Graduate Certificate in Education

Course information for - 2022 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode

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



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 course is open to teachers and other professionals engaged in lead educational roles, such as education administrators, researchers, policy makers, 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.


Professional experience

To attain a named specialisation in TESOL, students will need to successfully complete a 6-hour supervised practicum experience.



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).

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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


Further study

Graduates may progress to masters by course work.


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. 

Explore your options 


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


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