Graduate Certificate in

Educational Studies

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) program

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Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies

Studying a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies at Excelsia is a great first step towards becoming a teacher! The course only takes six months and all units studied will also count towards a Master of Teaching (both Primary and Secondary). Find out if teaching is the right practice for you without the pressure of needing to commit to the full course. Students from Australia or New Zealand are also eligible for Commonwealth Supported Places for the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies course at Excelsia!

Australia needs more teachers in independent and government schools – and while many train as fresh graduates, it’s becoming increasingly common for people to get into teaching later in their lives. It’s never too late to retrain, and the experience gleaned from other careers can pay dividends in the classrooms. 75 per cent of newly qualified teachers are employed in a teaching role within six months of completing their training, according to research from the Australian Government. The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies is a postgraduate qualification that makes it easy to change to a new professional and ethical career. Why not spend 6 months trying it out?

COURSE SUMMARY
Qualification / Award Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies
Length 6 months
Credit Points 24 credit points
Delivery Online
IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
AQF Level 8
Available to Domestic Students Only
Financial Information This course is supported by the Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) program.
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What our alumni say


“Studying online created a fantastic opportunity for me to study, work part-time and still be able to enjoy all aspects of family life. The workshops provided wonderful opportunities to meet other students, which resulted in ongoing collaboration and discussion through forums and personal communication.I chose to study at Excelsia College because I wanted a superior qualification and I could do this by incorporating my Christian beliefs and values."


Excelsia Alumni: Sophya Spann

Master of Teaching (Primary)

Excelsia Alumni Sophya Spann

What our alumni say


"After many years after working for a church and another Christian organisation, I came to the realisation I'd like to become a school chaplain. As I looked around I saw that Excelsia offered the best degree to achieve my goals and equip me for teaching primary students."


Excelsia Alumni: Nigel Vaux

Master of Teaching (Primary)

Nigel Vaux Excelsia Alumni

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies is nested within the Master of Teaching program (Primary or Secondary) and can be offered as a standalone, entry or exit award. Although it does not qualify you to teach, the graduate certificate in educational studies open up a range of opportunities to explore the foundations of education, become familiar with the function of schools and schooling, and the responsibilities of classroom teachers. This course also provides a broad overview of the goals of schooling, including the promotion of equity and excellence and support of young Australians to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, as well as active and informed citizens.

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies is a great opportunity to gain an overall understanding of education, pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and diverse classrooms before immersing yourself in the practical side of a teaching qualification, should you wish to transition into the Master of Teaching program.

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies can be completed in six months, during which you will complete four Foundation units.

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To gain entry to this course, applicants must have completed a recognised undergraduate degree from an Australian university (or a recognised overseas university). However, for those wishing to progress into a Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary), additional entry requirements are in place.

Applicants may be admitted to the Master of Teaching (Primary) upon successful completion of an accredited Bachelor degree containing at least one year of full-time equivalent studies (eight semester-long units of study) relevant to one or more Key Learning Areas (KLA) of the primary school curriculum.

Applicants may be admitted to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) upon successful completion of an accredited Bachelor degree with a major study in a designated area related to the first school subject (specialisation) they wish to teach.

English Language Proficiency

Minimum English language of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent.

Examination Minimum Score
IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
TOEFL iBT (Internet-based) 79 with no score less than 20
PTE Academic 58 with no score less than 51

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The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies is a great first step for those who are considering becoming a teacher, and provides a solid foundation for moving on to a Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary) at Excelsia College with the first 6 months already completed.

Students will acquire a sound understanding of significant pedagogical and cultural themes and issues in education and schooling in contemporary Australia. They also acquire a coherent understanding of global issues in society and culture that impinge on Australian educational experience and practice.

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The Graduate Certificate is structured around four ‘Foundation’ units that are nested within both the Master of Teaching Primary and Secondary. These four units have been strategically chosen to allow students in this course some flexibility to follow a pathway into either Primary or Secondary teaching depending on previous qualifications and what entry requirements they satisfy.

course units

It is essential that teacher education students are familiar with the function of schools and schooling and the responsibilities of classroom teachers. This unit provides a broad overview of the goals of schooling, including the promotion of equity and excellence and support of young Australians to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens. The unit introduces the role of the teacher as a planner of teaching and learning, as a user of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), as a classroom manager and as a contributor to a teaching/learning community. The unit also considers some of the legal and moral responsibilities of the teacher.

Teacher education students (TES) require a sound understanding of significant cultural themes and issues in education and schooling in contemporary Australia. They also require a coherent understanding of global issues in society and culture that impinge on Australian educational experience and practice. The overarching aim of this unit is to assist TES to develop a critical awareness of the impact of intersecting cultural environments on schooling and education. Various social, historical, political, economic, philosophical and theological perspectives will be explored with particular emphasis on the impact of culture, cultural identity and linguistic background on the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Teacher education students (TES) require a sound understanding of the developmental stages through which students progress, and the implications of this developmental trajectory for teaching and learning. Using theoretical resources drawn from developmental psychology, this unit explores human physical, cognitive, social, emotional, moral and spiritual development with particular reference to middle- and late-childhood. Within the domain of educational psychology, theories of learning, behaviour, intelligence and motivation, and their implications for the classroom, are investigated critically.

This investigation encourages the development of a reflective approach to the integration of theory and teaching practice. Finally, various philosophical perspectives on unit content are provided in order to enable TES to more broadly situate and evaluate various theories of development and learning.

Teacher education students (TES) require a basic understanding of the current philosophies and practices relevant to including and serving school students with diverse abilities within the regular classroom. This unit will equip candidates with the skills, understandings, and attitudinal base to encourage effective learning for all school students – irrespective of their culture, character, ability or needs. TES will be provided with the opportunity to develop strategies that have high utility in the primary classroom, thus enabling all students to access the curriculum. National and State policies and practices supporting inclusion will be examined, as will the nature and place of support services within the class, school and community.

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Frequently Asked Questions - Education

Yes, if you successfully complete a Masters of Teaching Primary or Secondary. The first 6 months of this 2 hear degree is a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies currently fully funded under CSP with no up-front fee payable.

This Graduate Certificate is more in the area of a ‘professional enhancement’ award, or could be used as a stepping stone for someone wanting to commence a career in education (or in a para-educational field). It will look excellent on their CV and flesh out someone’s overall educational background.

No, this is a ¼ of the teaching degree. However you can go on and start our Teaching degree and gain a semester worth of credit.

By studying the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies.

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