UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

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 overview

Course overview

Course titleGraduate Diploma in Education
Award abbreviationGradDipEd
Course code31400
Course typepostgraduate diploma
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Education
CRICOS code003003F
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year (mid-year intake for part-time study only)
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required60
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Professional accreditationGraduate Diploma in Education is accredited by: Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA).
Standard course duration1 year
Time limit4 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Jennifer Shand and Dr Ken Glasgow (School Psychology)

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2017;
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 2018 or 2019.

(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):

S1, S2EDUC5000National Literacy and Numeracy Test (0 points)
S1EDUC5429Perspectives in Aboriginal Education
NSEDUC5481Professional Practice I
NSEDUC5482Professional Practice II
S1EDUC5485Development, Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice
S2EDUC5546Teaching Contexts

Group A

S1EDUC5445Art Curriculum I
S2EDUC5446Art Curriculum II

Group B

S1EDUC5460English Curriculum I
S2EDUC5470English Curriculum II

Group C

S1EDUC5464Information and Communication Technology Curriculum I
S2EDUC5474Information and Communication Technology Curriculum II
Note: Not available in 2017

Group D

N/AEDUC5461Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Curriculum I
N/AEDUC5471Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Curriculum II

Group E

S1EDUC5462Mathematics Curriculum I
S2EDUC5472Mathematics Curriculum II

Group F

S1EDUC5466Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum I
S2EDUC5476Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum II

Group G

S1EDUC5465Science Curriculum I
S2EDUC5475Science Curriculum II
Note: Not available in 2017

Group H

S1, S2EDUC5404Educational Linguistics
N/AEDUC5467Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Curriculum I
N/AEDUC5477Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Curriculum II

Group I

S1SSEH5464Physical Education Curriculum I
NSSSEH5474Physical Education Curriculum II
NSSSEH5491Health Education
NSSSEH5492Health Promotion in the Schools

Group J

S1MUSC4631Secondary Music Curriculum 1
S2MUSC4632Secondary Music Curriculum 2
S1MUSC4711Studio Teaching and Musical Leadership 1
S2MUSC4712Studio Teaching and Musical Leadership 2

Group K

S1EDUC5445Art Curriculum I
S1EDUC5460English Curriculum I
N/AEDUC5461Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Curriculum I
S1EDUC5462Mathematics Curriculum I
S1EDUC5465Science Curriculum I
S1EDUC5466Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum I
N/AEDUC5467Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Curriculum I

Group L

S1, S2EDUC5404Educational Linguistics
S2EDUC5410Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum
S2EDUC5411Enhancing Teaching through Understanding Contemporary Education
S2EDUC5415Educational Leadership and Management
N/AEDUC5416Education in Rural Australia
S2EDUC5454Learning Difficulties
S1EDUC5492Understanding and Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders
S1EDUC5494Approaches to Student Assessment
S2, SSEDUC5507Cultural and Historical Perspectives of the Mathematics Curriculum
S2, SSEDUC5511Learning with Young Adult Fiction
SSEDUC5517Introduction to Catholic Education in Western Australia
NSSSEH5491Health Education
NSSSEH5492Health Promotion in the Schools

Group M

S2EDUC5454Learning Difficulties
S1EDUC5468Special Education Curriculum I
S1EDUC5469School Psychology I
S2EDUC5478School Psychology II
S1EDUC5492Understanding and Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders

Group N

S1EDUC5463Career Development Curriculum I
S1EDUC5464Information and Communication Technology Curriculum I
S1EDUC5468Special Education Curriculum I

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

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and 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) a bachelor's degree with a major relevant to secondary teaching curriculum majors offered by UWA, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

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 the relevant requirements.

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 13 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 8 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.