Graduate Certificate in Education Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Graduate Certificate
Duration 6 months full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GC058
CRICOS 073129A

Expand your educational vision
The education sector’s grappling with myriad big-picture issues of critical importance. How should we educate our children to help them thrive in a constantly shifting future? How can teachers inspire students to one day tackle challenges like climate change and food insecurity, without sowing seeds of anxiety?

Our Graduate Certificate in Education equips you to find and implement answers.

What will you do?
Conducted over six months full-time, the program is designed for education and training professionals seeking to develop advanced knowledge and skills in key areas. It’s also ideal for Bachelor of Education graduates seeking deeper insight.

You’ll complete four core courses (12 units worth of study) in one of six highly relevant areas of specialisation:

> Educational Leadership and Innovation
Study leadership and management theory in depth and consider how it can be applied to lead positive and sustainable educational change.

> Wellbeing
Examine evidence-based approaches to whole-community wellbeing and explore the link between social and emotional health and engaged learning.

> Entrepreneurship Education
Explore the rise of ‘21st century skills’—such as entrepreneurship, innovation and design thinking—and their impact in education, schools and education systems.

> Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Investigate the issues and opportunities surrounding STEM education, and consider how to get more young minds engaged in it.

> English Language Teaching (ELT/TESOL)
Learn the latest research-based strategies for effective English language teaching in culturally diverse settings.

> Research
Strengthen your educational research skills and understanding, and lay the foundations for your own pioneering explorations.

Where could it take you?
You could develop initiatives to improve teacher wellbeing within educational communities. You might explore ways to reduce the incidence of cyber-bullying among student cohorts. Perhaps you’ll head overseas to inspire more women to address the world’s grand challenges through engineering and machine learning. You’ll also have the opportunity to enhance your leadership credentials still further through our Master of Education.

Note: Graduates will not be eligible for teacher registration. For this pathway see our Master of Teaching.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3GC058
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study Successful completion of a completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GC058

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 073129A
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $12,500 for 12 units

    International applicants

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    Tuition fees International student place: $18,000 for 12 units


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Education provides advanced career options: for trainers across various industries (e.g. police, nursing or business); to teach in higher education including the TAFE and university sectors, or take on roles as education consultants. It also enables teachers to enhance their existing qualifications.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Professional Accreditation

    This program does not constitute the requirements for a recognised teaching qualification. Students looking to become teachers will need to complete the Master of Teaching, prior to pursuing a postgraduate qualification.
  • Degree Structure

    To qualify for the Graduate Certificate, you need to pass courses listed in the Master of Education to the value of 12 units as indicated below:

    Recommended courses
    EDUC 7013 Educational Leadership in Diverse Contexts (3 units)  
    EDUC 7054 Research Design (3 units)
    EDUC 7064 Introduction to Wellbeing in Education (3 units)        
    EDUC 7065 Introduction to Education Research (3 units)
    EDUC 7550 Education Policies & Systems (3 units) 
    EDUC 7551 Curriculum Development and Innovation (3 units)
    EDUC 7552 Pedagogical Engagement for Learning (3 units)
    EDUC 7553 Assessment & Evaluation (3 units)             
    12 units selected from one of the Master of Education’s specialisations:
    > Educational Leadership and Innovation
    > Wellbeing
    > Entrepreneurship Education
    > Research
    > Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education
    > English Language Teaching (ELT/TESOL)
    > Other Education electives

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.


    Seminar participation, essays, reports

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  • Further Information

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Last updated: Sunday, 26 Apr 2020