Graduate Certificate in Education (Professional Learning)

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:01 AM on Wed, 1 June

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Duration
0.5 years full-time; 1 year part-time
0.5 years full-time; 1 year part-time
Location
Gold Coast, Online
Gold Coast, Online
Start date
July
June
Course code
1008002
Course abbreviation
GCEd (Prof Learn)
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
4
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Course overview

The Graduate Certificate in Education (Professional Learning) is designed for registered teachers looking to enhance their professional practice or for teachers looking to move into more senior or leadership roles.

Students choose a specialisation to focus their studies from either: Teacher as Researcher; Effective Professional Learning; Pedagogical Knowledge; Indigenous Knowledge or Early Childhood Education. The course is also an ideal pathway to further study or research.

The Faculty of Education at Southern Cross University is dedicated to fostering excellence and supporting the development of outstanding teachers and education professionals.

Southern Cross ranks No.1 in Australia for postgraduate overall experience, median salary, student support, and teaching quality in Education, according to the Good Universities Guide 2022.

The Graduate Certificate in Education (Professional Learning) is designed for registered teachers looking to enhance their professional practice or for teachers looking to move into more senior or leadership roles.

Students choose a specialisation to focus their studies from either: Teacher as Researcher; Effective Professional Learning; Pedagogical Knowledge; Indigenous Knowledge or Early Childhood Education. The course is also an ideal pathway to further study or research.

The Faculty of Education at Southern Cross University is dedicated to fostering excellence and supporting the development of outstanding teachers and education professionals.

Southern Cross ranks No.1 in Australia for postgraduate overall experience, median salary, student support, and teaching quality in Education, according to the Good Universities Guide 2022.

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 (AQF 7) from any Australian University, or equivalent; OR
  • an undergraduate degree (AQF 7) and a fourth-year level teaching qualification from any Australian university, or equivalent; OR
  • a three year bachelor degree in Teaching (AQF 7) 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
Overall6.5
Listeningminimum 6.0
Speakingminimum 6.0
Readingminimum 6.0
Writingminimum 6.0

About the course

Students choose one of the following specialisations:
  • Teacher as Researcher
  • Effective Professional Learning
  • Pedagogical Knowledge
  • Indigenous Knowledge
  • Early Childhood Education.

Each specialisation comprises a combination of core and elective units.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastTerm  3
OnlineTerm  3

International students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastTerm  3
OnlineTerm  3

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

International students studying online or outside of Australia

View domestic application details View international application details

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Education (Professional Learning), students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising one of the following specialisations:
 

OR

OR

OR

OR


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Choose one option - Teacher as Researcher or Effective Professional Learning or Pedagogical Knowledge or Indigenous Knowledge or Early Childhood Education.

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
EDUC6018Teachers as Researchers I
EDUC6019Teachers as Researchers II
Select two from the Master of Teaching electives
Note 1

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
EDUC5001Education and Change: The Lifelong Learner
EDUC5011Education and ICT: Digital Disruptions
Select two from the Master of Teaching electives
Note 1

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
EDUC5013Education for Inclusion and Diversity: The Responsive Teacher
EDUC5011Education and ICT: Digital Disruptions
Select two from the Master of Teaching electives
Note 1

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
EDUC6009Education and Indigenous Australians: Ways of Knowing and Being
INDG5001Living Knowledge: The Rights of Country
INDG3004Indigenous Australians in Education
Choose 1 unit from the following:
INDG3001Caring for Country
INDG2005Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement)
INDG1002Indigenous Knowledge

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
TCHR5003Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education
TCHR5001Play and Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education
TCHR3004Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
Choose 1 unit from the following:
TCHR2002Children, Families and Communities
TCHR3001Early Childhood Matters
TCHR2003Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood
TCHR6007Creative Arts for Early Childhood Education
TCHR5009Theory to practice: Education and Care for Infants and Toddlers
TCHR5010Theory to Practice: Competency and Capability of Preschoolers
TCHR6006Health, Wellbeing and the Environment in Early Childhood Education

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
EDUC5001Education and Change: The Lifelong Learner
EDUC5013Education for Inclusion and Diversity: The Responsive Teacher
EDUC6009Education and Indigenous Australians: Ways of Knowing and Being
EDUC6018Teachers as Researchers I
EDUC6019Teachers as Researchers II
TCHR5001Play and Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education
TCHR5003Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education
TCHR5010Theory to Practice: Competency and Capability of Preschoolers
TCHR2003Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood
TCHR5009Theory to practice: Education and Care for Infants and Toddlers
TCHR3001Early Childhood Matters
TCHR6007Creative Arts for Early Childhood Education
TCHR6006Health, Wellbeing and the Environment in Early Childhood Education
TCHR2002Children, Families and Communities
TCHR3004Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
EDUC3024Education and the Environment: More than Human
EDUC2011Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Note 1
EDUC2012English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC2013Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy Note 1
EDUC2014Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC2015Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Note 1
EDUC3013Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Note 1
EDUC5012Education and Practice: Ways of Teaching and Learning
EDUC5011Education and ICT: Digital Disruptions
EDUC5003Teaching and Learning Literacy and Numeracy in Context
ENGL1004English: Literature, Language and Literacy
EDUC1006Interdisciplinary Studies: Crossing the Line
EDUC5007Music: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC2002PDHPE: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC2003Mathematics: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC2004Science: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC2006Technologies and Design: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC2019HSIE: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
TCHR2001English: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC5008Visual Arts: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC5009Performing Arts: Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC3005PDHPE: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1
EDUC3004Science: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1
EDUC6014Music: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1
EDUC3003Mathematics: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1
EDUC3020Technologies and Design: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1
EDUC3019HSIE: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1
TCHR3002English: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1
EDUC6015Visual Arts: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1
EDUC6016Performing Arts: Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1
EDUC2016Advanced Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC3014Advanced Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1


Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

EDUC6018Teachers as Researchers I
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
Anti-requisitesEDUC6006 - Research in Education: Through the Looking Glass
Enrolment informationStudents MUST enrol in EDUC6018 - Teachers as Researchers I and EDUC6019 - Teachers as Researchers II in the same academic year.
EDUC6019Teachers as Researchers II
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Anti-requisitesEDUC6006 - Research in Education: Through the Looking Glass
Enrolment informationStudents MUST enrol inEDUC6018 - Teachers as Researchers I and EDUC6019 - Teachers as Researchers II in the same academic year.
1 unit from Master of Teaching elective options
1 unit from Master of Teaching elective options

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

EDUC5011Education and ICT: Digital Disruptions
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term2
Term2
Anti-requisitesEDUC5010 - Curriculum, Assessment and Technology
EDUC5001Education and Change: The Lifelong Learner
Term3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3,5
Term3,5
Online
Term3,5
Term3,5
Anti-requisitesEDUC1004 - Education and Change: The Lifelong Learner OR EDU00221 Teaching and Learning.
1 unit fromMaster of Teaching elective options
1 unit fromMaster of Teaching elective options

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

EDUC5013Education for Inclusion and Diversity: The Responsive Teacher
Term1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3
Term1,3
Anti-requisitesEDUC5004 - Learning and Support Frameworks
Enrolment informationRecommended that Primary and Secondary students complete this unit prior to their final professional placement..
EDUC5011Education and ICT: Digital Disruptions
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term2
Term2
Anti-requisitesEDUC5010 - Curriculum, Assessment and Technology
1 unit from:Master of Teaching elective options
1 unit fromMaster of Teaching elective options

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

EDUC6009Education and Indigenous Australians: Ways of Knowing and Being
Term1,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term5
Term5
Gold Coast
Term1,5
Term1,5
Lismore
Term5
Term5
Online
Term1,5
Term1,5
Pre-requisites 96 Credit points in a Bachelor of Education course OR admission to the 1207286 - Master of Teaching OR 1209001 - Master of Teaching
Anti-requisitesEDUC6003 - Inclusive Teaching
Enrolment informationUndergraduate Education students must complete all first year units (96CP) prior to enrolling in this unit to meet NESA Accreditation requirements.
INDG5001Living Knowledge: The Rights of Country
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
N/A
INDG3004Indigenous Australians in Education
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term4
N/A
Enrolment informationThis unit is relevant to education students.
Indigenous Knowledge Elective Unit

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

TCHR5003Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term1
Term1
TCHR5001Play and Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education
Summer Term
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Summer Term
Term4
Summer Term
Term4
TCHR3004Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Early Childhood Elective Unit


Notes

Note 1: Curriculum and Pedagogy units are only available to students who hold an Australian undergraduate teaching qualification, or equivalent.

Unit groups

Master of Teaching elective options

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
EDUC5001Education and Change: The Lifelong Learner
EDUC5013Education for Inclusion and Diversity: The Responsive Teacher
EDUC6009Education and Indigenous Australians: Ways of Knowing and Being
EDUC6018Teachers as Researchers I
EDUC6019Teachers as Researchers II
TCHR5001Play and Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education
TCHR5003Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education
TCHR5010Theory to Practice: Competency and Capability of Preschoolers
TCHR2003Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood
TCHR5009Theory to practice: Education and Care for Infants and Toddlers
TCHR3001Early Childhood Matters
TCHR6007Creative Arts for Early Childhood Education
TCHR6006Health, Wellbeing and the Environment in Early Childhood Education
TCHR2002Children, Families and Communities
TCHR3004Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
EDUC3024Education and the Environment: More than Human
EDUC2011Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Note 1
EDUC2012English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC2013Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy Note 1
EDUC2014Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC2015Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Note 1
EDUC3013Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Note 1
EDUC5012Education and Practice: Ways of Teaching and Learning
EDUC5011Education and ICT: Digital Disruptions
EDUC5003Teaching and Learning Literacy and Numeracy in Context
ENGL1004English: Literature, Language and Literacy
EDUC1006Interdisciplinary Studies: Crossing the Line
EDUC5007Music: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC2002PDHPE: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC2003Mathematics: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC2004Science: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC2006Technologies and Design: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC2019HSIE: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
TCHR2001English: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC5008Visual Arts: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC5009Performing Arts: Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC3005PDHPE: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1
EDUC3004Science: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1
EDUC6014Music: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1
EDUC3003Mathematics: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1
EDUC3020Technologies and Design: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1
EDUC3019HSIE: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1
TCHR3002English: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1
EDUC6015Visual Arts: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1
EDUC6016Performing Arts: Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1
EDUC2016Advanced Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I Note 1
EDUC3014Advanced Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II Note 1

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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

Demonstrate advanced cognitive, and technical skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise knowledge for ethical, innovative and creative responses to local and global challenges in an educational setting.

Exercise critical analysis, problem solving, and decision-making skills to realistic situations appropriate to cultural, inclusive and social contexts.

Demonstrate advanced cognitive, and technical skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise knowledge for ethical, innovative and creative responses to local and global challenges in an educational setting.

Demonstrate advanced cognitive, and technical skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise knowledge for ethical, innovative and creative responses to local and global challenges in an educational setting.

Apply academic knowledge and skills to develop deeper understanding, build professional identity and contribute to ongoing professional learning.

Evaluate, reflect and communicate evidence, research and theoretical understandings to inform and transform practice in a specialised area of education.

Exercise critical analysis, problem solving, and decision-making skills to realistic situations appropriate to cultural, inclusive and social contexts.


Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

This course prepares graduates for more senior teaching roles or for leadership roles in educational settings. It is  also an ideal pathway to further study or research.

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