Graduate Certificate in Education (Social Ecology)

Approved Abbreviation: GradCertEd(SocEcol)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1724.3

AQF Level: 8

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2018 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2016 or 2017 - please refer to 1724.2 Graduate Certificate in Education (Social Ecology)

For Commencement Year 2015 - please refer to 1724.1 Graduate Certificate in Education (Social Ecology)

The Graduate Certificate of Education (Social Ecology) explores the inter-relationships between the personal, social, environmental and spiritual domains. We acknowledge that everything we do as individuals affects others. We view ourselves as parts of the systems in which we live, taking responsibility for our roles. Students apply an introduction to social-ecological understanding to their professional or community environment to arrive at engaged understandings of those systems of practice. They develop skills in the analysis of ecological relationships through critical thinking, creative practice and effective communication. Graduates demonstrate awareness of social-ecological issues and take responsibility for their development. This course is delivered through a combination of online and on campus intensive teaching methods.

Study Mode
One year part-time.


Applicants for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Education (Social Ecology) must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline (AQF Level 7) or at least 8 years full-time equivalent professional work experience in environmental studies, communication, media studies, public health or society and culture.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International applicants who are non-student visa holders, and are in a permissible visa category, must apply directly to the Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

International students who did not complete their undergraduate degree in Australia must also meet English Language proficiency requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall score with a minimum 6.0 in each subtest
  • TOEFL - 575 (minimum 4.5 in TWE)
  • TOEFL computer based test - 232 (minimum 4.5 in essay writing)
  • TOEFL Internet based test - 89 (writing = 21 and all subtests = 18)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - (CAE)
  • Grade = B
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • Grade = C

The IELTS test scores must appear on a single IELTS TRF and be the result of a test undertaken during the 12-month period prior to submitting an application.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 40 credit points consisting of one core unit and three units from a pool of Specialist units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Core Unit

102152Social Ecology

Specialist units

101651Applied Imagination
101652Ecopsychology and Cultural Change
102165At the cultural interface - learning two ways
102148Engaging Communities
102161Leading Change
101658Transformative Learning

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