Graduate Certificate in Education Studies

Why study the Graduate Certificate in Education Studies at UNE?

This course is designed for professionals to study in depth a range of areas related to education. Participants may choose from a range of units from different areas or specialise in the areas of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Careers and Transition Education.

Some units are related to the school curriculum. However, these units are not intended for the purposes of teacher preparation in any particular method.

The course articulates with the Master of Education and so provides a pathway for candidates wishing to pursue further study.

Career Opportunities

Career advisers; Careers in schools and other educational institutions, TESOL teachers - adult and school education.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

0.5 Years Full-time
Up to 2 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2014 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation GradCertEdStud
Course Type Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 072405E
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 0.5 Years Full-time
  • Up to 2 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 24
Benefits

How to Apply

All domestic students apply direct to UNE

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International students apply direct to UNE through International Marketing and Pathways

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Intensive Schools

Intensive mandatory schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold a three-year or four year pre-service teaching qualification of a recognised University or tertiary institution (AQF Level 7); or

(b) hold a bachelor degree and a one or two year pre-service teaching qualification of a recognised University (AQF Level 7); and

(c) comply with the University's English Language requirements.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Across various units in this award, there are school and workplace engagement which embeds the learning in a relevant educational and professional context.

Prior to undertaking a placement students must provide evidence that they have met child protection and probity checks as required by relevant educational authorities. Further information is provided in unit material.

Advanced Standing

At the discretion of the School, on the recommendation of the Course Coordinator and except for (c), a candidate may be granted a maximum of 12 credit points of advanced standing for:

(a) units that have been counted towards another postgraduate qualification at this or another University;

(b) units that have not counted towards another postgraduate qualification that have been completed at another University; and

(c) there shall be no maximum advanced standing on the basis of units that have not counted towards another postgraduate qualification that have been completed at this University.

Academic Colours

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Further Information

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Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold a three-year or four-year pre-service teaching qualification of a recognised University or tertiary institution (AQF Level 7); or
(b) hold a bachelor degree and a one or two year pre-service teaching qualification of a recognised University (AQF Level 7); and
(c) comply with the University's English Language requirements.

Advanced Standing

At the discretion of the School, on the recommendation of the course coordinator and except for (c), a candidate may be granted a maximum of 12 credit points of advanced standing for:
(a) units that have been counted towards another postgraduate qualification at this or another University;
(b) units that have not counted towards another postgraduate qualification that have been completed at another University; and
(c) there shall be no maximum advanced standing on the basis of units that have not counted towards another postgraduate qualification that have been completed at this University.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) 0.5 year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to two years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 24 credit points at 400- or 500-level with not less than 18 credit points at 400-level and not more than 6 credit points at 500-level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete the program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Schedule A
Course Structure Credit Points
Listed Units 24 cps
Total 24 cps

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Schedule B (Careers and Transition Education)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 24 cps
Total 24 cps

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Schedule C (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL))
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 12 cps
Listed Units 12 cps
Total 24 cps

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To view Program of Study for Master of Education click here

Award of Degree

A candidate who meets the course requirements shall be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Education Studies.

A candidate who meets the course requirements and satisfactorily completes the units EDUC407, EDUC506, HSHM421 and EDSP444 shall be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Education Studies (Career and Transition Education).

A candidate who meets the course requirements and satisfactorily completes the units EDLA487, EDLA488, 6 credit points from units at 500-level and 6 credit points from units at 400-level shall be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Education Studies (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)).

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Rules.

Course Aims

This course aims to provide advanced knowledge and skills for professional educators. It is a flexible distance education program that provides a pathway for further learning.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. build on existing knowledge of education as an academic discipline;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of current and relevant research literature in their field of study;
  3. apply knowledge of discipline to a relevant professional situation; and
  4. develop a personal theory of education as it relates to their field of study.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Knowledge of discipline is taught in all units. It is assessed in different ways including online assessment tasks, essays, quizzes and exams. It is practised in some units in professional experience activities.

Communication Skills

Communication skills are an important part of most units. Written and oral skills are taught, assessed and practised through a variety of online and face-to-face activities.

Global Perspectives

Several units have a specific focus on global perspectives in a range of educational disciplines. In these units students are taught to explore different perspectives and are assessed on their understanding of those perspectives.

Information Literacy

Information literacy is explicitly taught, assessed and practised in some units. In other units, students use a variety of online tools to engage with learning material and respond to assessment tasks.

Life-Long Learning

Students in this postgraduate course are expected to build on their existing professional knowledge and skills and to explore ways to apply that knowledge throughout their professional life. This is taught through learning activities which have a focus on individuals' professional contexts.

Problem Solving

Problem solving is taught, assessed and practised in some units. Most units require students to practise problem-solving techniques to develop responses to assessment tasks.

Social Responsibility

Some units in this course have a specific focus on social responsibility as it relates to the discipline of education. In these units social responsibility is taught, assessed and practised.

Team Work

In most units, students will explore aspects of team work as it applies to their field of study. In some units, features of effective team work will be taught and students will be assessed on activities involving a requirement to work in teams.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply direct to UNE

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through International Marketing and Pathways

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