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Start Date
February

Duration
0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
LCEP

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Key features

  • Study the only Catholic education-focused postgraduate qualification in South Australia.
  • Study a curriculum that is informed by our world-class research1.
  • Graduate with a highly sought-after qualification (our degrees are ranked number one in South Australia for graduate employment2).
  • Use this qualification as a pathway to further learning, including doctoral studies.
  • This degree is fully funded by Catholic Education South Australia (CESA)

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
QILT Graduate Destinations 2014-2015 Full-time Employment Indicator and Australian Graduate Survey 2016

Snapshot

Snapshot

This graduate certificate is specifically designed for qualified educators who are interested in developing their knowledge, understanding and skills in Catholic education practices, principles and policies.

The four courses you are required to complete integrate contemporary education theory and practice with biblical studies and theology. You will cover recent developments in theories, research and debates relating to the practice of Catholic education, as well as the philosophical and theological foundations of Catholic education.

Why Graduate Certificate in Education (Catholic Education)

Why this Degree

We are South Australia’s largest tertiary school of education and the only tertiary institution in the state to offer a postgraduate qualification that is specifically focused on Catholic education. 

You can also rest assured that you will graduate with a relevant qualification – the curriculum for this graduate certificate is informed by our world-class research (research that has been ranked number one in SA1) and it delves into current debates, theories and research relevant to this specialisation.

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 nationwide Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above. It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

We have a strong relationship with Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) – for current CESA teachers this graduate certificate is fully funded through CESA. We also have a strong reputation as a dynamic, vibrant and connected organisation, and as such we have extensive national and international industry links and relationships. These industry relationships are of great benefit to students and will form part of your important industry network.

Our teaching staff and many of our academics are also highly regarded researchers, and you may have the opportunity to work alongside these practicing professionals throughout your study.

Your career

Teachers have a passion for learning and a dedication to the social, emotional, physical and psychological development of children. Well-developed interpersonal skills, patience, as well as impeccable organisational and communication skills, are key attributes of successful primary educators.

The demand for teachers is high1 and UniSA Education degrees are ranked number one in the state for graduate employment2. This graduate certificate extends your learning and skills in the areas of Catholic education - graduates may find employment in Catholic education and independent schools.  

1Australian Governments Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015
2 QILT Graduate Destinations 2014-2015 Full-time Employment Indicator and Australian Graduate Survey 2016

Professional accreditation

This program is recognised by Catholic Education SA as meeting the requirements for accreditation to teach in a Catholic School and as an incentive based professional development program.

Industry facts

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In 2016 there were 3,798,226 students enrolled in schools across Australia, representing an increase of 47,253 on 2015 figures1.

1Proportion of Students, by Affiliation, States and territories, 2016-Schools, Australia, 2016 Graph Data

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Employment in secondary school teaching in Australia is projected to increase by 10,500 (7.8 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This graduate certificate is specifically designed for qualified educators who are interested in developing their knowledge, understanding and skills in Catholic education practices, principles and policies. 

The four courses you are required to complete integrate contemporary education theory and practice with biblical studies and theology. These courses cover scripture, theology, contemporary Catholic schools, and religious education. You will also cover recent developments in theories, research and debates relating to the practice of Catholic education, as well as the philosophical and theological foundations of Catholic education.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. There may be essays, assignments and examinations. You could also expect:

  • critical reflection papers
  • film reviews
  • textual analysis
  • book reviews
  • reflective journals
  • projects

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2), Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Christian Scriptures EDUC 5223 4.5
Professional Practice 1: Theology EDUC 5224 4.5
Professional Practice 2: Curriculum Design in Catholic Education EDUC 5225 4.5
Professional Practice 3: Teaching Methodologies in Catholic Education EDUC 5226 4.5

I have been working in Catholic education for 30 years in a variety of teaching and leadership roles across diverse school settings in Victoria and South Australia. Catholic studies connects education, theology and culture in profound and transformative ways that enhance the vitality of our Catholic educational communities. 

Mr Greg Bowyer

Program Director

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Mr Greg Bowyer

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Mawson Lakes

Nestled in amongst engineering and tech companies in Technology Park, Mawson Lakes has state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. On-campus there are large open green spaces, cafés, wetlands, interactive learning spaces, the largest strong-floor in Australia, a planetarium and a gym. It is 20 minutes from the city centre, easily accessible by bus, train and car. Explore Mawson Lakes >

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

To apply to study with us go to the top of this page and click Apply. You will be directed to our online application portal.

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