Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning)

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2014 course information

Award granted Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning)
Cloud CampusNo

1 year full-time

CRICOS course code071589M
Deakin course codeE690


(i) Part-time intake not available in 2014.

(ii) Final intake for this course is Trimester 1 2014. Applications for Trimester 1 2014 opened August 2013 and closed 1 November 2013.

(iii) From 2014 onwards, students interested in postgraduate study in the area of applied learning should consider the Master of Teaching (E760)

(iv) Current course version for students commencing from 2007.
(v) The course is delivered through a mix of short intensive campus based teaching blocks spread across summer, autumn and winter schools and intra-trimester weeks. Following each intensive teaching block students will be located in a teaching work placement in either a secondary school, a TAFE institute or an ACE agency. These off-site work placements will be between 4 to 6 weeks per trimester involving concentrated work based learning forms of professional development and enquiry. Students are expected to maintain participation in the course by accessing CloudDeakin in periods between the intensive study blocks.

Pipelining from Trimester 1 2014.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning) is an exciting and innovative program, designed to prepare teachers and educators to work with young people in secondary schools, TAFE and Adult and Community Education (ACE) agencies.

This course was developed in response to the changes now underway in education programs that provide young people between the ages of 14 and 19 years with the knowledge, skills and values for a range of further study and employment pathways. These changes include the introduction of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS); the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL); VET in schools; and other Enterprise Education and Applied Learning programs in the lower and middle secondary school years.

The course takes a very ‘applied' approach, with much of the learning taking place in education and training workplaces such as schools, TAFE colleges, ACE agencies, youth support agencies and vocationally relevant workplaces. You are required to complete a minimum of 45 days of supervised teaching experience over the duration of the course. You are also required to complete 15 days of service learning and industry-based professional development to support your engagement with the profession.

The course will particularly interest professionals and trade-qualified people considering teaching as a career change and who have applied and vocational qualifications and skills in:

  • Technology studies, such as design and technology, food and technology and systems and technology;
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET), such as agriculture, automotive, building and construction, business administration, Cisco, community services, clothing products, dance, desktop publishing, electronics, engineering, equine industry, financial services, fitness, food processing (wine), food technology, furnishing, horticulture, hospitality (operations), information technology, laboratory skills, multimedia, music industry, retail operations, seafood industry, small business practice, sport and recreation;
  • Applied studies, such as arts, science, mathematics, English, careers, information technology, media, music, environmental studies, social studies, student welfare, and visual communication.

Professional recognition

Approved by Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as a preservice teaching qualification.

International students and permanent residents

Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) will be required to demonstrate an IELTS of an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas where there is no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening. You are advised to read the VIT's Qualification for Teachers Registration policy carefully which is available at:  Further information

Other fees

The cost associated with meeting the requirements for units of competence from the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is not covered in the Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning) fees. Students needing to complete this requirement will need to enrol separately with a TAFE college or other Registered Training Provider.

Delivery and location

The course takes a very 'applied' approach with much of the learning taking place in education and training workplaces.

The course will be conducted on a mixed-mode delivery model which combines campus based seminars, Cloud (online) study and a major component of work-based experiential learning in community youth learning sites such as schools, TAFE colleges, ACE agencies and vocationally relevant workplaces.

The campus mode aspects of the course (approximately 10 weeks annually for a full time enrolment) will be delivered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) in blocks of 1 to 2 weeks.

Program length and structure

The program is comprised of 10 weeks of campus based seminars commencing with a two week introductory Summer School in February.  Other campus based intensives will be conducted at mid trimester and end of trimester. In between the campus based intensives students will be engaged at their work-based learning sites including applied learning teaching experience for a total of 20 weeks. Typically, students may spend an average of 3 days per week on site and will use the other 2 days per week for study, assignment preparation and CloudDeakin contact.

Teaching methods

During each work-based learning week students will be located in the school, TAFE institute or ACE agency to complete their Applied Learning Teaching Experience.  These work-based learning placements are typically completed as combined blocks of 10 and 15 days but may also be negotiated as three-days-per-week work placement where this can be arranged by the student services staff.  The final placement requires students to demonstrate their competence in the essential elements of practice and knowledge that are consistent with VIT’s Standards for Graduating Teachers. When students are not undertaking their work-based learning placements they will continue their study via cloud (online) and will be connected to other students and the academic staff course group through CloudDeakin. Through CloudDeakin, students and staff will communicate on the development of their action research projects, other assessment tasks and on their study and teaching progress generally. Unit assessments will reflect these tasks including the quality of each student's CloudDeakin participation.

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

To be awarded the Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning) a student must satisfactorily complete 8 credit points of study taken from the list of course-grouped units leading to the award.
The course of study shall normally be completed within a period of not less than one year of full-time or two years of part-time study (part-time study intake not available in 2014.) Extensions of time may be granted with the permission of the Faculty Board which must not exceed five consecutive years from the date the student first enrolled in the course.

The course of study shall include satisfactory completion of at least 45 days of supervised school experience taken in a combination of secondary schools, TAFE and/or ACE work placements but at least 25 of these days must be taken in a secondary school. Students are also required to complete an additional 15 days of service learning involving professional engagement through volunteer work that contributes value to youth learning settings, and participate in industry-based professional development activities that further their knowledge and skills as a teacher.

In addition to successfully completing all of the course units and professional experience, students are required to have completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAA) as a co-requisite to be eligible for graduation. Although Deakin does not deliver the Certificate IV (TAA), students will be offered the option to complete it by taking advantage of credit transfer and recognition and customised training arrangements negotiated by Deakin staff with a suitable Registered Training Provider (RTP). The cost of the Certificate IV is not included in the Deakin fees and is required to be met by the student.

Course structure

Note: Students enrolled prior to 2007 should contact the enrolment officer for course advice

Trimester 1

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(i) Applied Learning placements (EEY706 and EEY707) may be undertaken at either Secondary schools or alternate settings i.e. TAFE, ACE
(ii) All units are 1 credit point unless otherwise noted
(iii) EEE721, EEJ724, EEJ735 and EEE723 are 0.75 credit point units
(iv) EEY705, EEY706, EEY707 and EEY708 are 0.25 credit point units

Applied Learning Teaching Experience requirements

Students are required, for employment purposes and for award of the degree, to complete a minimum of 45 days of supervised teaching experience over the duration of their course. Of the 45 days, 25 days must be completed in a secondary school setting, with the remaining 20 days undertaken in secondary schools or alternate settings such as TAFE and ACE.

Students should ensure that they are conversant with the Standards for Graduating Students as required by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. The Professional Experience Office will provide students with an Applied Learning Teaching Experience Handbook, which is updated annually and is a summary of Faculty requirements in relation to teaching experience.

Students are strongly encouraged to consider a placement in regional Victoria; the Professional Experience Office will assist in the facilitation of regional placements where possible.

In addition to 45 days of supervised placement, the Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning) also requires students to complete a minimum of 15 additional days of professional learning experience that demonstrates constructive contribution to the profession. These 15 days are not required to be supervised and could typically involve undertaking volunteer work with youth oriented organisations or attending relevant in-service programs such as professional conferences and seminars. Students will be required to keep a portfolio of evidence for all professional experience and engagement.

Working with Children Check

The Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.) requires a person who engages in child-related work, as defined in the Act, to obtain an assessment notice under the Act, known as a Working with Children Check (WWCC). The Act is administered by the Department of Justice:

School experience placements in schools in the course of a university degree are “child-related work”.  Under the Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.), administered by the Department of Justice, a student teacher must obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) before commencing school experience placements in a school.  The WWCC must remain current throughout the course.  It is an offence under the Act to engage in school experience without holding a WWCC.

Students will not be allowed to commence school experience in any school in Victoria until a Working with Children Check is obtained.  The Department of Education has requested that on the application form a student nominates the University as the (or one of the) employers.  The University will then be sent a copy of the assessment notice.  Because the University needs to assure a school that a student placed at the school has a current Working with Children Check, each student must give their authority to provide the assurance - a student will be required to sign an authority for the University to inform a school that a WWCC has or has not been obtained.

While the University will hold on file documentation relating to the WWCCs obtained by students engaged in school experience, it is each student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she can produce the WWCC card to the school upon request and to keep the WWCC current under the Act.

Students are required to apply for a WWCC through a participating Australia Post outlet (which can be found on the Australia Post website or the Department of Justice website) and provide proof to the faculty that the WWCC has been undertaken.

Should a student fail to obtain a WWCC, practical training in a school will not be provided, and as practical training is a requirement for completion of a teaching degree, the student may be unable to complete the degree.  Should such a situation arise, the University will provide advice on options for tertiary study.

It is the responsibility of students undertaking placements outside Victoria to enquire about and, where necessary, to meet any similar legislative or other requirements concerning working with children.

Arranging Professional Experience

Professional experience is organised by the staff in the Professional Experience Office and students should not make contact with schools regarding placements without consultation with the professional experience staff.
Students should note that it is a requirement of the course that professional experience is undertaken in conjunction with course studies and during the scheduled dates unless, in exceptional circumstances, alternative arrangements are negotiated and agreed to in writing with the Professional Experience Office. Students should also note that normally any paid or unpaid work undertaken in a school as an unqualified teacher/teacher’s aide will not be recognised for credit transfer and recognition in supervised school experience for this course.
A satisfactory level of teaching competence during supervised professional experience is required for award of the degree. An ’unsatisfactory’ result on any professional experience placement will be referred to the Faculty Academic Progress and Discipline Committee.
Graduates of an accredited teaching course should note that teacher registration is required in Victoria and is administered by the Victorian Institute of Teaching under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic.). Prospective students should acquaint themselves with the requirements for registration in Victoria or in any other relevant location. These requirements include the ability to satisfy the Standards for Graduating Students (available at:

Applied Learning Teaching Experience enrolment

Students need to carefully follow the instructions correctly when enrolling or re-enrolling online in school experience units. Failure to enrol or re-enrol correctly jeopardises a student’s school experience placement and this could lead to a delay in the award of the degree. Students must follow Faculty rules in relation to the number of days of school experience to be completed for each placement as per the Professional Experience Handbook (available from the campus of enrolment) which includes the published school experience timetable. Students should note that a ‘day’ constitutes a whole school day (not part thereof).

Students should obtain a copy of the Professional Experience Handbook each year from the Professional Experience Office (also available at ). Information contained in the handbook is updated annually and is a summary of Faculty rules in relation to school experience.

Applied Learning Teaching Experience units

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10 days

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15 days

Note: Applied Learning placements (EEY706 and EEY707) may be undertaken at either secondary schools or alternate settings, i.e. TAFE or ACE.