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Duration0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.0.5 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryOnline
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022),
Program Code40269

Study Transformational Leadership in Education

This Graduate Certificate in Transformational Leadership in Education is for current educators or individuals from related industries who seek an organisational leadership role now or in the future.

This suite of courses will provide students with specific expertise in research‐based and data-driven decision‐making, an international perspective, and the ability to provide transformational leadership that meets the global imperative to support educational equity.

You’ll learn about strategic management, strategic planning, transformational leadership, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) relevant to management, and leading educational change.

Why study with us?

  • Study anywhere at anytime – Whether you choose part time or full time, on campus or online, our flexible program and advanced online learning system allow you to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study.
  • Become an industry expert - you’ll graduate with high-level leadership and management skills in guiding and educating students, and join a global community of learning leaders.
  • Be recognised internationally – The University of Newcastle’s School of Education is ranked in the world’s top 150 for Education (QS World University Rankings by subject 2020).
  • Practical, applicable and relevant - apply your course learning and assignments directly to your own organisation as soon as you enrol – not just when you graduate.
  • Learn from the best - enjoy the benefits of an authentic learning approach and program courses built on applied world-class, multidisciplinary research taught by leading academics.

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#6 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate teaching quality
#7 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate student satisfaction
World top 150 ? for Education

What you will study

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Transformational Leadership in Education will help you improve your understanding and practice of leadership. Students focus on developing their own capacity to support staff, lead innovative organisations and develop a higher level of educational practice to improve the lives and learning of all students. The courses incorporate world-leading knowledge and include insights from multiple disciplines such as architecture, nursing, engineering, and creative industries.

Course assignments challenge you to research and effect change in your own school or organisation. Students develop knowledge and skills in areas such as instructional leadership, implementing educational change, strategic management, and policy formation. All courses are aligned with state, national and international standards.

Courses to support your drive and direction include:

  • Sustaining Strategic Leadership
  • Building High-Quality Learning Environments
  • Leading for Learning
  • Research and School Transformation
  • Educational Leadership and ICT
  • Australian School Leadership
  • School Leadership Research
  • Leading and Managing Educational Change

By completing four of the above courses, you will develop advanced-level skills in leadership and management in education, and expand your career opportunities.


Career opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Transformational Leadership in Education prepares graduates for a diverse range of roles. Career pathways for those with a teaching qualification can include roles such as:

  • Deputy or Assistant Principal
  • Head Teacher
  • School Principal

For graduates in the Graduate Certificate in Transformational Leadership in Education without a teaching qualification work opportunities exist in organisational leadership, educational administration, curriculum development and educational policy.

Practical experience

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Transformational Leadership in Education has been designed to improve your leadership and management skills and give you a leg up when applying for leadership positions. Your future career opportunities may include:

  • Educational administration
  • Head teacher or lead teacher
  • Organisational leadership
  • Curriculum development or curriculum leader
  • Education policy and advisory roles

How to apply

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

The Graduate Certificate in Transformational Leadership in Education is a 40-unit postgraduate qualification.

Entry into the Graduate Certificate in Transformational Leadership in Education will be available for applicants who have:

  • 4 year Bachelors Degree; or
  • 3 year Bachelors Degree; or
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma in a related field/discipline and 2 years relevant work experience; or
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma not in a related field/discipline and 3 years relevant work experience; or
  • At least 5 years relevant work experience in a related field/discipline.

Related fields/discipline areas are:

  • Teaching
  • Education

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.

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