The Graduate Certificate in Education is designed for qualified teachers and other educational professionals who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills in a specific area of education at an advanced level. Our postgraduate programs aim to meet the diverse needs of educators, with a strong focus on developing teacher skills to support students in all environments.

The program offers seven areas of specialisation:

  • Curriculum and Assessment
  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Research
  • Educational Studies
  • Gifted Education
  • Special and Inclusive Education

The Graduate Certificate in Education can be undertaken as a fully online program, although some specialisations such as TESOL and Special Education may contain face to face Work Integrated Learning components.

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Why choose this degree?

A postgraduate degree in Education will enhance your career options and professional advancement within a broad range of educational institutions. If you are an educational professional who wants to develop your knowledge in a specific area of education at an advanced level, then this is the degree for you.

Who should choose this degree?

The program is suitable for teachers, trainers in industry and commerce, adult educators and other professionals, but does not provide a qualification in pre-service education.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Early Childhood Teaching
  • Primary and Secondary Teaching
  • Vocational and Workplace Teaching
  • Tertiary Teaching

Entry requirements

Students must meet the following selection requirements for entry to the Graduate Certificate of Education and the Master of Education:

  • A recognised Bachelor degree and a postgraduate teaching qualification (e.g. Graduate Diploma of Education or Master of Teaching)


  • A four year pre-service teacher education qualification, including professional experience, equivalent to the qualifications required for Graduate teacher status in NSW. An applicant who submits evidence of other equivalent academic and professional qualifications may be permitted to enrol in the degree.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


As part of the Australian Government�??s?�Job-ready Graduates Package, additional Commonwealth Supported Places?�(CSPs) are now available for this program for T2 2021.

^There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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