Graduate Diploma in Education (Leadership) (exit only)

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipEd(Lead)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1728.1

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 2015 or later.

The Graduate Diploma in Education (Leadership) exit only explores recent developments in theory, policy and practice relating to educational leadership across early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary, TAFE, community-based and other professional settings. We recognise that leadership emerges and is enacted in diverse ways and in relationships and is crucial for fostering change and educational transformation. Students will review, analyse, and apply advanced knowledge and skills for leadership to a range of complex problems in workplaces and professional practice. They will initiate and implement innovations to improve learning outcomes in workplace settings, generate solutions and communicate these to diverse audiences. This course is delivered through a combination of online and intensive on-campus teaching methods.

Study Mode
Two years part-time.


1728 - Graduate Diploma in Education (Leadership) is an exit award from 1726 - Master of Education (Leadership).

1726 -Master of Education (Leadership)

Course Structure

This course is an exit award only. Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points which include the units listed below.

Students may elect to exit course 1726 Master of Education (Leadership) after the completion of the following units

101658Transformative Learning
102161Leading Change

and at least four specialist units from the 1726 Master of Education (Leadership) plus two additional units from any units offered as part of the Master of Education suite (1723 M Education (Social Ecology); 1726 M Education (Leadership); 1720 M Inclusive Education).

1723 Master of Education (Social Ecology)

1726 Master of Education (Leadership)

1720 Master of Inclusive Education

Specialist units

102159Designing Curriculum Futures
102160Education Policy, Practice and Global Knowledge Co-construction
100701Leadership, Mentoring and Professional Growth
102158Learning and Teaching in Challenging Contexts
102168Principles and Practices of Evaluation
102155Teaching and Learning with Adults

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