Graduate Certificate of Secondary Design and Technologies

Postgraduate coursework

Develop a sophisticated understanding of the design process and systems thinking to facilitate student learning in the Design and Technologies secondary curriculum.

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2 years part-time


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Course overview

This course develops professional knowledge, skills and dispositions of teachers practising out-of-field in Design and Technologies and develops their capacity for leadership in Design and Technologies in secondary schools. The Technologies and Society and Creating Design Solutions strands of the Victorian Curriculum: Design and Technologies are taught across all four units, with an emphasis on the four Technologies Contexts in the central two units. Teachers will develop a more sophisticated understanding of the design process and systems thinking and its economic, environmental, ethical, legal, and aesthetic role in our society both locally and globally, allowing them to integrate a range of materials and technologies into their teaching practice. It draws on research-informed practice in Design and Technologies pedagogies, curriculum, assessment, and inclusion and ethics. Graduates of this degree will be supported to develop strong regional professional networks in their own schools and the Victorian educational sector.

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Secondary Design and Technologies

2024 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 Secondary Design and Technologies, students must attain 4 credit points.

The course comprises a total of 4 credit points including:

  • 4 credit points of core units (EDT705, EDT706, EDT707, EDT708)
  • 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)
  • Design and Systems Thinking
  • Engineering Systems, Food and Fibre Production
  • Food and Material Processing Technologies
  • Ethical and Sustainable Design in Local and Global Contexts
  • 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*

      *This course is offered via Online with intensive seminars requiring face-to-face attendance

    Additional course information

    Course duration

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

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer to the relevant unit guide.


    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include online and/or intensive seminars (face-to-face) and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period for each credit point undertaking required teaching, learning and assessment activities.

    Participation requirements

    Course delivery is blended and students are required to dedicate time to weekly engagement with located or online teaching and learning activities and resources. This is recommended at combined total 8-10 hours per week per unit including active learning/engagement either face to face or online, and independent study.

    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

    This is a closed cohort in 2024/2025 for Department of Education teachers. Fees are covered by scholarship. Visit the Schools Vic website for further information on entry requirements.

    Academic requirements

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

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in the field of education that is a recognised initial teacher qualification for the purpose of registration as a primary or secondary teacher in Australia

    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:

    Non-academic requirements

    For all applicant enquiries into this course please contact:

    Ms Amanda Peters
    School of Education
    Faculty of Arts and Education
    +61 3 924 45596

    Admissions information

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    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    This is a closed cohort in 2024/2025 for Department of Education teachers. Fees are covered by scholarship.

    Information on eligibility and how to apply is available on the Schools Victoria website.

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    The estimated course fee is based on the tuition fee costs applicable to a domestic full time student commencing the course in Trimester 1 and studying full time for the duration of the course but:

    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
    • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 10% Deakin alumni discount);
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    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

    Apply now

    Apply through Schools Vic

    Expressions of interest open 18 July 2023 and close 29 February 2024. The eligibility process and expression of interest form are on the Schools Vic website.

    Entry pathways

    Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate of Secondary Design and Technologies you may be eligible to articulate into the Master of Education (Leadership and Learning).

    Contact information

    Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.


    Career outcomes

    The course enhances curriculum leadership and career progression of practicing teachers in secondary Design and Technologies.

    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

    Apply specialist knowledge and technical proficiency to facilitate student learning in the Design and Technologies Secondary curriculum.


    Generate and employ a range of communication strategies to interpret and translate complex knowledge to support engagement with learning in science education in diverse settings.

    Digital literacy

    Use expert knowledge of, and technical proficiency in, digital technologies that can be specifically used to develop students’ design processes.

    Critical thinking

    Identify and critically evaluate issues of safety, inclusion, sustainability, economics and ethics pertinent to the design and use of contemporary technological products and processes.

    Problem solving

    Apply key concepts and practices from design and systems thinking to investigate, generate, produce, and evaluate solutions to problems using a variety of materials and technologies.
    Approved by Faculty Board May 2023