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Graduate Certificate of Education (Professional Development)

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  • Objectives
    The Graduate Certificate of Education is designed to allow teachers to undertake focused short-term study programs and to gain credit for them. The courses aim to provide teachers with high quality programs linked to their professional and career development needs in areas that are of priority for schools and systems. The programs are modular and flexible and designed around an agreed structure and a set of guiding principles. This course is designed to allow teachers to undertake professional development programs and to gain credit for them. The course is an integral part of an agreement between the Deans of Education at Victorian Universities and the Victorian Professional Development Network. In the agreement, known as the Framework for Accredited Teacher Professional Development, the universities agreed to accredit professional development modules which meet specified criteria, and to establish a process of reciprocal recognition. The Framework aims to encourage teachers to undertake high quality programs linked to their professional and career development needs in areas that are of priority for schools and systems. The programs are modular and flexible and designed around an agreed structure and a set of guiding principles.
  • Entry requirements
    Entrants to the course must have successfully completed an approved qualification at degree or diploma level inclusive of approved teacher education. It is possible for some credit to be granted for appropriate, accredited professional development programs already undertaken. 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.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Certificate of Education (Professional Development)
  • 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.


    Course rules
    To be eligible to graduate with this award, students need to complete four units, with at least the final two units being undertaken when students are formally enrolled at this university. The final two units are selected from the pool of masters units offered by the School of Education or from additional professional development modules undertaken with assessment, offered by the School of Education.


    Course structure

    ESX701 Professional Development Module 1  

    ESX702 Professional Development Module 2  

    ESX703 Professional Development Module 3  

    ESX704 Professional Development Module 4  

    Note: These modules are offered at different locations around Australia including interstate.



    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
    Entrants to the course must have successfully completed an approved qualification at degree or diploma level inclusive of approved teacher education. It is possible for some credit to be granted for appropriate, accredited professional development programs already undertaken. 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.


    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 Framework for Accredited Teacher Professional Development 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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