Graduate Certificate in Education (Curriculum Specialisation)

  • Effective from: 2019
  • Approved Abbreviation: GradCertEd(CrSpec)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1846
  • AQF Level: 8

This program applies to students who commenced in 2019 or later.

The Graduate Certificate in Education (Curriculum Specialisation) provides a pathway for qualified secondary teachers to expand the number of teaching areas for which they are eligible to teach. Applicants to this program can be either currently working in secondary schools or seeking employment in secondary schools. This program comprises two curriculum subjects that cover NSW syllabus requirements for Years 7-10 and Years 11-12. In addition, students will undertake one in-school professional experience block and one fully online leadership subject. Applicants must have a minimum of four undergraduate pre-requisite subjects as required by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for the area of study the applicant is intending to teach. Academic program advice should be sought.

Study Mode

One year part-time.

Program Advice

Dr Kay Carroll

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Penrith Campus Part Time Internal See above

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

Admission

To be eligible to enrol in this program, students must have a secondary teaching qualification and a minimum of 4 undergraduate subjects as required by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for the area of study the applicant is intending to teach. Students are advised to seek academic project advice as to this.

If applicants require additional undergraduate subjects to meet the area of study, these may be completed as non-award study at Western Sydney University or any other University.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).  Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites

An Australian university qualification in Secondary Teaching recognised by NESA, a Working with Children Check, Child Protection Awareness Training, and ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 40 credit points, comprising 20 credit points of core subjects plus 20 credit points of alternate subjects.

Core Subjects

All students are required to complete the two subjects below.

Subject Title Credit Points
TEAC 7020Contemporary Teacher Leadership10
TEAC 7154Professional Experience 110
Total Credit Points20

Alternate Subjects

Students are required to select one of the following subject combinations, based on desired field of study, and are advised to seek academic program advice. 

Subject Title Credit Points
Alternate Subjects20
Option A:
Secondary Curriculum 2A
Secondary Curriculum 1A
Option B:
Secondary Curriculum 2B
Secondary Curriculum 1B
Option C:
Secondary Curriculum 2C
Secondary Curriculum 1C
Total Credit Points20

Equivalent Subjects 

The core subject listed below counts towards the completion of this program for students who passed this subject in 2020 or earlier. 

TEAC 7135 - Secondary Professional Practice 1, replaced by TEAC 7154 Professional Experience 1

Recommended Sequence

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 40 credit points, comprising 20 credit points of core subjects plus 20 credit points of alternate subjects, as per the recommended sequence below.

Start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
Two of the following subjects from Option A, B or C, as follows.  
Select one of the following: 10
Secondary Curriculum 2A  
Secondary Curriculum 2B  
Secondary Curriculum 2C  
And select the second subject from Option A, B or C as selected above for Autumn: 10
Secondary Curriculum 1A  
Secondary Curriculum 1B  
Secondary Curriculum 1C  
 Credit Points20
Spring session
TEAC 7154 Professional Experience 1 10
TEAC 7020 Contemporary Teacher Leadership 10
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points40

Mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
Two of the following subjects from Option A, B or C, as follows.  
Select one of the following: 10
Secondary Curriculum 1A  
Secondary Curriculum 1B  
Secondary Curriculum 1C  
And select the second subject from Option A, B or C as selected above for Spring: 10
Secondary Curriculum 2A  
Secondary Curriculum 2B  
Secondary Curriculum 2C  
 Credit Points20
Autumn session
TEAC 7020 Contemporary Teacher Leadership 10
TEAC 7154 Professional Experience 1 10
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points40