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Mode of deliveryFace to Face, Online
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022),
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CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 096749E
Program Code40139

Program handbook


If you are a practising teacher or educator with a passion for learning and desire to develop an advanced understanding of a variety of broad issues then the Graduate Certificate in Education is the program for you. This program will enhance your existing skills as an education professional, see you connect with the latest developments and research in the field, and move beyond the classroom to explore system-level issues and challenges. Upon graduation you will be positioned as an educational leader.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
  • cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
  • cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
  • specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
  • communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts
  • communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
  • demonstrated ability to apply critically analyse to a complex educational issue
  • engage through effective written communication in specialised professional discourse and debate on education
  • develop constructive strategies, plans or solutions for diverse educational communities and stakeholder
  • critically reflect upon processes of educational knowledge production


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Program code40139
AQF level

Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Online
  • Australian students - 0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 0.5 years full-time.
Term typeSemesters
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code096749E

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Admission information

Admission requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Education is a 40-unit postgraduate qualification, with admission available for qualified teachers who have one of the following qualifications or equivalent:

  • Bachelor Honours Degree; or
  • Bachelor Degree; or
  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma plus two years' relevant work experience; or
  • At least five years’ demonstrable relevant work experience.

Relevant fields and applicable work experience includes education, teaching, training, tutoring, or equivalent.

Work experience can be demonstrated through: certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

40 units

Program duration

0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

This program requires the successful completion of 40 units including the core course EDUC6010.

Students must only complete courses that form part of the program and must not complete more than 40 units.

Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

Transition arrangements

Transition Arrangements 2021 This program has been revised for implementation from Semester 1 2021.

  • EDUC6205 Intermediate Curriculum Design has been removed from the core course requirements and added to the directed course list.
  • EDUC6010 Advanced Studies in Education has been added to the core course requirements,

If you have completed EDUC6205 prior to 2021 this will count towards your core course requirements. You can enrol in EDUC6010 if you have room in the program.

If you have not already completed EDUC6205 you must complete EDUC6010 as the core course. If you have room in your program you can choose to complete EDUC6205 as a directed course instead.

The Directed course list has been amended. Courses completed prior to 2021 will count towards the Directed course requirements for the program.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Graduate Certificate in Education

Core Courses

Complete the following Core Course to fulfil the requirements of the program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6010Advanced Studies in Education
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units

Graduate Certificate in Education

Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following list of Directed Courses to fulfil the requirements of the program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6028Advanced Educational Studies 2Not currently offered10 units
EDUC6030Power and Pedagogy
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6036Educational Leadership and ICT
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6042Digitally Supported Learning
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6124English for Special Purposes
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6205Intermediate Curriculum Design
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6252Sociocultural Context for ESL/EFL Teaching
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6260Education and International Development: Global Perspectives
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6353Leading and Managing Educational Change
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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