Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleGradCertEdSt
CRICOS code079047K
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)0.5 years FT, 1 year PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or

Course coordinator


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course of study must be completed in a minimum of 0.5 years and a maximum of 3 years, and enrolment must be continuous.


This course is designed for students with a first qualification in a discipline other than education. It orients learners to the education discipline broadly defined. It provides students with an understanding of key concepts and issues in education and of educational contexts and systems, locally and globally. It develops knowledge and understanding of the major theoretical and professional debates in specialist areas within the field of education and locates these within contemporary research. Completion of this course positions students to pursue education-related careers and/or further study in education.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • acquire knowledge of foundational concepts and knowledge traditions in education
  • develop understanding of recent issues and debates in policy and practice in education
  • apply critical perspectives in their evaluation of substantive and contemporary issues and ideas in education
  • demonstrate analytical skills in evaluating, synthesising and communicating academic concepts through learning and assessment tasks
  • build confidence in academic literacy and demonstrated engagement at an advanced academic level.

Credit for prior studies

Students who have studied before may be eligible for credit for prior studiescredit for prior studies (


This course consists of core or elective units.


Students must complete one of the following sets of units:

  • EDF4610 Interacting with research in education contexts and EDF4611 Investigating education issues in global contexts or equivalent unit/s
  • 24 points of master's level units with the approval of the faculty

Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for the Graduate Certificate in Education Studies for course progression advice.

Progression to further studies

This course provides a pathway to the following master's coursework degrees:

  • 4215 Master in Early Childhood Education
  • 4211 Master of Education
  • 4232 Master in Education for Sustainability
  • 4216 Master in Inclusive and Special Education
  • 4217 Master in Organisational Leadership
  • 4214 Master in TESOL


Graduate Certificate in Education Studies