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Education (Learning Difficulties), Postgraduate Certificate

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #401 (WUR) Joondalup, Australia| Online
Graduate Certificate of Education (Learning Difficulties) offered at Edith Cowan University intended to prepare trained teachers to support students with specific needs in a regular classroom or in a special education facility.
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The Graduate Certificate of Education (Learning Difficulties) offered at Edith Cowan University course provides studies of both a theoretical and practical nature. Teachers will develop an understanding of the learning needs of students who have learning difficulties or learning disabilities. It will also provide teachers with knowledge and understandings of whole school approaches to supporting students at educational risk.

Employment opportunities

This course will support graduates in professional advancement as teachers, leaders and administrators.

Possible future job titles

  • Special Needs Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Learning Support

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundation Studies and Current Issues in Special Education
  • Strategies for Learning Difficulties
  • How Children Learn Literacy: Processes, Development, Difficulties
  • How Children Learn Mathematics: Processes, Development, Difficulties
  • Independent Study
  • Teaching, Assessing and Improving Writing
  • Teaching Reading: Theory, Comprehension and Skills

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • All applicants are required to have a Bachelor of Education, with equivalents considered. Alternatively applicants can have a three-year degree and a Graduate Diploma of Education, with equivalents considered.
  • Special entry may be considered for three-year trained teachers with extensive professional experience.

Tuition Fee

  • National

    3300 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3300 AUD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Joondalup

  • 1400 - 2500 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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