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Why study the Graduate Certificate in Education?


Gain specialised skills and knowledge


Learn from experienced primary and secondary academics


Become an effective leader in the school and classroom


Supports next step in educational career 


No.1 in Australia for Education Student Support*


Accelerated, online learning designed for busy teachers 


One of Australia's most affordable online M.Ed degrees 

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8 months part-time*

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100% online


Jan, Mar, May, July, Aug, Oct




$2,699 per unit, FEE-HELP available

*completion time dependent on individual study path and course availability. Please speak to a Student Advisor for more information.

In this video, Master of Education graduate Aleasa Brink speaks about the benefits of engaging in and promoting lifelong learning. 

Aleasa Brink: "Education is a lifelong skill. So, lifelong learning is something that I talk about within my school and within the profession I work, so modelling that and continuing on that path is something that's very important for me." Subheading: What are you trying to achieve from online study? Aleasa: "I want to progress myself in my career and professionally, it's quite relevant. The learning that I'm doing with the study is helping with my work and my work is helping with my study." Subheading: What are your tips for students considering online study? Aleasa: "My first tip would be just to have a go! And finding a course that is going to complement what you're doing, so for me - not a load on top of what I'm doing. It really fits in seamlessly with what I'm already doing, and enhancing that."

Educational leaders are lifelong learners

Enhance your skill set and further your educational career with an online Graduate Certificate in Education from Southern Cross University.

The Graduate Certificate in Education equips teachers and educational professionals with the foundational knowledge to lead teaching and learning in increasingly complex educational environments. As you work through the units of study, you’ll become confident in exploring everything from contemporary educational leadership to educational investigation. And, if you decide to pursue a higher qualification, units of study completed during the Graduate Certificate can be credited towards enrolment in a Master of Education.

Learning outcomes
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Lead the future of education

You’ll learn about the various local, national and global educational contexts that can affect education practice, and how to connect this to professional experiences, allowing you to identify both challenges and opportunities within educational leadership.


Be equipped to create change

Gain the advanced research skills you need to form strategies for improvement, as well as the ability to apply learning theory into practice in your day-to-day role.

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Model lifelong learning

Further study is a way to reflect on your own teaching and learning practice. In particular, you’ll learn what is needed to lead, create, and sustain a culture of reflective professional learning in a school environment.

What you will study

To gain your Graduate Certificate in Education, you will study four core units. These are outlined in more detail below.

Explore the broad canvas of social and political contexts in which educational leaders operate at a state, national and global level in the Contemporary Educational Leadership unit

The Contemporary Educational Contexts unit is designed to prepare you for educational environments in Australia and around the world.

Explore concepts from the professional learning community, and the latest research literature in the Leading Professional Learning unit

The Educational Investigation unit develops knowledge and understanding of generic research and evaluation tools in the educational context. 

Pathway to Masters

When you finish your Graduate Certificate in Education, if you wish to take your learning further you can apply for our Master of Education and receive advanced standing for the units you have completed. 

Graduate Certificate
4 Units

Or continue studying

Masters Degree
+ 4 Units

A typical study period at SCU Online
Typical study period timeline

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Speak to an Enrolment Advisor to find out more.

Our study periods: Jan, Mar, May, July, Aug, Oct

Late applications may be considered under special circumstances up until the start of O'Week. For more information please speak with a Student Enrolment Advisor.

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry to the Graduate Certificate in Education online, you must have:

  • A four-year Bachelor degree in Education from any Australian university or equivalent; OR
  • an undergraduate degree and a fourth-year level teaching qualification from any Australian university or equivalent; OR
  • a three year Bachelor degree in Teaching from any Australian University, or equivalent.

Non-standard language admission requirements for international students (IELTS) with an overall score of 7.5 or equivalent.

Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules

We may recognise and grant credit for past education or qualifications in a process called advanced standing. If you're eligible for advanced standing, this can impact the number of units you need to study, reducing the time and cost of your overall degree. 

Find out more about applying for advanced standing

Ready to take the next step in your career? It's your time.

At Southern Cross University Online, we've helped thousands of people with real lives and real ambition to realise their goals and dreams by supporting them every step of the way.
We provide affordable courses, flexible learning and excellent student support, so you can achieve the impossible and make the most out of your time. 
It’s time to put yourself first. Follow your ambition. 

When you study online with us, you're not on your own. We're connected, together. 

Our teachers, academics and education designers have built these courses for people like you. Before commencing study, your dedicated Student Success Advisor will be in touch by phone, email or chat to help you plan your schedule. As you work towards your dream of achieving your degree, your advisor works like an extra pair of eyes and ears with support, advice and motivation throughout your study journey. 


Our Accreditations & Endorsements

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Our online programs meet all of the AQF guidelines, ensuring quality education.

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5-STAR Rating for Full-Time Employment, Overall Experience, Student Support, Learning Resources, Teaching Quality and Skills Development.

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Southern Cross University is one of the world's Top 200 Young Universities.

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Our postgraduate student support and satisfaction both above the national average.

What our students say
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SCU online MED student Matthew smiling and holding a textbook in a school courtyard.

After two years of full-time teaching, I decided that it was time to further my skills and qualifications. After looking at courses online and speaking with colleagues, I came across the M.Ed being offered by SCU Online. Throughout this course, I am finding that a lot of what I am studying related perfectly to my everyday work in my school.

Matthew Scott

Online M.Ed (Educational Wellbeing) graduate

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SCU online MED student Bethany smiling and standing in a school classroom

I really enjoyed the unit focusing on positive leadership styles and have actually used some of that knowledge to teach my students about different leadership styles in the workplace.

Bethany McQueen

Online M.Ed (Educational Leadership) graduate

Aleasa-MED testimonial

The content within the course directly relates to my professional life so I use this time to re-read prescribed texts, research or articles that will help to develop my understanding of the unit as well as develop me professionally. I think it is important to model lifelong learning to my staff and students and this is one way in which I can do that.

Aleasa Brink

Online M.Ed graduate and Primary School Principal

Danielle Harris-MED testimonial
SCU online MED student Danielle smiling and sitting on a chair in a classroom.

The impact of the Master of Education on my career has been enormous. I have gained a greater understanding of Educational Leadership and the theories behind it, which has enabled me to become a better leader in my current educational institution. It has also opened up other leadership opportunities.

Danielle Harris

Online M.Ed (Educational Leadership) graduate

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SCU online MED graduate Dallas.

All of the education subjects were highly applicable. The assignments were designed in a way that each student could focus on their own school or workplace. The general way each assignment worked was to analyse a particular element of the school and present improvements. In my mind, that's exactly the sort of thing a Principal does and what I aspire to.

Dallas Young

Online M.Ed (Educational Leadership) graduate

What our students do

Our Master of Education students work in a variety of educational contexts around Australia. Below is a snapshot of some of these roles and jobs. 

  • Deputy Head of School
  • Lead Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Principal
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Education Consultant


  • Classroom Teacher
  • Assistant Principal
  • Community Wellbeing Coordinator
Course Coordinator

Meet our Course Coordinator

David Lynch is a world renowned researcher and innovator in the areas of teacher education, whole of school teaching improvement and school leadership. Early research endeavours focused on investigations into the rationale, content and delivery mechanisms for initial teacher education where new programs were developed and which form the basis on modern day teacher education programming. His work moved into ‘in-service teacher education’ and since 2012 whole of school teaching improvement. Current research is focused on understanding the life cycle of whole of school teaching improvement programs and the key role played by the school leader.

The central research interest is investigating what school leaders do to ‘ready’ their staff for such agendas and correspondingly what constitutes the development and implementation of effective and practical models that aid leaders in implementation. With this focus in mind, his research strategy has been to work with a school/ schooling system, and through collaboration seek to test propositions that are of interest and concern to the school and fitting for education system improvement. The context of such is an evolving and growing set of funded research projects. These research projects ($4m, 22 books and 100+ papers) have focused on education in RRR areas of Australia, Mathematics Education; School Leadership, leadership readiness, Whole of School Teaching Improvement and Blended Learning. Research projects have occurred in education systems including within Australia, Norway, Japan and the UK. In early career David was a State School principal in Queensland starting off in a one teacher school in remote Queensland before progressing to a large complex primary school on the Sunshine Coast. 

David Lynch