Undergraduate Certificate in Education



Course Summary

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. This course provides a pathway to an accredited teaching degree in early childhood, primary or secondary education.

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Units of study

EDUC1003 - Foundations for Education

Stimulate students' thinking about key educational questions of why, what and how we educate, with a particular focus on critical thinking and reflection. Students will consider these questions as an introduction to some of the foundations of the applied discipline of education. The unit examines the ways historical, political and practical understandings of education apply in the Australian context in order to challenge preconceived notions of schooling and education. The unit content establishes a framework for students to build their own perspectives of the nature and purpose of education.

ELECTIVE UNITS (Choose three from the following):
SCIN1003 - Foundations: Science and Technology

This unit surveys science and technology and its place in contemporary society. This unit puts an emphasis upon the science and technology that relates to everyday experience. Focuses on interpretations and implications and processes of science and technology.

HLTH1002 - Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

This unit provides broad and critical foundational understandings and skills relating to the study of personal development, health and physical education. Details the nature and role of PDHPE as a discipline for supporting the development of health and wellbeing.

CLST1002 - Foundations: Human Society and its Environments

This unit introduces students to studies of human society and its environment. The themes of change, interdependence, diversity, social justice, participatory citizenship, peace building, poverty and wealth, and sustainability are explored. Students are expected to develop skills in critical thinking, inquiry, analysis, judgement and justification.

MATH1002 - Foundations: Mathematics and Numeracy

Provides students with an introduction to mathematics in society, opportunities to build personal numeracy, as well as the skills and confidence to effectively engage with units in their course and future professional settings that require numeracy skills or applications of mathematics; includes ICT applications.

ENGL1005 - Foundations: Language and Literacy

This discipline unit provides students with opportunities to build personal literacy, as well as the knowledge and skills to apply this in professional settings. Content topics will cover: literacy, professional literacy, and academic literacy.

CRTV1001 - Foundations: The Arts

This unit aims to develop students’ knowledge of the central concepts of music, visual art, dance and drama, as well as personal competence in these areas. The unit also explores creativity and the importance of creative arts.

Key Information
Start Date

28 February 2022 (Orientation)
07 March 2022 (Studies commence)


12 months, part-time


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Domestic Fees

This is a Commonwealth-Supported course. 

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International students
International tuition fee

$13,400 (2021)

How to apply

Complete the International Application for Admission form with all supporting documents:

  • Academic Transcripts
  • Proof of English Language proficiency

Send your completed documentation to intapps@scu.edu.au

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.


Admission Criteria

ATAR 40; OR Certificate III or above; OR one year of paid work experience or equivalent.

Advanced standing

Successful completion of this course will enable entry and up to four units of credit towards the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (where applicants must also meet the course specific requirements).

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