Overview

Are you a practising teacher or educator looking to expand your in expansive educational contexts to obtain or update your expertise?

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies from the University of Newcastle is a postgraduate qualification focused on combining both theory and practice to help you apply your knowledge in modern educational environments.

Throughout this program you will develop an advanced understanding of the broader issues which affect the learning environment, including the differences between educating boys and girls, the pedagogy of learning and how to teach students whose first language isn’t English.

You will be able to hone your skills in specialist subject areas including mathematics, literacy and engineering. There is also the opportunity to undertake coursework in educational research, requiring you to complete a minor thesis.

Whichever path you choose, this postgraduate program offers you the opportunity to broaden your career opportunities in the education profession.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide.

Is it for you?

If you are a professional educator, interested in developing your skills and career opportunities in the field, the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies could be the program for you. Supported by flexible learning and the ability to tailor the program to suit you individual requirements, the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies at the University of Newcastle offers a convenient and highly regarded education, providing you with a well-regarded educational experience.

Depending on your area of interest, you will be able to choose from the specialisations offered by the University. Some of these specialisations include:

  • General specialisation
  • TESOL/L2 Specialisation
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing Early Intervention Specialisation
  • Listening and Spoken Language Specialisation
  • Sign Bilingual Specialisation

Career Pathways

As an educator working in school, rural, distance and higher education, health services, business and consultancy/advisory services, you will be able to use the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies from the University of Newcastle as a platform to enhance and specialise your career opportunities and professional needs.

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies has been designed to provide you with clear professional development opportunities leading into more senior roles within specialist areas of education. You may apply your newly acquired skills in public or private schools, or even take yourself out of the classroom and into consultancy or advisory positions.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education, professional experience and industry qualifications.

Applicants will be considered if they can demonstrate one of the following:

  • A completed Bachelor Degree
  • Diploma in education/teaching with a minimum of 5 years teaching experience

If you would like your work experience to be considered, please provide a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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