Graduate Certificate of Education

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Education
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud CampusYes

1 year part time

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$11,440 AUD
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
English language requirements

IELTS band score of 7 with no band less than 6.5

Deakin course code E500
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Education is designed for teachers and other professionals to undertake a focussed short-term study program and to gain credit for it. The course aims to provide students with a high quality program linked to their professional and career development needs in areas that are of priority for schools and systems.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

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.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Demonstrate specialist knowledge of contemporary curriculum design, pedagogy, evidence-based assessment and program evaluation; apply this knowledge to research and in a range of professional learning and educational contexts. 


Employ a range of oral and written communication skills and standards required of professional educators and learning professionals to be able to transmit complex knowledge in professional and scholarly contexts. 

Digital literacy

Demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency in a range of digital technologies to research, analyse, report, evaluate and communicate within education contexts. 

Critical thinking

Demonstrate specialist skills in the critical analysis and synthesis of complex ideas in professional education practice. 

Problem solving

Demonstrate specialist skills in identifying, analysing and evaluating authentic problems of practice, and generate informed and innovative solutions. 


Apply the knowledge and skills required of professional educators and learning professionals to demonstrate autonomy, judgement, adaptability and responsibility in education contexts and for further learning. 


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

Global citizenship

Demonstrate advanced 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 rules

To be awarded a Graduate Certificate of Education, students must successfully complete 4 credit points of core units as detailed below.

Course structure

Prior to 2016

EXE721 Assessment and Learning (No longer available for enrolment)

EXE722 Curriculum and Pedagogy (No longer available for enrolment)

EXE735 Evaluation: Improvement and Accountability (No longer available for enrolment)

EXE736 Knowledge, Learning and Learners (No longer available for enrolment)


From 2016

ECN704Applied Learning: Theories and Practice

EXE731Professional Learning and Development

EXE723Curriculum and Assessment Design

EXE734New Technologies in Education and Training

Course Map

Course map

Entry requirements - specific

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

  • Bachelor degree in any discipline area.

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 should check the Entry and English Language requirements.

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact