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Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Taronga Conservation Education)

Overview

Enhance your education skills and expertise in conservation science and behaviour change through this unique opportunity to study conservation in action.

Offered through the exclusive educational alliance between Taronga Conservation Society Australia and the University of Sydney, this new specialisation links theory and practice. The program is designed to develop the careers of teaching professionals, education administrators, researchers, policymakers, nature conservationists and wildlife professionals who are passionate about a healthy future for wildlife and people.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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What you'll study

What you'll study

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Taronga Conservation Education) will provide you with unparalleled opportunities to develop skills and expertise in conservation science and behaviour change.

You will be taught by dedicated researchers and practitioners from Taronga Conservation Society Australia, one of the world’s leading zoo-based conservation organisations, and by leading academics from the University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences through the Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

You will achieve:

  • Practical skills and knowledge to design authentic environmental education programs relevant to your own real-world professional context
  • An advanced understanding of contemporary environmental education theory, research and practice
  • Deeper understanding of how to apply models and methodologies to influence behaviour and create social impact
  • Expertise to become an effective environmental educator

Units of Study

Completion requirement

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Taronga Conservation Education) you must complete 4 units of study (24 credit points) of core units.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Taronga Conservation Education) requires:

  • a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification and either the completion of postgraduate studies, or professional experience equivalent to one year full-time in a field considered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to be appropriate to the program of study; or
  • a bachelor's degree and either the Diploma in Education or Bachelor of Teaching or Master of Teaching from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
  • a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification and either the completion of postgraduate studies in Education, or professional experience equivalent to two years full-time in a field considered by the School to be appropriate to the program of study.

Course opportunities

Classes will take place at our Camperdown and Camden campuses and at the new Taronga Institute of Science & Learning, at Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

The first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning offers access to the wider Zoo campus, providing authentic and interactive learning opportunities in an environment of working science.

Career pathways

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies has been designed to further your career in the following fields: teaching, education administration, policy making, nature conservation and research.

Future study options

Continue onto the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Taronga Conservation Education) or Master of Education (Taronga Conservation Education).

The world is changing, and university education needs to change too

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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