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Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) - PGCertEd

This program is offered only to continuing students. No new admissions will be accepted. Students who are interested in this study area should consider the GCEF Graduate Certificate of Education.

 On-campusOnline*
Semester intake:No new admissionsNo new admissions
Campus:Toowoomba -
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:1 semester full-time, up to 2 years part-time 
Program articulation:

To: Master of Education (8 Units); Master of Education (Full Fee Paying) (ends 2014); Master of Learning and Development (ends 2014) ; Master of Learning and Development (Full Fee Paying) (ends 2014); Master of Applied Linguistics (ends 2014)

Notes

Full articulation is only available when there are no undergraduate courses completed as part of the Postgraduate Certificate.
Articulation to the Master of Applied Linguistics is subject to the completion of courses forming part of that program.

Footnotes
*Not all courses are available in every mode in every semester or year. Students are advised to check the course and mode offer listings for each semester/year.

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Program objectives

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Education should have made significant progress in the process of acquiring advanced knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends within contemporary education and/or of a specialised area of education. Graduates should be able to demonstrate capabilities and dispositions for:

  • locating and accessing knowledge of relevant theory and practice;

  • critically evaluating and building knowledge;

  • interpreting and applying knowledge to the solution of significant problems;

  • effectively communicating knowledge; and

  • identifying and participating in relevant communities of practice.


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Program aims

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education program aims to develop in its graduates the capabilities and dispositions to work as engaged professional educators in knowledge-building communities.

Traditional approaches to education have sometimes resulted in educators having limited opportunities for professional interaction with colleagues. In such circumstances, where educators work alone with a group of learners, they may develop a form of “privatised practice” which isolates them from the wider professional community. There is mounting evidence that educators can be more effective when they view their work as a collaborative effort in which they interact with other educators within and beyond their workplace and adopt stances that may be described as “engaged professionalism”.

New Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) offer enhanced opportunities for professional engagement and will be an important tool for educators in the twenty-first century. The Master of Education program will model the use of ICTs to support professional interaction and learning.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education program thus aims to develop in its graduates the capabilities and dispositions to work as engaged professional educators in contemporary knowledge building communities.

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Program objectives

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Education should have made significant progress in the process of acquiring advanced knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends within contemporary education and/or of a specialised area of education. Graduates should be able to demonstrate capabilities and dispositions for:

  • locating and accessing knowledge of relevant theory and practice;

  • critically evaluating and building knowledge;

  • interpreting and applying knowledge to the solution of significant problems;

  • effectively communicating knowledge; and

  • identifying and participating in relevant communities of practice.


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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

The requirements described in this section are generic requirements for entry to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education program.

The majority of courses in the Postgraduate Certificate in Education program are offered entirely online and have specific requirements for frequent and ongoing Internet access. Most courses include Internet access as an important, or essential, component. Intending applicants should ensure that they have the necessary computer and Internet access before applying. Further information is provided in the IT requirements section below and in specifications of individual courses.

Normal Entry

The normal requirement for entry to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education program is a three-year bachelor degree (or equivalent) from a recognised university.

Alternative Entry

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for normal entry may apply for alternative entry if they believe that they can demonstrate that they have qualifications and/or experience that might be considered equivalent to those required for normal entry.

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The program consists of 4 units of postgraduate study, with all 4 courses being at Level 5 or above. These courses may be selected from any courses available to postgraduate coursework students in Education – see Discipline courses.

Students may also elect to undertake a TESOL specialisation in this program. Please refer to the recommended enrolment pattern for this specialisation.

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Program completion requirements

To be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, a student must have completed four approved education-related units at postgraduate level.

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 2 years to complete this program.

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Electives/Approved courses

Education Postgraduate Discipline Courses* 
  Projected Semester Offers 
  On-campus  Online 
EDR8000   2,3  1,2,3 
EDR8001   1,2,3 
EDR8005 Discourse Analysis  1,2 
EDU5010 Politics and Pedagogy in Early Childhood   
EDU5112 Transforming Learning with ICT   
EDU5221 Professional Learning   
EDU5321 Educating Students with Special Needs    1,3 
EDU5322    
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention    1,3 
EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents   
EDU5601 Designing for Flexible Learning Environments^   
EDU5702 Exploring Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Contexts   
EDU5703 Engaging Curriculum and Pedagogy   
EDU5705 Principles of Quality Curricula   
EDU5713 Assessment Principles and Practices  1,3 
EDU5760 Professional Study    1,2 
EDU8007 Developing Matters in Early Childhood Education   
EDU8011 Professional Culture, Dynamics and Change in Early Childhood Education   
EDU8111 Emerging Environments for Learning   
EDU8114 Online Pedagogy in Practice   
EDU8117 Networked and Global Learning   
EDU8311 Concepts and Theories in Educational Management   
EDU8312 Educators as Leaders: Emerging Perspectives   
EDU8314 Human Resource Strategies for Innovation    1,3 
EDU8317 Individual Assessment and Testing   
EDU8318 Organisational Transformation Through Learning   
EDU8319 Marketing Your Educational Organisation   
EDU8324 Learning Difficulties: Reading   
EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics   
EDU8328 Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice    2,3 
EDU8331 Career Development in Educational Settings   
EDU8332 Introduction to Counselling in Educational Contexts   
EDU8333 Advanced Counselling in Educational Contexts   
EDU8338 Autism   
EDU8406 Theories for Learning Futures   
EDU8415 Multi-Modal Texts and New Literacies   
EDU8605 Building Communities of Practice   
EDU8606 Lifelong Career Development   
EDU8701    
EDU8705 Personal Pedagogy in Context^   
EDU8712 Contemporary Approaches to Alternative Education   
EDU8719 Contemporary Issues Conference   
LAW8710 Australian Law for School Managers   
LIN5000 The Nature of Language  1,2  1,2 
LIN8003 Language Program Management   
LIN8001 Principles of Second Language Learning  1,2 
LIN8002 Methodology in Teaching a Second Language 
LIN8006 Computer-Assisted Language Learning  1,2 
LIN8007 Language and Literacy Assessment    1,3 
LIN8015 Introduction to Sociolinguistics  2,3 
LIN8019 Teaching Languages to Young Learners   

Footnotes
*Students should note that not all discipline courses are available every year. When planning their enrolment patterns, students should refer to that year's schedule of course offers.
^This course is offered in odd-numbered years.
This course is offered in even-numbered years.

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Coursework

Courses will normally be selected from postgraduate courses in education listed previously in the table of Education Postgraduate courses

Opportunities for Workplace Learning: Supervised Independent Study

Many of the courses in the Postgraduate Certificate of Education provide opportunities for students to address issues of particular personal interest, by undertaking approved independent work, which may include approved workplace professional development activity. Such projects, approved in advance at the discretion of the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts are covered by enrolment in EDU5760 Professional Study.

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Research

There is no research pathway available to students in this program.

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IT requirements

Some courses in the Postgraduate Certificate in Education program are offered entirely on-line. Courses use email and discussion forums for communication among students and/or staff. All courses expect that work submitted for assessment will be word processed and submitted electronically. Further, a small number of courses require access to specific software. As new courses are introduced and existing courses are revised, it is anticipated that they will make more extensive use of the Internet for communication and for access to course materials and other resources. This will apply to courses offered on-campus as well as in other modes.

Although there are no specific computer hardware or software requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education program in general, it is a clear expectation that students will have ready access to a computer with common productivity software and Internet access. Some courses may require additional software and/or a more capable computer. Information about such requirements is included in the relevant course specifications.

Courses offered online (WEB) do not provide for delivery of printed materials. Students enrolling in such courses must have ongoing convenient and reliable access to the Internet in order to access course materials and participate in activities that will affect participation, learning and assessment. See minimum computing standards for more information.

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Other program requirements

Residential schools may be offered for selected courses. In such cases, the residential schools may be compulsory. Where residential schools are required students may elect to attend the on-campus version or to participate in the equivalent online activities. Students enrolling in courses with compulsory residential schools should ensure that they are able to meet the residential school requirement before completing their enrolment. Students should refer to the course specification for details of any such requirement.

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Articulation

A student who has completed the requirements of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (4 units) may articulate directly into the Master of Education, Master of Learning and Development, or Master of Applied Linguistics (subject to the completion of particular courses that may be required in those programs).

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Related programs

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education is nested within the Master of Education program.

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Credit

Credit for courses in the Postgraduate Certificate in Education program may be granted where applicants can demonstrate that they have successfully completed an equivalent postgraduate course or have otherwise achieved the objectives of the relevant course. Credit may be granted on the basis of documented professional development activities or extensive work experience only where it can be demonstrated that through those activities the student has achieved learning outcomes equivalent to those of a relevant postgraduate course. Where a student's program of study includes discipline courses, credit may be granted for one or more discipline courses where the student can demonstrate and document clearly successful completion of work of a type and standard equivalent to adiscipline study.

Applications for credit will be expected to comply with relevant USQ policy and should demonstrate that the objectives of the course for which credit is sought have been achieved. Within the framework of those regulations, the following points should be given particular consideration:

  • the maximum number of units which may be credited in the Postgraduate Certificate in Education program is two

  • students may NOT claim credit for work on which they relied for admission to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education

  • credit will NOT normally be granted for study completed more than five years prior to submission of the applicationfor credit

  • applications for credit on the basis of study completed prior to entering the Postgraduate Certificate in Education program will NOT normally be accepted beyond the end of the first semester of enrolment

  • credit will NOT normally be granted for work undertaken concurrently with the Postgraduate Certificate in Education unless the application is submitted and approved before the work is undertaken, with credit subject to the documentation of satisfactory completion of the approved work.


Students should contact the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts before applying for credit. Detailed information about requirements for credit may be available for specific courses.

Recommended enrolment pattern

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Recommended enrolment pattern for TESOL specialisation

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Graduates will be competent in key areas for second language teaching in a range of contexts. This specialisation provides an opportunity for in-depth study in the area of second language learning and teaching, and enhances each student's capacity for open, critical reflective thinking about second language teaching practice.

It is recommended that the program of study commences with LIN5000 The Nature of Language and LIN8001 Principles of Second Language Learning is studied prior to LIN8002 Methodology in Teaching a Second Language. Please note on-campus offers are contingent upon sufficient enrolments. Subject to International students' visa requirements, alternative modes of EXT or WEB may be substituted for the discipline course.

LIN5000 The Nature of Language11,211,2
LIN8001 Principles of Second Language Learning11,21
LIN8002 Methodology in Teaching a Second Language11,212

Select one discipline unit from the table of Discipline courses