Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies

Course Code 2030
Course duration /
Study mode

Course duration: One year part-time (if enrolled in four units)*
Study mode: On-campus and distance education with on-campus mid-year residentials required for some units
*The units are offered over a one year teaching period and full-time enrollment is not available.  

Location Lake Macquarie

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Avondale's Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies provides advanced training in educational theory, practice and research with focus on the professional, ethical, moral and spiritual dimensions of education. The emphasis of the degree is towards improving the professional competency of practicing educators in independent and government schools. In the face of rapid socioeconomic changes and societal expectations, the professional development of teachers is now viewed by many as not just an important ongoing process, but an essential requirement.

Students have a choice of the following specialty strands: 

  • Curriculum and Teaching Studies
  • Educational Administration
  • Religious Education
  • Special Education

Applicants who are Adventist Schools Australia employees may seek sponsorship for tuition only or educational administration tuition and expenses. For further information about scholarships contact Adventist Schools Australia. 

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies is a four-unit course; three of which must come from one of the specialisations. Students enrolled in the Master of Education can choose to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies after successful completion of the four units.

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Admission Criteria


Applicants with the following can be considered for entry into this course:

  • A bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) followed by a Diploma of Education or equivalent. 
  • A four year Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7) in Education plus 2 years or more teaching experience with successful attainment of proficient status in the Australian Professional Standards for Teaching and one of the following:
    • verification of a teaching portfolio evidencing the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) standards,
    • positive outcomes of an interview or seminar process conducted by Avondale College of Higher Education, as well as, 
    • successful completion of a 2 week equivalent intensive program, conducted online.

At least two years of experience in a teaching role.


Applicants whose Bachelor degree was not undertaken in English must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving an IELTS Academic score of at least 6.5 for speaking and listening, with no individual band score less than 6.0. An official statement of IELTS results must accompany the application form. Preference will be given to applicants with employment experience in education and applicants should include a written  summary of their work experience with the application form. 


Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English as per the Admission to Higher Education undergraduate course

Course Structure

Course Duration: One year part-time if taking a load of four units. The units are offered over a one year teaching period and full time enrolment is not available. Part-time students typically progress at the rate of two units per year over two years.

This is a four-unit study program as follows. All units are worth 6 credit points (unless otherwise specified). One unit must be taken from the Christian Education unit options and either (a) three units from within a specialisation or (b) two units from within a specialisation plus an independent research unit related to the specialisation. The course has four areas of specialisation:
Religious Education
Curriculum and Teaching Studies
Special Education

Course Structure Credit Points
Christian Education Unit (Core Unit) - 6.0
Specialisation Unit 1 - 6.0
Specialisation Unit 2 - 6.0
Specialisation Unit 3 or an independent research project (in the respective specialisation) - 6.0


This course is accredited under Avondale's self- accrediting authority and it is nationally registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). In 2014 Avondale was granted self accrediting status by TEQSA.

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