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Graduate Certificate of Specialist Education

Key details

Duration

0.5 year/s full-time
1 year/s part-time
0.5 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2
Online - No
Important Dates

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

40

Course code

UEDU01
SATAC codes

Overview

The Graduate Certificate of Specialist Education is focused on developing knowledge and skills in a specialist field of education with options of:

  • Digital Learning Futures,
  • Inclusive Education,
  • Indigenous Knowledges Education,
  • International Education,
  • Managing and Leading Education, or
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

This course aims to meet the professional development needs of teachers, practitioners, policymakers and principals working in the Northern Territory, Australia and the Asia Pacific. You are encouraged to undertake specialist studies that meet personal, organisational, workplace and community interests.

You will enhance your analytical thinking, collaborative learning and transformative practice in localised, national and/or international settings. You will also enhance your work experience by applying professional knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course to practical contexts and settings.



Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.

Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study in 2024 is AUD $14,892.00. This equates to $ $3,723.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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Why study education at CDU?

Gain advanced knowledge in the education field with a postgraduate teaching degree at CDU. Choose from a range of specialist contemporary streams such as Digital Learning futures, Inclusive Education, Indigenous Knowledgee Education, International Education, Managing and Leading Education, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

  • #2 Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2024)
  • Choose to study online, on campus, part-time or full-time as it suits you
  • Unique opportunities for regional and remote placements
learning and teaching - three students at the waterfront

Why study education at CDU?

Educate and inspire the next generation with a teaching degree at CDU. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to enter the classroom with confidence, equipped with a nationally-accredited degree to work anywhere in Australia.

  • Five-star Australian university for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2024)
  • Complete placements close to home
  • Unique opportunities for regional and remote placements
learning and teaching - three students at the waterfront

Why study education at CDU?

Gain advanced knowledge in the education field with a postgraduate teaching degree at CDU. Choose from a range of specialist contemporary streams such as Digital Learning futures, Inclusive Education, Indigenous Knowledgee Education, International Education, Managing and Leading Education, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

  • #2 Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2024)
  • Choose to study online, on campus, part-time or full-time as it suits you
  • Unique opportunities for regional and remote placements
learning and teaching - three students at the waterfront

Why study education at CDU?

Educate and inspire the next generation with a teaching degree at CDU. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to enter the classroom with confidence, equipped with a nationally-accredited degree to work anywhere in Australia.

  • Five-star Australian university for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2024)
  • Complete placements close to home
  • Unique opportunities for regional and remote placements

What will I study?

The Graduate Certificate of Specialist Education offers specialist learning streams encompassing Digital Learning Futures, Inclusive Education, Indigenous Knowledges Education, International Education, Managing and Leading Education, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), which equip students with contemporary educational perspectives and approaches.

Course structure


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Specialist Electives

(4 units)
40cp

Specialist Elective units totalling 40 credit points selected from ONE of the specialisations outlined below.

DIGITAL LEARNING FUTURES

Complete all 20 credit points of:

DLF511 Hacking the Matrix: Video Games, Cyber Security and the Digital Paradigm

DLF514 Education, Apps and Mobile Devices

Plus 20 credit points of the following:

DLF512 Digital Technologies in Education Aid and Development

DLF513 Digital Cultures, Curricula and Assessment

DLF515 Digital Technologies: Digital Literacies and Data Literacy

UTL521 Technologies for Teaching and Learning

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

Complete all 30 credit points of:

EIE501 Inclusive Education, Policies and Practice

EIE502 Promoting Positive Behaviour

EST533 Primary Specialisation: Special Education, Language and Literacy

Plus 10 credit points of the following:

IAS537 Building Relationships in Indigenous Contexts

IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm

SWK572 Creative Ways of Working with Children and Young People

EST535 Society and Education (no longer available from 2023)

INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGES EDUCATION

Complete all 30 credit points of:

IAS533 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemology

IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm

IAS522 Indigenous Research Methodologies

Plus 10 credit points of the following:

IAS530 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and Critique of Development

IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics

IAS537 Building Relationships in Indigenous Contexts

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

Complete all 20 credit points of:

EMG501 Contemporary Issues in Education

EMG505 Research Methodologies in Education

Plus 20 credit points of the following:

EMG502 Philosophies and Ethics in Education

EMG503 Assessment and Quality Assurance in Learning and Teaching

EMG504 Leadership in Education

IAS532 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation

IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm

IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics

MPP501 Theoretical Approaches to Public Policy in Northern Contexts

MANAGING AND LEADING EDUCATION

Complete all 20 credit points of:

EMG504 Leadership in Education

IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm

Plus 20 credit points of the following:

BUS506 Global Megatrends

BUS508 Business Analytics

ENT501 Sustainable Entrepreneurship

MAN516 Resilience Management and Leadership

TESOL

Complete all 40 credit points of the following:

TES502 Language, Meaning and Learning (unit title change 2023)

TES503 Applied Language Teaching Methodologies

TES504 Understanding Language Acquisition

TES506 Language Testing and Evaluation

Electives

(0 units)
0cp

There are no elective units available in this course.

 40cpTotal Credit Points

Course Rules (unless otherwise indicated in the above course structure)

 

Study plan


Students Commencing in SEMESTER 1

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Note - International Education stream may be taken as full-time admission in Semester 1; the other streams are available as part-time admission for Semester 1.

Some units may be available as a 6-week intensive during INT-1 and INT-4, please refer to the unit catalogue.



The study plans provided below are grouped by the different streams for easy reference.



DIGITAL LEARNING FUTURES - Part-time Admission only

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
DLF511 Hacking the Matrix: Video Games, Cyber Security and the Digital ParadigmSEDLF514 Education, Apps and Mobile DevicesSE

DLF513 Digital Cultures, Curricula and Assessment

OR

DLF515 Digital Technologies: Digital Literacies and Data Literacy

OR

UTL521 Technologies for Teaching and Learning

SEDLF512 Digital Technologies in Education Aid and Development

OR

UTL521 Technologies for Teaching and Learning
SE



INCLUSIVE EDUCATION - Part-time Admission only

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
EIE501 Inclusive Education, Policies and Practice SEEIE502 Promoting Positive BehaviourSE
EST533 Primary Specialisation: Special Education, Language and Literacy SEEST535 Social and Education (no longer available from 2023)

OR

IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm
SE



INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGES EDUCATION - Part-time Admission only

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
IAS533 Indigenous Knowledges and EpistemologiesSEIAS538 Challenging Educational ParadigmSE
IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics

OR

IAS537 Building Relationships in Indigenous Contexts
SEIAS522 Indigenous Research MethodologiesSE



INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION - Full-time and Part-time Admission available

Semester 1 Entry - Full-time

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
EMG501 Contemporary Issues in EducationSE  
EMG505 Research Methodologies in EducationSE  
EMG502 Philosophies and Ethics in Education

OR

EMG503 Assessment and Quality Assurance in Learning and Teaching

OR

EMG504 Leadership in Education

OR 

IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics

OR 

MPP501 Theoretical Approaches to Public Policy
SE  
EMG502 Philosophies and Ethics in Education

OR

EMG503 Assessment and Quality Assurance in Learning and Teaching

OR

EMG504 Leadership in Education

OR 

IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics

OR 

MPP501 Theoretical Approaches to Public Policy
SE  

Semester 1 Entry - Part-time

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
EMG501 Contemporary Issues in EducationSEEMG505 Research Methodologies in EducationSE
EMG502 Philosophies and Ethics in Education

OR

EMG503 Assessment and Quality Assurance in Learning and Teaching

OR

EMG504 Leadership in Education

OR 

IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics

OR 

MPP501 Theoretical Approaches to Public Policy
SEEMG502 Philosophies and Ethics in Education

OR

EMG503 Assessment and Quality Assurance in Learning and Teaching

OR 

IAS532 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation

OR

IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm
SE

MANAGING AND LEADING EDUCATION - Part-time Admission only

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
EMG504 Leadership in Education SEIAS538 Challenging Educational ParadigmSE
BUS506 Global MegatrendsSEBUS508 Business Analytics

OR 

ENT501 Sustainable Entrepreneurship

OR 

MAN516 Resilience Management and Leadership
SE



TESOL - Part-time Admission only

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
TES502 Language, Meaning and Learning (unit title change)SETES504 Understanding Language Acquisition SE
TES503 Applied Language Teaching Methodologies SETES506 Language Testing and EvaluationSE

 

Students Commencing in SEMESTER 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Note - International Education stream may be taken as full-time admission in Semester 2; the other streams are available as part-time admission for Semester 2.

Some units may be available as a 6-week intensive during INT-1 and INT-4, please refer to the unit catalogue.



The study plans provided below are grouped by the different streams for easy reference.

DIGITAL LEARNING FUTURES - Part-time Admission only

Semester 1Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
  DLF511 Hacking the Matrix: Video Games, Cyber Security and the Digital ParadigmSE
  DLF514 Education, Apps and Mobile DevicesSE
Calendar Year 2
DLF513 Digital Cultures, Curricula and Assessment

OR

DLF515 Digital Technologies: Digital Literacies and Data Literacy

OR

UTL521 Technologies for Teaching and Learning
SE  
DLF513 Digital Cultures, Curricula and Assessment

OR

DLF515 Digital Technologies: Digital Literacies and Data Literacy

OR

UTL521 Technologies for Teaching and Learning
SE  



INCLUSIVE EDUCATION - Part-time Admission only

Semester 1Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
  EIE502 Promoting Positive BehaviourSE
  EST535 Social and Education (no longer available from 2023)

OR

IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm
SE
Calendar Year 2
EIE501 Inclusive Education, Policies and Practice SE  
EST533 Primary Specialisation: Special Education, Language and LiteracySE  



INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGES EDUCATION - Part-time Admission only

Semester 1Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
  IAS538 Challenging Educational ParadigmSE
  IAS522 Indigenous Research MethodologiesSE
Calendar Year 2
IAS533 Indigenous Knowledges and EpistemologiesSE  
IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics

OR

IAS537 Building Relationships in Indigenous Contexts
SE  



INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION - Full-time and Part-time Admission available

Semester 1 Entry - Full-time

Semester 1Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
  EMG501 Contemporary Issues in EducationSE
  EMG505 Research Methodologies in EducationSE
  EMG502 Philosophies and Ethics in Education

OR

EMG503 Assessment and Quality Assurance in Learning and Teaching

OR 

IAS532 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation

OR

IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm
SE
  EMG502 Philosophies and Ethics in Education

OR

EMG503 Assessment and Quality Assurance in Learning and Teaching

OR 

IAS532 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation

OR

IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm
SE

Semester 1 Entry - Part-time

Semester 1Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
  EMG501 Contemporary Issues in EducationSE
  EMG502 Philosophies and Ethics in Education

OR

EMG503 Assessment and Quality Assurance in Learning and Teaching

OR 

IAS532 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation

OR

IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm
SE
Calendar Year 2
EMG505 Research Methodologies in EducationSE  
EMG502 Philosophies and Ethics in Education

OR

EMG503 Assessment and Quality Assurance in Learning and Teaching

OR 

EMG504 Leadership in Education

OR 

IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics

OR

MPP501 Theoretical Approaches to Public Policy
SE  



MANAGING AND LEADING EDUCATION - Part-time Admission only

Semester 1Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
  IAS538 Challenging Educational ParadigmSE
  BUS508 Business Analytics

OR 

ENT501 Sustainable Entrepreneurship

OR 

MAN516 Resilience Management and Leadership
SE
Calendar Year 2
EMG504 Leadership in EducationSE  
BUS506 Global MegatrendsSE  



TESOL - Part-time Admission only

Semester 1Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
  TES504 Understanding Language Acquisition SE
  TES506 Language Testing and EvaluationSE
Calendar Year 2
TES502 Language, Meaning and Learning (unit title change)SE  
TES503 Applied Language Teaching MethodologiesSE  

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master's degree or equivalent international qualification.

Applicants without one of the above qualifications in education, but who have at least five years relevant professional experience, for example in an education setting or role, learning design or digital technology training, will be considered on a case by case basis. Applicants must provide further documentation in the form of a curriculum vitae (CV) with their application.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education from an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

CDU English for Academic Purposes 4 (ZEAP40)Successful completion of EAP004 English for Academic Purposes 4
IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.  
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.  
 

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Graduate Certificate of Specialist Education
Faculty/College
Faculty of Arts and Society
Sector
HE
Area of study
Education

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:Student.Central@cdu.edu.auPhone:1800 061 963 (free call)

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Learn about teaching at CDU

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC, NSW or TAS.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

SATAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
Casuarina campus (FF)
1GC566
Online (FF)
1GC566
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
108084E

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