Graduate Certificate in Educational Neuroscience - CM11
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.
Start anytime and benefit from the flexibility of an entirely online course, studied at your own pace with no assessment constraints or unit deadlines. Upon completion, pathway into the Master of Educational Neuroscience with credit for four units.
0.5 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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|Open Annual Term - 2022||Available 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.
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.
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 n a letter of employment which is presented on a 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 final examination date and the date of commencement of 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.
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.
The 2021 fee for international students is A$7992 for the complete course. (4 units). This equates to A$1998 per unit.