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2013 Graduate Certificate in Science Education(S5W)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Science, Engineering and Technology (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum .5 yrs, Maximum 2 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology (03) 6226 2125 or Ms Jeannie-Marie Leroi (03) 6226 7477, email


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.

Admission & Prerequisites

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.

Course Objectives

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.

Articulation to/from Course

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

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