Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 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 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education.

Course codeD4001
Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleGradCertEdSt
CRICOS code084062B
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)0.5 years FT, 1 year PT

This course of study must be completed in a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 3 years, and enrolment must be continuous.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton, Hong Kong, Singapore)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Monash Connect: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274)

Faculty of EducationFaculty of Education (

Course coordinator

Student advisersStudent advisers (


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


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 foundational concepts and issues in education and of educational contexts and systems, located 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:

(1.) explain foundational concepts and knowledge traditions in education

(2.) demonstrate understanding of recent issues and debates in policy and practice in education

(3.) apply critical perspectives in their evaluation of substantive and contemporary issues and ideas in education

(4.) use analytical skills to evaluate, synthesise and communicate academic concepts

(5.) apply their academic literacy skills to engage confidently in advanced academic scholarship.


This course consists of core or elective units.


Students must complete the units in one of the following options.

Option 1

Two 12-point units:

  • EDF4610 Interacting with research in education contexts
  • EDF4611 Investigating education issues in global contexts

Option 2

Four 6-point units (online only):

  • EDF4606 Interacting with research in education 1
  • EDF4607 Interacting with research in education 2
  • EDF4608 Investigating education issues 1
  • EDF4609 Investigating education issues 2

Note: Option 2 is not available to holders of an Australian international student visa.

Option 3

  • 24 points of master's level units with the approval of the faculty

Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for guidance on how to plan your unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Progression to further studies

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

  • D6002 Master of Education
  • D6004 Master of Leadership
  • D6005 Master of TESOL


Graduate Certificate of Education Studies