Vocational Graduate Certificate in Education & Training for Sustainability

Education for Sustainability (EfS) is now recognised internationally as the educational and pedagogical platform for teaching in sustainability. EfS is shorthand for learning-based strategies to stimulate change towards sustainability. While we have an increasing number of courses in Australia about sustainability within many trades and professions, this qualification is the first focussing on education for sustainability. We know that teaching the technical knowledge and skills about sustainability design, materials and technologies does not bring about change in itself without the whole systems knowledge, critical thinking, communication and collaborative skills to educate for a sustainable future.                        

Course structure

This Graduate Certificate comprises three core units of study and is offered by blended delivery. Blended delivery mode incorporates workshops, on-line, individual assignments, team-based assignments and applied learning in the workplace or simulated environment.                                                                                                                               

Units of study

Develop a sector-specific Education for Sustainability teaching and learning program (VU20128) This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan for integration of sustainability, and education for sustainability (EfS), principles and practices into sector-specific teaching and learning programs. Typically established through action research, the program planning is informed by comprehensive study into current, relevant national and international sustainability policies, practices and movements and their application to individual teaching and training practices. 

Implement a sector-specific Education for Sustainability teaching and learning program (VU20129)
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to facilitate integration of sustainability, and education for sustainability (EfS), principles and practices into a sector-specific teaching and learning program. The program is monitored, reviewed and revised for continuous improvement.

Provide advanced facilitation skills to implement an education and training for sustainability initiative (VU20130) This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan for integration of sustainability and education for sustainability (EfS) principles and practices into sector-specific facilitation and training programs. Such planning initiatives are informed by comprehensive research into current, relevant national and international sustainability policies, practices and movements and their application to the provision of education in a range of contexts and settings.

Aims and objectives

This Vocational Graduate Certificate in Education and Training for Sustainability is designed for all teachers (VET, University Higher Education, Secondary and Primary) seeking to embed education for sustainability in their curriculum, teaching and assessment.It will also be important for those working for change in sustainability in community groups, local councils, government agencies, industry, and non-government organisations. Specifically, the course will provide participants with the skills and knowledge required to:

  • Embed sustainability into learning programs, curriculum and teaching practice
  • Facilitate a broad range of delivery and assessment strategies to support change for sustainability
  • Plan and implement learning based change programs within their own institution
  • Research current and emerging best practices in their industry sector/field of study

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Graduate attributes

Graduates of the course will be expected to be able to:

  • Teach, review and design curriculum to embed sustainability
  • Plan and implement a learning based change program for sustainability in an educational institution, local government, business or the community
  • Conduct action research projects to transform own practice for sustainability
  • Implement an education for sustainability learning strategy in their sector
  • Facilitate a broad range of delivery and assessment strategies to support change for sustainability

Teaching Material for this course