Postgraduate study

Block-mode programs (away-from-base)

Please be aware that block mode programs are for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students only. Students will attend classes at the Camperdown/Darlington campus for six one-week blocks each year with the remaining study taken at home.

Introduction

The Koori Centre offers postgraduate qualifications designed to meet the need for qualified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander instructors of Indigenous Australian languages.

The Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Indigenous Languages Education equip educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement the NSW Aboriginal Languages K-10 Syllabus and syllabi from other states.

The graduate certificate is completed in one semester, the graduate diploma in one and a half semesters, while the master's degree takes two semesters (a full year).

Course content is arranged into linguistics, theory and practice strands and is applicable to all Indigenous Australian languages. Students do not need to be fluent in an Indigenous Australian language to enter the course and may undertake external study in a language as part of the graduate diploma or master.

Entry to the Graduate Certificate of Indigenous Languages Education requires that candidates have successfully completed two years towards a teaching qualification, such as a Diploma in Education (Aboriginal), or equivalent.

Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Languages Education

The graduate certificate is completed in one semester full time. It consists of four units of study:

  • KCIL5610 Sounds & Writing in Indigenous Languages
  • KCIL5611 Words & Meanings in Indigenous Languages
  • KCIL5612 Sentences & Text in Indigenous Languages
  • KCIL5613 Theories & Methods in Language Learning

Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Languages Education

Students who complete the requirements for the graduate certificate may extend their study and qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Languages Education. This requires a further two units of study in the second semester, chosen from the following:

  • KCIL5622 Learning an Indigenous Language
  • KCIL5623 Language Curriculum Development
  • KCIL5624 Technology & Language Learning

Master of Indigenous Languages Education

Entry to the Master of Indigenous Languages Education requires that candidates have completed:

  • a four-year teaching qualification, such as a Bachelor of Education, or a three-year degree and a Diploma of Education, or
  • the Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Language Education or,
  • the Graduate Certificate of Indigenous Languages Education with an average mark of 70 percent or higher.

To qualify for the award of the Master of Indigenous Languages Education, students must complete four units of study chosen from the following list in addition to completion of all four units offered in the first semester:

  • KCIL5620 Research Methods in Languages Education
  • KCIL5621 Research Project in Languages Education (elective)
  • KCIL5622 Learning an Indigenous Language (elective)
  • KCIL5623 Language Curriculum Development
  • KCIL5624 Technology & Language Learning

In some cases it may be possible for candidates with similar, but different, qualifications to be granted admission.