Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies

Course name:

Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies

Course name abbreviation:


Course convenor:

Peter Morey

Course code:



One semester full-time or the equivalent part-time. Part-time students typically progress at the rate of two units per year.

Credit points:

Four units totalling 24 credit points


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. The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies may also be used as a pathway for entry into the Master of Education.

Mode of delivery:

A blended learning approach, utilising the online learning platform Moodle, which is adopted for the delivery of most of the units, comprising off-campus learning components and a residential session at Avondale College of Higher Education (Lake Macquarie Campus)


The course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and may be offered to Australian students or international students (CRICOS Number 083266J). International students are subject to regulations outlined in the ESOS National Code (2007).

Entry requirements:

A four-year Bachelor degree in education or a Bachelor degree followed by a Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Teaching or equivalent. In exceptional circumstances admission may be granted on the basis of equivalent qualifications and/or experience as assessed by the Faculty of Education, Business and Science Learning and Teaching Committee. Verification of credentials is required at the time of application. The Bachelor degree must be at AQF Level 6 or higher.

Applicants whose Bachelor degree was not undertaken in English must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving an IELTS 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 may receive advanced standing up to 50% of the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies course provided the units which form the basis of the application were undertaken at an equivalent level and were of an equivalent weighting to the Avondale College Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies units and/or course.

Course structure

This is a four-unit study program as follows. All units are worth 6 credit points (unless otherwise specified) each with a notional workload of 150 hours. 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 five areas of specialisation:

  • Administration
  • Religious Education
  • Curriculum and Teaching Studies
  • Special Education
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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