The Graduate Certificate in Education (Gifted Education) is an 18-unit program offered by the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work and is available in a combination of on-campus school holiday intensives and online delivery. The program can be completed entirely by distance mode in two years of part-time study.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Course aims

The Graduate Certificate in Education is professionally-oriented and is intended for educators who have an interest in expanding their knowledge, skills and practice in the area of gifted education.

It aims to provide students with opportunities to:

  • critically examine literature and engage in inquiry and reflection
  • expand their knowledge, skills and understandings informed by gifted education research and literature
  • further enhance their insights into environmental, curricular, social and emotional implications for the development of giftedness
  • employ practical applications of gifted education pedagogy to specific contexts designed to meet the special educational needs of gifted students
  • broaden their professional learning goals

Learning outcomes

It is expected that graduates will expand their knowledge of:

  • the philosophy, principles and practices of gifted education presented in the research literature and policy documents;
  • the special needs of diverse gifted students;
  • models and methodologies relating to gifted education provision.

It is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate critical, creative and caring thinking skills; and effective learning and problem-solving strategies;
  • engage in independent inquiry related to critical issues in gifted education;
  • apply high-level knowledge gained from reading, reflection and writing into appropriately differentiated curriculum and educational practices designed to meet the needs of gifted students.


Credit may be granted, on application, for topics completed or being undertaken towards another relevant Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters degree, or for accredited professional development.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Education (Gifted Education) specialisation, a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP, or better, in topics listed below. Two topics are offered each semester, so students may complete the course in one or two years of part-time study.

Core - Year 1 topics

 EDUC8791  Gifted Education: Conceptions of Giftedness, Intelligence and Creativity  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9792  Gifted Education: Curriculum and Differentiation  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9793  Gifted Education: Program Design and Evaluation  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9794  Gifted Education: Affective Development  (4.5 units)