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What will I learn?

Founded on the principles of positive psychology, the Professional Certificate in Education (Positive Education) gives educators and allied health professionals the skills to enhance wellbeing and resilience in students.

In this course you will learn about principles designed to draw on students’ individual strengths and better support students and staff, including different theories of wellbeing, core positive education constructs, and how to utilise scientific theory to create stronger learning environments.

By bringing together the science and practice of positive psychology, this course helps you develop the skills to lead change in your school or workplace.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for those in educational roles who wish to improve student wellbeing and promote positive change in the workplace. This includes:

  • Educators
  • Youth workers
  • School counsellors
  • Health professionals
  • Administrators working in schools and other educational settings.

Please note: The Off Campus Start Year intake in March is only for custom education cohorts.

In this course you will explore a range of evidence-based applications to improve positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment for people of all ages.

Graduates will understand the role of measurement and evaluation, and be prepared to enhance wellbeing policy and initiate and lead systematic change across educational communities.

Course structure

This course comprises two subjects, each taught intensively over three days, with additional self-driven assessments including verbal presentations, written reports, and interactive exercises that will help you directly apply the theory and exercises to your work in the classroom or school community.

Students completing the course will:

  • Be up-to-date with current thinking and research in the field of positive psychology, and understand its application to educational and other relevant contexts
  • Understand how positive psychology may be used to facilitate the learning process, particularly for young learners
  • Understand the varied strengths and approaches to learning demonstrated by young people
  • Understand a variety of approaches to creating a learning environment that fosters creativity, innovation and social responsibility among learners of all ages
  • Be familiar with a range of asset-based approaches to learning, and understand how to mobilise these assets.

Which department am I in?

Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Study options

Online/Distance (6 months)

Tuition fees
AUD $7,320 for the entire course
Start date

25 July 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree. English language requirements: IELTS (academic English Only) - 6.5 overall, with written 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 577 + TWE 4.5; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

For international students

In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline and an additional one-year teaching qualification; or
a four-year teaching degree; or
an undergraduate degree with a minimum of three years of teaching experience; or
an undergraduate degree with a minimum of three years of experience working with young people in an educational or community setting.

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.