Graduate Certificate in Education

Course information for - 2022 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
Online
Duration

6 months *full-time or equivalent part-time (*named specialisations only available in part-time mode and the duration is 1 year depending on chosen specialisation).

Fees (first year)*

$9336 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - July

Overview

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Advance your career and become a specialist in your discipline area. The Graduate Certificate in Education will enable you to deepen your knowledge and expertise in a specialisation area and empower you to extend your understanding of educational disciplines. 

The Graduate Certificate in Education specialisations are:

  • Career Development
  • Highly Accomplished/Lead Educational Practice
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Integrated STEM
  • Leading Learning
  • Literacy Intervention (available to cohorts only)
  • Mathematics
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Student Wellbeing.
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The course is open to teachers and other professionals engaged in lead educational roles, such as education administrators, researchers, policymakers, career counsellors, psychologists, members of the defence forces, youth ministers and family/parish educators. 

You are able to complete the Graduate Certificate in Education with or without a named specialisation. Named specialisations are only available in part-time mode and the duration is one year. 

The Graduate Certificate in Education is not an initial teaching qualification.

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Professional experience

Students seeking TESOL accreditation will need to successfully complete 22 days of professional experience in educational settings with EAL/D children and young people, under the supervision of a mentor.

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Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • teaching and leadership
  • education administration 
  • research studies 
  • policy making 
  • curriculum leader
  • career counselling
  • learning support

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate in Education, a student must complete 40 credit points (cp).

The Graduate Certificate in Education specialisations are:

Career Development

This specialisation is designed for secondary teachers or other professionals who have the responsibility for providing career advice. It focuses on the needs that individuals in schools, or other educational settings have in responding to the pressures and opportunities presented by the current and future worlds of work. The Career Development specialisation has been endorsed by the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA). This specialisation is not available in fully online mode; two units (one per semester) in this specialisation have attendance requirements.

Highly Accomplished/Lead Educational Practice 

This specialisation is designed for teachers who are interested in pursuing AITSL accreditation requirements at Highly Accomplished/ Lead Teacher level. Students will have opportunities to use ethical data collection measures to collect and collate data that demonstrates evidence of highly accomplished practice and undertake substantial reflective and reflexive processes in order to evaluate how their current practice adds value to their educational community. 

Inclusive Practice

This specialisation is designed for teachers and allied professionals who have particular interests in inclusive approaches to practice. Students will have opportunities to extend their knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the history of the movement toward inclusion in schools and the community, specific approaches to developing more inclusive classrooms and other educational and community environments, and the additional needs often expressed by children with additional learning needs including those with special gifts and talents as well as those with complex learning and behavioural challenges.

Integrated STEM

This specialisation enables teachers and educators to develop, practice and apply specialist knowledge and skills in Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education using an Integrated STEM education approach in primary or secondary schools, aligned with the content in the Australian Curriculum and respective state /territory syllabi.

The aim of this specialisation is to develop leaders in the area of Integrated STEM education curriculum/syllabus implementation, student assessment and integration to support teaching in primary or secondary schools.

Leading Learning  

The aim of this specialisation is to provide educators and allied professionals with opportunities to develop advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in leading learning in a variety of situations.

Literacy Intervention

The aim of this specialisation is to provide educators with opportunities to further develop their theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in relation to the assessment of primary students' oral language and literacy skills as well as to enhance their skills in providing appropriate evidence-based adjustments and interventions. Given ongoing concerns about the literacy of students in Australian schools, there is a continuing need for teachers and allied professionals to engage with current perspectives on oral language development and literacy research and practice.

Mathematics

This specialisation is designed to provide current and potential mathematics educators with an opportunity to further develop their mathematics content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge. Students will have opportunities to explore theories of learning, the characteristics of high-quality teaching and learning, issues of equity and access for students, and pedagogical approaches to a range of topics of particular relevance to the middle years of schooling (Years 5-9); namely, number development, geometry and measurement, statistics and probability, and algebra and function.

Safeguarding Children and Young People 

The specialisation is designed to provide the opportunity for participants to develop knowledge and understandings of contemporary issues and responses to safeguarding children and young people, exploring the conditions and factors that facilitate or impede child-safe environments. Central will be framing a response that draws upon the rich moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church and a theological understanding of the child.

Student Wellbeing

This specialisation is designed to provide educators and allied professionals with opportunities to develop advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to creating learning communities that promote the wellbeing of young people. Students will have opportunities to consider a range of perspectives on wellbeing, professional practices that enhance the confidence, resilience, and emotional understanding of young people, approaches to creating enabling, positive learning environments, and engaging families and the community to supporting the wellbeing and learning of young people. 

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The TESOL specialisation is designed specifically for educators who wish to teach English to students for whom English is a second or additional language. This specialisation helps students explore theories of second language acquisition and also of different 'language teaching methods. Students critically examine current research and practice in the area of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in both national and international contexts and apply these theoretical perspectives to particular classroom contexts. Students seeking TESOL accreditation will need to successfully complete 22 days of professional experience in educational settings with EAL/D children and young people, under the supervision of a mentor.

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AQF framework

Graduate Certificate - AQF Level 8

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International applicants must also meet the English language proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed a Bachelor degree.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Pathways

Further study

Graduates may progress to masters by course work.

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$9336 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

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Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

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Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Some specialisations may not run every year. Find out more about deferment.

 

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