Teachers displaced by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will benefit from a heavily-discounted online short course at Avondale University College as part of the Australian government’s Higher Education Relief Package.
The graduate certificate in educational studies is an award under the Australian Qualifications Framework comprising four units from specializations in the Master of Education. Completing the award will not only offer a pathway into the degree but also satisfy New South Wales Education Standards Authority requirements for professional development.
“If you’re a casual teacher wanting to boost employment prospects by up-skilling or retraining over the next six months, and you want to do that for a lot less than it would usually cost, then this award is for you,” said Master of Education course convenor Peter Beamish.
Students can choose their four units from the following six:
- Leadership & Organisation
- Legal and Governance Issues in Management
- Special Education: Gifted and Talented
- Special Education: Strategies for Inclusion and Management
- Teacher Effectiveness
- Teaching: Towards a Personal Framework
They must complete the units by distance mode between June and December this year (2020). Forty-five Commonwealth-supported places are on offer.
“We don’t usually have Commonwealth-supported places allocated by the government to the Master of Education, so this is a one-off opportunity to begin your studies and save money,” Beamish said.
The savings are substantial; students will pay a total tuition cost of only AU$1,250 (US$833) for the graduate certificate instead of more than AU$9300 (US$6,200) if they complete the units without government support. And access to HECS-HELP is available to eligible students.
Enrollment is open only to new full-time domestic students, including New Zealand citizens. While classes begin on June 10, enrollment does not close until June 24.
Avondale is offering the award not just to enroll more students but to do its part in helping teachers return to the workforce.
“The government invited higher education providers to assist in fields of national priority such as teaching, and we feel privileged to respond by offering this award as part of our existing suite of courses,” shared Stephen Currow, academic vice president.
The course details are published on the Australian government’s Course Seeker website.
Graduate Certificate in Education Studies
Complete the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies online short courses at Avondale and boost your employment prospects. Hurry! Enrollments close June 24. Apply at avondale.edu.au/study/education-graduates/.