Education - 7401

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 0.5 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 24


Graduate Certificate in Education (Specialisation)

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Program Description

The six-month equivalent Graduate Certificate in Education is designed for qualified teachers and other educational professionals who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills in a specific area of education at an advanced level. The program is suitable for teachers, trainers in industry and commerce, adult educators and other professionals, but does not provide a qualification in pre-service education. The program offers eight areas of specialisation: Educational Studies, Assessment and Evaluation, Educational Psychology, Gifted Education, Teacher Professional Learning, Special Education, TESOL and Visual Arts.

Program Learning Outcomes

You should achieve the following learning outcomes upon the successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Education:
  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the field of education as it relates to your specialist area of study, and the ability to synthesize and apply disciplinary principles and practices to new or complex environments
  2. Demonstrate advanced critical thinking and problem solving skills
  3. Communicate effectively to a range of audiences, and be capable of independent and collaborative enquiry and team-based leadership
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of international perspectives relevant to the educational field

Program Structure

The program consists of courses to the value of 24 units of credit (normally four courses).

This program offers eight areas of specialisation:

For Assessment and Evaluation specialisation structure: click here.

For Educational Psychology specialisation structure: click here.

For Educational Studies* specialisation structure: click here.

For Gifted Education specialisation structure: click here.

For Special Education specialisation structure: click here.

For Teacher Professional Learning specialisation structure: click here.

For TESOL specialisation structure: click here.

For Visual Arts specialisation structure: click here.

*stream available to international students and can be completed in one semester

ARTS5503 Academic Writing for the Humanities (6 UOC)
ARTS5505 Personalised English Language Enhancement (6 UOC)

These courses, ARTS5503 and ARTS5505, can be taken as additional courses but will not count towards your program.

Entry Requirements

Students must meet the following selection requirements for entry to the Graduate Certificate of Education and the Master of Education:
  • A recognised Bachelor degree and a postgraduate teaching qualification (e.g. Graduate Diploma of Education or Master of Teaching).
  • A four year pre-service teacher education qualification, including professional experience, equivalent to the qualifications required for Graduate teacher status in NSW.
An applicant who submits evidence of other equivalent academic and professional qualifications may be permitted to enrol in the degree.

Credit Transfer

If you are seeking credit transfer you must submit documentary evidence of courses completed at the time of initial enrolment. The Faculty will then determine the number of units of credit to be granted. The maximum credit transfer is 12 UOC (50%). Credit transfer will not be granted for courses completed more than ten years previously.


The Graduate Certificate in Education forms part of a sequence of articulated programs comprising the Graduate Certificate and Masters degree of Education. A postgraduate student enrolled in an articulated program may progress from the Graduate Certificate to the Masters level with full credit for courses completed in the Graduate Certificate in Education.

Academic Rules

To qualify for the award of the degree, a student must:
  1. Enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Education
  2. Complete the 24 UOC of advanced disciplinary courses


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

Further Information

Not available to International applicants - not a full-time program.

Area(s) of Specialisation