Undergraduate Certificate in Education
Explore career pathways in early childhood, primary or secondary education
Start to think about why education is important—and if it’s the right career for you. The core subject covers the basic practices of education. You’ll choose from electives including science, health, humanities, maths, English, and art.
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Course learning outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with graduate attributes.
- Demonstrate an understanding of foundation educational concepts, contexts and issues
- Demonstrate skills in personal, academic and disciplinary literacies
- Communication information, concepts and solutions, individually and/or in a team, with an awareness of diverse cultural perspectives within defined education contexts
This course provides you with foundational knowledge of the applied discipline of education, and, with further study, a career in early childhood, primary or secondary education. Graduates of this course will be eligible for entry and up to four units of credit towards the Bachelor of Education (Where applicants must also meet the course-specific requirements.)
ATAR of 40 or Equivalent
English Proficiency Requirements
Applicants for admission to candidature to the Undergraduate Certificate in Education must have an assessable entry qualification from a country where English is the main language and where the medium of instruction for that qualification was English, or have completed an International English Language Test (or comparable test scores*) with:
- a minimum overall score of 5.5 and a minimum score of 5.0 in each subtest (or comparable test scores*), except for writing with a minimum score of 5.5
Applicants or students that can provide supporting documents to verify they already know, understand and can perform the learning outcomes for one or more units within a Southern Cross course, are eligible to have their prior learning assessed for credit by submitting an application for Advanced Standing. More information can found at Credit for Recognition of Prior Learning - Southern Cross University (scu.edu.au).
Do you have a passion for sharing knowledge with others and see yourself working in education? The Undergraduate Certificate in Education is an excellent place to start your journey.
This course provides you with foundational knowledge about why, what and how we educate, and introduces the foundations of the applied discipline of education.
The course has a focus on developing critical thinking, reflection and skills relating to the study of educational disciplines and it can be the first step on a pathway to an accredited teaching degree in early childhood, primary or secondary education.
Graduates of this course will be eligible for entry and up to four units of credit towards the Bachelor of Education (Where applicants must also meet the course-specific requirements)
Recommended Study Pattern
Below are the units on offer in this course and their online availability
Core Units (must study all)
- EDUC1003 – Education and Philosophy: Playing with Thought (Term 1, Term 3, Term 5)
Option Units (must study 3)
- SCIN1006 – Science and Technology: all Things Matter (Term 2, Term 4)
- HLTH1002 – PDHPE: Mind, Body and Soul (Summer Term, Term 4)
- CLST1002 – HSIE: The Universe Next Door (Term 3, Term 5)
- MATH1002 – Foundations of Mathematics and Numeracy: Numbers that Count (Summer Term, Term 2)
- ENGL1005 – Foundations of English and Literacy: More than Words (Term 1, Term 5)
- CRTV1001 – Creativity and the Arts (Summer Term, Term 4, Term 5)
To be eligible to receive the Undergraduate Certificate in Education, students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising:
- 1 core unit (12 credit points)
- 3 elective units (36 credit points)