Victoria’s future school leaders to benefit from Monash cutting-edge qualification

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Monash University’s Faculty of Education is partnering with the Victorian Government to create a Graduate Certificate of Principal Preparation for Victoria’s aspiring school leaders, as part of the Unlocking Potential (UP) Program.

The Graduate Certificate of Principal Preparation (Victoria) is a new feature of the Unlocking Potential – Principal Preparation Program which has been offered for the past three-years by Monash Education, in partnership with the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership.  

Under the enhanced program, graduates will now receive a qualification conferred by Monash University.

The Victorian Minister for Education, the Hon. James Merlino MP launched the new graduate certificate today at the opening of the 2017 UP Program, at the Bastow Institute.  

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Professor John Loughran, said it was the first such qualification of its type in Victoria.

“This innovative program developed by Australia’s leading Education Faculty will be the flagship principal leadership program for the Victorian State Government and will transform school leadership in our State.”  

Monash Professor of Educational Leadership Jeffrey Brooks said the Graduate Certificate of Principal Preparation (Victoria) gave aspiring principals the knowledge, skills and values needed to lead Victoria’s schools into the future.

“The program is built around providing leadership of the core work of the school—teaching and learning—while also giving participants a firm grasp of managerial and administrative aspects of the role of principal.”

The Graduate Certificate combines the latest research in education leadership with Masterclasses hosted by leading academics and innovative school leaders. Over the next four years, 640 aspiring principals will complete the Monash developed qualification run in collaboration with Bastow.

Bastow is the Victorian Government’s educational leadership institute and professional learning arm of the Department of Education and Training.

Monash Faculty of Education is ranked number one in Australia and top 20 in the world in education by the ShanghaiRanking's 2017 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS).