Professional Certificate in Education (Positive Behaviour and Learning)

Professional Certificate

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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.

Have an enquiry? Course brochure (430kb PDF)

Entry requirements

  • 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 structure

  • Course code: GC-PEDPBL
  • 1 year part-time
  • 25 points of coursework, comprising 2 x compulsory 12.5 point subjects:
    1. Promoting Positive Learning
    2. 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.

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.