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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

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

40

Course code

UEDU01
SATAC/UAC 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

Fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $14,052.00. This equates to $3,513.00 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 at CDU?

Study a postgraduate course at Charles Darwin University to upskill at work, fast-track your career, increase your job prospects or explore a new interest. We offer flexible study options so you don't have to put your life on hold while you learn.

  • #1 Australian uni for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Top 100 university globally for quality education
  • Our graduates enjoy higher than average employment rates and starting salaries

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:
EST535 Society and Education
IAS537 Building Relationships in Indigenous Contexts
IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm
SWK572 Creative Ways of Working with Children and Young People

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 Introduction to English Linguistics
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

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Certificate AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
 

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 – Digital Learning Futures stream and 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 4 2022 and INT 1 2023, please refer to the unit catalogue.

Full-time Study Plan (Digital Learning Futures stream and International Education stream only)

Legend:SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
Specialist Elective 1SE  
Specialist Elective 2SE  
Specialist Elective 3SE  
Specialist Elective 4SE  

Part-time Study Plan

Legend:SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
Specialist Elective 1SESpecialist Elective 3SE
Specialist Elective 2SESpecialist Elective 4SE

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 – Digital Learning Futures stream and 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 4 2022 and INT 1 2023, please refer to the unit catalogue.

Full-time Study Plan (Digital Learning Futures stream and International Education stream only)

Legend:SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  Specialist Elective 1SE
  Specialist Elective 2SE
  Specialist Elective 3SE
  Specialist Elective 4SE

Part-time Study Plan

Legend:SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  Specialist Elective 1SE
  Specialist Elective 2SE
Year 2
Specialist Elective 3SE  
Specialist Elective 4SE  

 

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 in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

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
College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts
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:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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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 or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

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/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (FF)
1GC566
871370
Online (FF)
1GC566
871370
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
108084E

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