Graduate Certificate of Education (Educational Leadership and Administration)

Course summary for current students


2015 course information

Award granted Graduate Certificate of Education (Educational Leadership and Administration)
Duration 0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeE546

This course is an exit only course from 2012.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Education is designed to allow teachers and other professionals to undertake focused short-term study programs and to gain credit for them. The courses aim to provide students with high quality programs linked to their professional and career development needs in areas that are of priority for schools and systems.

This course is designed as an introduction to basic ideas, practices and controversies in educational leadership and administration. It draws on ideas and literature from around the world but has a significant focus on developments in Australia. While it is useful for those who are contemplating applying for positions of leadership, the course takes the view that all teachers are leaders in one way or another and all are involved in administration. It is therefore of interest to all those involved in managing the education process in various institutional structures.

Teaching methods

Students receive instructional materials through CloudDeakin, CD-ROM and website links. Interaction with lecturers is provided through use of CloudDeakin, email and telephone links.

Articulation to masters course

The Graduate Certificate allows fast tracking into a related masters degree. Up to 4 credit points may be granted for a completed graduate certificate taken as a fifth year of tertiary study, toward a masters degree.
Direct entry to masters may be offered for a graduate certificate taken as a fourth year of tertiary study if completed at credit level or higher.
Graduate Certificates may be undertaken as an entry point for some courses and appellations or as an exit point after satisfactory completion of at least 4 credit points of study.

Specialist and generic units

Courses are constructed from a mix of generic and specialist units.  Generic units address issues related to the whole field of education, while specialist units address issues focused on a specific area.
Students who wish to have an award with appellation undertake a specified number of specialist units.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

The course requires the completion of 4 credit points comprising two specialist units and two generic units.

Course structure

Units for appellation
Trimester 1 and trimester 3

ECM704Introduction to Educational Leadership and Administration

Trimester 1

EXE737Leading and Managing Learning Organisations

Trimester 2

ECM705School Cultures and Contexts

EXE737Leading and Managing Learning Organisations

Note: EXE737 is designated as a specialist unit for this appellation

Generic units

EXE732Social Justice and Difference

EXE735Evaluation: Improvement and Accountability

EXE738Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts