Graduate Certificate in Education

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 Teaching 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.

Flexible study options

You can complete the Graduate Certificate in Education face-to-face or online.

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.

  • 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

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 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 further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC058
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

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

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $14,000

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.


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

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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 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

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

You can study the Graduate Certificate in Education remotely. 

The following will be available online:

Graduate Certification in Education working towards a Wellbeing specialisation 

1 x EDUC 7054 Research Design (S1+S2)

1 x Elective from any of the 7 options under the PC

2 x Courses chosen from:

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)

Graduate Certification in Education working towards a Leadership specialisation

1 x EDUC 7054 Research Design (S1+S2)

1 x Elective from any of the 7 options under the PC

2 x Courses chosen from:

EDUC 7068 Leading Positive Change (S1)
EDUC 7060 Mentoring for Teachers (S1)
EDUC 7067 Leading WB (S2)


Seminar participation, essays, reports


I chose to study to broaden my skills, knowledge and pedagogy.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022