- Online: January, May, September
- Brisbane: January, May, September
7 months full-time
or part-time equivalent
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree; or cognate AQF level 8 qualification; or at least five years relevant industry experience
Take the next step in your career and become a leader in the field of Education. JCU’s Graduate Certificate of Education is designed for professionals currently working in Education, or who hold formal qualifications and want to meet their professional development needs by gaining specialist knowledge.
A strong focus on leadership is combined with opportunities to examine contemporary educational research relevant to diverse learning communities and contexts. You can select a major in either Educational Leadership or Educational Research. Successful completion of this course will see you eligible to progress directly into JCU’s Master of Education.
Build the advanced knowledge, experience and skills to be an educator that makes a difference on a personal level, as well as in organisation and policy. JCU Education graduates are highly valued due to their transferrable skills and understanding of the needs of diverse communities.
Benefit from the flexibility of online delivery, which allows you to organise your study around your work and other commitments. Online delivery will keep you connected to your lecturers and peers through workshops and interactive learning experiences.
View the handbook for more information.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Education.
A JCU Graduate Certificate of Education can lead to rewarding careers within a variety of roles.
Graduates work in leadership, education and communication in both public and private organisations.
You may also wish to continue your studies with a Master of Education. Graduates of this course frequently find employment as school leaders, corporate educators, community leaders, policy officers, and in other leadership roles across education.
Information valid for students commencing in 2024
Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)
Arts, Society and Education
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree; or
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
12 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Education, graduates will be able to:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Graduate Certificate of Education.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
Select a major from Table A
Select 9 credit points of specified ED level 5 subjects from List 1
TABLE A (MAJORS)
Credit points in major
9 credit points
External attendance available in Part-time study mode only
Available in Part-time study mode only
ED5190:03 Introduction to Educational Research
ED5880:03 Educational Leadership
ED5881:03 Leading for Change in Curriculum and Pedagogy
ED5882:03 Transformative Digital Learning
ED5883:03 Global Education
ED5097:03 Research Design and Proposal
ED5911:03 Education for Sustainability
ED5912:03 Social Learning Perspectives for a Sustainable Future
ED5098:03 Ethics and Methodology
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
7 months full-time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
Supplementary exam for final subject
Students may apply for credit for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure
6 credit points
Credit will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the College Dean or delegate
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 10 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Majors will appear on the testamur
Exit with lesser award
Students who successfully complete this course are eligible to apply for entry to the Master of Education or the Master of Education – Master of Business Administration and may be granted credit for subjects completed under this course.
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Associate Professor Louisa Tomas Engel
Graduate Certificate of Education
The Graduate Certificate of Education is ideal for teachers and others working in the education sector who wish to engage in further learning or upskill for career advancement. Students can study online while they work, and graduates may articulate into a Master of Education at JCU.
Director, Human Resources Business Partnering, Education Queensland
The Department of Education finds JCU students to be equipped with the knowledge, skill set and willingness to make a difference in Queensland State Schools. Graduates leave JCU with a well-rounded ability to succeed in the classroom, while also stepping outside their comfort zone to begin their professional careers.
Executive Director, Townsville Catholic Education
JCU graduates come to us ready to take on the role of guiding and teaching our wonderful students. We recognise their enthusiasm, energy and their willingness to continue in professional development that further enhances their skills. JCU graduates enhance our organisation and add value to our students’ lives.