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Graduate Certificate in Tertiary and Adult Education (GradCertTerAdEd)


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Title Graduate Certificate in Tertiary and Adult Education (GradCertTerAdEd)
Course Code C1025
Study Level Graduate Certificate
Organisational Unit Education
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Academic Chair: Dr Rebecca Saunders | Email: R.Saunders@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6460

Qualification Graduate Certificate in Tertiary and Adult Education (GradCertTerAdEd)
Duration 1 year part-time (due to unit availability)
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description The Graduate Certificate in Tertiary and Adult Education is designed for people who are interested in the education of adults in a variety of contexts. e.g. university lecturers and tutors, private and public (TAFE) RTO lecturers, nurse educators, adult literacy teachers, community adult educators, corporate and industry trainers and HR personnel. The course provides an introduction to the concepts, theories and practice of adult education and provides a pathway into the Diploma and Master of Education (MEd) qualifications. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary and Workplace Education provides formal recognition of an adult education qualification against Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 (Standard 1, Clause 1.16.)
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings A recognised Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or satisfactory preparation for the course through previous study or professional experience.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements There may be a reduction in choice of units if completing this course in the external mode.
Course Learning Outcomes Course Learning Outcomes:

1. Demonstrate specialist knowledge in the theory and practice of adult and lifelong learning.

2. Review, analyse and synthesise a range of different theoretical approaches to facilitating lifelong learning and identify practical applications of theoretical knowledge.

Application of skills and knowledge
3. Initiate, plan and implement learning programs in a variety of adult learning contexts.
4. Use reflective practice to evaluate and plan for own professional growth.
Employment Prospects Graduates from this course have formal postgraduate qualification in adult education and training in a wide range of contexts including; TAFE and vocational education and training (VET), university lecturing and tutoring, corporate and workplace training, HR training and management.
Professional Recognition Graduate Certificate in Tertiary and Adult Education is recognised as an adult learning teaching qualification in accordance with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015.
Professional Accreditation N/A
Further Study Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate may apply for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Education (Tertiary and Workplace), or the Masters of Education (Coursework).
Advanced Standing Students who have completed other relevant qualifications or a staff development or induction program for tertiary teaching should consult with the Accreditation Officer about the exemptions available.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 12 credit points

Core Units - 6 credit points

EDN540 Facilitating Lifelong Learning - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

EDN546 Dynamics of Cultural Diversity in the Workplace and the Community - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

EDN588 Curriculum Development for Practitioners - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

EDN541 Practical Methods of Instruction - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external

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