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Course summary

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.

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

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.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

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.

Ethical practice

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.

Knowledge of a discipline

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.

Lifelong learning

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.

Communication and social skills

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.

Cultural competence

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.

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.

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. 

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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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'