Teachers displaced by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will benefit from a heavily-discounted online short course at Avondale University College as part of the Australian Government’s Higher Education Relief Package.
The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies is an award under the Australian Qualifications Framework comprising four units from specialisations in the Master of Education. Completing the award will not only offer a pathway into the degree but also satisfy New South Wales Education Standards Authority requirements for professional development.
“If you’re a casual teacher wanting to boost employment prospects by up-skilling or retraining over the next six months, and you want to do that for a lot less than it would usually cost, then this award is for you,” says Master of Education course convenor Dr Peter Beamish.
Students can choose their four units from the following six:
- Leadership & Organisation
- Legal and Governance Issues in Management
- Special Education: Gifted and Talented
- Special Education: Strategies for Inclusion and Management
- Teacher Effectiveness, and
- Teaching: Towards a Personal Framework
They must complete the units by distance mode between June and December this year.
Forty-five Commonwealth supported places are on offer. “We don’t usually have Commonwealth supported places allocated by the government to the Master of Education, so this is a one-off opportunity to begin your studies and save money,” says Dr Beamish.
The saving is substantial: students will pay a total tuition cost of only $A1250 for the graduate certificate instead of more than $9300 if they completed the units without government support. And access to HECS-HELP is available to eligible students.
Enrolment is open to only new full-time domestic students, including New Zealand citizens. While classes begin on June 10, enrolment does not close until June 24.
Avondale is offering the award not just to enrol more students but to do its part in helping teachers return to the workforce. “The government invited higher education providers to assist in fields of national priority such as teaching, and we feel privileged to respond by offering this award as part of our exisiting suite of courses,” says Vice-President (Academic) Professor Stephen Currow.