Study Victoria University's Graduate Certificate in Education to advance your knowledge of teaching for the education sector, community, industry and government.
This certificate is the first step in our graduate program in education. It is tailored to trainers and teachers in education, community, government and industry.
Our Graduate Certificate in Education gives you an overview of the latest high-level education theory. You’ll learn contemporary ideas and techniques in:
- approaches to learning
- educational leadership for social justice
- innovation in education
- vocational education and training: policy and practice.
Using this knowledge, you’ll conduct your own workplace research. This experience is valuable if you’re ready to take your teaching career into a research or management role.
This course does not provide registration to teach in Australia.
Commonwealth Supported Places in 2023
Fees are heavily subsidised and HECS-HELP loans available for eligible students in 2023. Apply now or register your interest - there's never been a better time to study!
This course is delivered in four-week mode, which means you study one unit (subject) at a time over four weeks, rather than juggling several units at once. And with its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.
The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.
The College of Arts, Business, Law, Education and IT has strong links with local schools, community centres and industry, especially in Melbourne’s north and west. These offer valuable networks and learning opportunities.
Our education research benefits the whole community, through programs that work towards social transformation and inclusion.
During your graduate certificate, you’ll undertake workplace research. And if you progress to a masters degree, you will undertake a major research project, and present your findings as a thesis.
You may research an aspect of education that interests you, looking to improve education delivery and participation.
We offer a variety of further research opportunities through our education centres and institutes:
Our Footscray Park Campus has everything you need, all set a pleasant stroll from the Maribyrnong River and parklands.
- aquatic and fitness centre
- childcare services
- learning common spaces with WiFi, tables and chairs
- restaurants and café
- state-of-the-art lecture theatres.
Our library gives you constant access to online resources from wherever you are. It also has the following for your use:
- 14 group study rooms
- 15 laptops for loan
- 296 PCs and six Apple Macs
- printing, copying and scanning
- WiFi access.
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Careers in education
Postgraduate study is increasingly important in advancing your education career. This course could lead to a work as one of the following:
- education professional in schools or other settings
- manager in specialist education
- workplace trainer.
Use Labour Market Insights to find average salaries in Australia for various professions:
To attain the award of Graduate Certificate in Education students will be required to completed in total 48 credit points consisting of:
- 48 credit points of Core studies
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Formulate a commitment to ethical action, social responsibility and sustainability in an education context;|
|2.||Critically review perspectives on the contemporary context of education, vocational training and professional development locally and nationally;|
|3.||Apply knowledge about theories to frame and inform practice as a reflective educator;|
|4.||Interpret theoretical perspectives, analysis and problem solving, and an awareness of current research into lifelong learning;|
|5.||Use technologies for communication, knowledge access, and collaboration in the construction of understanding.|
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type for this course: Full-fee
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- Commonwealth supported place pay tuition fees that are partly subsidised by the Australian government
- full fee-paying place need to pay the full amount for all enrolled units before census each study period.
In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Applicants with a minimum five (5) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.
Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.
If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.
Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.
All applicants are required to submit a current version of their CV.
How to apply
Available start dates:
- 19 February 2024
Before you apply
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
- Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
- Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.
Find out more about applying for our courses.
Apply direct to VU
Direct applications are due on 11 February 2024 for our next intake which starts on 19 February 2024.
Already a VU student?
If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (which may go to your spam/junk folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered