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Just like our changing world, our courses are continually evolving. Some of the courses listed on this page are brand new, others have been revised to ensure they meet new best practices, and some are being introduced on a particular campus for the first time.

Undergraduate Postgraduate Pathway courses

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Pathway courses

Diploma in Criminology

Diploma in Criminology

The Diploma in Criminology is an important stepping stone to achieving your career and study goals – and it’s a Commonwealth supported place (CSP). A Diploma in Criminology can help you gain credit towards your first year of study and seamlessly transition into the second year of our Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Or you can exit with a standalone qualification to add to your CV. This course will be available from Semester 1, 2024 at ACU North Sydney and Melbourne campuses.

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Undergraduate courses

Bachelor of Speech Pathology – Canberra

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology will be offered at ACU Canberra from Semester 1 2025. The Canberra program will undergo accreditation with Speech Pathology Australia over the next 2 years. A successful outcome will enable graduates to be eligible for certified practising membership of Speech Pathology Australia.

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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy – Canberra

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy will be offered at ACU Canberra from Semester 1 2025. The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program is fully accredited on the Melbourne, North Sydney and Brisbane campuses. The Canberra program will undergo accreditation processes next year prior to commencement in 2025 and again in the first iteration of the final year of the program to enable graduate eligibility for registration as practising Occupational Therapists.

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Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) (Honours)

The Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) (Honours) is an honours year program of study in the liberal arts, focused on a 'great books' approach to the history of ideas in Western culture. The program builds upon the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) course and consolidates student learning in the liberal arts, directing students through advanced seminars on hermeneutics and the critical interpretation of foundational texts in the Western canon, as well as a capstone research thesis that encounters key texts from an interdisciplinary perspective and a research methods unit.

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Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Students studying the APAC-accredited Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice will explore how individuals behave, think and feel, and come to understand the complex causes and impact of crime. By combining these degrees, graduates will gain wider insights than can be developed in a three-year single degree. Psychological studies will assist those who seek a career in the justice sector. Similarly, those with aspirations of becoming a forensic psychologist will be assisted with the knowledge gained from the criminology studies.

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Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) – Blacktown

The Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) will be offered at ACU Blacktown from Semester 1 2024. This two-year accelerated course offers bachelor–qualified nurses and paramedics the opportunity to qualify with a Bachelor of Midwifery. Graduates may work in maternity settings such as hospitals, birth centres, special care nurseries and other community agencies. Students will undertake midwifery clinical practice in hospital and community settings.

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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy – Ballarat

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy will be offered at ACU Ballarat from Semester 1 2024. Study occupational therapy at ACU in Ballarat and you will be part of a thriving regional and rural allied health network.

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Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years) (Accelerated)

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years) (Accelerated)

If you’re in Victoria, working in an early childhood setting, and have a diploma in early childhood education and care, our Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years) (Accelerated) is the perfect option to advance your career. You’ll graduate in 18 months with the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree. Funding is available to cover the cost of your studies, and you can complete the degree while you continue to work.

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Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Nutrition Science

Combining the Bachelor of Psychological Science and the Bachelor of Nutrition Science allows for greater insights into both areas. The Bachelor of Nutrition Science will focus on general health care, chronic disease management, Indigenous health and other emerging areas of need and students will gain an understanding of the science behind food and nutrition including human physiology and biochemistry. The APAC-accredited psychology component includes lifespan development, biological, social and abnormal psychology, individual differences, psychological and research methods, as well as other areas of applied psychology.

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Bachelor of Human Rights

ACU’s Bachelor of Human Rights is an exciting new course that will prepare you for a career in human rights and social justice. You will graduate with the job-ready skills and knowledge to contribute to the development of policies and practices that are highly valued in the corporate, government and non-government sectors. You can also combine the Bachelor of Human Rights with a Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice to further expand your career prospects.

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Bachelor of Psychological Science/Master of Teaching (Primary)

Meet the challenges of a contemporary classroom with a deep understanding of human behaviour. Study this double degree and you’ll have a career in primary teaching with a unique edge. You’ll gain a foundation in psychological principles examining aspects of thinking and behaviour (including memory, cognition, learning, motivation and emotion), and an understanding of why people behave the way they do. Graduates who wish to practise as a psychologist or councillor will need to undertake further study in psychology, as required by the Psychology Board of Australia. This new course is pending accreditation with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) and the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

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Postgraduate courses

Microcredentials in Advanced Classroom Management

These microcredentials will provide you with an opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge and skills that will equip you to better manage potentially stressful and confronting classroom environments and individual students who may be unpredictable and uncooperative. Offered through the Faculty of Education and Arts' Learning and Leadership Enterprise (LLE), each microcredential is delivered via a sequence of online modules, discussion sessions and SimLab simulations over a 5–6 week period.

The two microcredentials you will explore are: UNMC501: Managing Confronting Behaviours in Educational Settings, UNMC502: Managing Critical Incidents in Educational Settings.

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Science iSTEM Microcredential

Designed specifically for middle school teachers this course will provide you with inclusive, evidence-based strategies for teaching STEM that will allow you to create innovative and meaningful learning environments for students. This microcredential consists of two units EDST532 Science iSTEM and EDST533 Leading the S in iSTEM.

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Maths iSTEM Microcredential

Gain a foundational understanding of the “Big Ideas” driving mathematics in STEM and learn how to translate this knowledge into the classroom using critical thinking to solve real-world problems, employing effective teaching practices with a strong focus on STEM leadership. This microcredential consists of two units EDST530 Maths iSTEM and EDST531 Leading the M in STEM.

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Master of Liberal Arts (Western Civilisation)

Master of Liberal Arts (Western Civilisation)

Deepen and broaden your knowledge and expertise of Western culture within a structured and integrated humanities masters-level course. Centred on a ‘great books’ or ‘canonical’ approach to the study of Western culture, studying this course will help you to develop a transnational, interdisciplinary and historically grounded perspective to the literature, music, philosophy and works of art that have achieved the status of ‘classics' within the Western world.

ACU is offering up to ten (10) master's scholarships annually to Australian citizens or permanent residents funded by the Ramsay Centre.

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Graduate Certificate in Supervision

The Graduate Certificate in Supervision enables you to develop basic knowledge, understanding and skills suited to the ethical, self-aware and safe practice of supervision in any number of fields, including health, education and social service settings.

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Phonics: Theory, Research, Differentiated Instruction, and Assessment Microcredential

This course is designed for teachers, speech pathologists and other professionals working with developing readers of all ages. Upon completion, you will be able to confidently teach foundational reading skills to children learning to read (K-1) and to older students struggling with foundational reading and spelling skills. This microcredential consists of two units EDER530 Phonemes and Phonics: Instruction and Assessment and EDER531 Phonics: Effective Intervention in Primary and Secondary Schools.

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Master of Spiritual Direction

The Master of Spiritual Direction is a coursework degree for those with a background in theology and an interest in developing a specialisation in spiritual direction. You will develop knowledge, understanding and advanced skills suited to the ethical, self-aware and safe practice of spiritual direction in the Ignatian tradition, normally in Christian contexts.

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Graduate Certificate in Education (Highly Accomplished/Lead Educational Practice)

HALT accreditation opens a wealth of possibilities for educators. The Graduate Certificate in Education (Highly Accomplished/Lead Educational Practice) meets the growing need to support emerging leaders to advance their knowledge, understanding of concepts and expert skills in the domains of their professional interests and responsibilities in increasingly complex and changing environments. This specialisation will assist teachers to demonstrate and document evidence-based reflective practice that aligns with the AITSL HALT Australian Professional Teacher Standards, whilst fulfilling unit requirements

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Graduate Diploma in Supervision

Supervision is the discipline of enabling professional practitioners—such as social workers, counsellors, spiritual directors, ministers, principals, and so on—to reflect on their practice, become mindful of their blind spots, gain ever-deepening insight, and become open to opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The Graduate Diploma in Supervision enables you to develop advanced knowledge and skills suited to the ethical, self-aware and safe practice of supervision across a number of fields, including health care, education and social service settings.

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Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction

This course is for those who are interested in becoming a spiritual director, but do not have formal background in theology. Drawing from the Ignatian spiritual tradition, this course provides the theological, spiritual, psychological and ethical frameworks, as well as practical skills necessary to undertake spiritual direction as a ministry.

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Master of Australian Migration Law and Practice

The Masters of Australian Migration Law and Practice will enhance your skills with the foundation knowledge, understanding and practical skills that are required to practice as a qualified Australian migration agent. The Masters is for individuals seeking to accelerate their career through deepened subject knowledge and improved personal and professional skills. After completing the Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice you can choose from a series of electives to deepen your knowledge and enhance your career ambitions.

Upon successful completion of the MAMLAP and the Capstone exam administered by the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA), graduates may seek registration to practice as a Registered Migration Agent.

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Graduate Diploma in Design and Technologies Education

The Graduate Diploma in Design and Technologies Education is a course that responds to the need for teachers to be upskilled and ready to empower students in design and technologies. Graduates who complete this course will be able to apply for recognition as a teacher in the following subject areas: Design and Technologies, Industrial Technology (Timber) and Industrial Technology (Engineering), in addition to your current teaching areas. This flexible course allows for all units to be delivered online, whilst the practical components are undertaken at either an ACU campus or in a school where you work, under supervision of an accredited technologies teacher (and/or technical staff).

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