Start date


0.5 year(s) full-time


Program Code

AUD$ 16,200 per annum (per 0.5 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

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

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This program is not available to students wishing to study in Australia on a student visa

Degree overview

  • The first and only qualification of its kind in Australia.
  • Study contemporary contexts and realities in Islamic education in courses aligned to Australian educational priorities.
  • All courses are available online, so you can tailor your studies to your teaching schedule.
  • Use as a pathway to further study, including a Master of Education or PhD.
  • UniSA's education degrees are number one in South Australia1 and World top 100 in Education2.
  • Our curriculum is informed by our above world-class research in education3
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities4, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

12022 QS Subject Rankings 
22023 THE Subject Rankings
3Results for Specialist Studies in Education – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
4UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings.



This graduate certificate is for educators in Australian Islamic schools who aspire for educational distinction. Graduates of this certificate will be able to apply an advanced body of knowledge to engage in reflective practice and develop high quality professional practices for Muslim students in diverse learning environments and educational settings.

It has been designed in collaboration with our research and industry partners to provide you with the knowledge, pedagogical and practical skills to promote learning for Muslim students in diverse educational settings. If you wish to contribute to research development in Islamic education, and education more broadly, you can also use this qualification as a pathway to the Master of Education and doctoral studies.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The Graduate Certificate in Education (Islamic Education) offers professional learning aligned with contemporary educational polices, standards and practices, within the framework of an Islamic worldview.

The courses you will study relate to contemporary issues, and include themes of student well-being, educational philosophy, and managing learning environments. You will develop skills to better meet the needs, and improve the quality of education, for Muslim students.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Islamic Pedagogy: Principles and Praxis EDUC 5262 4.5
Islamic Pedagogy: Quality Teaching and Learning EDUC 5263 4.5
Islamic Pedagogy: Managing Learning Environments EDUC 5280 4.5
Islamic Pedagogy: Critical Perspectives on Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment EDUC 5279 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, as well as to 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.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • critical analyses and reflections
  • online activities
  • projects and presentations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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 (Islamic Education)

Why this Degree

UniSA is South Australia's largest tertiary provider for education degrees. We are the only tertiary institution in Australia to offer a postgraduate qualification that is specifically focused on Islamic education. 

Islamic schools are increasing in number around the world and there are over 50 in Australia. The Graduate Certificate in Education (Islamic Education) takes a global view, so you’ll gain perspective of the Islamic worldview as it intersects with contemporary education discourse and research.

You will graduate with a relevant, respected qualification. The curriculum for this graduate certificate is informed by our world-class research1 and delves into current debates, theories and research relevant to this specialisation. Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia.

1 Results for Specialist Studies in Education - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

The program has been developed collaboratively with stakeholders and our research partners to provide studies and research development that meets the needs of a growing educational sector.

Our Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) works in partnership with the Islamic Schools Association of Australia (ISAA) as well as curriculum partners nationally and internationally. Researchers engage in first-class and cutting-edge academic research with a focus on Islam and Muslims within an Australian/Western context.

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

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

As a graduate of this qualification, you could reasonably expect to find employment in Islamic schools if you are entering this field. For those in the field of education, this qualification will strengthen your case for promotion and prepare you for educational leadership positions in Islamic schools.

If you wish to contribute to research development in Islamic education, and education more broadly, you could consider continuing into the Master of Education and doctoral studies.

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 UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

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

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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 modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

AsPr Nadeem Memon

Program Director

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AsPr Nadeem Memon

Program Director


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