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  • Objectives
    The Graduate Certificate of Education is designed for teachers and other professionals to undertake a focussed short-term study program and to gain credit for it. The course aims to provide students with a high quality program linked to their professional and career development needs in areas that are of priority for schools and systems. This course is highly flexible, allowing students to choose from across the wide range of units on offer to build the skills and knowledge that individual students particularly need. Students will be expected to have computer and internet access.
  • 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 of 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 for on campus study but for oncampus study an overall IELTS score of 6.5 in each band is accepted. Special entry Special entry is also available and assessed at the time of application.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Certificate of Education
  • 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
    This course offers relevant professional learning to qualified teachers who seek to move into, or who already occupy, leadership, coordination, specialist or professional development positions in school systems, or who seek to move from school education to other education and training sectors.


    Course rules
    Students are required to successfully complete 4 credit points of study.  Four units are taken from a combination of generic and specialist units chosen in consultation with the course coordinator.


    Course structure

    This course is highly flexible, allowing participants to choose units
    across the range on offer to build the skills and knowledge individual students
    particularly need.

    Specialist units

    ECA708 Directions in Arts Education: Theoretical Perspectives  

    ECA709 Directions in Arts Education: Contemporary Issues  

    ECC706 Curriculum Administration and Computer Based Technologies  

    ECC707 Curriculum Inquiry and Action  

    ECC708 Issues and Debates in Curriculum and Schooling  

    ECL751 Pedagogy in the Globalised Language Classroom  

    ECL752 Innovation in Language Curriculum  

    ECL753 Linguistics for Language Teaching  

    ECL756 Discourse Analysis for Language Teaching  

    ECL773 Learning Global English in Diverse Social Contexts  

    ECL774 Learning An Additional Language  

    ECL775 Intercultural Communication  

    ECM704 Introduction to Educational Leadership and Administration  

    ECM705 School Cultures and Contexts  

    ECN704 Applied Learning  

    ECV704 Curriculum and Competencies  

    ECV712 Situated Learning At Work  

    ECX703 e-Learning Technologies and Media  

    ECX711 Foundations of Flexible, Online and Distance Education  

    ECX712 Strategic Applications of Flexible, Online and Distance Education  

    ECX713 Learner and Organisational Support in Flexible Online and Distance Education  

    EEG701 International Schooling  

    EEG702 Professional Learning in International Contexts  

    EEG703 Teaching and Learning in International Schools  

    EEG704 Curriculum and Assessment in International Schools  

    EEI701 Learning Disabilities: Identification and Teaching Strategies  

    EEI702 Diversity, Difference and Socially-Just Schooling  

    EEI715 Teaching Social Behaviour  

    EEL700 New Literacies in the Media Age  

    EEL701 Professional Learning and Literacy  

    EEL702 Literacy and Students with Special Educational Needs  

    EEN706 Lifelong Learning  

    ESH707 School Sport and Society  

    ESH709 Curriculum Issues in Health and Physical Education  

    ESH710 Teaching and Learning in Health and Physical Education  

    ESM701 Teaching Mathematics Successfully  

    ESM704 Problem Solving and Modelling  

    ESM733 Exploring Space and Number  

    ESP701 Education and Development of Exceptional Learners  

    ESS712 Science Education and Contemporary Culture  

    ESS715 Trends and Issues in Environmental Education  

    EST704 Games, New Media and Education  

    EST705 Learning in Playful Environments  

    Notes:
    (i) EEL700, ESM701, EST704 and EST705 are wholly online units
    (ii) ECA708, EEL702, ESM733 and ESS715 offered in alternate years 2009, 2011

    (iii) ECA709, EEL700, ESM704 and ESS712 offered in alternate years 2010, 2012

    (iv) EEI702 commences 2010

    (v) Specialist units are subject to availability of staff and sufficient students enrolled to meet University requirements.

    Generic units
    Generic units focus on general contemporary educational issues. Each generic unit may be tailored toward the specialist interests of the student.

    EXE731 Advancing Professional Development  

    EXE732 Social Justice and Difference  

    EXE733 Assessing Learning  

    EXE734 New Technologies in Education and Training  

    EXE735 Evaluation: Improvement and Accountability  

    EXE736 Knowledge, Learning and Learners  

    EXE737 Leading and Managing Learning Organisations  

    EXE738 Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts  

    EXE739 Internationalising the Curriculum  

    EXE740 Independent Reading Study  


    Notes:

    (i) EXE734 is a wholly online unit in Trimester 1

    (ii) Generic units offered in on-campus mode are subject to availability of staff and sufficient students enrolled to meet University requirements.


    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 the 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.

    Specialist and generic units
    This course is highly flexible, allowing students to choose specialist and generic units from across the range on offer to build individual strengths in specialism, skills and knowledge. Any of the specialist units can be included to develop a specialist stream such as EEG701 and EEG702 for International Schooling or EST704 and EST705 for Information Technology Education.


    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 of 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 for on campus study but for oncampus study an overall IELTS score of 6.5 in each band is accepted.

    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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