Qualification Level



6 months

Start Date

Mar, Jul, Nov



Become an education professional

If a career as an education professional is in your sights and you have an undergraduate degree, then take the next step in your career with a Graduate Certificate of Educational Studies.

This postgraduate non-teaching qualification is a pathway degree to becoming a qualified teacher following additional study, or can provide graduates with a range of career opportunities in the field of education.

Graduates who wish to become a qualified teacher will need to complete a non-academic suitability test such as CASPer before being able to transfer into a Master of Teaching (Primary). Upon transfer, any units you have successfully completed in the Graduate Certificate of Educational Studies will be credited towards your teaching degree. 

Career opportunities

A pathway into teaching

If your aim is to become a teacher, the Graduate Certificate of Educational Studies is a pathway course for a postgraduate teaching degree, such as our Master of Teaching (Primary), provided you meet the eligibility requirements:

Once you have passed a minimum of four units of study and passed a non-academic suitability test such as CASPer, you will be eligible to transfer. Upon transfer, any units you have successfully completed in the Graduate Certificate of Educational Studies will be credited towards your teaching course.  

Non-teaching outcomes

This course opens doors to employment opportunities in education support, education administration, social and community services and many other fields. Additionally, this degree is a solid foundation for those intending to home school.

If you continue studying the Graduate Certificate of Educational Studies, you will not be required to complete CASPer, LANTITE, or any professional experience placements units in educational settings.

However, you will not be able to register as a teacher after completing this course. A course transfer is required to become a teacher.

Learning at Swinburne Online

Taught by teachers

Designed and taught by experienced primary teachers, you will learn about the theories and practice of learning, teaching and pedagogy. You will gain an understanding of the key issues, policies and theoretical concepts impacting primary education in Australian and global contexts. We present this course as an opportunity to fast track your learning, and support you on the path to becoming a primary teacher (following further study).

A community of future educators

At Swinburne Online, you will be part of an online community of future educators. Our education students have their own dedicated community site, where they share ideas, get advice and discuss their teaching placements. So you’ll learn from other people’s experiences, as well as your own. You will be supported by experienced eLearning Advisors (eLAs), and form valuable networks with professionals working in the field.

A unique learning experience

We know that many of our students are already working, so we’ve created a course that can fit around your professional life. The flexibility of online study means you don’t have to put your career on hold to progress in your field. You’ll learn using real world scenarios and develop practical skills and techniques you can apply straight away.

Support and assistance

Everyone has questions from time to time. That’s why we have a dedicated team of tutors and support staff on-call to help you, seven days a week. So whether you need help with a lesson plan or have a technical issue, you can speak to a real person right away.

Entry criteria

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or relevant equivalent in one or more areas of the primary curriculum. For more information, please contact a Course Consultant on 1300 110 146.

Courses are only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and humanitarian visa holders.

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