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Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete four compulsory subjects, that is 32 points.

Residential schools

There are no residential schools associated with this course.

 

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

Charles Sturt University's Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education is designed to further develop teaching expertise and qualifications in specific subject areas in the secondary school sector.

There are two aims associated with the course:

The first aim is to provide a postgraduate program offering candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (K-12 Middle Schooling) the opportunity to complete a second high school specialisation in either:

  • Economics
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology

or, in the case of candidates with English or mathematics as their high school area, the opportunity to undertake further subjects in their chosen subject area.

A second aim of the program is to offer a graduate certificate qualification for existing secondary teachers only. This award provides the opportunity for secondary teachers to commence further study in another teaching area beyond present qualifications held. (Note: This award does not provide complete retraining qualifications for an additional teaching area. Inquiries relating to such a pathway of study should be referred to the Course Coordinator).

Professional recognition

For those concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (K-12 Middle Schooling), accredition will be sought with the NSW Institute of Teachers as part of the accreditation process. For existing secondary school teachers this course enables additional study to be undertaken in a specific content area, but it is not a retraining program and therefore will not have independent accreditation sought with the NSW Institute of Teachers.

Course structure

To be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education students will need to complete 32 subject points (4 standard subjects or their equivalent) taught by CSU or subjects designated as 'CSU subjects' (i.e. those subjects offered under affiliation agreements between CSU and external organisations).

In accordance with CSU policy the Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education must contain a maximum of two level 1 subjects and a minimum of one level 3 (or above) subjects.

Concurrent Course Structure for BEd (K-12 Middle Schooling) Student Cohorts

For the course structure of the concurrent programs, discipline subject choice will be prescribed in general alignment with Key Learning Areas.

Course Structure for Independant Student Cohorts

For existing secondary teachers the course structure will be more flexible and a set enrolment pattern will not be initially required. Candidates may choose the order in which they undertake subjects, depending upon their availability and the meeting of any prerequisites. Subject selection should be made in consultation with the Course Coordinator. Four groups of subjects will be drawn upon to create a personalised program of study for Secondary School Teachers. These are

  • Content subjects drawn from one of the 8 KLAs in Secondary Schools: Mathematics, Sciences, English, Human Society and its Environment (History, Geography, Business Studies, Economics, Study of Society and Culture, Legal Studies), Creative Arts (Art, Music, Dance, Drama), Technology and Applied Studies (Nutrition, IT, Graphic Design etc), PD/H/PE, LOTE. These subjects would be service taught from the respective Faculties of Arts, Business and Science within the University.
  • Curriculum methods subjects in any of the KLAs which relate to the content area undertaken from existing Curriculum subjects within the Faculty of Education. This includes - Visual Art, Society and Environment, English, Drama, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), Mathematics, Personal Development/Health/Physical Education (PD/H/PE), Science, Agriculture, Information Technology, Design and Technology, Technology and Applied Studies and Teacher Librarianship.
  • Educational studies subjects in Middle Schooling, Leadership, Literacy, TESOL, Inclusive Education, Information Communication Technology and Indigenous studies.
  • Professional Practice subjects including supervised practicum where a candidate's qualification is deemed to require additional currency in a professional/high school setting.

Key Subjects

No key subjects apply to this course. It is impossible to specify subject selections made by students due to the variance in discipline areas which are offered by Faculties external to the Faculty of Education.

Enrolment pattern

Concurrent Enrolment Pattern for BEd (K-12 Middle Schooling) Student Cohorts

For the course structure of the concurrent programs, discipline subject choice will be prescribed in general alignment with Key Learning Areas.

The following enrolment pattern is recommended only for students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (K-12 Middle Schooling) program. This enrolment pattern applies for those wishing to undertake a 5 year program from the commencement of Year 4, but the concurrent enrolment will not be effective until Session 2, Year 4 as follows:

Year 1

Session 2

Two from:
ECO110 Microeconomics
and
ECO120 Macroeconomics
or
MTH129 Discrete Mathematics
and
MTH220 Ordinary Differential Equations
or
ITC242 Introduction to Data Communication
and
ITC114 Database Management Systems
or
HST102 The Contemporary World 2
and
HST213 Australian Civics & Citizenship
or
LIT302 Contemporary Australian Writing
and
LIT108 English Literature 2
or
LIT222 Contemporary Children's Texts
and
WRT210 Writing for Publication
or
ENM163 Natural Resource Management
and
GEO204 Soils and Landscapes

Year 2

Session 1

One from:
ECO220 Macroeconomic Analysis
EML441 Curriculum Method 1: English
EMH441 Curriculum Method 1: Society & Environment
EMT443 Curriculum Method 1: Information Technology
MTH309 Principles of Operations Research
LIT411 Reading Subject A: Literary Criticism

Session 2

One from:
ECO355 Contemporary Economic Issues
MTH418 Topics in Calculus
or
ITC262 Operating Systems
HST204 Twentieth Century Australian History
or
LIT411 Reading Subject A: Literary Criticism
COM122 Australian Screen & Stage
or
GEO250 Landscape Mapping and Evaluation

Enrolment Pattern for Independant Student Cohorts

For existing secondary teachers the course structure will be more flexible and a set enrolment pattern will not be initially required. Candidates may choose the order in which they undertake subjects, depending upon their availability and the meeting of any prerequisites. Subject selection should be made in consultation with the Course Coordinator from the areas of content/discipline KLA subjects, Curriculum Method subjects, Educational Studies subjects or Professional Practice subjects.

Professional recognition

For those concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (K-12 Middle Schooling) degree transitional approval has been given until 31 December 2010 by the NSW Institute of Teachers.

For existing secondary school teachers this course enables additional study to be undertaken in a specific content area but it is not a retraining program and therefore will not have independant accreditation sought with the New South Wales Institute of Teachers.

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Albury-Wodonga; Bathurst; Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

1 year part-time on campus
1 year part-time by distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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