Graduate Certificate in Education (Learning Difficulties)

The Graduate Certificate in Education (Learning Difficulties) (GCE LD) is a new online postgraduate course developed for the Department of Education and Training (DET) by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) at the University of Melbourne.

Its objective is to enhance primary and secondary school teachers' disciplinary knowledge and pedagogical practice, equipping them with the skills, expertise, and confidence necessary to meet the needs of all students, including those with dyslexia and dyscalculia, through the use of contemporary, evidence-based strategies and fidelity of practise.

Associate Professor Lisa McKay-Brown and Ms Sharon Klieve, GCE LD subject co-coordinators, explain that while MGSE has offered an award course in learning difficulties for many years, this new collaboration with DET provided an opportunity to redevelop the course in order to align MGSE's highly regarded teaching and research in this space with DET initiatives in learning difficulties.

“The GCE will serve two functions: it will educate teachers in the specialised knowledge of adapting instruction and intervention to meet the needs of children, and it will facilitate change towards more inclusive evidence-led teaching practices. As a result, they will be able to leverage their learning for impact and develop their skills in translating theory to practise, enabling all students to reach their full potential,” they said.

Graduate Certificate in Education (Learning Difficulties) program

The Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) has launched the GCE LD Program, which will offer 75 fully funded part-time (across 12-24 months) places to qualifying candidates commencing in July 2022.

DET encourages applications from learning specialists, leading teachers, and classroom teachers who are currently employed in Victorian government primary or secondary schools. Applicants must be registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and be fully qualified teachers.

Round 1 applications are now being accepted and will close at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, 29 March.

Applicants must apply online using the SmartyGrants application form
Visit the programme webpage to view the course outline and application guidelines.

Non-scholarship applications

The Graduate Certificate in Education (Learning Difficulties) will be open to all professionals working in education settings. More information about non-scholarship applications will be made available in the coming days.

To register your interest, please fill out this short form, and our team will contact you as soon as applications are open.

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