Professional Certificate in Education (Positive Behaviour and Learning)
The Professional Certificate in Education (Positive Behaviour and Learning) meets the professional learning needs of teachers working with students with concerning behaviour, particularly those with disabilities.
You will explore research-validated interventions that promote positive learning and behaviour, and consider how you can better understand student behaviour and its impact on learning.
There is a particular focus on curriculum approaches to support students with additional needs, and on the function of challenging behaviour.
- A four-year education degree, or equivalent, or
- An undergraduate degree and a fourth year level education qualification, or equivalent.
All applicants must also complete a personal statement of intent (MS Word, 20kb).
All students must meet English language requirements.
- Course code: GC-PEDPBL
- 1 year part-time
25 points of coursework, comprising 2 x compulsory 12.5 point subjects:
- Promoting Positive Learning
- Promoting Positive Behaviour
For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Professional Certificate in Education (Positive Behaviour and Learning).
Students of this course will learn to:
- review and contrast major theoretical perspectives on behaviour and curriculum approaches for students with diverse learning needs
- critically analyse the concept of ‘challenging behaviour’
- consider communicative functions of behaviour.
The course provides students with practical opportunities to investigate functional relationships between environment, learning and behaviour, as well as reflect critically on classroom implications for promoting positive learning and behaviour in professional practice.
After completing this program, you may be eligible for up to 25 points of credit towards the:
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.
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
Final round: closes 8 June 2018
* 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.
Submit an online course application directly to the University of Melbourne.
- 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 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.
- Subject materials are available online, enabling students to choose whether to attend classes on-campus or study online at their own pace (subject to University deadlines).
- Where learning is supplemented with face-to-face tutorials, non-attendance at these would not disadvantage students in rural locations.
Australian fee-paying place
- 2018 total course fee: $6,432
This course gave me a clearer, more practical perspective on how behaviour and learning are intertwined. Using the most up to date research, I’ve been able to share my learning with colleagues and help them focus on what a student can do, as opposed to what they can’t. If you are looking for a practical, evidence-based course that will affect your teaching immediately, this is the course for you. It will give you a new perspective and build your confidence. Most importantly, it will help you provide a positive learning environment where your students will thrive.
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