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0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2019: AUD$ 24,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2020: AUD$ 25,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • Study 100% online.
  • Gain an advanced and broad knowledge of educational leadership and how it applies in contemporary education settings.
  • Focus on current theories, research, and debates in educational leadership, with a specific emphasis on international educational leadership.
  • Gain the knowledge, perspective and understanding of what is required of a 21st century ‘global’ leader.
  • Understand national and international perspectives across a range of educational levels and settings.
  • Flexible study options, including online and intensive study periods.
  • Pathway into the Master of Education and Doctoral Studies.
  • Study a curriculum that is informed by our world-class research.1
  • World top 150 in education.2

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
2 THE  Subject Rankings 2019




You should note that the program is available only by online delivery in your home country.

The Graduate Certificate in Education (Educational Leadership) has been specifically designed for qualified educators who are interested in developing their knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of educational leadership.

You will explore a wide range of educational debates and issues relevant to your professional practice, while interacting with others studying and researching in similar settings, providing the insight of multiple perspectives.

This qualification also provides opportunities for leaders in a range of educational contexts to further enhance their leadership skills, and formalise their leadership qualifications.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will graduate with an advanced understanding of what it requires to be an educational leader in an increasingly increasingly globalised, internationalised and complex educational environment.

Your graduate certificate will comprise of four courses, which provide an understanding of the complex and challenging nature of leaders’ work which a specific emphasis on educational leadership in globalising times.  

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Study Period 4
International Comparative Studies in Educational Leadership EDUC 5282 4.5
Leading Professional Learning Communities EDUC 5235 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Study Period 6
Learner-Centred Curriculum Leadership EDUC 5248 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Study Period 1
Leading Learning: Educational Leadership in Globalising Times EDUC 5234 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Study Period 3
Leadership, Accountability and the Challenge of Complexity EDUC 5247 4.5

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 (independent study). 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.



You can expect your assessments to include:

  • journals, reports and projects
  • continuous assessment and supervisor evaluation.

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

Why Graduate Certificate in Education (Educational Leadership)

Why this Degree

Join the largest tertiary Education School in South Australia and enhance your professional practice to make a difference in the field of Education.

The Graduate Certificate in Education (Educational Leadership) is designed for current educational leaders, working in leadership roles in education, training and development (early childhood to adult) who want to further develop their knowledge, capabilities and impact as educational leaders.

You can also rest assured that you will graduate with a relevant qualification – the curriculum for this graduate certificate is informed by our above world-class research (research that has been ranked number one in South Australia by Excellence in Research for Australia 2015) and it delves into current debates, theories and research relevant to educational leadership.

Real-world connections

We have a strong reputation as a dynamic, vibrant and connected organisation, and as such we have extensive national and international industry links and relationships.

Our strong links with industry are demonstrated by our teaching staff who have collectively, many years’ experience as educational leaders across all education sectors. We also work with local, national and international professional bodies to develop local and national curriculum, and contribute to relevant research in the field of educational leadership.

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

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. This means that you:

  • will study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

Career outcomes

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 educators.

You’ll be in a strong position to seek further career opportunities and progression due to your specialised knowledge and leadership capability within the education sector. 

Please note that this qualification does not meet the requirements for teacher registration in South Australia.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am the Program Director for the Master of Education, Master of Education (TESOL), the Graduate Certificate in Education (Educational Leadership), the Graduate Diploma in Education Studies (Digital Learning). I am also a Lecturer in English Language and Literacy in the School of Education. I completed my Bachelor of Teaching, Bachelor of Arts(Hons) and Master of Arts in linguistics at Deakin University (Melbourne), and my PhD in linguistics at the University of Sydney.

Dr David Caldwell

Program Director

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Dr David Caldwell

Program Director


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