The Graduate Certificate in Education (Vision Impairment) is an 18-unit program offered by the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work and is available in distance mode only.

Admission requirements

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

In addition to this generic admission requirement, the Graduate Certificate in Education (Vision Impairment) requires that applicants have not less than two years' relevant work experience. 

Course aims

The Graduate Certificate in Education provides candidates with opportunities to critically examine recent literature, engage in debate and reflection, and expand and apply in-depth knowledge of:

  • policies and practices related to working with students with vision impairment
  • methods for fostering interdisciplinary and intercultural partnerships and working collaboratively
  • theoretical and practical matters in education in such a way as to improve professional decision making
  • curriculum, pedagogy and assessment policies and practices designed to improve learning outcomes and student/client well-being
  • theoretical and practical matters related to working with students with vision impairment.

Learning outcomes

It is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • further enhance dispositions, cognitive skills, reflective awareness and creativity to facilitate the application of evidence-based knowledge, skills and capacities to educational practices
  • apply high-level technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
  • critically reflect on, evaluate and synthesise knowledge gained from reading, discussion and writing to demonstrate an advanced understanding of educational research, policies and practices
  • demonstrate contemporary evidence-based knowledge when operating in educational contexts.


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 (Vision Impairment) specialisation, a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP, or better, in topics listed below.

Core - Year 1 topic

 EDUC8541  Studies in Vision Impairment 1  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

Select 13.5 units from the topics listed

 EDUC9542  Studies in Vision Impairment 2  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9543  Studies in Braille: Research and Practice  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9544  Studies in Orientation and Mobility: Research and Practice  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9551  Introduction to Sensory Impairment  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9720  Directed Study in Education  (4.5 units)