UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Graduate Diploma in Professional Education

The Graduate Diploma in Professional Education is equivalent to six months of full-time study and articulates with the Master of Education (coursework) or Master of Educational Leadership (coursework).

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleGraduate Diploma in Professional Education
Award abbreviationGradDipProfEd
Course code31310
Course typepostgraduate diploma
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Education
CRICOS code074959K
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required24
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration0.5 year
Time limit2 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Simon Clarke

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; 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.

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

NSEDUC5519Contemporary Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care
NSEDUC5523Education Law
S1EDUC5606Advance Course in Rasch Measurement Theory
NSEDUC5608Integrating Pedagogy and Technology
S1EDUC5610Human Resource Development in Education
NS, S2EDUC5612Leadership for Learning
S1EDUC5616International and Comparative Education
NSEDUC5633Quantitative Inquiry
S1, NSEDUC5634Qualitative Inquiry
NS, S1EDUC5636Assessment and Measurement
NS, S2EDUC5637Measurement and Evaluation
S2EDUC5638Introduction to Classical and Rasch Measurement Theories
NSEDUC5639Childhood and Adolescent Developmental Psychopathology
N/AEDUC5641History of Education
NS, S1EDUC5658Education Policy Trends: Global to Local
NS, S1, S2EDUC5660Education Studies
NS, S1, S2EDUC5661Education Studies
N/AEDUC5662Action Research and Curriculum Innovation
S2, NSEDUC5678Improving Learning and Teaching in the Curriculum

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

Admission requirements

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

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) (i) at least two years of relevant full-time professional experience; or

(ii) evidence of adequate research preparation, as recognised by UWA.

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. The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 30520 Master of Educational Leadership (48 points)
  • 30580 Master of Education (48 points)
  • 31310 Graduate Diploma in Professional Education (24 points)
  • 31650 Master of Educational Leadership (72 points)

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

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

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student 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.

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 fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time are assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(2) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for a second time 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.