MASTER OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE & POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
Put the heart back in your people-helping vocation!
Explore your own professional practice through a faith informed, hope-inspired, love-motivated lens.
BTI's postgraduate programmes are designed to empower, encourage and equip Christ-following professionals whose practice is focused on human well-being or flourishing (e.g., teachers, counsellors, social workers, principals, managers, leaders, etc). As students engage afresh with God’s redemptive plan, implications for their practice and the professional landscape within that practice emerge.
Learning experiences are structured to scaffold students through the first three papers as they continually mature as scholars and researchers. Developing as a reflective practitioner and researcher enables the student to better understand their current practice and how it can more strategically and intentionally align with their deepening understanding of the biblical narrative and the idea of the kingdom of God on earth.
To receive specific information about our Postgraduate qualifications, please download the programme information booklet or contact us.
WHY enrol in BTI's Master of Professional Practice?
Watch the video and let our students and graduates tell you why they chose BTI and what study is like ...
"As you journey through your postgrad study at BTI, you will grow in courage and confidence and, as a result, your professional practice will be transformed."
what students say about the programme
According to our students and graduates, this programme has three key strengths: – the first is that it is wonderful opportunity to clarify and refresh your vision for Being a Christian and Being an educator. As one student commented, "The readings were definitely a ‘springboard’ that God used to shape my heart, mind and imagination. I also developed skills such as critical thinking, finding my own voice, writing at postgraduate level." The second is that the foci of and learning experiences in the papers support you as you explore how your faith might influence your practice so that you are actually more strategic and intentional in that practice. A current student noted that "I have a much better understanding of my place and purpose in God’s plan." Another noted, "It is making me ask questions about my practice; what am I doing more by force-of-habit than a thought-through examination of underlying principles." The third is that students feel very supported and cared for as whole people –not just ‘brains on sticks’. It is described by a student as a “holistic learning journey”.
POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
Like the Master of Professional Practice, the Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Practice qualification creates a safe, but challenging space focused on ‘being and becoming’ confident Christ-following professionals whose practice is research-informed.
The learning experiences within the programmes equip and enable participants to engage with research and reflective inquiry into their professional practice, in order to improve understanding of that practice and increase its intentionality and strategic alignment with the biblical narrative and the idea of the Kingdom of God on earth.
"This qualification is a must for anyone who works with people. It gets right to the heart of what it is to be made in the image of God."
(PGDIP PP) GRADUATES WILL BE COMMITTED TO:
- harmonising their professional practice, identity and integrity with their faith, understanding and wisdom
- drawing upon their spirituality and faith commitments to sustain inner professional growth.
- the well-being of others, particularly those within the communities, agencies and profession in which they serve.
- engaging with multiple perspectives in professional landscapes with empathy, reflexivity and reasoned consideration.
- the biblical priority of growing in wisdom, embodying this in foundational ways of being, doing and knowing within their research informed professional practice.
- do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with their God, through service, collaboration and Christ-likeness.
- developing a researcher – practitioner stance which is ethical, humble, gracious and discerning.
- research which is deliberative and robust, involving creative imaginative and critical thinking.
- ongoing learning, exploring or inquiring, open to new possibilities – i.e., be teachable.
- showing respect of others’ professional practice when conducting small scale research under supervision.
(PGDIP PP) GRADUATES WILL KNOW:
- the intimate connectivity of biblically based beliefs, wisdom and action, research and professional practice.
- the biblical narrative, its mission and values are foundational for informing and shaping professional practice which is purposeful and fruitful.
- wisdom as first and foremost grounded in relationship with and knowledge of God, self and others.
- professional practice flows from one’s identity, dispositions, calling, beliefs and values.
- that reflective inquiry, including undertaking small-scale research under supervision into their professional practice may be disruptive, regenerative and transformative.
- professional landscapes are complex, contested and dynamic; influenced by socio-cultural, historical, physical, spiritual and political dimensions.
- dynamics of professional practice landscapes are influenced during research under supervision.
- a range of professional practice approaches, models and strategies as presented in the literature.
- all research is interpretive, worldview embedded and informed and it has the potential to reveal wisdom, insights and understandings for transformation in professional practice.
- a range of research methodologies appropriate to professional practice.