Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies

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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.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Location

Newcastle (Callaghan)
Online
On Campus + Online

Tuition Fees
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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

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Program Code

12365

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Location

Newcastle (Callaghan)
Online
On Campus + Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Please click here to view the indicative one year program fees.

Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

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CRICOS

084165F

Program Code

12365

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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 Opportunities

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.

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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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Courses and Details

Program Code 12365
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
  • On Campus + Online
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 084165F
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Online
Program Plans

Description

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies degree is intended for practising teachers and other educators who wish to gain postgraduate professional qualifications in a wide variety of educational contexts and to acquire or update their expertise. The approach used in the program blends theory and practice, with an emphasis on applying research findings to best educational practices. The program is undertaken by coursework.

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies is available in the following specialisations:

  • General
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing Early Intervention (delivered by Renwick Centre)
  • Listening and Spoken Language (delivered by Renwick Centre)
  • Sign Bilingual (delivered by Renwick Centre)
  • TESOL/L2.

Students undertaking specialisations offered by the RIDBC Renwick Centre should also refer to the RIDBC Renwick Centre Student Handbook above in the ‘Further Information’ section.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor degree

OR

Diploma in education/teaching with a minimum of 5 years teaching experience

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

Transition Arrangements

Any student who commenced the non-AQF compliant Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (11008) prior to Semester 1, 2015, and can meet the program requirements and learning outcomes of the AQF compliant version of the program without requiring the completion of additional units to the program they enrolled in, will be eligible to apply to be transitioned to the AQF compliant program.

Students who do not meet the requirements above may complete the program they commenced in. These students can also choose to apply for admission to the AQF compliant Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (12365), and will be advised on application on credit and advanced standing available to them, dependent on prior study, other degree studies and/or RPL.

Requirements and Structure

All students must successfully complete one specialisation (40 units) to be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies. See each specialisation’s entry below for more specific details. The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies is a stand-alone qualification or may be used as a pathway to further education.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUAL SPECIALISATIONS: Students seeking accreditation as a TESOL teacher through completion of this program need to ensure they will meet the requisite subject knowledge requirements set out by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES).

The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Early Intervention specialisation is intended for qualified teachers of the deaf, speech pathologists or other professionals with relevant postgraduate qualifications.

The Listening and Spoken Language specialisation is intended for qualified teachers of the deaf, or other professionals with relevant postgraduate qualifications. Please see the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language website for auditory-verbal certification information http://nc.agbell.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=1244

The Sign Bilingual specialisation is intended for qualified teachers of the deaf, speech pathologists, audiologists or other professionals with relevant postgraduate qualifications.

Prospective students interested in specialisations delivered by the Renwick Centre are encouraged to confirm eligibility and discuss their objectives with a member of the RIDBC Renwick Centre academic staff.

Course Information

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Early Intervention

GC Educational Studies Deaf Early Inter CORE: Choose 20 units from GC Educational Studies Deaf Early Inter CORE.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6667 Child Development: Family and Community Contexts Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6856 Using Signed Communication with Young Children and Families Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses: Choose 20 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6858 Advanced Pedagogy in Signed Language Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6859 Listening and Spoken Language: Audiological Management Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6861 Listening and Spoken Language: Early Intervention Not currently offered 10 units

General Specialisation

GC Education Stud GENERAL SPECIAL CORE: Choose 40 units from GC Education Stud GENERAL SPECIAL CORE.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6735 Learners, Learning and Teaching Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6911 Schooling, Identity and Society Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6204 Intermediate Assessment Design Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6205 Intermediate Curriculum Design Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Listening and Spoken Language

GC Education Stud LIST & SPOK LANGUAGE CORE: Choose 20 units from GC Education Stud LIST & SPOK LANGUAGE CORE.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6859 Listening and Spoken Language: Audiological Management Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6860 Listening and Spoken Language: Foundations Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units

Directed Courses: Choose 20 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6076 Seminar in Sensory Disability A Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6077 Seminar in Sensory Disability B Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6861 Listening and Spoken Language: Early Intervention Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6862 Listening and Spoken Language: School Age Children Not currently offered 10 units

Sign Bilingual

GC Education Studies SIGN BILINGUAL CORE: Choose 20 units from GC Education Studies SIGN BILINGUAL CORE.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6665 Social and Cultural Contexts of Deaf Education Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6856 Using Signed Communication with Young Children and Families Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses: Choose 20 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6663 Foundations of Language and Literacy in Hearing and Deaf Children Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6664 Speech, Language, and Literacy Assessment and Remediation Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6667 Child Development: Family and Community Contexts Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6857 Sign Language in Education: Theoretical Perspectives Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6858 Advanced Pedagogy in Signed Language Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

TESOL/L2

GC Educational Studies TESOL/L2 CORE: Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfill the requirements of this specialisation..

Code Name Availability Units
LING6020 Structure of English Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LING6030 Second Language Acquisition Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units

GC Educational Studies TESOL/L2 Directed: Choose 20 units from the following list of directed courses to fulfill the requirements of this specialisation, either EDUC6024 and EDUC6025 or EDUC6888 and EDUC6889.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6024 Practicum in Tesol Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6025 Tesol Curriculum and Methodology Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6888 Second Language Teaching and Learning in Australian Schools Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6889 Second Language (L2) Curriculum and Methodology Not currently offered 10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Professional Accreditation

Additional Requirements

The TESOL/L2 specialisation with the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies meets the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) requirements for accreditation as an ESL teacher.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

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