Graduate Certificate in Education

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 3:16 PM on Wed, 21 April

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International snapshot

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Duration
1 year part-time
1 year part-time
Location
SCU Online
Start date
January, March, April, July, August, November
Course code
1008252
Course abbreviation
GradCertEd
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
4
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Fees
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Course overview

There is growing demand for educators who have enhanced knowledge in specialist areas of education, as well as for skilled managers and leaders across the education sector. The Graduate Certificate in Education is a course for education professionals looking to progress their careers by moving into more senior roles.

The course focuses on leadership and contemporary educational contexts, leadership in professional learning and educational investigation.

This flexible course is designed to fit seamlessly around work, family, and other priorities. It’s 100 per cent online, and students can complete the seven-week units one at a time from the comfort of their home – or anywhere with an internet connection.

This course is also an ideal pathway to further postgraduate study in the Master of Education.

There is growing demand for educators who have enhanced knowledge in specialist areas of education, as well as for skilled managers and leaders across the education sector. The Graduate Certificate in Education is a course for education professionals looking to progress their careers by moving into more senior roles.

The course focuses on leadership and contemporary educational contexts, leadership in professional learning and educational investigation.

This flexible course is designed to fit seamlessly around work, family, and other priorities. It’s 100 per cent online, and students can complete the seven-week units one at a time from the comfort of their home – or anywhere with an internet connection.

This course is also an ideal pathway to further postgraduate study in the Master of Education.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

The minimum entry requirement for this course is:
  • a four year Bachelor degree in Education from any Australian University, or equivalent, or
  • an undergraduate degree and a fourth-year level teaching qualification from any Australian university, or equivalent, or
  • a three year Bachelor degree in Teaching from any Australian University, or equivalent.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score or equivalent7.5

About the course

Domestic students

LocationStudy Period
SCU Online1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

International students

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Critically analyse, synthesize and evaluate educational contexts, concepts and theories to arrive at a conclusion, and justify that decision. Apply knowledge of evaluation and research principles and methods to analyse issues and solve problems in educational contexts.

Demonstrate initiative by identifying innovative and creative responses to emerging educational challenges. Conceive preferable educational futures, and propose inventive ways to achieve them.

Critically evaluate the implications of challenging ethical issues in education at the interpersonal, organisational, and governance levels. Demonstrate a commitment to social justice, human rights, ethics and sustainability in professional practice, scholarship, and research.

Demonstrate advanced and integrated theoretical and practical understanding of a specialised area of education with a global perspective. Locate, evaluate, and implement theory to generate reliable data, making defensible evidence-based professional and organisational decisions about complex educational problems.

Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to plan and implement ongoing personal and professional learning. Critically reflect on demonstrating professional discernment, autonomy, resilience, responsibility and accountability when responding to change.

Demonstrate advanced oral and written communication skills in both academic and professional settings. Demonstrate responsive leadership and the capacity to facilitate collaboration between a diverse range of individuals and teams.

Demonstrate a commitment to education founded on respect for the rights or all persons. Critically reflect on how a global perspective of educational practice can encourage inclusivity and cultural competence.


Assessment methods

Units typically include written and/or oral assignments that match typical work tasks: reports, case studies, presentations, research studies and plans. Practical assessments ensure you graduate with key industry skills and knowledge. Each unit has its own website to keep you focused. Weekly activities, readings and case studies are laid out with step-by-step instructions. As the weeks progress and your knowledge deepens, you'll tackle increasingly sophisticated concepts and employ critical analysis.

Teaching methods

Our intensive, seven-week study model comprises of six study periods per year, enabling you to start studying at a time that suits your existing work, family and life commitments. 

Coursework and assessments fit seamlessly into your schedule, thanks to an intuitive online learning environment. You'll be able to connect with your academics and peers in real-time via interactive discussion boards. 

Learn on-the-go, anytime, anywhere and on any device. 

Career opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Education is a course for education professionals looking to progress their careers in a more focused area within their current environment or who wish to move into a leadership or management role.

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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate of Education students must complete the equivalent of 4
units (48 credit points), comprising 4 core units.

Course structure




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