Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies

University of Newcastle

This program is intended for practising teachers and other educators who wish to gain postgraduate professional qualifications in a wide variety of educational contexts and to acquire or update their expertise. The approach used in the program blends theory and practice, with an emphasis on applying research findings to best educational practices. The program is undertaken by coursework.

Course Fee:

Australian: $7,480
International: $13,860

Entry Requirements:

Minimum 3-year Bachelor degree AQF Level 7; or Diploma in education/teaching with a minimum of 5 years teaching experience


40 units consisting of 4 x 10 unit semester length courses.

Subjects you can Study:

Deaf/hard of hearing early intervention; Educational studies - general; Listening and spoken language; Sign bilingual; TESOL/L2

Study Pathways:

Applicants who have not completed a bachelor degree but hold other substantial relevant qualifications together with appropriate high level work experience in specific areas are encouraged to apply for entry via recognition of prior learning (RPL). Documentation will need to be provided in a professional portfolio. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies is a pathway for admission to the Master of Educational Studies; Master of Applied Linguistics; Master of Special Education and Master of Leadership and Management in Education.

Further information:

The TESOL/L2 specialisation within the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies meets the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) requirements for accreditation as an ESL teacher where the student has also completed an accredited teaching degree and has been registered with the NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA), formerly known as BOSTES.

Who for:

Teachers, trainers or HR specialists keen to continue their professional development

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00109J

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Callaghan No info Yes Online 0.5 year
Callaghan No info Yes Full time 0.5 year
Callaghan No info Yes Part time 1 year
The University of Newcastle is rated in the top 250 universities in the world and in 2014 was ranked number 1 in Australia of universities under 50 years of age.

The University of Newcastle has campuses in the Newcastle CBD, at Callaghan, on the Central Coast at Ourimbah, serving a regional community of more than 750,000. There is also a campus in the Sydney CBD and in Singapore in partnership with PSB Academy.

The University offers over 100 undergraduate and 150 postgraduate programs through five Faculties as well as a number of enabling programs including Open Foundation (for students aged over 21), Newstep (for students aged 17 to 21) and Yapug, a pre-degree preparation program for Indigenous students.

The student population is over 42,000 with international student enrolment growing annually. This year over 7,000 students from more than 60 countries will study both on and off-shore in teaching, nursing, medicine, engineering, science, technology and business.

Each faculty offers a wide range of postgraduate programs on campus, by distance, online or in combinations of all three. So too, does the University's main centre for graduate business programs, the Newcastle Graduate School of Business. The Graduate School is the postgraduate coursework unit that delivers online postgraduate programs and is now recognised as a leader in the field, offering one of the most flexible, student-focused, and least complicated delivery systems in Australia.

The University is well known for its research excellence and is ranked in the top 10 of Australian research universities. Problem-based learning, pioneered by Newcastle's medical faculty some 25 years ago, has been refined and now also underpins its programs in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Nursing and Law.

Provider CRICOS: 00109J

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