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Graduate Certificate of Education


Course Description

The Graduate Certificate of Education provides teachers with the opportunity to further their qualifications for professional development.
Our Graduate Certificate of Education program provides both teachers and graduates from non-teaching backgrounds the opportunity to gain postgraduate qualifications in the area of Education, or to pursue specific interests in areas such as Sustainability or Public Education.
Subjects successfully completed in this course can be credited towards a Master of Education or used for entry into the research Master of Education with Honours.
While this course is useful for those wanting to further their professional development and gain entry and credit in the Masters programs it does not lead to teacher registration.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Education, graduates will be able to:
*Demonstrate knowledge of recent developments, discourses and debates in the field of education and communication
*Demonstrate knowledge, critical inquiry and action learning principles applicable to education research and related areas of professional practice
*Identify and generate practical and research-informed solutions to complex problems in a range of education contexts, with responsibility, autonomy, well-developed judgement and adaptability
*Communicate complex knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences through high-level speaking, reading, writing, listening and advocacy skills.

Award title

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (GCertEd)

Course articulation

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate of Education are eligible to apply for for entry to the Master of Education, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under the Graduate Certificate of Education. (Note: If advanced standing is granted for all subjects completed within this course it will not be possible to also complete a major within the MEd).
Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate Education and who obtain at least a Credit for ED5095 Research Dissertation are eligible to apply for entry to the Master of Philosophy (Education) and the Master of Philosophy (Society and Culture)
Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate Education and who obtain at least a Distinction for ED5095 Research Dissertation are eligible to apply for entry to the Doctor of Philosophy [Society and Culture] or the Doctor of Education.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 2 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 6.5 (no component lower than 6.0), OR
*TOEFL – 570 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 90 (minimum writing score of 21), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 64

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University offers professional development opportunities, student flexibility through course design and structure, as well as a successful history in securing funding for major research programs.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

Visit the Graduate Certificate of Education page on the James Cook University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Completion of a three year AQF level 7 undergraduate degree; and Completion of an approved course of teacher education.

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