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Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies

Why study with us?

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (GCES) builds the knowledge and skills of students to increase their impact and capability in the workplace. The course aims to inspire and empower Christian teachers to serve God with excellence in education, in the context of spirituality, wellbeing, integrity and service.

The GCES program has four specialisation options as follows, or may be undertaken without a specialisation:

  • Leadership & Administration
  • Special & Inclusive Education
  • Curriculum & Teaching
  • Health & Wellbeing

All units in the GCES are offered online with an annual on campus component (Winter School) held on the Lake Macquarie campus for one week (5 days) during July. Attendance at Winter school is strongly recommended. Online attendance is available where circumstances make it difficult to attend in person.

GCES units are recognised as accredited Professional Development with all Australian State Accreditation Authorities, contributing 50 hours each of elective professional development to the maintenance period in which they are completed.

Adventist Schools Australia employees may seek sponsorship for tuition and educational expenses. For further information about sponsorship contact Adventist Schools Australia. Phone: 03 9871 7518 or the Course Convenor.

Key Information

Study Mode:
Mixed mode

Full-time: 0.5 years, Part-time: Equivalent years
Course Code:

Course Details

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies, graduates will be able to:
  • systematically explore educational theory and practice through a review of educational literature and shared praxis;
  • investigate and critically analyse both the theory and practice of education with respect to a particular topic or issue;
  • create a holistic personal professional body of knowledge that will be appraised from a Christian world-view;
  • solve problems through investigation, critical analysis and reflective thought;
  • explain aspects of educational practice on the basis of knowledge and research findings;
  • give evidence of an ability to fill organisational roles which require highly developed interpersonal skills;
  • display appropriate decision making skills within the context of Christian ethics;
  • identify types of research methodologies and their applicability to specified research questions;
  • conduct a minor creative research study involving systematic investigation, critical and reflective thought as well as documentation.

To qualify for admission, applicants must have achieved:

  • an Australian four-year Bachelor's degree in Education, Bachelor's degree followed by a Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Teaching, or equivalent;
  • an overseas qualification comparable to an Australian Bachelor’s degree or higher.

In exceptional circumstances an applicant may be admitted based on qualifications deemed equivalent as assessed by the Course Convenor in consultation with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

In addition, applicants must submit a resume/CV or written summary demonstrating at least two years relevant work experience (maximum 2 pages).

International Students

This course is available online to international students residing outside Australia. Students must be able to obtain an appropriate visa to visit Australia for the compulsory on-campus intensive study period. The course is not available to international students residing in Australia. For information regarding visas refer to

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through one of the following:

  1. achieving an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no sub-band less than 6.0, or
  2. one of the other ways outlined in Appendix 2 of the Admission Policy (HE), or
  3. documentary evidence of a prior qualification (or at least two years of tertiary study) conducted and assessed in English in a recognised country^ and completed within the last two years.

^Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, or the United States of America.

Advanced Standing

Applicants who have completed prior study may be eligible for advanced standing (credit recognition). Applicants should discuss their eligibility for advanced standing with the Admissions Team or the Course Convenor.

The Graduate Certificate of Educational Studies (GCES) consists of four units and requires 24 credit points to complete. All units are worth six credit points each unless otherwise stated. This course is not offered full-time.

The four units required to complete the course are:

  • A Christian education unit; and
  • Three specialisation or elective units.

Christian Education units

Select one of:

EDUC50400Worldviews & Values Issues in Christian Education
EDUC50600School as a Caring Community


  • Selecting a specialisation is not mandatory.
  • If a specialisation is chosen, all units must be selected from the same specialisation.
  • Units are considered ‘elective’ if they span specialisations.
  • Specialisations are printed on the testamur at graduation.

Specialisation units

Leadership & Administration

EDUC56100School Effectiveness
EDUC56300Mentoring & Education for Professional Learning
EDUC56500Information Technology for Leaders in Education
EDUC56700School Organisational Climate
LAMC50600The Theology, Theory & Practice of Leadership
LAMC51100Leadership & Organisation
LAMC51200Communication for Leaders
LAMC51400Human Resource Management
LAMC51600Organisational Processes & Change: Leadership
LAMC52100Marketing Management
LAMC52300Strategic Planning for Leadership
LAMC52400Managerial and Professional Ethics
LAMC52600Accounting for Leaders
LAMC52800Legal & Governance Issues for Leaders

Special & Inclusive Education

EDUC55500Special Education: Strategies for Inclusion & Management
EDUC55600Special Education: Issues & Educational Approaches
EDUC55700Special Education: Gifted & Talented
EDUC55800Special Education: Specific Learning Disabilities

Curriculum & Teaching

EDUC50400Worldviews and Value Issues in Christian Education
EDUC50600The School as a Caring Community
EDUC53000Issues in Curriculum Development
EDUC53100Curriculum Development: The Praxis (Assessment & Reporting)
EDUC53600Concepts in Learning (Brain Based Learning)
EDUC53700Teaching: Towards a Personal Framework
EDUC56000Health and Wellbeing Education
EDUC56100School Effectiveness
EDUC56200Teacher Effectiveness
EDUC56300Mentoring and Education for Professional Learning*
EDUC56600Information Technology & Learning

Students may also choose up to two subjects from the Master of Arts subjects listed under the School of Theology with a maximum of TWO Level 400 units. These may have pre-requisite or other requirements and should be considered in consultation with the Course Convenor.

Health & Wellbeing

EDUC50400Worldviews and Value Issues in Christian Education
EDUC56000Health and Wellbeing Education
EDUC50600The School as a Caring Community
EDUC56200Teacher Effectiveness
EDUC56700School Organisational Climate

Students may choose units from a selection of Counselling and Lifestyle Medicine options at 400 and 500 Level, with a maximum of TWO Level 400 units. These may have pre-requisite or other requirements and should be considered in consultation with the Course Convenor.

  • Some units are not available every year. Contact the Course Convenor for more information about unit availability.
  • All 6 credit point units require a notional time commitment of 150 hours.
  • The maximum time for completion is 4 years.

To find out more about any of the units listed here, copy the unit code and then search for that unit here.

To view unit information, note the unit code and search for the unit in  Unit Outlines.

Career Opportunities

Postgraduate study substantially increases knowledge, skills, self-confidence, motivation and self-efficacy that empower teachers to enact change in their classrooms and school contexts. It also enables teachers to progress their careers while providing evidence of meeting the Professional Teacher Standards at highly accomplished and lead career stages.

Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies graduates have gained promotion and employment in roles such as:

  • Special and Inclusive Education Teacher
  • Head Teacher Student Wellbeing
  • Year Advisor
  • Stage Coordinator

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