distance learning online education dx logo
online education line home 
about us 
contact us 
online degree granting university by distance learning


 Course fees

 Course handbook

 Subject outlines

 University website

Enquire into this online degree now   Enquire Now 

Postgraduate Certificate in Education PGCE

Program focus

This program gives educators/trainers the opportunity to enhance
their professional competence through postgraduate coursework. The
program is set in the context of societies becoming increasingly reliant
on the efforts of knowledge workers?. Educators at all
levels have important roles to play in developing the capacity of
citizens to work effectively with knowledge. New approaches to education
focussing on relevant contemporary issues, emphasising knowledge-building
rather than transmission can contribute to preparing citizens to participate
more fully in the knowledge economy? and information
society?. The Postgraduate Certificate in Education program
aims to develop in its graduates the capabilities and dispositions
to work as engaged professional educators in knowledge-building communities.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available


1 year full-time, up to 2 years part-time

top of this page

Program aims

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education program aims to develop
in its graduates the capabilities and dispositions to work as engaged
professional educators in knowledge-building communities.

Traditional approaches to education have sometimes resulted
in educators having limited opportunities for professional interaction
with colleagues. In such circumstances, where educators work alone
with a group of learners, they may develop a form of privatised
practice? which isolates them from the wider professional community.
There is mounting evidence that educators can be more effective when
they view their work as a collaborative effort in which they interact
with other educators within and beyond their workplace and adopt stances
that may be described as engaged professionalism?.

New Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) offer
enhanced opportunities for professional engagement and will be an
important tool for educators in the twenty-first century. The Master
of Education program will model the use of ICTs to support professional
interaction and learning.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education program thus aims
to develop in its graduates the capabilities and dispositions to work
as engaged professional educators in contemporary knowledge building

top of this page

Program objectives

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate
in Education should have made significant progress in the process
of acquiring advanced knowledge and understanding of key issues and
trends within contemporary education and/or of a specialised area
of education. Graduates should be able to demonstrate capabilities
and dispositions for:

  • locating and accessing knowledge of relevant theory and practice

  • critically evaluating and building knowledge

  • interpreting and applying knowledge to the solution of significant

  • effectively communicating knowledge and

  • identifying and participating in relevant communities of practice.

top of this page

Program structure

The program consists of 4 units of postgraduate study, with
all 4 courses being at Level 5 or above. These courses may be selected
from any courses available to postgraduate coursework students in
the Faculty of Education see Elective courses. :

top of this page

Elective courses

Faculty of Education Postgraduate
Elective Courses
Projected Semester Offers
EDR8000 Foundations of Contemporary Educational Research Methods 1,2,3
EDR8005 Discourse Analysis 1 1,3
EDU5112 Transforming Learning with ICT 1,3
EDU5221 Professional Learning 2
EDU5321 Educating Students with Special Needs 1,3
EDU5322 Behaviour Management and Support 1
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention 1
EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents 2
\EDU5601 Designing for Flexible Learning Environments 1
EDU5702 Exploring Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Contexts 1,2,3
EDU5703 Engaging Curriculum and Pedagogy 3
EDU5704 Popular Culture as Curriculum and Pedagogy 2,3
EDU5705 Principles of Quality Curricula 2
EDU5713 Assessment Principles and Practices 1,3
EDU5760 Professional Study 1,2,3
EDU8007 Developing Matters in Early Childhood Education 3
EDU8011 Professional Culture, Dynamics and Change in Early Childhood Education 2
EDU8111 Emerging Environments for Learning 3
EDU8114 Online Pedagogy in Practice 1
EDU8117 Networked and Global Learning 2
EDU8311 Concepts and Theories in Educational Management 1
EDU8312 Educators as Leaders: Emerging Perspectives 1
EDU8314 Human Resource Strategies for Innovation 1,3
EDU8317 Individual Assessment and Testing 1
EDU8318 Organisational Transformation Through Learning 2
EDU8324 Learning Difficulties: Reading 2
EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics 1
EDU8328 Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice 2
EDU8331 Career Development in Educational Settings 2
EDU8332 Introduction to Counselling in Educational Contexts 1
EDU8333 Advanced Counselling in Educational Contexts 2
EDU8415 Multi-Modal Texts and New Literacies 3
EDU8701 Teaching and Learning in Contemporary Contexts: Theory and Practice 3
EDU8702 Scholarship in Higher Education: Reflection and Evaluation 3
EDU8703 Critical Multiliteracies 3
EDU8705 Personal Pedagogy in Context not available semester 1 2012 1
EDU8712 Contemporary Approaches to Alternative Education 3
EDU8605 Building Communities of Practice 3
EDU8606 Lifelong Career Development 1,2
LIN5000 The Nature of Language 1 1,2,3
LIN5003 Syllabus Design and Materials Writing 1,2
LIN8001 Principles of Second Language Learning 1 1,2
LIN8002 Methodology in Teaching a Second Language 2 1,2
LIN8006 Computer-Assisted Language Learning 2 1,2
LIN8007 Language Testing 1,3
LIN8015 Introduction to Sociolinguistics 2 1,2

*Students should note that not all elective courses
are necessarily available every year. When planning their enrolment
patterns, students should refer to that year's schedule of course

Copyright University of Southern Queensland

 Search for a course
 Related courses