What is the difference between a Graduate Diploma of Education and a graduate certificate?
The main difference between a graduate certificate and graduate diploma is the time it takes to complete each qualification. Compared to the four-five months it takes to finish a graduate certificate, it takes up to 12 months of full-time study to complete the eight units required in a Grad Dip in Education. In both the certificate and diploma, you can opt to study part-time which does increase the time in which it takes to complete the degree.
A Graduate Diploma of Education usually incorporates the same course options as a graduate certificate in the same discipline area but builds on your knowledge from the certificate and advances your skills further. It also has similar coursework subjects as a master's degree in the same study field, but the flexibility of not having to commit to a full master's degree.