Gain expertise in secondary education, and take your first step towards becoming a teacher, with the online Graduate Certificate in Teaching (Secondary Education).
Our fast-tracked program provides an introduction to the principles and practices of education at secondary-school level.
While the certificate doesn't qualify you to teach in schools, it opens the door to a range of roles that support young adults in their learning. It also prepares you for the Master of Teaching (Secondary Education), which leads to teacher registration.
You'll graduate with skills and knowledge in these areas:
- education strategies to support and include students from diverse backgrounds
- teaching practices for literacy and numeracy education across the curriculum
- data analysis to monitor the effectiveness of teaching practices and student learning
- 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.
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.
This course is being offered as part of the COVID-19 Higher Education Relief Package, which supports workers displaced by the COVID-19 crisis to upskill or retrain.
It reduces the cost of studying fast-tracked, online courses, and provides exemptions from loan fees under HECS HELP student loans.
Find out if you meet the criteria for subsidised online courses.
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 (Secondary 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.
This course provides a qualification for those who would like a career helping teenagers 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:
- activity programs for teenagers
- classroom support
- creative learning programs
- cultural support programs for young adults
- disability support
- youth training environments.
Once you have qualified, you can apply to enter a masters education course e.g. (Master of Teaching (Secondary Education), subject to meeting all entry requirements. The masters will allow you to apply for registration to teach in schools.
To complete the Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary) 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 post-primary education at a local, national and international level;|
|2.||Analyse the literacy and numeracy learning needs of students across the full range of abilities including students with disabilities and special learning needs;|
|3.||Evaluate a range of educational practices that support the diversity of students in post primary education;|
|4.||Analyse the efficacy of classroom teaching practices through reflective discussion that draws upon pedagogical theories;|
|5.||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), Full-fee
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.
If you enrol in a:
- Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
- Full-fee paying place pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
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 discipline that meets VIT specialisation requirements available at:
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 coordinator or academic adviser.
Graduates who intend to progress to a teaching career may apply to enrol in the Master of Teaching (Secondary 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 (Secondary 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.