Graduate Certificate of Education
Develop a teaching speciality
If you're already qualified as a teacher, this course is your chance to specialise in an area that you’re passionate about such as early childhood or inclusive education. Become a highly skilled educator with the ability to pursue niche teaching roles.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
- 27 Jun 21
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Course Learning Outcomes
1. Knowledge - Graduates will know and understand:
- The theoretical foundations and practice of education (including various specialisations), and how these can facilitate enhanced pedagogical approaches, curriculum, policy, and student engagement from a global perspective;
- The relationship between reflective practice and professional standards in local and/or global education contexts, and how each can define, validate and enhance learning and teaching;
- The key research principles and methods applicable to extending knowledge in their specialised area of interest.
2. Skills - Graduates will:
- Critically reflect on practice and/or research findings to develop new understandings that can inform sound professional judgment, planning and decision making;
- Apply education theory to specific content and/or pedagogical knowledge to inform and advance learner outcomes and/or systemic developments within their own contexts;
- Initiate constructive responses to changing educational contexts and learner needs.
3. Application of Knowledge and Skills - Graduates will:
- Utilise educational theory and professional knowledge to design and evaluate programs in different learning and teaching contexts.
- Independently utilise professional standards and contemporary scholarly literature to reflect on practice and facilitate positive educational change.
- Plan and conduct independent inquiry to inform professional practice.
4. Communication, Collaboration and Leadership - Graduates will:
- Communicate professionally and effectively across diverse settings and audiences;
- Apply their knowledge and skills in collaborative practice and/or leadership roles.
5. Professional Learning - Graduates will:
- Utilise contemporary literature and professional standards to improve practice and promote constructive and collegial learning in educational contexts;
- Employ appropriate technologies to investigate and share practice with peers engaged in professional communities;
- Be responsible and accountable for their own learning.
6. Ethical Professional Practice - Graduates will:
- Conduct their practice and engage with stakeholders in an ethical, collaborative, professional and accountable manner;
- Understand that, globally, educational professionalism requires ethical standards as well as evidence-based and exploratory approaches to teaching and learning.
The Graduate Certificate in Education provides students with opportunities to improve their teaching and professional practice through specialised units in Applied Learning, TESOL and Leadership. Our students find employment in a range of contexts including the TAFE and VET sector and English language teaching contexts in Australia and overseas. *Please note that the Graduate Certificate in Education is not a pathway to teacher registration and is not an initial teaching degree (ITE).
If you are a In-Service Teacher
Hold an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) degree:
- Bachelor of Education,
- Bachelors degree with a Diploma of Education,
- Bachelors degree with a Bachelor of Teaching,
- Bachelors degree with a Master of Teaching,
- or equivalent ITE qualifications.
Work and Life
If you are an Educator
Graduates without a teaching qualification but with extensive experience in teaching or training can apply for admission to the course.
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
The Graduate Certificate of Education is designed to meet the needs of experience educators seeking professional learning, personal and professional enquiry and intellectual engagement within a specialist area or across a range of specialisations.
Recommended Study Pattern
The Graduate Certificate consists of completing one of the following streams:
Complete the following four units:
TAS-EAL501 Educational Professionalism
TAS-EAL502 Contemporary Educational Perspectives
TAS-EAL503 Foundations of Applied Learning
TAS-EAL504 Facilitating Engaging Learning Experiences
Complete the following four units:
TAS-ESH708 Leadership for Learning
TAS-ESM709 Understanding Leadership
TAS-ESM710 Leading Organisational Improvement
TAS-ESM708 Improving Teaching and Practice through Action Research
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Complete four units from the following choices:
TAS-ESG715 Linguistics and Language Analysis
TAS-ESG716 Language, Culture and Diversity
TAS-ESG717 Methodologies in Second Language Teaching
TAS-ESG721 Literature, Literacies and Language Learning
TAS-ESG719 TESOL Futures and Digital Technologies
Satisfactory completion of 4 subjects, as required in the schedule, within 1.5 years from commencement.
Pick your subjects to begin.
Apply for the degree, or enrol directly into a subject. It's up to you!
You can apply for government funding or pay up-front.
This degree has open enrolment subjects which allow you to start without submitting a degree application.
You'll have the option to apply for the degree once you've successfully passed the subjects. In many cases, you'll even gain credit.