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Key details

Duration

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

Intake

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

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

80

Course code

TEDU01
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

Build on your experience in education with the Graduate Diploma of Specialist Education. This one year  professional development course will give you the latest educational and research perspectives to develop your analytical thinking, collaborative learning and transformative practice skills in localised, national and/or international settings.  

This flexible course can be completed online or on campus, full-time or part-time, and can be personalised to meet your personal, organisational, workplace and community interests. 

Choose to specialise in:  

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

This course is designed for teachers, practitioners, policymakers and principals working in the Northern Territory, Australia and the Asia Pacific. 

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 is AUD $28,104.00. 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 education at CDU?

Gain advancedknowledge 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 Knowledges Education, International Education, Managing and Leading Education, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

  • #1 in Australia for postgraduate teaching employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
  • #2 Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
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.

  • #1 in Australia for postgraduate teaching employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
  • Complete placements close to home
  • Unique opportunities for regional and remote placements

What will I study?

The Graduate Diploma of Specialist Education offers two core units, which equip students with contemporary educational and research perspectives and approaches. The programme also offers a choice of specialist areas encompassing Digital Learning Futures, Inclusive Education, Indigenous Knowledges Education, International Education, Managing and Leading Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), or University Teaching and Learning.

Course structure


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless otherwise indicated.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Core Units
(2 units)

20cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

EMG501 Contemporary Issues in Education
EMG505 Research Methodologies in Education
 

Specialist Elective
(6 units)

60cp

Choose one Specialist Elective stream as listed below and complete 60 credit points.

DIGITAL LEARNING FUTURES
Complete all 60 credit points of:
DLF511 Hacking the Matrix: Video Games, Cyber Security and the Digital Paradigm
DLF512 Digital Technologies in Education Aid and Development
DLF513 Digital Cultures, Curricula and Assessment
DLF514 Education, Apps and Mobile Devices
DLF515 Digital Technologies: Digital Literacies and Data Literacy
UTL521 Technologies for Teaching and Learning

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION
Complete all 20 credit points of:
EIE501 Inclusive Education, Policies and Practice
EIE502 Promoting Positive Behaviour
Plus 40 credit points of the following:
EST533 Primary Specialisation: Special Education, Language and Literacy
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 20 credit points of:
IAS533 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemologies
IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm
Plus 40 credit points of the following:
IAS522 Indigenous Research Methodologies
IAS524 Indigenous Representation and Ethical Practice
IAS530 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and Critique of Development
IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics
IAS536 Indigenous Sovereignty and the Challenges of Reconciliation
IAS537 Building Relationships in Indigenous Contexts
IAS547 Indigenous Knowledges and Wellbeing

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Complete 60 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 60 credit points of the following:
BUS506 Global Megatrends
BUS508 Business Analytics
EMG502 Philosophies and Ethics in Education
EMG504 Leadership in Education
ENT501 Sustainable Entrepreneurship
IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics
IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm
MAN516 Resilience Management and Leadership

TESOL
Complete all 60 credit points of the following:
TES501 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
TES502 Language, Meaning and Learning (unit title change 2023)
TES503 Applied Language Teaching Methodologies
TES504 Understanding Language Acquisition
TES505 Intercultural Communication
TES506 Language Testing and Evaluation

University Teaching and Learning
Complete all 30 credit points of:
UTL520 Effective Tertiary Teaching
UTL521 Technologies for Teaching and Learning
UTL522 Designing Curriculum and Assessment
Plus 30 credit points of the following:
DLF513 Digital Cultures, Curricula and Assessment
DLF514 Education, Apps and Mobile Devices
DLF515 Digital Technologies: Digital Literacies and Data Literacy
EMG503 Assessment and Quality Assurance in Learning and Teaching
IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm
UTL523 Scholarship of Tertiary Teaching
UTL524 University Teacher as HDR Supervisor

 

80

Total 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: Full-Time

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective

Digital Learning Futures

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
EMG501 Contemporary Issues in EducationCOEMG505 Research Methodologies in EducationCO
DLF511 Hacking the Matrix: Video Games, Cyber Security and the Digital ParadigmSEDLF512 Digital Technologies in Education Aid and DevelopmentSE
DLF513 Digital Cultures, Curricula and AssessmentSEDLF514 Education, Apps and Mobile DevicesSE
DLF515 Digital Technologies: Digital Literacies and Data LiteracySEUTL521 Pedagogy and Technology of Learning at UniversitySE

Inclusive Education

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
EMG501 Contemporary Issues in EducationCOEMG505 Research Methodologies in EducationCO
EIE501 Inclusive Education, Policies and PracticeSEEIE502 Promoting Positive BehaviourSE
EST533 Primary Specialisation: Special Education, Language and Literacy
OR
SWK572 Creative Ways of Working with Children and Young People
SEEST535 Society and Education (no longer available from 2023)SE
IAS537 Building Relationships in Indigenous Contexts
OR
SWK572 Creative Ways of Working with Children and Young People
SEIAS538 Challenging Educational ParadigmSE

Indigenous Knowledges Education

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
EMG501 Contemporary Issues in EducationCOEMG505 Research Methodologies in EducationCO
IAS533 Indigenous Knowledges and EpistemologySEIAS538 Challenging Educational ParadigmSE
IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics
OR
IAS537 Building Relationships in Indigenous Contexts
OR
IAS547 Indigenous Knowledges and Wellbeing
SEIAS522 Indigenous Research Methodologies
OR
IAS524 Indigenous Representation and Ethical Practice
OR
IAS536 Indigenous Sovereignty and the Challenges of Reconciliation
SE
IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics
OR
IAS537 Building Relationships in Indigenous Contexts
OR
IAS547 Indigenous Knowledges and Wellbeing
SEIAS522 Indigenous Research Methodologies
OR
IAS524 Indigenous Representation and Ethical Practice
OR
IAS536 Indigenous Sovereignty and the Challenges of Reconciliation
SE

International Education

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
EMG501 Contemporary Issues in EducationCOEMG505 Research Methodologies in EducationCO

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
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
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
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

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
EMG501 Contemporary Issues in EducationCOEMG505 Research Methodologies in EducationCO

BUS506 Global Megatrends
OR
EMG502 Philosophies and Ethics in Education
OR
EMG504 Leadership in Education
OR
IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics

SEBUS508 Business Analytics
OR
EMG502 Philosophies and Ethics in Education
OR
EMG504 Leadership in Education
OR
ENT501 Sustainable Entrepreneurship
OR
IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm
OR
MAN516 Resilience Management and Leadership
SE
BUS506 Global Megatrends
OR
EMG502 Philosophies and Ethics in Education
OR
EMG504 Leadership in Education
OR
IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics
SEBUS508 Business Analytics
OR
EMG502 Philosophies and Ethics in Education
OR
EMG504 Leadership in Education
OR
ENT501 Sustainable Entrepreneurship
OR
IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm
OR
MAN516 Resilience Management and Leadership
SE
BUS506 Global Megatrends
OR
EMG502 Philosophies and Ethics in Education
OR
EMG504 Leadership in Education
OR
IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics
SEBUS508 Business Analytics
OR
EMG502 Philosophies and Ethics in Education
OR
EMG504 Leadership in Education
OR
ENT501 Sustainable Entrepreneurship
OR
IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm
OR
MAN516 Resilience Management and Leadership
SE

TESOL

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
EMG501 Contemporary Issues in EducationCOEMG505 Research Methodologies in EducationCO
TES502 Language, Meaning and Learning (unit title change)SETES501 Research Methods in Applied LinguisticsSE
TES503 Applied Language Teaching MethodologiesSETES504 Understanding Language AcquisitionSE
TES505 Intercultural CommunicationSETES506 Language Testing and EvaluationSE

University Teaching and Learning

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
EMG501 Contemporary Issues in EducationCOEMG505 Research Methodologies in EducationCO
UTL520 Effective Tertiary TeachingSEUTL521 Technologies for Teaching and LearningSE

DLF513 Digital Cultures, Curricula and Assessment
OR
DLF515 Digital Technologies: Digital Literacies and Data Literacy
OR
EMG503 Assessment and Quality Assurance in Learning and Teaching
OR
UTL524 University Teacher as HDR Supervisor

 UTL522 Designing Curriculum and AssessmentSE
DLF513 Digital Cultures, Curricula and Assessment
OR
DLF515 Digital Technologies: Digital Literacies and Data Literacy
OR
EMG503 Assessment and Quality Assurance in Learning and Teaching
OR
UTL524 University Teacher as HDR Supervisor
 DLF514 Education, Apps and Mobile Devices
OR
EMG503 Assessment and Quality Assurance in Learning and Teaching
OR
IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm
OR
UTL523 Scholarship of Tertiary Teaching
SE

Students commencing in Semester 1: Part-Time

Digital Learning Futures

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
EMG501 Contemporary Issues in EducationCOEMG505 Research Methodologies in EducationCO
DLF511 Hacking the Matrix: Video Games, Cyber Security and the Digital ParadigmSEDLF512 Digital Technologies in Education Aid and DevelopmentSE
Year 2
DLF513 Digital Cultures, Curricula and AssessmentSEDLF514 Education, Apps and Mobile DevicesSE
DLF515 Digital Technologies: Digital Literacies and Data LiteracySEUTL521 Pedagogy and Technology of Learning at UniversitySE

Inclusive Education

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Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
EMG501 Contemporary Issues in EducationCOEMG505 Research Methodologies in EducationCO
EIE501 Inclusive Education, Policies and Practice

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

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

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 Diploma 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)
1GD541
872150
Online (FF)
1GD541
872150
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
108260E

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