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Adult and Community Education Courses

ADULT AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION COURSES

Australian Catholic University has recognised expertise in a number of fields of education. The Faculty is responding constantly to changes in society and the resultant broadening of the contexts in which education takes place. There is a growing awareness in Australian society that people need to be offered increased and alternative educational opportunities within formal and informal settings. Such opportunities will assist graduates in their personal development, their learning and their social effectiveness in different life situations.

The Graduate Diploma in Adult and Community Education assists students to develop the principles and practices required for those wanting to work in the field of inclusive adult and community education. Among other areas, this might include educational settings with people with disabilities, in parish or church work, as community and social justice educators and for those in government and non-government agencies. It focuses on the development of skills areas in community consultation, networking and advocacy, and the design, implementation and evaluation of educational programs. Graduates of this course are able to proceed to Master of Education programs.

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Leadership course responds to the clearly identified needs of those entrusted with leadership and roles that include supervision and management. The course addresses questions of personal integrity, institutional authenticity and leadership in a climate of cultural change and will promote opportunities for practical application by way of appropriate structures and strategies. The Graduate Certificate in Professional Development and Education offers opportunities for ongoing education and professional development with emphasis on education in professional standards, authentic leadership, values and integrity.

The Graduate Diploma in Professional Leadership and Education course, introduced in 1998, builds on the skills and knowledge developed in the Graduate Certificate in Professional Development and Education or the Graduate Certificate in Professional Leadership, to combine the emphases on professional leadership, and professional development and education. The program is designed for those who have leadership management and education roles.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Child Protection develops practitioners’ knowledge and skills in the planning and implementation of programs to minimise the impacts of child abuse in the community. The course has been developed for teachers, childcare workers, residential carers and community workers who deal with children and families. Graduates from this program may be eligible to enrol in the Master of Education (Human Relations and Community Education) course with advanced standing.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Indigenous and Cross-Cultural Education was also introduced in 1998. This course provides study opportunities for those working in the fields of Aboriginal education and cross-cultural education. Participants explore the relationships between society, culture, organisations and the forces for social change. It specifically examines how the development of policies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education arose from the Aboriginal experience of exclusion and assimilation in education. Graduates from this program may be eligible to enrol in the Master of Education (Human Relations and Community Education) course with advanced standing.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Mediation and Advocacy examines the competencies required by effective mediators and advocates and, of equal importance, the philosophy, ideology, values, culture and ethics which underpin these competencies. It is aimed at meeting the needs of professionals working within the education, community and health fields, particularly Adult and Community Education, Habilitation and Pastoral Guidance. Graduates from this program may be eligible to enrol in the Master of Education (Human Relations and Community Education) course with advanced standing.

The Faculty also conducts a course in this area at the postgraduate level. The Master of Education (Human Relations and Community Education) commenced in July 1998 and offers preparation and professional development of teachers, community educators and educational leaders who will serve the Catholic and wider community with distinction and dedication, in accordance with the ethics of their profession. It is committed to bringing about development, transformation and empowerment in schools, families, youth groups, community or adult colleges, neighbourhood settings, or with marginalised or poorer populations. While this course necessarily draws upon processes from a range of disciplines, its primary emphasis is on educational applications.

Students may also be considered for enrolment in the Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy at some campuses to undertake research in the area of Adult and Community Education. Further information on these programs may be found in the Higher Degrees section in this handbook..

The Doctor of Education is a professional degree which includes advanced studies in a chosen field of education, together with research and application in an area of educational professional practice, policy or administration. It is designed to meet the needs of practitioners who occupy or will occupy positions of influence within the educational community. The course will enable them to exercise with confidence leadership roles that require depth of knowledge, research and professional skills, and the ability to apply these skills to the fields in which they work. Further information on these programs may be found in the Higher Degrees section in this handbook.

Admission

Apply directly to The ACU National Admissions Section at the Brisbane Campus. Refer to the ‘Direct Entry Application

Graduate Certificate in Professional Development and Education

Normal entry requires completion of an initial degree.

Graduate Certificate in Professional Leadership

Normal entry requires completion of an initial degree.

Graduate Diploma in Professional Leadership and Education

Normal entry requires satisfactory completion of either the Graduate Certificate in Professional Development and Education or the Graduate Diploma in Professional Leadership and Education

Graduate Diploma in Adult and Community Education

Applicants require satisfactory completion of a nationally recognised undergraduate degree.

Postgraduate Certificate in Child Protection

Normal entry will be by degree or graduate diploma qualifications in the fields of school and community education. There is also provision for recognition of previous work and study experience in relevant fields.

Postgraduate Certificate in Indigenous and Cross-Cultural Education

Normal entry will be by degree or graduate diploma qualifications in the fields of school and community education. There is also provision for recognition of previous work and study experience in relevant fields.

Postgraduate Certificate in Mediation and Advocacy

Normal entry will be by degree or graduate diploma qualifications in the fields of school and community education. There is also provision for recognition of previous work and study experience in relevant fields.

Master of Education (Human Relations and Community Education)

Applicants normally require a first degree in Education, including either completion of substantial components relevant to the program which the applicant wishes to follow or relevant work experience or a first degree in an area other than Education and a postgraduate Diploma in Education, including either completion of substantial components relevant to the program to be undertaken or relevant work experience

Master of Philosophy

Candidates must have an appropriate undergraduate degree with honours, or an equivalent qualification from a recognised university at a level acceptable to ACU National. For further information, refer to the Higher Degrees section in this handbook.

Doctor of Philosophy

Candidates must have an appropriate undergraduate degree with Honours, or an equivalent qualification from a recognised university at a level acceptable to ACU National. For further information, refer to the Higher Degrees section in this handbook.

Doctor of Education

Applicants would normally have completed a Master’s degree in Education and appropriate studies in research methods and in the Adult and Community Education area of study in which the applicant intends to enrol.

 

Special AdmissionApplicants whose educational qualifications do not satisfy the requirements for admission to the course but who have a sound and sufficient basis for application supported by documentation may be granted admission if they satisfy special admission criteria determined by the Academic Board.


ADULT AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION COURSES

Campus

 

Course

Ballarat VIC

Melbourne VIC

(Aquinas)

(St Patrick's)

·       no programs available

Brisbane QLD

(McAuley at Banyo)

·       Graduate Certificate in Professional Development and Education  (not offered in 2003)

·       Graduate Certificate in Professional Leadership (Not offered in 2003)

Canberra ACT

(Signadou )

·       no programs available

Strathfield NSW

(Mount Saint Mary)

Graduate Certificate

·       Graduate Certificate in Professional Leadership

(not offered in 2003)

·       Graduate Certificate in Professional Development and Education  (not offered in 2003)

Postgraduate Certificate

·       Postgraduate Certificate in Child Protection

·       Postgraduate Certificate in Indigenous and Cross-Cultural Education

·       Postgraduate Certificate in Mediation and Advocacy  (not offered in 2003)

Graduate Diploma

·       Graduate Diploma in Professional Leadership and Education  (not offered in 2003)

·       Graduate Diploma in Adult and Community Education (not offered in 2003)

Higher Degrees

·       Master of Education (Human Relations and Community Education)

·       Master of Philosophy

·       Doctor of Philosophy

·       Doctor of Education