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Graduate Certificate of Education Studies


Faculty of Human Sciences
Graduate Certificate of Education Studies (GradCertEdS)
Admission Requirement:
Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in education; or Australian level 7 qualification or recognised equivalent with 2 years full-time equivalent work experience relevant to the chosen specialisation
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 7.0 overall (with minimum 6.0 in Reading, 6.5 in Writing, 6.0 in Listening, 6.0 in Speaking), or equivalent
Study Mode:
Attendance Mode:
Internal, External
Candidature Length:
Part-time: 1 year
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
External — Session 1 (February)
External — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 0.5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 16
Completion of a specialisation from the list below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Program Learning Outcomes and Additional Information
AQF Level Level 8 Graduate Certificate
Overview and Aims of the Program Macquarie’s Graduate Certificate of Education Studies programs provide a research-led, practice-focused learning environment that enables teachers to enhance their professional knowledge and skills in order to become more highly accomplished classroom practitioners, to better support colleagues in enhancing their own levels of proficiency, or to take the lead in shaping school-wide programs, and to those in leadership positions who seek to enhance their professional practice.

Teachers who complete the Advanced Practices in Teaching and Learning specialisation can tailor a program to develop a deeper understanding of how their students learn, and how that learning is influenced by their students’ characteristics, and contemporary theories and practices in curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and reporting, and ICT. The knowledge and skills they acquire enable them to make more informed decisions about content, sequence, and teaching strategies for their own students, and they are also better placed to support their colleagues to create quality, evidence based, learning and teaching programs.

The Leading Teaching and Learning specialisation encourages teachers who already operate at a high level of accomplishment to broaden their sphere of influence by providing them with the knowledge and skills to take the lead in initiating and evaluating programs which enhance teaching and learning, and which develop their fellow teachers’ professional knowledge, practice and engagement through initiatives such as coaching, mentoring and professional learning.

The Educational Leadership specialisation is designed to enhance the professional practice of those in leadership positions in school and early childhood contexts. Students explore contemporary theory and practice of educational leadership, and learning activities are designed to assist students in addressing professional standards for leadership that exist in Australian education jurisdictions.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability The Graduate Certificate of Education Studies caters to teachers who seek to enhance their professional knowledge and skills to become more highly accomplished classroom practitioners, to better support colleagues in enhancing their own levels of proficiency, or to take the lead in shaping school-wide programs, and to those in leadership positions in school and early childhood contexts who seek to enhance their professional practice.
Those who wish to extend their knowledge can articulate into either the Master of Education or the Master of Educational Leadership degree.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148