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Graduate Certificate of Education (Educational Leadership and Administration) - Distance

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  • Objectives
    The Graduate Certificate of Education is designed to allow teachers and other professionals to undertake focused short-term study programs and to gain credit for them. The courses aim to provide students with high quality programs linked to their professional and career development needs in areas that are of priority for schools and systems. This course is designed as an introduction to basic ideas, practices and controversies in educational leadership and administration. It draws on ideas and literature from around the world but has a significant focus on developments in Australia. While it is useful for those who are contemplating applying for positions of leadership, the course takes the view that all teachers are leaders in one way or another and all are involved in administration. It is therefore of interest to all those involved in managing the education process in various institutional structures.
  • Entry requirements
    The normal minimum educational requirement is: * three years of tertiary study inclusive of or in addition to an approved teaching qualification or * three years of tertiary study inclusive of or in addition to at least three years teaching experience. In addition to minimum entry requirements, International students for whom English is not their first language, are required to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7. Special entry Special entry is also available and assessed at the time of application.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Certificate of Education (Educational Leadership and Administration)
  • Course description
    Fees and charges
    Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
    EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study. If you are studying a graduate certificate of 4 credit points, your total course EFTSL is 0.5.

    Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
    A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study. All Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa will receive a Student Learning Entitlement (SLE). The SLE entitles a student to the equivalent of 7 years of full time study in a Commonwealth supported place.

    Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
    A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
    Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

    * The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2009, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
    The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2009 can be viewed at http://www.deakin.edu.au/current-students/handbooks2009/search.php.
    Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
    Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

    Career opportunities
    Graduates of this course enhance their professional standing and opportunities for promotion to leadership positions within schools, TAFE and universities as well as increasing the possibility of employment within organisations committed to learning as a central feature of their activity such as health and welfare organisations, service industries and consultancy and development agencies.


    Course rules
    The course requires the completion of 4 credit points comprising two specialist units and two generic units.


    Course structure

    Units for appellation
    Trimester 1

    ECM704 Introduction to Educational Leadership and Administration  

    EXE737 Leading and Managing Learning Organisations  


    Trimester 2

    ECM705 School Cultures and Contexts  

    EXE737 Leading and Managing Learning Organisations  

    Note: EXE737 is designated as a specialist unit for this appellation

    Generic units

    EXE732 Social Justice and Difference  

    EXE735 Evaluation: Improvement and Accountability  

    EXE738 Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts  



    Teaching methods
    Students receive instructional materials through Deakin Studies Online, CD-ROM and website links. Interaction with lecturers is provided through use of Deakin Studies Online, email and telephone links.
    Articulation to masters course
    The Graduate Certificate allows fast tracking into a related masters degree. Up to 4 credit points may be granted for a completed graduate certificate taken as a fifth year of tertiary study, toward a masters degree.
    Direct entry to masters may be offered for a graduate certificate taken as a fourth year of tertiary study if completed at credit level or higher.
    Graduate Certificates may be undertaken as an entry point for some courses and appellations or as an exit point after satisfactory completion of at least 4 credit points of study.
    Specialist and generic units
    Courses are constructed from a mix of generic and specialist units.  Generic units address issues related to the whole field of education, while specialist units address issues focused on a specific area.
    Students who wish to have an award with appellation undertake a specified number of specialist units.


    Admission requirements - general
    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
    For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide


    Admission requirements - specific
    The normal minimum educational requirement is:

        * three years of tertiary study inclusive of or in addition to an approved teaching qualification or
        * three years of tertiary study inclusive of or in addition to at least three years teaching experience.

    In addition to minimum entry requirements, International students for whom English is not their first language, are required to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.

    Special entry
    Special entry is also available and assessed at the time of application.


    Advanced standing - general
    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.


    Advanced standing - specific
    Advanced standing is considered on an individual basis in accordance with University and Faculty policy.  Applicants who have completed graduate certificate or graduate diploma units are eligible to apply for up to 2 credit points of advanced standing.  Applicants who have completed modules with assessment through the Victorian Professional Development Network are eligible to apply for up to 2 credit points of advanced standing.


    How to apply

    Applications must be made directly to the university through the Applicant Portal referring to closing dates for applications as dates for particular courses may vary.

    Your faculty may require further information from you when submitting your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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