Graduate Certificate in Theological Education [GCTE]

(Accredited through UD)


The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education provides advanced skill development and understanding of contemporary practice in higher education for tertiary educators in divinity and its associated disciplines. It enables integrated personal and professional development through reflective practice and peer and student engagement as well as through literature-based research.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education

  • have a sophisticated knowledge of and implement principles of good practice in contemporary theological higher education;
  • have skills in design and implementation of teaching, learning and assessment activities;
  • apply insights from formal and informal evaluation to unit design and teaching practice;
  • apply the outcomes of research and their own professional reflection to professional and vocational practice in theological education;
  • apply peer, student and literature-based insights to building expertise in one or more areas of theological education practice.

Course structure

Every course of study for the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education must consist of 72 points, either

  • one 8 point unit and four 16 point units (University of Divinity staff)
  • one 24 point unit and three 16 point units (staff of other higher education providers).

Units available for this award:

Additional unit information

Candidates who teach at one of the University of Divinity colleges will enrol in DE8030L and DE8031L in the first semester of their studies. All other candidates should enrol in DE8029L. Both cohorts should enrol in DE8032L in semester 2 of the first year.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission an applicant must:

  • have successfully completed¬†an undergraduate degree or demonstrate at least five years of relevant work experience or relevant professional attainment; and
  • be employed or appointed to a role in theological education at tertiary level or be enrolled in a higher degree by research in theology or a related discipline.

Where the first language is other than English, please see the English language proficiency requirements in the Admissions Policy.

For published information specific to this course, including the associated regulation, go to the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education.

ALC operates with a policy of credit transfer and recognition of prior learning (RPL); see the Credit Policy.


  • 6 months full-time
  • Not more than 2 years part-time

Study modes

  • ALC offers units in a variety of study modes (also referred to as delivery modes).

Please see ALC study modes. For off campus study options see Off campus study.

Course updated: 12/02/2019 4:42pm