Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International Baccalaureate)

Course 981PY (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 12 months


Catherine Scott



The last intake to this course was in 2014, from 2015 please refer to the Graduate Certificate in Education (International Baccalaureate) GC-EDIBPYP.

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Course Overview:

The last intake to this course was in 2014, from 2015 please refer to the Graduate Certificate in Education (International Baccalaureate) GC-EDIBPYP.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International Baccalaureate) 981PY course has been designed to broaden teacher's understanding and skills in relation to the philosophy and concepts underlying the International Baccalaureate Programmes including processes, culture and classroom practices.

The PYP stream is recommended for teachers wanting to teach in IB schools, or currently teaching in IB schools, and seeking specialised knowledge and advanced qualifications in IB education with a focus on the Primary Years Programme. This qualification is recognised by the International Baccalaureate in relation to the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning.

This course is suitable for students requiring eligibility for the IB Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning.

This is a fee paying course.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who have completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International Baccalaureate) 981PY should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the essential knowledge and skills to perform competently as an IB teacher;
  • Comprehend the intellectual, social and psychological aspects of their IB work with learners and synthesise theory and practice;
  • Understand the key concepts of IB curriculum policy formation and IB curriculum development;
  • Evaluate and use constructive criticism of their own work and of the institutions in which they teach;
  • Develop theoretical understandings of the International Baccalaureate; and
  • Demonstrate an understanding of curriculum delivery modes of the IB as a model for professional learning.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Students complete 50 points of study

Subject Options:

The course is comprised of four compulsory subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Entry Requirements:

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline and an additional one year teaching qualification, or
  • a four-year teaching degree; or
  • an undergraduate degree in any discipline and documented relevant professional or teaching experience that demonstrate a capacity to succeed in a course for which an undergraduate degree and formal teaching qualifications are normally required.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking and/or assessing applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • prior academic qualification and performance; and, if relevant
  • the professional experience.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Admission and Selection into Course Policy.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

Core Participation Requirements:

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Graduate School policy to take reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the Graduate School’s programs.
The core participation requirements for study in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education are:

In all courses

  1. The ability to comprehend complex information related to education and the disciplines in which the student is teaching.
  2. The ability to communicate clearly and independently in assessment tasks a knowledge of the content, principles and practices relating to education and other relevant disciplines.
  3. Behavioural and social attributes that enable a student to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.

Students who feel a disability will prevent them from meeting the above academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit.

Further Study:

Graduates may progress to a range of other graduate coursework programs.

Graduate Attributes: None
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