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Graduate Certificate in Educational Neuroscience - CM11

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Neuroscience will provide you with an informed, contemporary and introductory understanding of the brain to maximise learning and wellness, fundamental to learning and teaching.

DOMESTIC
STUDY MODES

Online

UNITS/CREDITS

4/24

INTAKE

Anytime

DURATION

1 years full-time, 3 years part-time

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Neuroscience will provide you with an informed, contemporary and introductory understanding of the brain to maximise learning and wellness, fundamental to learning and teaching. Your professional knowledge and skills will be enhanced using contemporary, research-based understandings from Educational Neuroscience. You will learn, at an introductory level, how to create and maintain optimal learning environments that are ‘approach-based’ and brain-friendly, and can be applied directly into your workplace to maximise both learning and wellness for the students and clients with whom you work, yourself and colleagues. Using professional judgement, you will be able to draw upon contemporary and emerging findings from Educational Neuroscience to improve educational practices.

Core Units 4 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

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

Open Annual Term - 2020Available Online
Open Annual Term - 2021Available 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 Orientation to Educational Neuroscience
Educators are brain changers through the learning experiences they create (Willis, ca 2018). They are neural architects working with students/clients (Fuller, 2019). It is critical to have informed knowledge about the brain 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 very existence. You will learn too about neurobiological fundamentals and 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 evidence-based findings, both contemporary and emerging, to enhance your practices to create optimal learning environments that underpin achievement and wellness.

EDED20516 Neuroleadership and Conceptual Approaches in Educational Neuroscience
With so much neuroscientific research emerging daily, having robust, practical models based upon contemporary understandings are critical for professionals to inform practice. You will learn about quality models in Educational Neuroscience exemplified by ‘The Icecap model’ (Newman, 2018) in Neuroleadership. From these, you will also learn practical strategies for professionals and leaders that can be used immediately. You will learn about contemporary evidence from cutting edge research using brain-friendly principles and cover topics including brain architecture, neuroplasticity, genes, epigenetics, maintaining a healthy brain, and the science of learning. The conceptual approaches learnt will provide well-researched, holistic perspectives beneficial to educators, professionals and those with whom they interact. You will develop a new paradigm of achievement and wellness based upon neural models that can powerfully inform your practices. As a leader informing your practices using Neuroleadership understandings will impact positively on your learning community including colleagues and any young people.

EDED20517 Neuroplasticians and Neuromyths
Educators and other professionals quite literally change the brain of students/clients – they are ‘neuroplasticians’ (Willis, ca 2018). Learn how findings from Psychology, Education and Neuroscience (PEN) disciplines co-jointly support brain-friendly principles to improve both achievement and wellness. Learn too about the many neuromyths that abound and how to challenge and avoid those. 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 that is 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.

Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
This course has no residential schools.

Entry requires a 3-year bachelor's degree from an Australian University or College or equivalent, and professional experience in the facilitation of the learning of others for at least 3-years; or a 4-year bachelor's degree from an Australian university or college or equivalent.

Security Requirements

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Health Requirements

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Assumed Knowledge

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

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.

Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.

2020 fees for CQUniversity's Educational Neuroscience courses are as follows:

  • Graduate Certificate in Educational Neuroscience: the full cost is $5664. Individual units are priced at $1416 per unit.
  • Master of Educational Neuroscience: the full cost is $11328. Individual units are priced at $1416 per unit.

Don’t want to pay your tuition fees upfront? You might be eligible for FEE-HELP, a 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.

To find out more about FEE-HELP view the FEE-HELP information booklet available on the Australian Government’s Study Assist website.

Please note that from 1 January 2020, the Australian Government introduced a combined HELP loan limit which caps the amount you can borrow. This loan limit includes any HECS-HELP debt incurred from 2020 onwards plus any existing and new FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP or VET Student Loans. Learn more about the HELP loan limit and how it affects you.

BE DIFFERENT LEARNING PLATFORM
Ideal for the busy, self-motivated learner, this course is hosted entirely online and structured so that you can choose when you study. This course is designed for you to access course content on any device with internet access.

Unit content is divided into modules which are then broken down into smaller bite-sized learning activities so you’re able to fit study around your commitments and lifestyle. Complete modules on the bus, during your lunch hour, or in the doctor’s waiting room.

With no need to buy textbooks or additional content, and everything you need available on the Be Different platform and internet, you can be completing your studies anywhere.

APPLY NOW
This course is open for applications all year round allowing you to start your studies anytime.

Optional Orientation Unit
Before you apply, you can register on our Be Different platform and complete an optional orientation unit. This orientation unit is a great taster unit and will give you a feel for the course and the learning platform – it’s a good way to assess whether it’s the right fit, for you.

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