Graduate Certificate in Literacy and Numeracy (Early Years)
Teaching is the single largest profession in Australia, and the field of education continues to grow in size and significance, ensuring that skilled and enthusiastic graduates are constantly in demand.
What is this course about?
The Graduate Certificate in Literacy and Numeracy (Early Years) offers to extend the teaching abilities of the students, create opportunites for critical reflection on practice, and enhance the employment prospects of participants through an innovative use of workplace learning, research and in-depth study.
The aim of the Graduate Certificate in Literacy and Numeracy (Early Years) is to offer students enrolled in undergraduate teacher education programs, the opportunity to undertake a course of study which has a focus on literacy and numeracy in the early years. This course also offers existing teachers, particularly early-career teachers the opportunity to undertake further study to build their professional knowledge in the area of early years literacy and numeracy education.
Graduates will have:
- The opportunity to explore the transition from home to various education settings and examine the influences on literacy and numeracy (early years) learning.
- The opportunity to reflect on their own practices in order to inform their professional lives.
This course enables additional study to be undertaken in a specific content area, but it is not a retraining program and therefore will not have independent accreditation sought with the NSW Institute of Teachers.
1 year part-time by distance education
To study this course, you will need to indicate your likelihood of success through previous studies and other attainments and experience.
When weighing up the costs of study, consider the benefits of having the qualification you need to achieve your personal and professional goals.
To be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Literacy and Numeracy (Early Years) students will need to complete 32 subject points (4 standard subjects or their equivalent) comprising subjects from the following list:
No Key Subjects Apply
National Criminal Record Check
Students may be required to undergo a criminal record check and/or complete a Prohibited Employment Declaration under the Child Protection Act 1998 as part of professional experience requirements. These checks are intended to identify people who might, because of convictions for such things as violence or sexual offences, put students/clients' personal safety or health at risk. Traffic violations and other minor offences are not of interest.
As such, prospective students should be aware that an inability to obtain a criminal record clearance or complete a Prohibited Employment Declaration may limit practicum opportunities in some organisations and industries. Furthermore, criminal convictions involving violence or sexual offences may limit continued enrolment in a course and/or employment opportunities after completing the course.
If you have any queries regarding these matters, including the opportunities available for review of a particular case, contact the Course Director.
Admittance to this program is via two pathways:
- Students in the Bachelor of Education (K-12 Middle Schooling), Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Primary) programs in their second, third or fourth year can apply for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Literacy. Admission will be contingent upon students demonstrating satisfactory academic progress as determined by the Course Coordinator.
- qualified teachers who hold a three or four year teaching undergraduate or postgraduate teaching degree from any Australian tertiary institution or international equivalent.
English language proficiency
Applicants will be deemed to have sufficient English proficiency if they:
- have completed all their formal studies in one or more of the following countries; or
- were born in one of the following countries and have completed at least one qualification in one of those countries; or
- have completed senior secondary study or at least one year of full-time University study in one of the following countries: American Samoa, Australia, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia
- have successfully completed one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) post-secondary study at an affiliate institution of the University, with English as the medium of instruction and assessment.
All other applicants must explicitly demonstrate proficiency.
Acceptable tests for English proficiency
Any of the following results, attained within the last two years, can be used to demonstrate English proficiency:
- an Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) overall score of at least 6.0, and with no score below 5.5;
- a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) paper-based score of 550 and TWE of 5.0;
- a TOEFL computer-based score of 213 and Essay Rating of 5;
- a TOEFL internet-based score of 80 for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs, and 90 for postgraduate research candidates with a minimum score of 25 in the writing section.
- a Combined Universities Admission Test (CULT) overall score of at least 65;
- a C pass in English at the GCE 'A' level examinations in either Singapore or the United Kingdom;
- completion of the International Baccalaureate diploma with English A2 at higher or sub. Level;
- a C pass in 'Use of English' in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE);
- completion of the UNSW Foundation Studies Certificate with a C pass in 'Use of English';
- completion of an AQF Certificate IV (including English for Academic Purposes);
- successful completion of at least one year of study in a course at Associate Diploma or Diploma level on the Register of Australian Tertiary Education;
- a score of 155 in the verbal component of the STAT test;
- a Pass grade in the Uniworld English College English for Tertiary Entrance course; or
- IRI Diploma of English.
An applicant who does not otherwise meet the University's requirements may be admitted on the recommendation of the Dean of the appropriate faculty.
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