Graduate Certificate of Education Research

Postgraduate coursework

The Graduate Certificate of Education Research provides a grounding in education research theories, methodologies, design, ethics and conduct.

Key facts

Duration

1.3 years part-time or equivalent

Note: It is recommended to be completed over four trimesters, 2 years part-time

Campuses

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2019 close 3 November 2019
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2020 close 23 February 2020

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To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

The Graduate Certificate of Education Research provides a grounding in education research theories, methodologies, design, ethics and conduct for those who have gained an Education related qualification, or a Bachelor degree or higher in any discipline PLUS three years relevant work experience but are ineligible for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Participants design and conduct a guided research project and develop a Research Paper.

Graduates will develop knowledge and skills in:

  • identification of an issue in education and design of a related research study
  • evaluation of research in education through understanding a range of research theories and methodologies 
  • conduct of a guided education research project
  • engagement with a community of education researchers through knowledge exchange
  • creation of shareable products that adhere to the conventions of research including a research paper that reports on the project
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Course structure

Students must complete 4 credit points of core units and 

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Education Research
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    E590
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

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

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:

      Cloud (online)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:

      Cloud (online)

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:

      Cloud (online)

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

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

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Attainment of a Bachelor degree or higher in the field of Education;

    OR

    Attainment of a Bachelor degree or higher in any discipline PLUS three years relevant work experience.

    Selection Criteria

    If undergraduate degree has been attained within last 10 years with a WAM or equivalent of 70% or above (submission of transcript required).

    If undergraduate degree has been attained within last 10 years with a WAM or equivalent of less than 70% (submission of transcript and personal statement* required)

    If undergraduate degree has been attained more than 10 years ago (submission of transcript and personal statement* required) 

    *Personal statement for the GCEdRes should include i) name; ii) highest qualification and year attained; and in less than 500 words address:  iii) potential area of research interest; and iv) a statement addressing any of the following categories:

    • Use of research/data in the context of working within the teaching profession or relevant professional experience
    • Engagement in research in the field of education (e.g. leading a reading research group; conducting action research)
    • Evidence of professional writing capacity
    • Leadership experience in education and training that links to research activity (e.g. leading or managing change in organisation systematically; strategically leading or managing reflective practice of staff in an organisation/ organisational unit)

    Recognition of 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 is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $10,200* - Full-fee paying place
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    Not applicable

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    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. 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.

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

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    Research Information

    The four unit sequence comprises two research training units which provide foundational specialist research training knowledge; and two units wherein a guided research project in a specialist area is undertaken with assistance from an academic supervisor.

    Entry pathways

    Result of 60-69 marks in EDX704 Research Paper B is a pathway to Master of Education (Research) with opportunity to upgrade to a PhD at Colloquium.

    Result of 70+ marks in EDX704 Research Paper B is a pathway to a PhD.

    Contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Cloud (online) 
    Tel 03 5227 1359
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

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    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    The Graduate Certificate of Education Research supports development of research projects and research capacities required for contemporary leadership in education. For those who achieve 70+ on their Research Paper, it also provides a pathway into a PhD at Deakin University.

    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

    Demonstrate specialist knowledge of contemporary research methodologies and traditions; apply this knowledge to the critique and conduct of research in a range of education contexts.

    Communication

    Employ a range of oral and written communication strategies required of professional educators and learning professionals to be able to critique and conduct research in professional and scholarly contexts.

    Digital literacy

    Apply advanced digital skills to select appropriate digital technologies to research, analyse, report, evaluate and communicate within education research contexts.

    Critical thinking

    Demonstrate specialist skills in critical analysis and synthesis of complex ideas in education research contexts.

    Problem solving

    Analyse critically issues and problems in education research contexts and generate approaches to examine them appropriately

    Self-management

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

    Approved by Faculty Board August 2017

     


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