Educational Design - D4008

The Graduate Certificate of Educational Design will equip you with sound learning design principles, which in combination with digital technology, will improve student learning, no matter what the context.

Educational design as a profession was born amid digital disruption, and has continued to evolve at a rapid pace. In a world where education is delivered directly to a learner’s home or office, innovative course design is vitally important, as are the practitioners who push the boundaries of what’s possible.

This is why you’ll have the opportunity to explore theoretical and practical educational design models, finding creative ways to adapt your learning to distinct professional contexts in corporate and higher education settings, as well as the government and not-for-profit sector.

The way you learn is almost as important as what you learn, which is why your course is grounded in practical industry-relevant study – using real-world case study examples and simulations – and led by educational design academics who have developed influential theories accepted around the world.

Your units are built from the ground up to reflect this. You will learn pedagogical design principles that underpin dynamic online educational experiences that are also applicable to non-digital contexts.

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Where can the Graduate Certificate of Educational Design take me?

The Graduate Certificate of Educational Design is a versatile qualification that opens up pathways for students with some education experience already, as well as those planning to transition into the industry from other careers.

Whether you’re wanting to update and formalise your existing expertise, or acquire a new and in-demand skill set, you’ll graduate with a variety of career opportunities within reach.

Graduates can look to exciting careers as an educational designer, learning designer, learning technologist, online learning specialist, instructional designer, learning coach or academic developer. Educational designers find themselves working in universities, TAFEs and other Registered Training Organisations as well as a wide range of corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations.

To get in touch with a course consultant about the Graduate Certificate of Educational Design, phone 1300 272 509.

At a glance

Course Details

  • Online: Part time
0.7 years
Start date
January, March, May, July, August. October
Graduate Certificate of Educational Design
Course Handbook

The Graduate Certificate of Educational Design is 100% online, and can be completed in just 8 months of part-time study.

All your units, taught by industry experts with professional experience, are career-focused and can be completed in just six weeks of classes plus your assessments.

The skills you acquire will prove invaluable when it comes to completing your hands-on instructional design projects and assessments.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


Applicants must have successfully completed a recognised bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification with a pass (50%) average. Alternatively, applicants who have completed relevant full-time informal learning, with a recommendation letter or reference from an employer, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

The course comprises four units in which you will be introduced to core principles of educational design, and the digital technology that supports effective work in multidisciplinary educational design teams and partnerships.

This course comprises 24 credit points structured into four units, each of which is worth 6 credit points.

You must complete the following four units:

Making the application

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Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.