Graduate Certificate in History Teaching - 2017

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Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Number of units: 4 units to complete

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The National Curriculum requires all primary and lower secondary school teachers to teach History. This course is designed to provide up-skilling of teachers in the discipline of History to enable them to meet the demands of the National Curriculum. It requires no prior knowledge of History.

On completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. understand the theoretical underpinnings of the discipline of history, and an ability to apply an historical perspective to the study of social life, understand the approaches most appropriate to the teaching of history.
  2. think critically, creatively and reflectively within the history discipline and across disciplinary boundaries, and to apply these skills in the classroom.
  3. locate relevant information from a range of sources to make decisions about the significance of this information in the development of an historical analysis of social life and to determine the most appropriate teaching methods.
  4. communicate effectively through a variety of written, oral and other formats to diverse audiences in ways appropriate to the teaching of history to children.
  5. use a variety of technologies and the ability to decide on their applications appropriately.
  6. show sustained intellectual curiosity by taking responsibility for one's own learning and intellectual development through the recognition of a range of learning strategies, use current teaching knowledge and skills to enhance the teaching of history.
  7. understand social life in a range of local and global contexts through the recognition of international practices in history teaching.
  8. appreciate the importance of historical knowledge in contributing to an understanding of cultural diversity and human rights.
  9. understand the importance of appropriate theories and ethical and principled methods for undertaking historical research, produce appropriate scholarly knowledge through research, apply knowledge and skills gained during teacher training and/or classroom practice to improve the teaching of history.

Successful completion of this Graduate Certificate may enable a qualified teacher to teach History as a classroom subject. Prospective students are advised to contact  the relevant State Teacher Registration Board (TRB) regarding the requirements of teaching History as TRBs in the different states have varying requirements.   You may need for example to complete four history discipline-specific units.

Below is link to the list of state-based teacher registration bodies for reference.

State-based Teacher Registration Bodies (PDF, 30Kb)

Applicants must possess a teaching qualification, normally a Bachelor of Education, Master of Teaching or a Graduate Diploma of Education (or equivalent). Please note, EDU575 Curriculum and Instruction - Social Sciences (Upper Secondary) must be undertaken after the completion of no less than two History content units.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all courses are taught in English. If your education courses were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results. Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at

Successful completion of all 4 units.

All materials will be available online via Blackboard.

All assessments will be via online submission. There are no invigilated examinations.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Interpreting History
HIST514 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Democracy and Dictatorship
HIST513 CUR - SP2 - SP4
Twentieth Century Australia
HIST515 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Curriculum and Instruction - Social Sciences (Upper Secondary)
EDU5751 CUR - SP2 - SP4

1 Students MUST complete two History (HIST) units from the list above before enrolling in this unit.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from to along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit

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You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

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