Course overview

The Graduate Certificate in Education (International Baccalaureate) DP is a fully online program. It has been designed to broaden teachers' understanding and skills in relation to the philosophy and concepts underlying the International Baccalaureate Programmes including processes, culture and classroom practices.

The DP stream is recommended for teachers wanting to teach in IB schools, or currently teaching in IB schools, and seeking specialised knowledge and advanced qualifications in IB education with a focus on the Diploma Programme. This qualification is recognised by the International Baccalaureate in relation to the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning.

What you will learn

You'll learn how to comprehend the intellectual, social and psychological aspects of their IB work with learners and synthesise theory and practice. In the duration of this course, you'll be able to understand the key concepts of IB curriculum policy formation and IB curriculum development, develop theoretical understandings of the International Baccalaureate; and demonstrate an understanding of curriculum delivery modes of the IB as a model for professional learning.

Course structure

  • The Graduate Certificate in Education (International Baccalaureate) DP is a a 50 point fully online course.
  • Students complete four core subjects (50 points of study).
  • Please note that students can only select online Term availabilities of these subjects.

Entry requirements

  • In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed either:
    • a four-year education degree, or equivalent; or
    • an undergraduate degree in any discipline and at least 50 credit points, or equivalent, of graduate study in education.

Meeting these entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

  • In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
    • prior academic performance.
  • 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.
  • 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, perfopce band 7 is required.

Core Participation Requirements

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Graduate School policy to take reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the Graduate School’s programs.

The core participation requirements for study in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education are:

In all courses

  1. The ability to comprehend complex information related to education and the disciplines in which the student is teaching.
  2. The ability to communicate clearly and independently in assessment tasks a knowledge of the content, principles and practices relating to education and other relevant disciplines.
  3. Behavioural and social attributes that enable a student to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.

Students who feel a disability will prevent them from meeting the above academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit.

How to apply

You can enquire via University of Melbourne enquiry form 

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $25,728 total course cost.


1 year part time

Starting dates

February, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Teacher Education postgraduate courses at University of Melbourne rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 80.3% (national average 69.1%)
Improved skills: 82.2% (national average 72.8%)
Overall satisfaction: 88.2% (national average 81.5%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Melbourne. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Teacher Education postgraduate courses at University of Melbourne had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 88.7% (national average 80.5%)
Studying full time: 13.0% (national average 5.5%)
Median full time salary: $70,000 (national average $72,000)

The ratings above refer the proportion of surveyed University of Melbourne graduates for which the statement was true. You can find out more about these results here.