Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This online program is for educators (including teachers and administrators) who want to become creative, energetic and innovative leaders with influence in education. The course units provide context and experience to help students understand concepts such as: authentic leadership and management; learning communities; spirituality; professional development; quality learning and educational change. All concepts are expressed within the context of Christian values and the Catholic tradition. Recent Australian research has shown that when teachers perceive themselves as leaders and are able to engage as leaders in the teaching and learning process, schools are transformed as learning communities. The program is a student's next step to becoming an educational leader.

Course Fee:

Australian: $9,140
International: $11,024

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree in Education; or Bachelor degree in an area other than Education and a recognised teaching qualification; or Bachelor degree in an area other than Education and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies or equivalent.


40 credit points from the schedule of unit offerings.

Subjects you can Study:

Educational leadership

Study Pathways:

It will be possible for students who complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership to later apply for the Master of Educational Leadership and seek credit for the units already completed.

Further information:

Note: The Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership course is also offered in other locations in Australia, depending on demand, in New Zealand and in Mauritius. Other locations in the Asia-Pacific region may also be available, dependent on student demand. Please contact the School of Educational Leadership for further information about units offered at these locations.

Who for:

Educators (teachers and administrators)

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Online 0.5 year
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Full time 0.5 year
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Part time 1 year

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.


*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.


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