Graduate Certificate in Education

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Certificate

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    6 months full-time or part-time equivalent

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  • Awarded by:

    Australian Catholic University

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  • Career Outcomes:

    Counsellor | Teacher Aide | Youth Worker | TESOL Teacher | Community Development Youth Worker | View All

Course Rundown

Build practical teaching skills to enhance your career prospects with this online Graduate Certificate in Education from Australian Catholic University. 

Designed for those working in teaching contexts, including counsellors, youth ministers, chaplains and probation officers, this qualification provides the advanced skills and knowledge required to effectively work with and mentor young people. While this qualification does not lead to a teaching qualification, it offers an effective and practical pathway for anyone looking to develop skills in teaching. 

A nationally recognised qualification with online and in-person delivery, this flexible course will adapt to your lifestyle and ensure the time you spend studying earns you a competitive and relevant qualification, enhancing your skillset and your ability to help others. You’ll also be able to choose a specialisation, ensuring your study is tailored to the area most interesting or relevant to you. Specialisations in the Graduate Certificate of Education include: career development, inclusive practice, integrated STEM, leading learning, leading the new evangelisation, literacy intervention, mathematics, safeguarding children and young people, student wellbeing, and teaching English to speakers of other languages. 

If you was to build new skills and better help those in your care, this relevant and practical qualification will help you take your next step. 



To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree.

English language proficiency requirements also apply. 


What You’ll Learn

In this education course, the subjects you may study include:

Career development specialisation units:

  • Counselling for career development
  • Educating for lifelong career development
  • Professional practice and development
  • Career assessment: Theory and job search advising
  • Advanced coaching for change
  • Advanced assessment for coaching

Inclusive practice specialisation units:

  • Contextual issues for inclusive practice
  • Inclusive teaching and community practice
  • Supporting children with special gifts and talents
  • Supporting children with complex needs

Integrated STEM specialisation units:

  • Integrating STEM into effective classroom practice
  • Science in an integrated STEM classroom
  • Mathematics in an integrated STEM classroom
  • Technology and engineering in an integrated STEM classroom

Leading the new evangelisation specialisation units:

  • Faith formation and the new evangelisation
  • Creating centres of the new evangelisation: Catholic schools and ecclesial youth ministries

Literacy intervention specialisation units:

  • Oral language learning, assessment and teaching
  • Literacy learning and intervention

Mathematics specialisation units:

  • Learning mathematics
  • Teaching mathematics
  • Number development in the middle years
  • Geometry and measurement in the middle years
  • Statistics and probability in the middle years
  • Algebra and function in the middle years

Safeguarding children and young people specialisation units:

  • Working with children and young people: Ethics, values and practices
  • The theology of childhood: Close to the mystery of God
  • Safeguarding childhood: Perspectives from law and welfare
  • Safeguarding children: Implications for professional practices in institutional settings

TESOL specialisation units:

  • Assessment and curriculum design in TESOL
  • Language, culture and communication
  • Teaching strategies for TESOL
  • A metalanguage for 21st century literacies

Student wellbeing specialisation units:

  • Perspectives on wellbeing
  • Professional practice and wellbeing
  • Enabling positive learning environments
  • Family and community engagement for wellbeing and learning

Other education units:

  • Catholic perspectives across the curriculum
  • Mentoring for professional learning and development
  • Special studies in education

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate without a named specialisation, a student must complete any 40 credit points from the schedule of unit offerings.

Why study with Australian Catholic University?

Since opening their doors in January of 1991, the Australian Catholic University (ACU) has been educating students in a range of fields; from arts and humanities to health, education, leadership, social work, theology and more.

When you sign up to a course at ACU, you’re not just another number, they see each student as a whole, offering you an educational experience that’ll empower you and prepare you for success.

Student Support

Whether you choose to study online or at one of ACU’s many upbeat campuses, you’re sure to receive the support you need to succeed and thrive with your studies.

Students of ACU can access their Academic Skills Unit, which will help build your skills around exam prep, offer study tips, writing tips and more. Access online resources, participate in workshops, ask questions via their ‘Ask an Adviser’ online services, book a consult, or simply drop-in.

Their team of staff and researchers are all about offering students an education with greater purpose – empowering students to achieve goals and accomplish something great!

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online, or online with some on-campus components (blended learning).

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Education from Australian Catholic University. 

This qualification will equip you with the advanced skills and knowledge required to effective teach others in a wide range of settings. You'll be able to apply these versatile skills in your work with young people and others in settings including the ministry, in a counselling setting, or working with people learning English as an additional language. 

While this qualification is not a teaching qualification, units may credit for the Master of Education if you are interested in pursuing further study. 

Curious about where a career in education could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Australian Catholic University charges fees at the beginning of each study period and offers easy upfront paymentor  FEE-HELP deferred study loans for eligible students.


FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.