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Graduate Certificate in Education
A customised pathway to the foundations of learning and teaching
Shape your career in education or further studies by choosing the subjects that are relevant to you. Choose your educational focus, including early childhood or primary education. Explore curriculum, assessment, and evaluation in a relevant context.
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At the completion of this degree students will be able to:
- apply discipline knowledge to curriculum and learning design, assessment and evaluation.
- communicate in different pedagogical modalities to promote active and engaging learning experiences that meet the needs of diverse learners in specific contexts.
- develop culturally competent, ethical and sustainable practices to create positive learning environments in the educational workplace.
This degree will provide foundational educational understandings for those looking to pursue education-orientated careers outside of the school system.
This degree will not enable graduates to register as a qualified teacher in a school or educational facility.
Applicants require a bachelor degree from a recognised tertiary institution.
Alternatively, applicants will be considered with:
· at least a Diploma level qualification (AQF Level 5)*; AND
· a minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience**
You will be required to submit evidence of your professional experience with your application, by providing:
1. CV/resume – clearly highlighting relevant work roles and experience; AND
2. Personal statement AND
3. Letter of recommendation from a professional referee – supporting your application to the degree.
If you are applying based on a qualification which is not at least a bachelor degree from a recognised tertiary institution you will also need to meet the English proficiency requirements.
Please note: If you qualify for this degree based on a VET qualification you will not meet the entry requirements for Curtin’s Master of Teaching on completion of this degree.
* qualifications at a minimum of AQF Level 5 may include (but are not limited to):
· Early Childhood Education and Care
· School Age Education and Care
· Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
· TESOL, TEAL or EAL/D
· Training Design and Development
· Vocational Education and Training
· Teacher Education Preparation
** relevant professional experience may include:
· Teaching or tutoring school-aged children
· Early childhood care or teaching
· Teaching in higher education institutions
· Other adult education
· Educational design and development
· Organisational or workplace training and development
· Vocational education and training
English Proficiency Requirements
Applicants are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at https://study.curtin.edu.au/applying/english-language-requirements/accepted-english-proficiency-tests/
The required scores on the International English Language Testing System (Academic) English proficiency tests are:
o Listening 6.0
o Reading 6.0
o Writing 6.0
o Speaking 6.0
o Overall score 6.5
Please Note: If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide a colour scan of the non-English documents, including a colour scan of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes.
Although credit for recognised learning reduces the amount of learning required to complete a course, it does not guarantee that the course can be completed in a shorter timeframe. Subjects are not offered in all study periods and subject pre-requisites must still be met.
Please note: If you are considering applying for entry to a Curtin Master’s degree on completion of this degree, you should refer to the information in the Description as well the degree page relevant to your intended course of further study.
Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is assessed on individual merit and is awarded for different types of learning, for example, studies you have previously completed or for relevant work experience.
Students must be admitted to an award degree of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all required supporting documentation for a formal assessment.
To apply for CRL, please visit the Curtin University website: https://study.curtin.edu.au/credit/
It is important to note accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For further information see the scanned documents and certification requirements and guidelines.
More information about the policies and procedures related to CRL assessment and appealing a CRL assessment outcome can be found in the Credit for Recognised Learning Policy (PDF).
The Graduate Certificate in Education has been designed to provide a vehicle for postgraduate level students from a variety of disciplines to advance their knowledge and skills in the field of education.
This fully flexible program enables students to choose course content that aligns to their interests and career development aspirations, in the context of their existing experience. It covers fundamental understandings about learning and teaching in different contexts.
You can fully customise your degree by selecting from the complete list of available subjects, or you can choose from a recommended set of subjects which have been selected to strengthen your knowledge in a particular context and optimise your capacity to transition into further study in education.
Please refer to the Recommended Study Pattern for more information.
If you are considering applying for entry to Curtin’s Master of Teaching, in order to qualify for registration as a school teacher, it is important to note:
· Successful completion of this degree cannot be used as the basis for entry to the Master of Teaching. You will still be required to meet all the entry requirements for that course, which include a recognised bachelor degree, non-academic entry requirements, a higher level of English proficiency and Working with Children clearances.
· You must follow the recommendations regarding subject selection in this degree to ensure you maximise your eligibility to receive credit for recognised learning, should you subsequently be admitted to the Master of Teaching.
If you are considering applying for entry to Curtin’s Master of Education it is important to note:
Successful completion of this degree cannot be used as the basis for entry to the Master of Education. You will still be required to meet all the entry requirements for that course.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students can choose from one of the following pre-selected groups of subjects that have been carefully designed to provide:
· course content in a particular area of educational focus; AND
· learning targeted at students with similar educational backgrounds and experience.
Introduction to Learning and Teaching Principles
Content focus: Foundations of learning and teaching. Explore theories of learning and development which underpin learning design; investigate the features of environments that facilitate learning and the role of technologies in effective learning and teaching; develop an appreciation of learner diversity and discover teaching approaches that cater for differences.
Student profile: You have a qualification in a discipline other than Education and want to develop your capabilities as an educator in your existing work context or discipline area.
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Content focus: Foundations of learning and teaching for young children (aged birth to 8 years). Explore fundamental educational principles with a focus on the early childhood context.
Student profile: You have qualification in a discipline other than Education and are interested in the education of young children. You may be considering pursuing a career as an early childhood educator in a school or early learning centre. If you are considering applying for entry to Master of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) you should choose this Study Set and follow the recommendations in the enrolment planner.
Introduction to Primary Education
Content focus: Foundations of learning and teaching for children (aged 5 to 12 years).
Explore fundamental educational principles with a focus on the primary school context.
Student profile: You have qualification in a discipline other than Education and are interested in the education of children. You may be considering pursuing a career as a primary school teacher. If you are considering applying for entry to Master of Teaching (Primary Education) you should choose this Study Set and follow the recommendations in the enrolment planner.
Students can also fully customise their degree by selecting from the complete list of available subjects.
The standard full-time study load is two subjects per study period.
You can download an enrolment planner via the link below that will allow you to determine the recommended sequence of enrolment based on your study period of commencement in the Master of Education.
Graduate Certificate in Education enrolment planner (XLS)
Please note that if you wish to complete your degree in one year, you will need to maintain a full-time enrolment of two subjects per study period throughout your degree. You will also need to enrol according to the recommended sequence (based on your study period of commencement).
Subjects will not generally be offered in every study period and may not be available at the time that you wish to study them. Your progression in the degree may be impacted if you do not follow the recommended sequence of enrolment. If you wish to enrol in a part-time load then please select one subject from the two listed for each study period.
Please note: If you are considering applying for entry to a Curtin Master’s degree on completion of this degree, you should refer to the information in the Description as well as the degree page relevant to your intended course of further study.
To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Education, students must successfully complete 4 subjects selected from one of the lists of specified subjects for this degree.
Choose your subjects
You must select your subjects from one of the specified subject lists for this degree, which are:
· Introduction to Learning and Teaching Principles
· Introduction to Early Childhood Education
· Introduction to Primary Education
· Customise your degree
You can apply direct through Open Universities Australia.
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