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Monash University

Graduate Certificate of Education (Professional Development Studies)

Course code: 1762 ~ Course abbreviation: GradCertEd(ProfDevSt) ~ Total credit points required: 24 ~ 6 months full-time, 1 year part-time ~ Managing faculty: Education

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Gippsland)

Off-campus (Gippsland)

Course description

This course is a flexible program offered to professional educators to allow them to upgrade their qualifications.

The course is also offered to non-tertiary qualified applicants with substantial professional experience who may use it as an entry to graduate and postgraduate study. Such students will be required to achieve specified minimum grade levels prior to their proceeding to graduate or postgraduate study.

Course Objectives

This program is designed for those interested in developing knowledge and skills of teaching. The program aims to help participants focus on teaching and learning in ways that encourage the development of reflective practice and its relationship to ongoing professional learning and growth.

The program aims to: stimulate teachers to think about the relationship between theory and practice in teaching; foster deeper understandings of classroom practice and its relationship to student learning; foster a greater awareness of the nature of professional learning; highlight the nature of professional knowledge of practice; develop deeper understandings of a diversity of approaches to teaching and learning about practice.

Involvement in the program should therefore aid participants to better understand the central role of professional learning in the ongoing development of professional knowledge of practice.

Course structure

The course comprises 24 points of study, normally completed by the student undertaking four 6-point units.

This qualification is designed to be very flexible and will permit a wide range of studies and activities in professional development to be drawn together, including credit for non-award programs, workplace research, formal units of study and supervised independent study as part of a `recognition of prior learning' program.

Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9902 6367 or visit

Course adviser

Associate Professor Tony Taylor.