Graduate Certificate in Science Education (S5W)

Overview  2019

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Duration

Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 2 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

Please see E4S Bachelor of Education with Professional Honours (Science Education), Faculty of Education.Students apply and enrol in E4S but may exit with a Graduate Certificate in Science Education.

The Graduate Certificate in Science Education is a professionally-oriented program which aims to update and broaden the science content knowledge of practising science teachers in upper primary, high schools and colleges, and others involved in the field of science education. The program addresses professional learning opportunities for teachers of science (covering both the life sciences and physical sciences which includes Maths and IT) by providing access to current developments in science ("hot topics") as well as examining how new topics can be introduced into the classroom curriculum.

The course, which consists of four units, can be completed by part-time studies over the duration of one-year. Units will be delivered through a combination of block teaching (utilising the school vacation breaks in January and June) and on-line delivery.

The Science Content units KAA501 and KAA502 will be intensively taught over a four-day period and will consist of a series of hot topics presented by Schools within the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology. Participants will be able to expand their knowledge base and learn about the latest in scientific information and techniques. These units will address the Science as a Body of Knowledge strand of the Tasmanian Curriculum. The 'hot topics' will be supported through explicitly linking content with the Tasmanian curriculum.

ESH704 Conducting Professional Enquiry will link to the Content units and participants will relate scientific concepts from the topics covered in the Content units with the other Tasmanian Curriculum Strands; Science as a Human Endeavour; Science Inquiry and Science communication (Unit 1) and into classroom situations (Unit 2). The unit will have a pedagogical emphasis and will assist teachers inquire into and question their teaching and learning practices.

KAA503 Science in Practice will develop an enquiry with the particular focus of relating scientific concepts taught in Science Content 1. The enquiry will connect teachers to working scientists, or the work of scientists to gain an insight into science practice.

The objectives of the Graduate Certificate in Science Education are:

  • To provide a structured professional development program designed specifically for the needs of science teachers which recognises that professional development is a continuous and life long process.
  • The upgrading of disciplinary and pedagogical knowledge. Focus will be placed on emerging fields within science, for example, biotechnology and nanotechnology and current issues, such as the Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour, as well as new scientific techniques.
  • To enhance the relevance of the science curriculum to increase engagement in the classroom.
  • To improve the quality and qualifications of teachers being used to teach science. Declining participation in SET subjects and courses has been linked to an inadequate supply of suitably qualified teachers.

Course structure

Students must complete three compulsory units and one elective unit (see Schedule A).

Students who wish to use the Graduate Certificate to articulate into a Masters of Education (Coursework) with a full four unit credit transfer will need to select one of the Education (ESH) units as the elective.

Schedule A

All students will complete the following THREE COMPULSORY units:

This unit consists of a series of at least four hot topics in science, linked to research work undertaken at UTAS, for example, biodiversity, renewable energy, climate change and forensic science.Each topic will involve lectures, hands-on activities and in some…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit consists of at least four hot topics in science linked to research projects undertaken at UTAS and will include aspects of life science, physical science and environmental science.Each topic will have a multidisciplinary focus and will involve lectures,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit develops an understanding of education in a range of contexts and in a global society. In the unit we will work together to develop a richer understanding of how we know about education as well as how to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

And ONE ELECTIVE unit from:

In this unit teachers will be assisted in developing an inquiry with the particular focus of relating scientific concepts taught in KAA501 Content 1 and/or KAA502 Content 2 with the other Australian Curriculum Strands; ie Science as a Human Endeavour…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Using different methods and bringing together diverse geographical perspectives, this unit is for those who are or will be engaged in geographical education in primary and secondary schools. The unit examines the ways in which the planet is influenced by…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Using different methods and bringing together diverse geographical perspectives, this unit is for those who are or will be engaged in geographical education in primary and secondary schools. The unit develops students' understanding and appreciation of three key geographical concepts,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Organisations everywhere now operate in an environment of rapid, on-going and disruptive change. Leaders play a key role managing such change, which can include system-wide and local reforms, restructuring and innovations Often, many planned changes are not implemented in practice…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification. For the enquiry units, applicants need to have access to an educational setting that would allow implementation of the action research projects.

Students who complete two science units and two education units will be eligible for articulation to the Faculty of Education's Coursework masters programs.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2018, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2018, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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