chaplaincy completes the core subjects. A range of electives allows you to tailor the course to your interests.

School Chaplaincy Pathway Course Structure
Elective Units Core Units
PC002-712 Foundations of Pastoral Care OT001-712 and OT002-712 Foundational Old Testament
EM063-712 & 064-712 Evangelism/Ministry Foundations NT001-712 and NT002-712 Foundational New Testament
EM018-812 Ministry in Culturally Diverse Contexts TH005-712 Foundational Christian Beliefs
EM021-812 Living Faiths DM014-812 Chaplaincy in Educational Settings
DM-013-812 Ministry to Non-Church Youth  PC049-812 Chaplaincy Skills
DM021-812 Issues in Children’s Ministry
PE002-812 Theological Ethics
PC094-812 Practical Ministry Field Education
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This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.

We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Ridley College campus is built.
Ridley College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS Provider Code 02650E.
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