The Graduate Certificate of Professional Education and Training course is a short off-campus study program offered to professional educators and trainers working or intending to work in learning and development, education and training, and human resource development roles. Typically, people are engaged in business, government, learning and development, the training sector, flexible delivery, distance education, VET in schools, or in an area that combines these. The program is modular and flexible and designed around an agreed structure and a set of guiding principles. This course is designed to provide the postgraduate study needs of students from the adult-oriented professional education and training sector. It is highly flexible allowing participants to choose units across the range on offer to build the skills and knowledge individual students particularly need.
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.
Graduates of this course advance their professional standing within their educational and training employment contexts in human resource development roles within the corporate or government sectors, in consultancy roles, in higher education, in vocational education and training and in the adult and community sector.
The course requires the completion of 4 credit points comprising a combination of specialist units and generic units chosen in consultation with the course coordinator.
ECN704 Applied Learning
ECV704 Curriculum and Competencies
ECV705 Human Resource Development
ECV711 Training for Diverse Learners and Contexts
ECV712 Situated Learning At Work
ECV722 Assessing Training in the Workplace
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
EEN706 Lifelong Learning
Note: Specialist units are subject to availability of staff and sufficient students enrolled to meet University requirements.
EXE731 Advancing Professional Development
EXE735 Evaluation: Improvement and Accountability
EXE737 Leading and Managing Learning Organisations
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 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 and training, while specialist units address issues focused on a specific area.
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. The course is open to qualified professionals including teachers, in the field of education and training. Special entry is available for other applicants who can demonstrate that their professional needs will be satisfied by the course. Applicants who hold a Training and Assessment qualification at Certificate IV level or above will be highly regarded for Special Entry.
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.
Offers will be made to applicants with alternative backgrounds through Recognition of Prior Learning which recognises, respects, and rewards students' prior learning through experience, through formal institutional learning and workplace learning, relevant to the students' proposed study in the course.
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.