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Graduate Certificate in Education Law

40 credit points
Minimum duration:6 months full-time or equivalent part-time.


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  1. Four year Bachelor degree in Education;
  2. Bachelor degree in an area other than Education and a Graduate Diploma in Education; or
  3. Bachelor degree in Law.

Course Description

The Graduate Certificate in Education Law equips educators and administrators with the knowledge and skills needed to deal confidently, effectively and appropriately with legal issues. Students have the opportunity to develop practical skills to identify possible legal problems before they arise, and to respond effectively when they do. Students will also understand better the role of lawyers, when to involve them and how to work most effectively with them.

A graduate of the course will be confident in planning for, and responding to, legal issues in their educational environment, and will be confident in their ability to develop educational policy within a legal framework. The course will examine the general principles and practices of school governance, in state, church-based or independent schools, as relevant. Students will gain understanding of the various statutory, contractual and common law duties, particularly the duty to take reasonable care, which underpin the educational process. Participants will be challenged to critically examine the obligations and rights of parents, students and colleagues. To encourage the development of practical skills, students will be encouraged to bring their own experience to the course, and to share that experience with others.

The course is offered flexibly including online or in intensive mode as a four unit part-time postgraduate course.