Graduate Certificate in Education (Specific Learning Difficulties)

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Gain the skills to better support the needs of students with specific learning difficulties such as literacy, numeracy and language learning.

You’ll improve your professional knowledge and understanding of the nature and causes of specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, in children and explore how to implement teaching that optimises student learning.

Have an enquiry? Course brochure (445kb PDF)

Entry requirements

  • A four-year education degree, or equivalent, or
  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline and at least 50 credit points, or equivalent, of graduate study in education.

Applicants without a relevant degree but with at least 6 years relevant work experience are encouraged to provide a CV with their application to be considered.

All students must meet English language requirements.

Course Structure

  • Course code: GC-EDSLD
  • 1 year part-time
  • 50 points of coursework, comprising 4 x compulsory 12.5 point subjects:
    1. Specific Learning Difficulties: Literacy
    2. Specific Learning Difficulties: Numeracy
    3. Learners and Learning Difficulties
    4. Oral Language, Literacy and Learning.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Graduate Certificate in Education (Specific Learning Difficulties).


The course will prepare you to:

  • identify strategies and evidence-based interventions for students with a range of specific learning difficulties
  • discuss the cognitive and affective processes involved in learning numeracy and fluent reading
  • Understand the nature and cause of specific learning difficulties and how to communicate this to other teachers, parents and students.


After successfully completing this course you may be eligible for 50 credit points towards the Master of Learning Intervention and other master courses.

How to apply

The University of Melbourne accepts online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. International applicants can apply online or in person through our overseas representatives.

Application dates

Start-year intake, 2019


Round 1: closes 18 October 2018


Round 1: closes 27 September 2018

Mid-year intake, 2018


Round 1: closes 31 May 2018

Round 2: closes 22 June 2018

Round 3: closes 5 July 2018


Final round: closes 8 June 2018

Applications for the 2018 Mid-year intake of the Master of Instructional Leadership have closed.

* Dates only apply for courses which are available to international students.

Prepare your application

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • previous academic transcripts
  • evidence of degree completion (testamur)
  • evidence of English language proficiency.

It's also worth checking the advanced standing policy (PDF, 209 KB) to see if you are eligible to receive credit towards your chosen course.

Application process

Submit an online course application directly to the University of Melbourne.

Please note:

  • If you are a current or past University of Melbourne student or applicant, use your existing student ID/username and password. Registering as a first time applicant will delay the processing of your application.
  • Only submit one application per course with your preferred fee type and study load (full-time or part-time) if applicable.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited and are not available for all courses. Eligible applicants who cannot be offered a CSP will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee Place.

Application outcome

Application outcomes will be sent to your nominated email address or overseas representative.

Applicants are able to check the progress of their application by logging in to the online course application page.