Graduate Diploma in Education

This one-year Graduate Diploma in Education is for graduates aspiring to careers as secondary school teachers, or school psychologists. Candidates for secondary school teaching must have a degree with a major in the subject that they wish to teach and which can be found in the school curriculum. Candidates for school psychology must be eligible for registration as a psychologist at application. The course aims to graduate highly skilled professionals who have the key practical skills required for working in secondary schools, and is informed by current theory and research. Graduates of this course are qualified to work in government and non-government schools. The UWA Faculty of Education is renowned for its excellent education courses and the quality of its graduates.

Course structure

Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2018;
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

(1) Students must select one curriculum major or school psychology.

(2) A major comprises one Curriculum I unit and the corresponding Curriculum II unit.

(3) A minor comprises one Curriculum I unit.

(4) An area of interest comprises one Curriculum I unit from Group N.

(5) SSEH5464 Physical Education Curriculum I may only be completed as part of a major.

(6) All students are required to pass a test of Teacher Language and Numeracy Competency Skills.

(7)(a) Art, English, Information and Communication Technology, Languages Other than English (LOTE)*, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences and Science majors: Students must take units to the value of 12 points from one curriculum major chosen from Groups A to G, units to the value of 6 points from one curriculum 1 unit chosen from Groups K or N and units to the value of 12 points form Group L.

(b) For students pursuing a single major in one of the following:

(i) Music major: Students must take to the value of 24 points from Group J and units to the value of 6 points from Group K, L or N. For students pursuing a minor in music, take units MUSC4711 and MUSC4712 to the value of 12 points form Group J, units to the value of 12 points from Group A–G and units to the value of 6 points form Group L or N.

(ii) Health and Physical Education major: Students must take units to the value of 24 points from Group I, and a unit to the value of 6 points from Group K, L or N.

(iii) School Psychology: Students must take all units from Group M to the value of 30 points.

(iv) TESOL* major: Students must take corresponding units to the value of 18 points from Group H, a unit to the value of 6 points from Group K or N and a unit to the value of 6 points form Group L.

(c) For students pursuing a double major (course coordinator approval required), students must take two majors, each comprising a Curriculum I and a Curriculum II units, from Groups A to H (24 points) and one unit(s) to the value of 6 points from Group L.

*Note: LOTE and TESOL not offered as majors or minors in 2017

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NS, S1EDUC5000National Literacy and Numeracy Test (0 points)
S1EDUC5429Perspectives in Aboriginal Education
NSEDUC5481Professional Practice I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching (Secondary); Master of Science Communication and Education; or Master of Psychology and Graduate Diploma in Education combined course
NSEDUC5482Professional Practice II
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching (Secondary); or Master of Science Communication and Education
S1EDUC5485Development, Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice
NSEDUC5546Teaching Contexts
Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1EDUC5445Art Curriculum I
NSEDUC5446Art Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5445 Art Curriculum I; EDUC5481 Professional Practice I; and enrolment in one of the following; Graduate diploma in Education; or Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Co-requisites:
EDUC5482 Professional Practice II or EDUC5510 Professional Practice A
Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1EDUC5460English Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Teaching (Secondary)
NSEDUC5470English Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5460 English Curriculum I and EDUC5481 Professional Practice I and enrolment in either the Graduate Diploma in Education or the Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Co-requisites:
EDUC5482 Professional Practice II or EDUC5500 Professional Practice B
Group C
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1EDUC5464Information and Communication Technology Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education or Master of Teaching (Secondary)
NSEDUC5474Information and Communication Technology Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5464 Information and Communication Technology Curriculum I; EDUC5481 Professional Practice I; and enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education or the Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Co-requisites:
EDUC5482 Professional Practice II or EDUC5500 Professional Practice B
Note: Not available in 2017
Group D
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
N/AEDUC5461Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education or Master of Teaching (Secondary)
N/AEDUC5471Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5461 Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Curriculum I; EDUC5481 Professional Practice I ; and enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education or Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Co-requisites:
EDUC5482 Professional Practice II or EDUC5500 Professional Practice B
Group E
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1EDUC5462Mathematics Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching; Master of Science Communication and Education
NSEDUC5472Mathematics Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5462 Mathematics Curriculum I; EDUC5481 Professional Practice I and enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education or Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Co-requisites:
EDUC5482 Professional Practice II or EDUC5500 Professional Practice B
Group F
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1EDUC5466Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching (Secondary); Master of Science Communication and Education
NSEDUC5476Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5466 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum I (formerly EDUC5466/8466 Society and Environment Curriculum I); and enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education or the Master of Teaching
Group G
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1EDUC5465Science Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching; Master of Science Communication and Education
NSEDUC5475Science Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5465 Science Curriculum I; EDUC5481 Professional Practice I ; and enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education or Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Co-requisites:
EDUC5482 Professional Practice II or EDUC5500 Professional Practice B
Note: Not available in 2017
Group H
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSEDUC5404Educational Linguistics
N/AEDUC5467Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment or re-enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education or Master of Teaching (Secondary)
N/AEDUC5477Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5467 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Curriculum I; EDUC5481 Professional Practice I; and enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education or Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Co-requisites:
EDUC5482 Professional Practice II or EDUC5500 Professional Practice B
Group I
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1SSEH5464Physical Education Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
an acceptable degree, with a major in Sport Science and/or Exercise and Health or equivalent.
Co-requisites:
SSEH5474 Physical Education Curriculum II
NSSSEH5474Physical Education Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
an acceptable degree, with a major in Sport Science and/or Exercise and Health or equivalent
Co-requisites:
SSEH5464 Physical Education Curriculum I
NSSSEH5491Health Education
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (31400)
NSSSEH5492Health Promotion in the Schools
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (31400)
Group J
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1MUSC4631Secondary Music Curriculum 1
S2MUSC4632Secondary Music Curriculum 2
Prerequisites:
MUSC4631 Secondary Music Curriculum 1
S1MUSC4711Studio Teaching and Musical Leadership 1
S2MUSC4712Studio Teaching and Musical Leadership 2
Prerequisites:
MUSC4711 Studio Teaching and Musical Leadership 1
Group K
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1EDUC5445Art Curriculum I
S1EDUC5460English Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Teaching (Secondary)
N/AEDUC5461Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education or Master of Teaching (Secondary)
S1EDUC5462Mathematics Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching; Master of Science Communication and Education
S1EDUC5465Science Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching; Master of Science Communication and Education
S1EDUC5466Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching (Secondary); Master of Science Communication and Education
N/AEDUC5467Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment or re-enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education or Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Group L
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSEDUC5404Educational Linguistics
NSEDUC5410Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum
Incompatibility:
EDUC3301 Language and Literacy
S1EDUC5411Enhancing Teaching through Understanding Contemporary Education
NSEDUC5415Educational Leadership and Management
N/AEDUC5416Education in Rural Australia
NSEDUC5454Learning Difficulties
S1EDUC5492Understanding and Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders
S1EDUC5494Approaches to Student Assessment
NS, SSEDUC5507Cultural and Historical Perspectives of the Mathematics Curriculum
Prerequisites:
completion of a Bachelor of Science or a degree containing a significant component of mathematics and its applications, or enrolment in the courses MTeach or GradDipEd, with Mathematics Education and/or Science Education as a major or minor teaching discipline
NS, SSEDUC5511Learning with Young Adult Fiction
SSEDUC5517Introduction to Catholic Education in Western Australia
NSSSEH5491Health Education
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (31400)
NSSSEH5492Health Promotion in the Schools
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (31400)
Group M
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSEDUC5454Learning Difficulties
S1EDUC5468Special Education Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment or re-enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching (Secondary); Master of Science Communication and Education
S1EDUC5469School Psychology I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (31400)
NSEDUC5478School Psychology II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5469 School Psychology I; EDUC5481 Professional Practice I; and enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (31400)
Co-requisites:
EDUC5482 Professional Practice II
S1EDUC5492Understanding and Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders
Group N
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1EDUC5463Career Development Curriculum I
S1EDUC5464Information and Communication Technology Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education or Master of Teaching (Secondary)
S1EDUC5468Special Education Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment or re-enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching (Secondary); Master of Science Communication and Education

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants with qualifications from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction must provide evidence of English Language Competence.

(3) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.5, a minimum score of 7.0 in the Reading and Writing bands, and a minimum score of 8.0 in the Listening and Speaking bands.

(4) Applicants presenting with the Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) require an overall score of at least 75 and no sub-score less than 70.

(5) Applicants presenting a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) require an overall grade of B or above, with a score of 'exceptional' for listening and speaking, and at least 'good' for reading and writing.

(6) Applicants with qualifications gained wholly in English from countries other than Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America must provide evidence of English Language Competence in accordance with the requirements of the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia.

(7) An English bridging course is not regarded as evidence of English Language Competence.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a bachelor's degree with a major relevant to secondary teaching curriculum majors offered by UWA, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent;

or

(b) a four-year bachelor's degree with a major in Psychology or a four-year honours degree in Psychology, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA and the Psychology Board of Australia for applicants who wish to major in School Psychology.

(2) Applicants who wish to major in School Psychology are responsible for ensuring they are eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist.

(3) Before admission, international students must obtain a criminal record check from their country of origin or recent residence.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—

(a) a satisfactory personal statement, as recognised by UWA; and

(b) an interview when assessed to be necessary; and

(c) for applicants undertaking the Music major, an audition.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 30330 Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (non-articulated) (48 points)
  • 31400 Graduate Diploma in Education (60 points)
  • 31520 Master of Teaching (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Graduate Diploma in Education course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 60 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8.(1) Subject to (2), to make satisfactory progress in a calendar year students must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2)Students must pass all Professional Practice units in which they are enrolled.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who pass the Professional Practice unit(s) but do not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units in which they are enrolled are assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(2) Students who pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled but who fail a Professional Practice unit are, if the Committee described in Rule 15 so recommends under that rule, assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

(3) Students who do not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled and who fail a Professional Practice unit are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

(4) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress twice under Rule 8 are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Additional rules
Time limit

13.(1) The time limit is four years.

(2) In exceptional circumstances the Faculty may extend the time limit by up to one year.

Credit

14.(1) The Faculty may grant credit for units in the course, excluding the Professional Practice units, up to a value of 12 points on the basis of previously completed units of study.

(2) Credit will not be granted for units passed in a course which is completed.

(3) Within the overall credit limit, credit may be granted for work completed through Continuing Education at this University to a maximum value of 12 points.

[(1) to (3) inclusive are approved exceptions to University Policy]

Failure to pass a Professional Practice unit

15.(1) Students who do not pass a Professional Practice unit will have their case considered by a committee comprising the following members of the Faculty:

(a) the Dean of the Faculty of Education, or nominee;

(b) the Program Coordinator;

and

(c) the relevant curriculum specialist and/or the professional placement coordinator and/or a relevant person from another faculty of the University.

(2) The committee will take into account all relevant information and recommend to the Faculty that the student—

(a) repeat the Professional Practice unit;

or

(b) repeat the Professional Practice unit following satisfactory prior completion of specified additional relevant work;

or

(c) not be permitted to re-enrol in the course.

(3) If the Faculty permits a student to repeat a Professional Practice unit, it will determine whether the unit may be repeated in the same or a subsequent year, taking into consideration the student-s overall performance in the course.

Admissions/enrolment-related rules

16.(1) All students are required to pass a test of Teacher Language Competency Skills, to demonstrate literacy skills within the top 30 per cent of the population, as required for professional registration.

(2) Students must demonstrate numeracy competency, within the top 30 per cent of the population, as appropriate to the specialisation and the requirements for professional registration.

(3) A National Criminal Record Check and a Working with Children Clearance must be presented to the Graduate School of Education before any student undertakes a professional practice unit.