Summary information





Colleges where it can be studied
  • Pilgrim Theological College
  • Stirling Theological College
Overseas students


AQF level

Level 8 – Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma

Study load
  • Part-time
  • Full-time
Study mode
  • Online
  • Blended (combination of Online and Face-to-face)
  • Face-to-face

The GCCFM is one semester full-time or three semesters part-time.

Cost of study

The GCCFM requires completion of 3 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2020 are $2,640 per unit or $7,920 for a full-time semester (3 units).

Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.

Detailed information

What this course is about

The Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry provides an academic qualification which can be used as an instrument for accrediting people who are engaged in ministry with children and their families. Safe practice and effective ministry with children demands practical expertise, pastoral awareness, and ethical depth. In the context of ministry with children and their families, the practical, spiritual, and pastoral disciplines are becoming increasingly important and recognised foci in the church and its associate agencies. This qualification will assist the church and associated agencies to build a cohort of professionals and enthusiasts; provide opportunities for growth in this ministry; grow expertise in the Children’s Ministry Network; improve skills and standards in the sector; and enhance community recognition for people engaged in ministry with children and their families.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry

  1. have a broad knowledge of Biblical texts and the Christian tradition, particularly as these bear on ‘child theology,’ theologies of child, and child spirituality.
  2. apply a clearly articulated vision of mission to children and their families in various ministry contexts and contemporary culture.
  3. have a critical understanding of pastoral practices and theories of child development as these apply to ministry with children and their families.
  4. apply the skills of theological reflection personally and contextually resulting in a coherent practice of ministry with children and their families.
  5. have an understanding of ministry that recognises and values the spirituality and experiences of children.
Follow on study


Admission dates
  • Admissions for first semester 2020 close on Friday 14 February 2020.
  • Admissions for second semester 2020 close on Friday 17 July 2020.
Admission criteria

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

How to apply

How to Enrol

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry consists of 72 points comprised of:

a)    DA8015S or DA8000P Children and Families Ministry: Core Issues in Diverse Contexts;

b)    DS9019S or DS 9719S or DS9040P or DS9049P The Nurture and Spiritual Guidance of Children; and

c)    A further 15 points.

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Bachelor gown


Black trencher



Where to get further information

Enquire about this course

  • Please select the relevant student option. If you intend to apply for admission as an overseas student, refer to the field "Overseas students" in the summary information provided at the top of this page to check if it is possible for this course.