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Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

GradDipEd

100 cp

Minimum duration: 1.25 years full-time (normally studied over 1 calendar year) or equivalent part-time.

Course available at:
Ballarat, (Victoria) (including a range of regional and rural settings)
Brisbane, Queensland
Canberra, ACT
Melbourne, Victoria
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW

A student who has completed the specified requirements may exit from the course with the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies.

EFTSL value of units: All 10 cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

An applicant must also comply with the Admission Rules.1

1.1 To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed –

  1. a Bachelor degree or equivalent; and
  2. the required background studies in either two curriculum and teaching study areas or one double curriculum and teaching study area according to the local state registration authority requirements and relevant to the subject specialist areas available within the course.2

1.2 For students who do not meet subject content requirements in the state/territory concerned conditional enrolment may in special circumstances be approved by the Course Coordinator.

2. Requirements for Completion of the Degree3, 4

2.1 To qualify for the Graduate Diploma, a student must complete 100 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

  1. 40 cp from Education Studies;
  2. 40 cp from Curriculum Studies, consisting of either
    1. 20 cp in each of two teaching subjects;

      or

    2. 40 cp from one teaching subject;

      or

    3. 40 cp from the Brisbane campus Curriculum Studies;

      or (in special circumstances)

    4. 20 cp from one teaching subject and 20 cp from Electives;

      and

  3. 20 cp from Professional Experience Units consisting consisting of practicum and research in the field and sufficient to meet registration requirements.

2.2 A student who was granted conditional enrolment in accordance with Rule 1.2 must satisfy teaching subject content requirements as a prerequisite for course completion.

3. Exit point

A student who has completed the following requirements may exit from the course with the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies:

80 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

  1. 40 cp from Education Studies;
  2. 40 cp from Curriculum Studies.

Schedule of Unit Offerings

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Prerequisite (Pre), co-requisite (Co) and incompatible (Inc) units are indicated in parentheses where applicable.

Education Studies

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
EDFD546

10

Development and Learning

EDFD547

10

Diversity in the Classroom (Inc: EDFD527)

EDFD548

10

Effective Teaching and Professional Practice (Inc: EDFD589)

EDFD553

10

Social and Cultural Contexts of Education


Curriculum Studies

Ballarat Campus

Rural and Regional Partnerships

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
EDCU519 10

Extension Curriculum and Teaching 3

EDCU520 10 Extension Curriculum and Teaching 4
EDLA538

10

English Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDLA539

10

English Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDRE527

10

Religious Education Curriculum and Teaching Studies 1

EDRE528

10

Religious Education Curriculum and Teaching Studies 2

EDSS522

10

Humanities Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDSS523

10

Humanities Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDST543

10

Science Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDST544

10

Science Curriculum and Teaching 2


Other Curriculum Studies units approved by the Course Coordinator

Brisbane Campus

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
EDCU513

10

Teaching and Curriculum 1A

EDCU515

10

Teaching and Curriculum 2A

EDCU517

10

Curriculum and Assessment

EDCU518

10

Contemporary Issues in School Curriculum


Canberra Campus

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
EDAR516

10

Visual Arts Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDAR517

10

Visual Arts Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDDA500

10

Dance Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDDA501

10

Dance Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDDR501

10

Drama Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDDR502

10

Drama Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDLA538

10

English Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDLA539

10

English Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDLO509

10

LOTE Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDLO510

10

LOTE Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDMA517

10

Mathematics Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDMA518

10

Mathematics Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDMU508

10

Music Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDMU509

10

Music Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDRE527

10

Religious Education Curriculum and Teaching Studies 1

EDRE528

10

Religious Education Curriculum and Teaching Studies 2

EDSS516

10

Commerce and Business Studies Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDSS517

10

Commerce and Business Studies Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDSS534

10

Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE) Curriculum and Teaching Studies 1

EDSS535

10

Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE) Curriculum and Teaching Studies 2

EDST541

10

ICT Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDST542

10

ICT Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDST543

10

Science Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDST544

10

Science Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDST547

10

Technology Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDST548

10

Technology Curriculum and Teaching 2


Melbourne Campus

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
EDAR516

10

Visual Arts Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDAR517

10

Visual Arts Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDAR518

10

Visual Arts Curriculum and Teaching 3

EDAR519

10

Visual Arts Curriculum and Teaching 4

EDCU519 10 Extension Curriculum and Teaching 3
EDCU520 10 Extension Curriculum and Teaching 4

EDLA538

10

English Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDLA539

10

English Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDLA540

10

ESL Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDLA541

10

ESL Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDLO509

10

LOTE Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDLO510

10

LOTE Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDLO511

10

LOTE Curriculum and Teaching 3

EDLO512

10

LOTE Curriculum and Teaching 4

EDMA517

10

Mathematics Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDMA518

10

Mathematics Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDMA519

10

Mathematics Curriculum and Teaching 3

EDMA520

10

Mathematics Curriculum and Teaching 4

EDMU508

10

Music Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDMU509

10

Music Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDMU510

10

Music Curriculum and Teaching 3

EDMU511

10

Music Curriculum and Teaching 4

EDPH512 10 Health Education Curriculum and Teaching 1
EDPH513 10 Health Education Curriculum and Teaching 2 (Pre: EDPH512)

EDPH514

10

Physical Education Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDPH515

10

Physical Education Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDPH521

10

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Curriculum and Teaching 1 (Inc: EDPH514)

EDPH522

10

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Curriculum and Teaching 2 (Inc: EDPH515)

EDRE527

10

Religious Education Curriculum and Teaching Studies 1

EDRE528

10

Religious Education Curriculum and Teaching Studies 2

EDRE533

10

Religious Education Curriculum and Teaching Studies 3

EDRE534

10

Religious Education Curriculum and Teaching Studies 4

EDSS516

10

Commerce and Business Studies Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDSS517

10

Commerce and Business Studies Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDSS518

10

Commerce and Business Studies Curriculum and Teaching 3

EDSS519

10

Commerce and Business Studies Curriculum and Teaching 4

EDSS520

10

History Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDSS521

10

History Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDSS522

10

Humanities Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDSS523

10

Humanities Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDST535 10 Psychology Curriculum and Teaching 1
EDST536 10

Psychology Curriculum and Teaching 2 (Pre: EDST535)

EDST541

10

ICT Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDST542

10

ICT Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDST543

10

Science Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDST544

10

Science Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDST545

10

Science Curriculum and Teaching 3

EDST546

10

Science Curriculum and Teaching 4

EDST547

10

Technology Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDST548

10

Technology Curriculum and Teaching 2


Strathfield Campus

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
EDAR516

10

Visual Arts Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDAR517

10

Visual Arts Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDAR518

10

Visual Arts Curriculum and Teaching 3

EDAR519

10

Visual Arts Curriculum and Teaching 4

EDDR501

10

Drama Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDDR502

10

Drama Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDLA538

10

English Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDLA539

10

English Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDLO509

10

LOTE Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDLO510

10

LOTE Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDMA517

10

Mathematics Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDMA518

10

Mathematics Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDMU508

10

Music Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDMU509

10

Music Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDMU510

10

Music Curriculum and Teaching 3

EDMU511

10

Music Curriculum and Teaching 4

EDPH521

10

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Curriculum andTeaching 1 (Inc. EDPH514)

EDPH522

10

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Curriculum and Teaching 2 (Inc. EDPH515)

EDPH523

10

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Curriculum and Teaching 3 (Inc. EDPH501)

EDPH524

10

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Curriculum and Teaching 4 (Inc. EDPH512)

EDRE527

10

Religious Education Curriculum and Teaching Studies 1

EDRE528

10

Religious Education Curriculum and Teaching Studies 2

EDSS520

10

History Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDSS521

10

History Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDSS530

10

Economics and Business Studies Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDSS531

10

Economics and Business Studies Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDSS532

10

Geography Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDSS533

10

Geography Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDSS538

10

Society and Culture Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDSS539

10

Society and Culture Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDSS540

10

Legal Studies Curriculum and Teaching

EDST541

10

ICT Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDST542

10

ICT Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDST543

10

Science Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDST544

10

Science Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDST547

10

Technology Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDST548

10

Technology Curriculum and Teaching 2

EDST555

10

Biology Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDST556

10

Chemistry Curriculum and Teaching 1

EDST557

10

Physics Curriculum and Teaching 1


Professional Experience

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
EDFX511

10

Graduate Professional Practice Secondary 1

EDFX512

10

Graduate Professional Practice Secondary 2 (Pre: EDFX511)


1 A student must also comply with the Admission Rules.

2 In New South Wales (NSW), a student seeking admission to a graduate entry initial teacher education course at ACU, must meet the NSW Institute of Teachers’subject content requirements which will be assessed upon application.

In Queensland, students enrolled in this course who seek to teach in Catholic schools may enrol in units from the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education course and graduate with this additional award.

3 Religious Education and Theology Units: Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) and the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education courses, in addition to giving full State accreditation, allows teachers to satisfy requirements for teaching in Catholic or Lutheran schools or State or other Independent schools.
Lutheran Strand: Students who wish to complete the requirements for teaching in Lutheran schools must register and enrol with Australian Lutheran College. The Lutheran units will replace units in the normal Graduate Certificate in Religious Education course and Australian Catholic University will credit the units towards the completion of the Graduate Diploma.
4 Requirements for working with children: All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom. These are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Children Check (ACT, NSW and Vic). International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries.

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