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:
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|
This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.