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The Graduate Certificate in Teaching is designed to enable qualified practising secondary teachers to update and/or add an additional teaching area to their formal preservice teacher qualifications.

The teaching areas include:

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry/Biology
  • Drama
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect
  • Geography
  • Graphics and Multimedia
  • History - Ancient
  • History - Modern
  • Languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Indonesian, Korean and Spanish)
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Society and Culture
  • Visual Arts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences



Study Level


Typical duration

0.7 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Term 1

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Graduate Certificate


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Program Structure

Students must complete 24 UOC as a standalone program.

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Master of Education Electives

Master of Education Electives description.

You must complete 6 UOC of the following courses:

Teaching Method Courses

Teaching Method Courses description.

You must take 12 UOC of teaching method courses (6 UOC of Method 1 and 6 UOC of Method 2) from the one teaching area.

Entry Requirements
Progression Requirements


Additional Information


The School of Education (SED) requires students meet a minimum attendance requirement of 80% of all scheduled classes (i.1. lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars) for all courses. Attendance in person is required for tutorials, seminars, and workshops when course are delivered in face-to-face mode. It is the responsibility of students to ensure that their attendance is recorded for the face to face either by electronic means or via an attendance register. Attendance in online or blended mode will be assessed through digital participation.  

This attendance requirement supports postgraduate students to achieve the specific program or course learning outcomes of each course in accordance with national (AITSL) and state (NESA) program standards and maintenance of teacher accreditation policies.

Students seeking to claim further study to maintain teacher accreditation at proficient, highly accomplished and lead levels through participation in postgraduate programs must adhere to the SED Attendance Requirement to be eligible to meet the requirements of the NESA Further Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies Policy: Maintenance of Accreditation (2016)

It is the responsibility of the student to catch up on any learning missed due to absences. To arrange alternative activities to address the content missed students should contact the Course Convenor. Failure to meet the minimum attendance requirement of 80% will result in an Unsatisfactory Fail (UF) for the course regardless of performance on assessment tasks or other requirements for the course.


This program is not available to International applicants as it is not a full-time program.

Further Information

Contact the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Student Services for advice.

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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