|Grad Dip Education (Secondary) - 5926|
The Graduate Diploma in Education provides accelerated preservice teacher training for graduate students and an initial secondary teaching qualification for both government and non-government schools in New South Wales and in all other states in Australia. It is also widely accepted as a teaching qualification overseas.
The program is normally undertaken full-time over one year and mid-year entry is normally not available. During the program students will complete a range of core courses, method courses and 60 days of professional experience, including 50 days of supervised teaching practice in at least two different secondary schools. Teaching specialisations offered in 2011:
Double Method Courses
(**See below for the list of double method course requirements)
Single Method Courses:
(***See below for the list of single method course requirements)
Prospective English or History teachers may select a double or single method. Prospective Mathematics and Science teachers may select only one double method. Others may select two single method courses.
*ESL is a second teaching specialisation only. The prerequisites are two years of languages, or two years of linguistics, or one of each, or the equivalent.
Students may apply for internal transfer from the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) to the Master of Teaching program at the end of any semester with full credit for all studies completed.
The program requires students to study two single teaching specialisations, or one double teaching specialisation from those methods listed above. Applicants require an appropriate undergraduate degree from a recognised institution with adequate background studies in relevant teaching discipline/s as follows:
Main teaching specialisation – a major (three years of study, six semester long courses with at least 4 of these at level (year) 2 or above)
Second teaching specialisation – a minor (two years of study, four semester long courses with at least 2 of these at level (year) 2 or above)
Additional English language requirements
A very high level of competence in spoken and written English is required: Minimum Band 4 in HSC English Advanced, Standard English or English as a Second Language or equivalent or an overall IELTS score of 7.5, with a minimum of 8.0 in speaking and listening and a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, or the equivalent.
The program is designed to enable students to acquire or develop knowledge and skills to an advanced level in the following areas:
The program consists of 12 compulsory courses, including 60 days of structured professional experience, including 50 days of supervised teaching practice, and either one double method or two single method courses. Note that as this is a 3 semester one calendar year program students take 30 UOC in Semester 1 & 2 and 12 UOC in Summer Semester U1.
Summer Semester (U1 only):
Note that prospective English or Modern History teachers may select a double or single method. Prospective Mathematics and Science teachers may select only one double method. Others may select two single method courses.
Double Method Courses: English, Modern History, Mathematics, Science
Single Method Courses: Aboriginal Studies, Business Studies, Drama, Economics, English, English as a Second Language (ESL), Geography, Modern History, Languages (including French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian), Legal Studies
As the program includes 50 days supervised teaching experience in at least two secondary schools, all applicants must be available for five days per week for the full school day (approximately 8.30am – 4pm) in late May-June and in August-September.
Applicants are required to undertake the ‘Working with Children Check’ prior to undertaking professional experience and a police record check is completed prior to employment in schools.
1. A Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) may be awarded by the Council to a candidate who has satisfactorily completed a program of advanced study.
2. (1) A candidate for the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) shall:
(a) have been awarded an appropriate degree of Bachelor from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Standing Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (hereinafter referred to as the Committee); and
(b) meet the prerequisites for their selected teaching methods/specialisation/s. These prerequisites normally involve at least a major (three consecutive years of study, usually six courses) in the main teaching specialisation, and a minor (two years of study, usually four courses) in the second teaching specialisation.
(c) meet the English language proficiency requirements:
Higher School Certificate minimum Band 4 in Standard English, or a Higher School Certificate minimum Band 4 in English as a Second Language, or a Higher School Certifi cate minimum Band 4 in Advanced English, or an overall IELTS score of 7.5, with a minimum of 8.0 in speaking and Listening and a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, or the equivalent.
(2) In exceptional cases an applicant who submits evidence of such other academic and professional qualifications as may be approved by the Committee may be permitted to enrol for the degree.
(3) If the Committee is not satisfied with the qualifications submitted by an applicant the Committee may require the applicant to undergo such assessment or carry out such work as the Committee may prescribe, before permitting enrolment.
Enrolment and Progression
3. (1) An application to enrol as a candidate for the Graduate Diploma shall be lodged with the Registrar at least two calendar months before the commencement of the semester in which enrolment is to begin.
(2) To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma candidates must obtain over a period of study of no less than three semesters 72 units of credit. The maximum period of candidature shall be six academic semesters from the date of commencement. In special cases an extension of these times may be granted by the Committee.
(3) A student enrolling in a course must satisfy the prerequisite and co requisite requirements in that course. These requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Head of the School.
(4) The progress of a candidate shall be reviewed at least once annually by the Committee and as a result of the review the Committee may cancel enrolment or take such other action as it considers appropriate.
Credit Transfer and Advanced Standing
Students may apply for credit, credit transfer and advanced standing if they can demonstrate equivalent study at UNSW or another institution. The maximum credit, credit transfer and advanced standing granted for the Graduate Diploma is 36 units of credit, unless the candidate is transferring from the Master of Teaching at UNSW, in which case full credit for all equivalent studies completed will be given.
The Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) forms part of a sequence of articulated programs comprising the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) and Master of Teaching. A postgraduate student enrolled in an articulated program may progress from the Graduate Diploma to Master’s degree with full credit for courses completed in the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary).
4. A candidate shall pay such fees as may be determined from time to time by the Council.
For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website: https://my.unsw.edu.au/student/fees/FeesMainPage.html
Area(s) of Specialisation