Undergraduate Certificate in Education

2023 course information for Domestic Students
2023 course information for International Students

updated 6:01 AM on Fri, 25 November

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
View full English language requirements
ATAR
40
Duration
0.5 years full-time; 1 year part-time
0.5 years full-time
Location
Online
Start date
March, July
Course code
2004200
Course abbreviation
CertEd
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
4
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

Do you have a passion for sharing knowledge with others and see yourself working in education? The Undergraduate Certificate in Education is an excellent place to start your journey.

This course provides you with foundational knowledge about why, what and how we educate, and introduces the foundations of the applied discipline of education.

The course has a focus on developing critical thinking, reflection and skills relating to the study of educational disciplines and it can be the first step on a pathway to an accredited teaching degree in early childhood, primary or secondary education.

Graduates of this course will be eligible for entry and up to four units of credit towards the Bachelor of Education (where applicants must also meet the course-specific requirements).

Do you have a passion for sharing knowledge with others and see yourself working in education? The Undergraduate Certificate in Education is an excellent place to start your journey.

This course provides you with foundational knowledge about why, what and how we educate, and introduces the foundations of the applied discipline of education.

The course has a focus on developing critical thinking, reflection and skills relating to the study of educational disciplines and it can be the first step on a pathway to an accredited teaching degree in early childhood, primary or secondary education.

Graduates of this course will be eligible for entry and up to four units of credit towards the Bachelor of Education (where applicants must also meet the course-specific requirements).

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.

Applicants for admission to candidature to the Undergraduate Certificate in Education must have an assessable entry qualification from a country where English is the main language and where the medium of instruction for that qualification was English, or have completed an International English Language Test (or comparable test scores*) with:

  • a minimum overall score of 5.5 and a minimum score of 5.0 in each subtest (or comparable test scores*), except for writing with a minimum score of 5.5

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
Overall6.0
Listeningminimum 5.5
Readingminimum 5.5
Speakingminimum 5.5
Writingminimum 5.5

About the course

Core unit:

  • Education and Philosophy: Playing with Thought

Elective units (Choose three from the following):

  • Science and Technology: All Things Matter
  • PDHPE: Mind, Body and Soul
  • HSIE: The Universe Next Door
  • Foundations of Mathematics and Numeracy: Numbers that Count
  • Foundations of English and Literacy: More than Words
  • Creativity and the Arts.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3

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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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Undergraduate Certificate in Education, students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising:


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
EDUC1003Education and Philosophy: Playing with Thought
Choose three units from the following:
SCIN1006Science and Technology: All Things Matter
HLTH1002PDHPE: Mind, Body and Soul
CLST1002HSIE: The Universe Next Door
MATH1002Foundations of Mathematics and Numeracy: Numbers that Count
ENGL1005Foundations of English and Literacy: More than Words
CRTV1001Creativity and the Arts


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

EDUC1003Education and Philosophy: Playing with Thought
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,3,5
N/A
Option Unit
Option Unit
Option Unit


Unit groups

Option Unit

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
SCIN1006Science and Technology: All Things Matter
HLTH1002PDHPE: Mind, Body and Soul
CLST1002HSIE: The Universe Next Door
MATH1002Foundations of Mathematics and Numeracy: Numbers that Count
ENGL1005Foundations of English and Literacy: More than Words
CRTV1001Creativity and the Arts

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

demonstrate an understanding of foundational educational concepts, contexts and issues

demonstrate skills in personal, academic and disciplinary literacies

communication information, concepts and solutions, individually and/or in a team, with an awareness of diverse cultural perspectives within defined Education contexts.


Assessment methods

Assessment may be in the form of essays, reports, audio or video presentations, online quizzes, case analyses or problem resolution. Under the Southern Cross Model, assessment is designed to help you learn. Most units don't have exams, and instead focus on real-life tasks and scenarios that allow you to gain experience and confidence in the same tasks you'll be doing in your future career.

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 provides you with foundational knowledge of the applied discipline of education, and, with further study, a career in early childhood, primary or secondary education. Graduates of this course will be eligible for entry and up to four units of credit towards the Bachelor of Education (where applicants must also meet the course-specific requirements).

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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.

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