Graduate Certificate of Secondary Digital Technologies

Postgraduate coursework

Develop professional skills in the strands of Digital Technologies secondary curriculum and extend your professional studies and qualifications.

This course is only available for domestic students.

Key facts


2 years part-time


Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

This course is designed to extend the professional studies and qualifications of current (and often out-of-field) secondary school Digital Technologies teachers. It furthers their pedagogical content knowledge and develops their capacity for leadership in this curriculum area in secondary school contexts. The course supports enrolled teachers to develop professional skills in the strands of the Digital Technologies secondary curriculum and to build their professional agency for successful teaching as in-field teachers. It draws on research-informed approaches to Digital Technologies pedagogies, curriculum and assessment, and inclusion and ethics. Graduates of this degree are supported to move into new areas of teaching beyond those recognised through their initial teacher education degree and will enable them to strengthen this curriculum area in their own schools and the schooling sector.

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Secondary Digital 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 (EDT701, EDT702, EDT703, EDT704)
  • 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)
  • Creating Digital Solutions: Design Pedagogies
  • Data and Information: Curriculum Innovation
  • Digital Systems: Curriculum Planning and Assessment
  • Teacher Agency in Digital Technologies: Working with Community and Industry
  • 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

    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 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 further queries, please contact Maria Vamakas, Project Manager

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.

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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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    FEE-HELP loans cover up to 100% of tuition fees for eligible students. By taking out a FEE-HELP loan, the government pays your tuition fees directly to Deakin, and the balance is repaid from your employment income - but only once you're earning over $51,550.

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    Please note that the fees shown by the calculator are indicative only and actual fees may vary. Users are advised to confirm the actual course fee with Prospective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.

    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);
    • assumes the maximum number of units that need to be successfully completed actual number completed may be reduced if recognition of prior learning is granted;
    • assumes that no exceptional, or non-typical, circumstances apply to the proposed course of study;
    • assumes that the options that the user selects are appropriate for the course of study that they intend to undertake;
    • where fees are estimated for future years those fee will be subject to annual increases in accordance with increases in the cost of course delivery.

    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 Digital 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 opportunities and career progression of practicing teachers in secondary Digital 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 Digital Technologies curriculum knowledge and teacher capabilities to facilitate innovative, research-informed, Digital Technologies education for diverse secondary school students.
    Communication Engage effectively with other educators to receive and give feedback and to influence, share resources, and lead Digital Technologies curriculum development and implementation in schools.
    Digital literacy Identify and use evidence and research literature to support, justify and promote teaching and learning practices in Digital technologies education
    Critical thinking Create, identify, critique, and adapt resources for teaching and assessing Digital Technologies to meet the needs of diverse students, including those in traditionally underrepresented cohorts.
    Problem solving Identify opportunities to engage with other educators, local community, and industry to strengthen Digital Technologies education through place-based problem and solution development
    Self-management Reflect on their own and others’ Digital Technologies teaching practices and identify avenues for further professional learning.
    Teamwork Not explicitly taught – students will be practicing teachers working in schools with established professional teamwork skills that will be drawn on in the course
    Global citizenship Develop Digital Technologies curriculum that respectfully engages the traditional knowledges, current practices, and aspirations of First Nations peoples.
    Approved by Faculty Board May 2023