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:
N/A = not available in 2021; 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 2022 or 2023.

(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 M.

(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 J or M

and units to the value of 12 points form Group K.

(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 I and units to the value of 6 points

from Group J, K or M. For students pursuing a minor in music, take units MUSC4711 and MUSC4712 to the value of 12 points form Group I, units to the value of 12 points from Group A–G and units to the value of 6 points form Group K or M.

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

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

(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 G (24 points) and one unit(s) to the value of 6 points from Group L.

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

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSEDUC5000National Literacy and Numeracy Test (0 points)
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
nil
assessment only—no associated contact hours
NSEDUC5429Perspectives in Aboriginal Education
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 hours
N/AEDUC5481Professional 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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/workshops: 2 hours per week for 6 weeks; professional practice: 6 weeks full-time attendance in school
N/AEDUC5482Professional Practice II
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education, Master of Teaching (Secondary), or Master of Science Communication and Education
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/workshops: 2 hours per week (for 5 weeks); professional practice: 6 weeks full-time attendance in schools
N/AEDUC5485Development, Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 30 hours. Further information is available in the unit outline.
N/AEDUC5546Teaching Contexts
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 30 hours. Further information available in the unit outline.
Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSEDUC5460English Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 hours
NSEDUC5470English Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5460 English Curriculum I; EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary; and enrolment in the Master of Teaching Secondary
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information available in the unit outline.
Group C
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AEDUC5464Using Information and Communication Technology in Secondary Schools
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Teaching Secondary 32550
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Note: Not available in 2017

Group D
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSEDUC5461Languages Education Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Teaching Secondary 32550
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 hours
NSEDUC5471Languages Education Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5461 Languages Education Curriculum I; EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary ; and enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education or Master of Teaching Secondary
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
Nil.
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 30 hours
Group E
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSEDUC5462Mathematics Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching; Master of Science Communication and Education
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 hours
NSEDUC5472Mathematics Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5462 Mathematics Curriculum I; EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary and enrolment in the Master of Teaching Secondary
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil.
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 30 hours. Further information available in the unit outline.
Group F
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSEDUC5466Humanities 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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline
NSEDUC5476Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5466 HASS Curriculum I and EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary and enrolment in the Master of Teaching Secondary
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: up to 30 hours. Further information available in the unit outline.
Group G
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSEDUC5465Science Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching; Master of Science Communication and Education
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information available in the unit outline.
NSEDUC5475Science Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5465 Science Curriculum I; EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary; and enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
Nil.
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 30 hours. Further information available in the unit outline.
Group H
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSSSEH5464Physical 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
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 60 hours; tutorials: as arranged
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
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 30 hours; tutorials: as arranged
NSSSEH5491Health Education
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 3 hours per week
N/ASSEH5492Health Promotion in the Schools
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 3 hours per week; field work/labs: 2 hours per week; one debating night
Group I
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSMUSC4631Secondary Music Curriculum 1
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
This unit is for students enrolled in Master of Teaching - Secondary Course Code 32550
Incompatibility:
Nil
30 hours of lectorials and workshops
NSMUSC4632Secondary Music Curriculum 2
Prerequisites:
MUSC4631 Secondary Music Curriculum 1
Co-requisites:
This unit is for students enrolled in Master of Teaching - Secondary Course Code 32550
Incompatibility:
Nil
30 hours of lectorials and workshops
NSMUSC4711Studio Teaching and Musical Leadership 1
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
30 hours of lectorials and workshops
NSMUSC4712Studio Teaching and Musical Leadership 2
Prerequisites:
MUSC4711 Studio Teaching and Musical Leadership 1
Co-requisites:
Enrolled in Master of Teaching - Secondary Course code 32550
Incompatibility:
Nil
30 hours of lectorials and workshops
Group J
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSEDUC5460English Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 hours
NSEDUC5461Languages Education Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Teaching Secondary 32550
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 hours
NSEDUC5462Mathematics Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching; Master of Science Communication and Education
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 hours
NSEDUC5465Science Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching; Master of Science Communication and Education
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information available in the unit outline.
NSEDUC5466Humanities 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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline
Group K
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSEDUC5410General Capabilities Across the Curriculum
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.
NSEDUC5415Educational Leadership and Management
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars: 2.5 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
N/AEDUC5454Learning Difficulties
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars: 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks
N/AEDUC5492Understanding and Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars: 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks
N/AEDUC5511Learning with Young Adult Fiction
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
30 hours (further information is available in the unit outline)
NSSSEH5491Health Education
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 3 hours per week
N/ASSEH5492Health Promotion in the Schools
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 3 hours per week; field work/labs: 2 hours per week; one debating night
Group L
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AEDUC5454Learning Difficulties
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars: 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks
NSEDUC5468Inclusive teaching of at-risk students
Prerequisites:
enrolment or re-enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching (Secondary); Master of Science Communication and Education; Master of Teaching Secondary
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 contact hours (150 total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.
N/AEDUC5469School Psychology I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (31400), enrolment or re-enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in School Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 hours
N/AEDUC5478School Psychology II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5469 School Psychology I; EDUC5481 Professional Practice I or EDUC5405 School Psychology Professional Practice I; and enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (31400) or enrolment in Graduate Diploma in School Psychology (30360)
Co-requisites:
EDUC5482 Professional Practice II or EDUC5406 School Psychology Professional Practice II
Incompatibility:
Nil
30 hours
N/AEDUC5492Understanding and Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars: 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks
Group M
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AEDUC5464Using Information and Communication Technology in Secondary Schools
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Teaching Secondary 32550
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.
NSEDUC5468Inclusive teaching of at-risk students
Prerequisites:
enrolment or re-enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching (Secondary); Master of Science Communication and Education; Master of Teaching Secondary
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 contact hours (150 total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.

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 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 and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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 - Primary (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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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.

Deferrals

13. Applicants are not normally permitted to defer admission to this course and are expected to commence their course in the offered intake only. Applicants seeking admission to an alternative intake must submit a new application for that intake.

Additional rules
Time limit

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

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

Credit

15.(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

16.(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

17.(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.