Graduate Certificate of Educational Business Leadership



Learn how to lead diverse teams in the education industry to improve governance and achieve business goals. 

Our Graduate Certificate of Educational Business Leadership is grounded in contemporary practices and current issues in education policy. You’ll get insights into funding and finance for educational outcomes and learn essential strategies to use in the profession. 

This educational business   will also help you become more confident in business leadership roles, and enhance your career progression options.

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Key facts


1 year part time


This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Key information

Award granted

Graduate Certificate of Educational Business Leadership


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

Not applicable

Deakin code



Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate of Educational Business Leadership applicants require a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution or equivalent:

  • a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or
  • qualifications deemed to be equivalent

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Educational Business Leadership will possess theoretical and practical skills required of educational business leaders in the current Australian and global contexts of education.  Graduates will develop the capabilities required to ensure that education business meets its educational aims and needs; is focused on students, learning and teaching; is efficient and effective, while ensuring accountability to a broad range of stakeholders in education.

For more information go to 'My Course My Career'

Course learning outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Apply specialist knowledge of contemporary education business, planning and governance and use evidence-based education business assessment and evaluation in a range of professional learning and work place contexts. 


Employ a range of oral and written communication skills and standards required of the education business leadership professional and to transmit complex knowledge to a variety of audiences

Digital literacy

Acquire knowledge of and proficiency in a range of digital technologies to research, analyse, report, evaluate and communicate within the practice-based contexts and for further learning. 

Critical thinking

Use specialised skills in the critical analysis and synthesis of complex ideas in the discipline of education to make informed judgments in relation to professional educational policy and practice. 

Problem solving

Acquire specialist knowledge of relevant learning theories to identify, analyse and evaluate authentic problems of practice, and generate informed and innovative education business solutions. 


Apply the knowledge and skills required of professional educators and teaching professionals to demonstrate autonomy, leadership and sound judgment, and adaptability in practice-based contexts and for further learning. 


Work effectively and collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team to create solutions to authentic problems of practice. 

Global citizenship

Demonstrate high level understanding of, and the capacity to engage ethically and productively in professional contexts with diverse communities and in a global context.

Approved by Faculty Board 2014


Course Structure

To be awarded a Graduate Certificate of Educational Business Leadership, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of core units as detailed below.

How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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Course pathways

Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever if the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

Faculty contact information

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries


Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359  

Fee information

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

  • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
  • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 4 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

Offered campuses

Study online at Cloud Campus

Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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