Teaching out-of-field? Upskill for free in digital and design technologies

Expressions of interest for a fully funded graduate certificate in digital technologies or design and technologies close on 1 September 2023.

Wednesday, 26 July 2023 at 12:14 am
Teaching out-of-field? Upskill in digital and design technologies at no cost

Expressions of interest are open for graduate certificates in digital technologies and design and technologies, aimed at years 7 to 10 teachers who are teaching these subjects out-of-field.

To learn more about the fully funded 2-year graduate certificates from Deakin University, interested teachers can use the links below to register for an information session in August 2023.

The course is offered at no cost for participating teachers or schools, and schools will receive additional funding to support participation.

Expressions of interest close on Friday 1 September 2023 and require your principal’s endorsement. Application outcomes will be communicated by mid September.

Please share this information with your colleagues and encourage them to apply.

Expressions of interest must be submitted through the Technologies Graduate Certificates webpage.

Learn more about the certificate

The graduate certificates are for teachers who have been teaching technologies out-of-field for less than 5 years and will be teaching out-of-field in 2024–25.

Each certificate will commence in February 2024 and run until the end of 2025.

They will be delivered as a blended learning experience consisting of:

  • face-to-face course days (2 days per term)
  • online workshops (3 per semester)
  • assessments that apply course learning in the classroom.

Both certificates consist of 4 units (one per semester) focusing on a different key content area. Participants will gain conceptual understanding, pedagogical content knowledge and skills, and assessment practices for teaching years 7 to 10 digital technologies or design and technologies.

Certificate credit can be put towards a Master of Education.

Current design and technology teachers who specialise in one technologies context should consider the design and technologies graduate certificate to broaden their understanding of other technologies contexts.

The course could also support teachers who teach digital technology as part of an integrated subject, such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Teachers integrating digital technologies should email the department’s STEM Education Unit to discuss their interest before submitting an expression of interest.

Places are limited to 50 for each certificate. Participants from regional and rural schools will be prioritised for half of these places.

Participants whose schools are more than 100 kilometres from the face-to-face venues are eligible for reimbursement/subsidies of travel, meals, and accommodation costs.

Schools will receive funding for each participant through their Student Resource Package, equivalent to 10% of a 2.6 classroom teacher salary (around $13,000 a year). The funding will enable schools to support teacher attendance at face-to-face course days and engage with course requirements.

Information sessions

Out-of-field teachers and their principals are invited to attend an online information session to learn more about the graduate certificates, course delivery, and expectations.

To register, select the preferred session below:

Find out more

For more information and to submit an expression of interest, visit the Technologies Graduate Certificates webpage.

For further enquiries, contact the STEM Education unit by email: technologies.graduate.certificates@education.vic.gov.au