Professional Certificate in Education

Deepen your educational expertise
The education sector is at once a mirror on contemporary society and the creator of its future. On one hand, it reflects and responds to today’s needs and perspectives. On the other, it prepares new generations for success in roles only just now being conceived.

It has a unique, and critical, part to play in our social and economic progress. And our Professional Certificate in Education will equip you to make a valuable contribution.

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

You’ll complete two core courses (6 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.

Flexible study options
You can complete the Professional Certificate in Education face-to-face or online.

Where could it take you?
 
You could help implement initiatives to improve school students’ social and emotional wellbeing. You might help raise STEM participation in regional centres. If you’re an international student, perhaps you’ll lecture on 21st century skills in a higher education institution back home. You’ll also have the opportunity to move on into our Graduate Certificate of Education.

Note: Graduates will not be eligible for teacher registration. For this pathway see our Master of Teaching.
  • Progress your career and lead educational change
  • 6 specialisations to choose from and taught by award-winning staff
  • Flexible tailored approach to fit your busy schedule

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3PC008
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: 3PC008

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $6,750

Scholarships

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

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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Degree Structure

To qualify for the Professional Certificate, you need to pass courses listed in the Graduate Certificate in Education or the Master of Education to the value of 6 units.

Courses chosen from in 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)

Academic Program Rules

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

Areas of Specialisation

Refer to the Master of Education for further information.

Example Study Plan

To qualify for the Professional Certificate, you need to pass courses listed in the Graduate Certificate in Education or the Master of Education to the value of 6 units.


Specialisations

Course Choice

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.
EDUC 7013 Educational Leadership in Diverse Contexts (3 units)
EDUC 7066 Leading Self and Others (3 units)
EDUC 7068 Leading Positive Change (3 units)
EDUC 7067 Leading Wellbeing (3 units)
Wellbeing

Examine evidence-based approaches to whole-community wellbeing and explore the link between social and emotional health and engaged learning.
EDUC 7071 Contemporary Issues in Wellbeing Education (3 units)
EDUC 7064 Introduction to Wellbeing in Education (3 units)
EDUC 7068 Leading Positive Change (3 units)
EDUC 7018 Neuroscience and Education (3 units)
EDUC 7072 Wellbeing for Educators (3 units)
EDUC 7067 Leading Wellbeing (3 units)
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.
EDUC 7069 Contemporary Issues in Educational Entrepreneurship (3 units)
EDUC 7063 Online Learning (3 units)
Research

Strengthen your educational research skills and understanding and lay the foundations for your own pioneering explorations.
EDUC 7065 Introduction to Education Research
EDUC 7054 Research Design (3 units)
EDUC 7020 Approaches to Qualitative Research (3 units)
EDUC 7021 Approaches to Quantitative Methods (3 units)
EDUC 7055 Research Communication (3 units)
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Investigate the issues and opportunities surrounding STEM education and consider how to get more young minds engaged in it.
EDUC 7070 Contemporary Issues in STEM Education (3 units)
EDUC 7063 Online Learning (3 units)
EDUC 7018 Neuroscience and Education (3 units)
English Language Teaching (ELT/TESOL)

Learn the latest research-based strategies for effective English language teaching in culturally diverse settings.
EDUC 7418 Language Analysis for English Teachers (3 units)
EDUC 7419 Intercultural Competencies in English Lang Teaching (3 units)
EDUC 7420 English Language Teaching in Practice (3 units)
EDUC 7421 English Language Teaching Methodology (3 units)
Other Education Electives

Examine current evidence-based approaches to learning and teaching with a focus on improving student outcomes.
EDUC 7016 Multicultural Society and Education Policy
EDUC 7550 Education Policies & Systems (3 units)
EDUC 7008 Indigenous Education (3 units)
EDUC 7551 Curriculum Development and Innovation (3 units)
EDUC 7552 Pedagogical Engagement for Learning (3 units)
EDUC 7553 Assessment & Evaluation (3 units)


You can remotely study the Professional Certificate in Education.

The following courses will be available online:

Pick any 2 courses:

EDUC 7054 Research Design (S1+S2)
EDUC 7055 Research Communication (S1+S2)
EDUC 7070 Contemporary Issues in STEM Education (S1)
EDUC 7071 Contemporary Issues in WB Education (S2)
EDUC 7068 Leading Positive Change (S1)
EDUC 7060 Mentoring for Teachers (S1)*
EDUC 7067 Leading WB (S2)


Current students, please visit the Faculty of Arts for your study plan.

Assessment

Assessment will be in the form of essays, reports, projects.

Testimonial

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Last updated: Friday, 22 Oct 2021