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University of New England

Armidale , NSW ,Australia

Graduate Certificate in Education Studies

This course is designed for professionals to study in-depth a range of areas related to education. Participants may choose from a range of units from different areas or specialize in the area of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (also known as Teaching English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)). Some units are related to the school curriculum. However, these units are not intended for the purposes of teacher preparation in any particular method. The course articulates with the Master of Education and so provides a pathway for candidates wishing to pursue further study.

Campus Information


Living in Armidale you will experience the best of both city and rural living. Enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle with access to shopping, gourmet food, top sporting facilities and cultural delights all for a fraction of the price you'd expect to pay in a major city. You can live in the heart of Armidale or experience the tranquility of New England on a rural property.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Due to its flexible format and your choice of specialization, this course opens the door to a broad range of education-related career options that could include:

  • eLearning
  • literacy specialist
  • inclusive education
  • teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

A candidate shall:

  • (a) hold a three-year or four-year pre-service teaching qualification of a recognized University or tertiary institution (AQF Level 7); or
  • (b) hold a bachelor degree and a one or two-year pre-service teaching qualification of a recognized University (AQF Level 7); or
  • (c) hold a bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in a relevant discipline* and have at least one year full-time (or equivalent) work experience** (TESOL specialization only); and  
  • (d) comply with the University's English Language Requirements for Admission Rule.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to:

  • English
  • Languages
  • Linguistics

**Relevant work experience must be supported by documentary evidence and includes, but is not limited to:

Adult educator in ELICOS, TAFE or University

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Across various units in this award, there are school and workplace engagement which embeds the learning in a relevant educational and professional context.

Prior to undertaking a placement, students must provide evidence that they have met child protection and probity checks as required by relevant educational authorities. Further information is provided in unit material.

Additional Requirements

The TESOL specialization may require contact with children in an educational setting (professional experience). Students will not be permitted to attempt this unless they have first completed online Anaphylaxis training, an online Child Protection module, and have obtained a valid NSW Working with Children Check clearance (for those students wishing to complete their placement in NSW).

  • Course Code: 072405E
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Post Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 06 Month  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 26880 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
    Application Fee: N/A
Direct Represented