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Gain valuable insights into teaching and learning. Building on your previous qualifications and experience, CSU’s Graduate Certificate in Adult and Vocational Education provides knowledge and skills to enhance your teaching practice and help your students achieve their best.

You can take the Graduate Certificate in Adult and Vocational Education as a stand-alone course or progress to the Graduate Diploma of Adult and Vocational Education.

The Graduate Certificate in Adult and Vocational Education is related to:


  • Why study this course?

    This course develops your skills in teaching and learning, with a focus on enhanced awareness learning theories. It also provides professional development for practising vocational trainers or educators. 

    Career change

    This course is ideal for established professionals who are seeking a career change from a practitioner to an educator in their field. 

    Competitive advantage

    As an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 8 award, this course  puts you ahead of the curve in a competitive training and assessment employment market. 

    Convenient online study

    The course is offered online, giving you the flexibility to study in a way that complements your work and family commitments. You will have access to a wide range of online learning materials and communication tools. 

    Support at every step

    Our dedicated teaching staff are experienced practitioners and researchers in the field of adult and vocational education. They fully understand the particular challenges of balancing study with work and family commitments. You will join a supportive learning community overseen by experts in the field.

  • Career opportunities
    CSU’s Graduate Certificate in Adult and Vocational Education provides excellent preparation for teaching roles in adult, vocational and community education and training. As a graduate, you could teach at TAFE, registered training organisations (government or private), or community and other voluntary organisations, or work as a teacher, trainer, lecturer, learning facilitator, vocational education consultant or HR manager with training and assessment responsibilities.
  • Workplace learning

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    EPT320 High Level Facilitation Skills for Post Compulsory Education

    Working with Children Check

    It is important that you are aware of the working with children legislation requirements. Upon graduation, you may be employed by TAFE or RTO environments where you may be teaching children under the age of 18 and you will require a WWCC.

    Subjects in this course may contain a workplace learning component; you will be required to enter a training organisation for the purpose delivering or reviewing teaching practices. A condition of entry to many training organisations, including TAFE and most RTOs, is a current WWCC.

    It is recommended that you obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) on admission or in your first session of study. This will ensure that you can successfully complete your study, and you will be able to meet potential employer requirements on graduation from this course.

     

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate in Adult and Vocational Education - Exit Point Only

    To exit with the Graduate Certificate in Adult and Vocational Education a total of four subjects (32 subject points equivalent), comprising any combination of subjects from the following list, must be successfully completed

    Graduate Diploma of Adult and Vocational Education

    The course consists of 64 points (equivalent to eight 8-point subjects) comprising six core subjects and two restricted Elective subject. To graduate students need to complete a total of 64 points. Students who do not hold a current Training and Assessment Qualification (Certificate IV in Training and Assessment - TAE40110) will complete the full program as detailed in the list of the following subjects:

    EPT331 Workplace Training*
    EPT332 Training in Adult and Vocational Education*
    EPT333 Assessment in Adult and Vocational Education*
    EEL445 The Individual in Society
    EEL418 Learning Theory in in Adult and Vocational Education
    EPT320 High Level Facilitation Skills for Post Compulsory Education*
    [             ] Elective
    [             ] Elective

    * These subjects have a compulsory practical component. EPT331; EPT332 and EPT333 embed Units of Competency from the Certificate IV TAA (TAE40110).

    Students who do hold, or can provide evidence they are currently completing a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment - TAE40110 will complete the program as detailed in the following list of subjects:

    EEL445 The Individual in Society
    EEL418 Learning Theory in in Adult and Vocational Education
    EPT320 High Level Facilitation Skills for Post Compulsory Education*
    EEB441 The Reflective Practitioner
    [             ] Elective
    [             ] Elective
     

    ELECTIVE OPTIONS
    Two elective subjects can be chosen from the following list of approved subjects:

    EEB424 Workplace and Professional Literacy and Numeracy;
    EEB429 Issues of LLN Practice in Adult and Vocational Education; and
    EEB432 Learning and Teaching through Text in Adult and Vocational Education
    EEE404 Assessment and Evaluation Practices
    EEL407 Mentoring/Workplace PD Strategies for VET
    EEP423 Constructing Effective Learning Environments for Adults
    EMT409 Technology for Adult Learning and Teaching

    With approval from the Course Director one 8-point level-4 elective subject may be selected from outside this program.
     

    Key Subjects:

    The key subjects, effective 201530, are:
    EEL418 Learning Theory in in Adult and Vocational Education
    EEL445 The Individual in Society

    Enrolment pattern

    GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF ADULT AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION:
    commencing
    without TAE40110 CertIVTAA

    Distance Education: PART-TIME
    Commencing Session 1
    Year 1 - Session 1
    EEL418 Learning Theory in Adult and Vocational Education
    EEL445 The Individual in Society
    Year 1 - Session 2
    EPT332 Training in Adult and Vocational Education *
    [           ] Elective
    Year 2 - Session 1
    EPT333 Assessment in Adult and Vocational Education*
    EPT331 Workplace Training *
    Year 2 - Session 2
    [           ] Elective
    EPT320 High Level Facilitation for Post Compulsory Education *

    Distance Education: FULLTIME
    commencing Session 1
    Year 1 - Session 1
    EPT333 Assessment in Adult and Vocational Education*
    EEL418 Learning Theory in Adult and Vocational Education
    EEL445 The Individual in Society
    EPT331 Workplace Training *
    Year 1 - Session 2
    EPT320 High Level Facilitation for Post Compulsory Education *
    EPT332 Training in Adult and Vocational Education *
    [           ] Elective
    [           ] Elective

    Distance Education: PART-TIME
    Commencing Session 2
    Year 1 - Session 2
    EEL418 Learning Theory in Adult and Vocational Education
    EEL445 The Individual in Society
    Year 2 - Session 1
    EPT333 Assessment in Adult and Vocational Education*
    EPT331 Workplace Training *
    Year 2 - Session 2
    EPT320 High Level Facilitation for Post Compulsory Education *
    EPT332 Training in Adult and Vocational Education *
    Year 3 - Session 1 OR Year 2 - Session 3
    [           ] Elective
    [           ] Elective 

    Distance Education: FULLTIME
    Commencing Session 2
    Year 1 - Session 2
    EEL418 Learning Theory in Adult and Vocational Education
    EEL445 The Individual in Society
    EPT320 High Level Facilitation for Post Compulsory Education *
    EPT332 Training in Adult and Vocational Education *
    Year 2 - Session 1
    EPT333 Assessment in Adult and Vocational Education*
    EPT331 Workplace Training *
    [           ] Elective
    [           ] Elective

     * These subjects have a compulsory practical component. EPT331; EPT332 and EPR333 embed Units of Competency from the Certificate IV TAA (TAE40110).
     


    GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF ADULT AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION:
    commencing
    with TAE40110 CertIVTAA

    Distance Education: PART-TIME
    commencing Session 1
    Year 1 - Session 1
    EEL418 Learning Theory in Adult and Vocational Education
    EEL445 The Individual in Society
    Year 1 - Session 2
    EEB441 The Reflective Practitioner #
    EPT320 High Level Facilitation for Post Compulsory Education
    Year 2 - Session 2
    [           ] Elective
    [           ] Elective 

    Distance Education: FULLTIME
    commencing in Session 1
    Year 1 - Session 1
    EEL418 Learning Theory in Adult and Vocational Education
    EEL445 The Individual in Society
    EPT320 High Level Facilitation for Post Compulsory Education
    [           ] Elective
    Year 1 - Session 2 +
    EEB441 The Reflective Practitioner #
    [           ] Elective 

    Distance Education: PART-TIME
    commencing Session 2
    Year 1 - Session 2
    EEL418 Learning Theory in Adult and Vocational Education
    EEL445 The Individual in Society
    Year 2 - Session 1
    EEB441 The Reflective Practitioner #
    EPT320 High Level Facilitation for Post Compulsory Education
    Year 2 - Session 2
    [           ] Elective
    [           ] Elective

    Distance Education: FULLTIME
    commencing in Session 2
    Year 1 - Session 2
    EEL418 Learning Theory in Adult and Vocational Education
    EEL445 The Individual in Society
    EPT320 High Level Facilitation for Post Compulsory Education
    [           ] Elective
    Year 2 - Session 1 +
    EEB441 The Reflective Practitioner #
    [           ] Elective

    + Due to Subject Availability this Session does not constitute a fulltime load.
    # Before enrolling in this subject students must have completed the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.


    ELECTIVE OPTIONS

    Two elective subjects can be chosen from the following list of approved subjects:

    EEB424 Workplace and Professional Literacy and Numeracy;
    EEB429 Issues of LLN Practice in Adult and Vocational Education; and
    EEB432 Learning and Teaching through Text in Adult and Vocational Education
    EEE404 Assessment and Evaluation Practices
    EEL407 Mentoring/Workplace PD Strategies for VET
    EEP423 Constructing Effective Learning Environments for Adults
    EMT409 Technology for Adult Learning and Teaching

    With approval from the Course Director one 8-point level-4 elective subject may be selected from outside this program.

  • Admission information

    Students are admitted to the Graduate Diploma of Adult and Vocational Education. The Graduate Certificate in Adult and Vocational Education is an exit point only, therefore admission criteria do not apply.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.


    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.


    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOEAV

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 32 subject points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

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    This course is not available to international students.

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  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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