0.5 years full time
Online Self Paced
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Online Self Paced
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Study the fast-tracked, online Graduate Certificate in Teaching (Primary Education) to prepare for a career in children's programs or as teacher support. This course is a stepping stone towards a masters degree and teacher registration.

Our online program provides an introduction to the principles and practices of teaching children.

While the certificate doesn't qualify you to teach in schools, it opens the door to a range of roles that support children in their learning. It also prepares you for the Master of Teaching (Primary Education), which leads to teacher registration.

During your study, you'll develop foundational knowledge in these areas:

  • education concepts that underpin teaching strategies
  • learning design that meets students' diverse needs
  • practical approaches to teaching language and literacy (reading, writing, comprehension)
  • models for teaching children maths (measurement, geometry, statistics and probability)
  • research methods for sourcing and understanding education resources.

As education experts, we understand how students learn best. We apply those principles when teaching you – assigning practical tasks that promote effective learning, such as creating real lesson plans. You'll receive support throughout the course from our dedicated staff.

Following the overwhelming success of the revolutionary VU Block Model with undergraduate students, from 2021 we will start rolling out the Block Model to our postgraduate courses.

From 2021, this course will be 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.

In 2021, the government is subsidising select higher education short courses for domestic students, making them significantly more affordable. 

They're also offering the HECS-HELP loan scheme – so you can study now, pay later through your tax. 

So, what are you waiting for? Apply for a higher education certificate and boost your CV in 2021! 

At the completion of the course, you will receive an award certificate. The graduate certificate in teaching doesn't qualify you to become a teacher, but it is a starting point.

If you continue on to the Master of Teaching (Primary Education), subject to meeting admission requirements, you will receive credit for the units studied in the graduate certificate.

On completing the masters, you will be qualified to be accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching and to teach.

As a postgraduate student you can further develop your academic language and study skills in VU’s Learning Hubs (online).

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Learning Hubs offer:

  • online support 24/7
  • postgraduate writing groups
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

25% discount in 2021

If you're starting with us in semester 2, 2021, you'll get a further 25% off this already subsidised course.

As the course units make up the first part of our Master of Teaching (Primary Education), we're offering the 4-unit discount to new masters students who complete this graduate certificate as the first part of their higher degree.


This course provides a qualification for those who would like a career helping children to learn, in roles where teacher registration is not required.

You'll graduate with skills and knowledge that let you work in a range of learning settings, including:

  • teacher support
  • holiday and after-school programs
  • creative learning programs
  • disability support.

Once you have qualified, you can apply to enter a masters education course e.g. Master of Teaching (Primary Education), subject to meeting all entry requirements. The masters will allow you to apply for registration to teach in schools.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate in Education (Primary) students will be required to complete:

  • 48 credit points Core units

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically examine historical and contemporary issues in school education through a research lens at a local, national and international level;  
  2. Analyse the literacy learning needs of students across the full range of abilities including students with disabilities and special learning needs;  
  3. Analyse the numeracy learning needs of students across the full range of abilities including students with disabilities and special learning needs;  
  4. Evaluate a range of educational practices that support the diversity of students in primary education;  
  5. Analyse the efficacy of classroom teaching practices through reflective discussion that draws upon pedagogical theories; and  
  6. Design, conduct and report educational inquiry / research.  

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: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

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:

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.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent).

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

Additional information

Graduates who intend to progress to a teaching career may apply to enrol in the Master of Teaching (Primary Education) and prior to entering second semester of full time study within the course, students are required to sit the LANTITE test in order to demonstrate that their literacy and numeracy skills are within that expected of the top 30% of the population in Australia, as per National government requirements for initial teacher education.

Applicants for the Master of Teaching (Primary Education) will also be asked to complete an assessment of their non-academic attributes. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from countries other than Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland will be required to complete IELTS (or equivalent): Overall 7.0 with Listening 7.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 6.5, Speaking 7.5

For further information on eligibility to register with Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) use the following site link to obtain additional information: https://www.vit.vic.edu.au/

Students should note that they will be subject to a Working With Children Check before practice placements, in accordance with Department of Education and Training policy.

Students should note that they will be subject to a Working With Children Check before practice placements, in accordance with Department of Education and Training policy.

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