About this course
- Entry and participation requirements
- Attributes, outcomes and skills
- Course structure
- Further study
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Currently enrolled students
|Award title||Professional Certificate in Positive Education|
|Year & campus||2022 — Parkville|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Coursework|
|Credit points||25 credit points|
|Duration||6 months part-time or 6 months part-time|
The Professional Certificate in Positive Education provides a foundation in the science of positive psychology and its application in education settings. The course provides students with a strong foundation in positive psychology and practical approaches for systematically building positive educational communities.
The course focuses on scientifically-sound approaches, with an eye toward helping students to become critical consumers of the literature. The content helps educators to create learning environments that mobilise individual and collective strengths to simultaneously enhance wellbeing and academic performance.
Interactive sessions and assignments help students engage with the positive psychological perspective and initiate and lead systematic change in their community.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed, either:
- A bachelor honours degree or equivalent in a cognate area*; or
- A three-year undergraduate qualification and at least 50 credit points, or equivalent, of graduate study in a cognate area*; or
- A three-year undergraduate qualification in a cognate area*, and at least two years of documented relevant work experience.
*Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- Prior academic performance; and
- Relevant work experience, where applicable.
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance Band 7 is required.
*Cognate area: eg, psychology, education, sociology, business, management, political science, medicine, public health, economics.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
The Professional Certificate in Positive Education welcomes applications from students with disabilities.
For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Overview, Objectives and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University and degree policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the degree. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Student Equity and Disability Support Team: https://students.unimelb.edu.au/student-support/student-equity-and-disability-support.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this course, graduates should be able to:
- Articulate the concepts, key works, scholars, and developments that have influenced the field of positive psychology
- Evaluate the contextual relevance and implications of wellbeing conceptualisations
- Translate positive psychology and wellbeing-related research into personal and professional contexts
- Critically evaluate methods of research, evaluation, and practice employed in positive psychology, positive education and the wellbeing sciences
- Develop ethically sensitive approaches to improve wellbeing for individuals, groups, and communities
- Analyse factors that impact sustainable behaviour and systems change
- Demonstrate reflective practice regarding learning and professional application.
This course develops the following generic skills:
- Problem solving skills that are creative, innovative and solution focused
- Analytical skills and the ability to construct and articulate logical arguments
- Collaborative and teamwork skills through working with fellow students
- Ability to critically investigate, revise and review new ideas and approaches
- Effective organisational and planning skills
- Application of behaviour change methods
- Ability to gather, interpret, and distinguish relevant supporting scientific evidence and data.
On completion of this course, graduates should be:
- Academically excellent: Graduates will develop evidence-based knowledge of wellbeing science and its application within educational settings. They will demonstrate a high level of achievement in writing, problem solving, and communication. Graduates will be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning.
- Knowledgeable across disciplines: Graduates will critically examine, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across multiple disciplines relevant to wellbeing. They will expand their interdisciplinary analytical and cognitive skills through a variety of learning experiences and collaborative learning processes, with a set of flexible and transferable skills relevant to a diverse range of employment opportunities.
- Leaders in communities: Graduates will be prepared for leadership roles in relevant context and will be resourced to initiate constructive change with individuals and groups. They will demonstrate awareness of their personal strengths and areas of professional competence, as well as their limitations and competency boundaries.
- Attuned to cultural diversity: Graduates will have a clear recognition and respect for the perspectives and needs of individuals and groups from diverse cultural background. Graduates will be well-informed and resourceful citizens who strive to meet the needs of a wide range of groups in contextually appropriate ways.
- Aware global citizens: Graduates will value pro-social activities and will demonstrate a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics. They will recognise that wellbeing science provides an important mechanism for empowering people and mitigating the adverse effects of inequity and disadvantage.
The Professional Certificate in Positive Education requires completion of 25 credit points of study, usually over six months part time.
Students must complete 2 compulsory subjects.
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|EDUC91041||Principles of Positive Psychology||
Semester 1 (Extended)
Semester 2 (Early-Start)
|EDUC91043||Systems Informed Approaches to Change||
Semester 1 (Extended)
Semester 2 (Early-Start)
Graduates may apply to progress to the University of Melbourne's Master of Applied Positive Psychology, with advanced standing.
Last updated: 12 July 2022