Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International Baccalaureate)

Course 981DO (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Year and Campus: 2014 - Hawthorn
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 12 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Mrs Nicky Dulfer


To make an enquiry or request more information please contact:

Kathryn Smyth, Program Coordinator


T: +61 3 9810 3221

Course Overview:

The popularity of International Baccalaureate® education programmes is increasing throughout the world. These programmes are influenced by advancements in educational research and practice, and are recognised for their high quality and focus on engaging and challenging curricula that encourage critical thinking, intercultural understanding and respect for different points of view.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Studies (International Baccalaureate®) - Diploma Programme Stream, has been designed to provide teachers with theoretical and practical skills related to the (IB) Diploma Program and IB education more broadly.

The Diploma Programme Stream comprises four compulsory subjects. It provides students with a balance between theory and practice and assists the integration of educational research and pedagogy into a supportive and challenging learning environment.

The course content considers local, national and international perspectives, and covers topics such as international-mindedness, student-driven inquiry, assessment and learning, and reflective practice.

This course is for teachers and administrators in secondary education who want to broaden their understanding and skills in relation to the philosophy and concepts underlying the International Baccalaureate Programmes.

Learning Outcomes:
  • understand the philosophy of the IB and how it fosters international-mindedness
  • articulate the centrality of the learner profile in IB education and implications for learning and teaching
  • consider different tools and strategies for assessing student learning and the extent to which these encourage critical thinking and meet the diverse needs of students
  • explore the pedagogy of student-directed inquiry, inter-disciplinary learning, and the development of higher order thinking skills
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

4 compulsory subjects as listed below.

Subject Options:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Entry Requirements:
  • An approved degree and an approved teaching qualification; OR
  • An approved four-year teaching degree; OR
  • An approved equivalent qualification which is recognised by the faculty as evidence of adequate preparation for the course and has a record of professional or teaching experience in a field and at a level acceptable to the faculty.

International students must also meet the English language requirements of the University of Melbourne.

Core Participation Requirements:

The Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Studies (International Baccalaureate) welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and degree policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the degree.

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Overview, Objectives and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:

Further Study:

Students who complete the Postgraduate Certificate of Education (International Baccalaureate) are eligible to articulate into the Master of Education (International Baccalaureate) for which they may receive up to 50 points credit.

Graduate Attributes: None
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