Learning outcomes

Upon completing your Graduate Certificate of Education, you will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Lead students, staff and organisations

    Become an advocate of education through effective leadership. Apply strategies across pedagogical practices, policies and organisational performance to instigate change which benefits students and your organisation.
  • Engage communities

    Learn to lead in complex environments and develop strategies for the improvement of students, staff and the community.
  • Research and practice

    Understand and apply effective leadership strategies to drive continuous improvement across pedagogical practices, assessment strategies, learning outcomes, and staff and organisational performance.

What you will study

The Graduate Certificate of Education: Leading Education, comprises four units of study.

Specialised units
  • Leading Under Challenging Circumstances
  • Leading for Improvement
  • Leading Staff
  • Leading Community Engagement


Continue your study

You can complete your Graduate Certificate of Education: Leading Education, and then choose to study an additional four core units to obtain ECU's Accelerated Online Master of Education (Leading Education).


Accreditations and Awards

  • 5 Stars for teaching quality
    2021 Good Universities Guide. This rating has now been achieved for 14 years in a row, making ECU one of only two public universities in Australia to have achieved such a consistently high ranking.

  • 5 stars for overall education experience
    2021 Good Universities Guide

  • Top 2.5% of universities globally
    2021 Times Higher Education World Rankings

  • Top 100 universities under 50 years old
    2020 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings


Entry criteria

Course admission requirements

  • Have a Bachelor degree in Education or
  • Equivalent or a Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline or,
  • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience
  • Meet English Language Requirements (Band 4).
  • Note: All applicants are required to have 2 years experience in educational setting or organisation, with equivalents considered.

Fees and FEE-HELP

The total cost of our Graduate Certificate of Education: Leading Education is $9,560*. 

To assist with some or all of your tuition fees, FEE-HELP is available for eligible students. This government-supported loan scheme is designed to help eligible full-fee paying students pay their postgraduate tuition fees.

To find out if you are eligible for FEE-HELP, you can contact one of our Student Enrolment Advisors on 1300 707 760 or request a call back.

*2021 student fees are shown and are subject to change in 2022.


Career outcomes

Upon successfully completing the Graduate Certificate of Education: Leading Education, you will have the leadership skills to excel in a number of roles including:

  • Year Level Leader
  • Faculty Leader
  • Program Coordinator
  • Head of Learning Area
  • Student Services Coordinator


Why study with ECU Accelerated Online?

Accelerated and 100% online

Delivered 100% online and with six study periods a year, you could complete the Graduate Certificate of Education in as little as 8 months while continuing to work full-time. Designed to be intuitive and user-friendly, you’ll experience the same quality of education and learning outcomes, as well as the connection with your fellow students and academics, that you would if studying on-campus. You will also receive dedicated one-on-one support from a Student Success Advisor who can assist with all non-academic questions and motivate you to reach your study goals.


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Grow your network

ECU has a large professional teacher and education network, putting you in good company to connect, collaborate and network with experienced and passionate peers globally. 


Quality learning experience

Your learning experience will be of the highest quality, as you’ll learn from experienced, passionate academics who are experts in their field. From our beginnings in 1902 as Claremont Teachers College, we have been at the forefront of teacher education for over 100 years.

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