Graduate Certificate in Educational Neuroscience

Duration0.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
Location
Online
Next start termAnytime
Study modeOnline
Course codeCM11
First-year fee
$6,888 dffpifyf
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Overview

Enhance your professional practice and gain an understanding of the brain to maximise learning and wellness, fundamental to learning and teaching with CQUni’s Graduate Certificate in Educational Neuroscience.

Ideal for those who are involved in education whether as a teacher, an academic, a psychologist or social worker – convert your interest in cutting edge neuroscientific evidence to immediately inform and improve practice in brain-friendly ways.

Throughout your studies, you will discover the importance of neuroscience in education and develop contemporary insights into the brain that will enhance your ability to optimise student learning experiences that will improve both their achievements and wellness – and yours.

You will learn about the brain’s neuroplasticity and how to use that to improve learning and memory through brain-friendly strategies and neuroeducation. Using a growth mindset, you will learn about neuromyths, neuroleadership strategies to lead teams, and research in educational neuroscience, that will greatly enhance your professional practice. Educational Neuroscience is fundamental in our new and emerging landscape in education requiring brain-based strategies that really work.

As you study this course, you will also be able to immediately apply what you have learned to your workplace making it an excellent option for professional development with both short and long term outcomes for learners.

In addition, this course is offered by flexible online delivery via our Be Different platform, where you set your own pace, and units that have been designed to be broken into smaller professional development modules of 10 to 50-hours each, so you'll find that this course truly fits around your life.

The flexible course structure allows you to pathway into the Master of Educational Neuroscience with credit for four units.

Study experience

Career Opportunities

This course provides professional development for teachers, clinicians, academics and other professionals who would like to complete studies in a flexible and self-paced environment to gain neuroscientific insights to inform practices. Undertaking this course enables teachers to meet Continuing Professional Development obligations for registration. For other professionals, it may contribute to industry update requirements and significantly enhance professional practice.

Structure & Availability

COURSE STRUCTURE
The Graduate Certificate in Educational Neuroscience is comprised of four units that are delivered via our flexible online study platform, Be Different. These units are broken down into smaller modules that you can complete at your own pace.

The four units within this course are designed to each require a time commitment of 150 hours, equating to a total of 600 hours of study for all four units, which is approximately six months of full-time study when compared to a typical university term structure of two terms of full-time study. However, you will have up to three years from enrolment to complete the course at your own pace.

ASSESSMENTS
You will have to complete assessments throughout this course, and these range from online quizzes, case studies and video projects. There are optional additional activities available if you wish to explore topics further. The difference between traditional university course assessments and this flexible online course is that there are no deadlines or due dates - you set your own pace.

Online Availability

IntakeLocations
Hyperflexible Annual Term, 2024Available Online
Hyperflexible Annual Term, 2025Available Online

This course is open for applications all year round so you can start your studies anytime.

When you study this course via our flexible online Be Different learning platform, not only will you study high-quality course content delivered by our supportive Educational Neuroscience educators, but you also get to set the pace. This flexible online course is available 24/7, 365 days a year to support your self-paced study, this means that you are not bound by our traditional term dates for study nor doing assessments, and you can submit your responses to assessment tasks when it suits you.

UNIT OVERVIEWS

EDED20515 Educational Neuroscience
Educators are brain changers through the learning experiences they create. They are neural architects working with students/clients. Having informed knowledge about the brain is critical to maximise learning and wellness. In this unit, you will learn how our social brain connects with others in ways that are core to our existence. You will learn about neurobiological fundamentals, how neuroplasticity drives the development of neural networks in learning and memory, the role of stress responses in learning, and how sleep, nutrition and movement are critical to a healthy brain. You will gain neuroscientific insights into contemporary and emerging evidence-based findings to enhance your practices and create optimal learning environments that underpin achievement and wellness.

EDED20516 Neuroscience-Powered Leadership
This unit examines the attributes of inspirational leaders from a neuroscientific perspective based on contemporary research. You will learn how, as an inspirational leader, you need to appeal to your team’s needs and inner motivations to inspire them to engage in personal and organisational growth. This unit uses a social cognitive neuroscience approach based on trust, rapport, and growth. Contemporary brain-wise interventions to enhance team engagement and optimise the cooperation of members are examined through a neuroscientific lens.

EDED20517 Neuroplasticians Research Project
Educators and other professionals quite literally change the brain of students/clients – they are ‘neuroplasticians’. You will learn how findings from Psychology, Education and Neuroscience (PEN) disciplines co-jointly support brain-friendly principles to improve both achievement and wellness and about the many neuromyths that abound and how to challenge and avoid those. The unit content is carefully selected from authoritative sources such as Tokuhama-Espinosa, Willis, The Science of Learning Research Centre (SLRC), Howard-Jones, Siegel and other prominent, cutting-edge researchers in Educational Neuroscience. You will learn about research-based findings that have immediate practical use with learners, including young people and colleagues. You will review contemporary brain teaching guidelines and use those to enhance your practices utilising integrative reflections.

EDED20513 Learning and Memory - A Neuroscientific View
Educators need an understanding of learning and memory informed by evidence-based research involving neural activation patterns. In this unit, you will engage with contemporary views on how the brain works and develops by responding to internal and external stimuli. You will learn about how information flows in the brain and how the brain creates, consolidates, stores and retrieves memories. The knowledge and skills that you develop in this unit may be applied immediately in your professional practice to enhance learning and memory.

This course has no residential schools.

Requirements

Recommended study

This is a hyperflexible course that is available 24/7 and 365 days a year to support the self-paced study by students.

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold one of the following:

  • A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent Bachelor degree or higher equivalent qualification; OR
  • A completed and recognised AQF comparable Diploma level qualification with a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in the facilitation of learning of others; OR
  • A minimum of 5 years professional experience in the facilitation of learning of others.

Applicants who hold relevant qualifications with extensive employment experience in an educational setting will be referred to the Head of Course for consideration of admission.

Employment experience must be shown on a letter of employment which is presented on company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority. The letter must contain position title, duties performed and length of service.

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46: or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between the final examination date and the date of commencement of the study and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

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You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$6,888

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is four units for a graduate certificate or eight units for a graduate diploma or masters degree). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Government assistance loans

You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government loan scheme that helps eligible students pay their tuition fees. Provided you meet the FEE-HELP eligibility criteria, you can choose to use FEE-HELP to cover all or part of your tuition fees. Learn more about paying for university or view the FEE-HELP information booklet on the Australian Government’s Study Assist website.

Other study costs

There may be additional costs as part of your studies, such as technology expenses. Learn more about other study costs.

How to apply

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