Graduate Certificate of Adult, Vocational Education and Training

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Take your expertise and salary to the next level by gaining the skills needed to meet the growing demand for teachers within the TAFE and VET system.

This course is only available for domestic students.

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Advance your vocational teaching career

Key facts


1 year part-time


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Course overview

Take your teaching expertise and salary to the next level, with Deakin’s Graduate Certificate of Adult, Vocational Education and Training. This course will equip you with the advanced knowledge and practical skills – and AQF level 8 qualification – to meet the growing demand for teachers within the TAFE and Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.

With a focus on developing your agency in the classroom, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to confidently design, teach and assess in TAFE/VET. You’ll explore the methodologies behind creating authentic and inclusive learning experiences for students and investigate the design, development and evaluation of research in education. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake your own independent research project relevant to professional practice in education.

Ready to boost your VET professional learning to take your teaching career and salary to the next level?

With a supervised professional practice component, you’ll gain the support you need to integrate the innovative practices and approaches you learn about directly into your teaching, enhancing your expertise – and your career. By developing transferable skills, such as critical enquiry, collaboration and strategic thinking, you’ll also be set to skilfully navigate the challenges of VET teaching, now and into the future.

Deakin’s Graduate Certificate of Adult, Vocational Education and Training meets the requirements for an AQF level 8 or above teaching qualification in the Victorian TAFE Teaching Staff Agreement, meaning you’ll graduate qualified to apply for new MEA classifications and associated incremental salary points.

This course is delivered via Deakin’s premium online platform – meaning can get ahead with your career journey while also maintaining work, study and personal commitments. You can also choose to start your course in any of Deakin’s three study periods (trimesters) across the year.

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Adult, Vocational Education and Training

2025 course information

Deakin code
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Adult, Vocational Education and Training, students must attain 4 credit points.

The course comprises a total of 4 credit points including:

  • 4 credit points of core units (EDX701, EDX707, EEE735, EEE736)
  • Academic Integrity Module DAI001
  • Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.

Core units

  • Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Research Design Development and Method
  • Independent Research Project for Professional Practice
  • Designing, Teaching and Assessment in Adult, Vocational Education and Training
  • Contextualising Learning and Teaching in Adult, Vocational Education and Training
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Participation requirements

    Compulsory learning experiences

    A total of 200-hours of teaching practice, teacher observation and teacher professional development and professional activities, including:

    • 15-days (120-hours) in which the teaching practice of the teacher candidate is observed and evaluated by a qualified teacher educator of the institution conferring the teaching qualification or, by other fully qualified teachers who agree to act as supervisor/s of the teacher candidate.
    • 50-hours in which the teacher candidate participates in activities such as
      • attendance at meetings of teachers,
      • development of course materials,
      • student interviews,
      • industry liaison and consultation with external authorities and enterprises; and
    • 50-hours of other teaching-related activities which may involve further directly supervised teaching practice or further teaching observations or participation in other professional teaching activities (25-hours each embedded in EEE735 & EEE736).

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher
    • at least two years' relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Admissions information

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    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $2,314 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

    Learn more about fees.

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only and represents the typical tuition fees for students completing this course within the same year they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning you have.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of study. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    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.

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    Employment-based pathway program

    You may be eligible to receive up to $2,222 to cover the tuition cost of the units of study in this course. Applications for the Vocational Education and Training (VET) employment-based pathway program scholarship are open to students who have been offered a place in this course and are interested in teaching VET to Victorian Government secondary students. The program also includes additional supports such as Academic Liaisons to assist with your course completion. For scholarship application enquiries please email

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Career outcomes

    Graduates of Deakin’s Graduate Certificate of Adult, Vocational Education and Training will have advanced skills, knowledge and expertise to teach in TAFE and the Vocational Education and Training system, including the adult and community education sectors.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Critically analyse and apply advanced and specialised knowledge of the principles of contemporary vocational education research, curriculum design, pedagogy and evidence-based assessment and their application for teaching and learning in adult, vocational education and training


    Employ expert oral and written communication skills and standards required of the adult, vocational education and training teaching and scholarship to be able to transmit complex knowledge to a variety of audiences

    Digital literacy

    Apply a range of digital technologies and data sources to create, search, analyse, report, evaluate and communicate within the practice and scholarship of teaching of adult, vocational education and training

    Critical thinking

    Critically review, analyse and synthesise complex ideas and make informed judgements to improve teaching and learning methodologies, pedagogy and practices in adult, vocational education and training

    Problem solving

    Apply specialist knowledge of theories of learning and teaching, to identify, evaluate and resolve problems and challenges impacting on adult and vocational education and training, including addressing implications for teaching and scholarship


    Apply an evidence-based approach to critical self-reflection in relation to teaching and learning, and evidence of a commitment to ongoing, self-directed lifelong learning and professional development

    Global citizenship

    Analyse and apply ethical and professional standards in engaging with key challenges in teaching and learning globally, and within diverse socioeconomic, cultural and religious contexts

    Approved by Faculty Board September 2019

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