Professional Certificate in Positive Education - Melbourne

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Education Award Professional Certificate
CourseProfessional Certificate in Education (Positive Education) - Melbourne Delivery
Course Code PR-EDPOSED
Partner FacultyMelbourne Graduate School of Education
Background Imagine a learning environment that mobilises individual strengths and enhances well-being and performance in innovative ways. These are the results of applying positive psychology in education. Many schools are now introducing positive principles to nurture the whole person with both students and staff. The Professional Certificate in Education (Positive Education) provides a foundation in the science of positive psychology and its application in education settings. It brings together the science and practice of positive psychology to promote optimal learning environments.
Course Description The Professional Certificate in Education (Positive Education) provides a foundation in the science of positive psychology and its application in education settings. The course is designed for educators, youth workers, school counsellors, health professionals and administrators who are working in schools and other educational settings. Participants will learn about different theories of wellbeing and flourishing, examine core positive education constructs, and explore positive interventions that can be used in learning environments to build wellbeing and resilience in students and staff. The course also explores how educators can initiate and lead systematic change across educational communities, wellbeing policy, and the role of measurement and evaluation. Activities and assignments help participants to apply the different concepts and strategies to their own educational setting.
Delivery Mode On-campus (face to face teaching in Melbourne)
Who Should Apply The course is designed for educators, youth workers, health professionals and administrators who are working in schools and other education settings where young people learn.
Subjects The course consists of two subjects:

EDUC90806 - Introduction to Positive Education
Introduces the science of positive psychology as it applies to education. It looks at the brain-science underpinning learning and development and it introduces a range of wellbeing frameworks including PERMA (positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment). In addition, a number of important factors associated with well-being such as resilience, hope and gratitude will be discussed.

EDUC90807 - Building Positive Education Communities
Explores how educators can initiate and lead positive change, and develop an evidence base to demonstrate impact, ensuring that change is embedded in their learning institution. Positive change will be discussed in relation to curriculum and pedagogy as well as to whole school approaches. Methods of evaluating change and strategies for influencing policy will also be examined.
Assessment Each subject is formally assessed to meet the requirements of University accreditation. Assessment is designed to be practical and relevant to industry professionals.


Assessment Task



Introducing others to positive education

15 minute presentation and report

Equivalent to 2000 words


Personal action plan

Written report

3000 words



Assessment Task



Systematic change plan overview

Executive summary of plan

500-1000 words


Systematic change plan full proposal

Written proposal for change

4000-4500 words


Pathways to Further Study Successful completion of this course may provide credit towards the Master of Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. It may also assist with entry to the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology, although it cannot be included as credit towards that program.
Academic and Teaching TeamAcademic Coordinator
  • Dr Margaret (Peggy) Kern
Senior Honorary Fellows
  • Ms Michelle McQuaid
  • Dr Mathew White
Entry Requirements Entry requirements: You must have one of the following to be eligible to apply:
  • an approved degree and an approved teaching qualification, or
  • an approved four-year teaching degree, or
  • an approved equivalent qualification which is recognised by the Faculty as evidence of adequate preparation for the course and a record of professional or teaching experience in a field and at a level acceptable to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
You do not need to be teaching currently, but a background in teaching is recommended. Please attach supporting documentation to your application - the documentation required is a certified academic transcript and Resume.
Course Fees The 2018 course fees are $6,432.00 ($3,216 per subject), GST in not applicable. Subject invoices will be issued prior to the subject deliveries.
Fee Inclusions Fees include tuition, course materials, catering and access to on-line resources during intensive delivery of subjects. As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.
Fee ExclusionsStudent Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) According to the Australian Parliament legislation October 2011, the university is required to charge an annual compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee to Commonwealth Supported students (CSP students) from 2012. This fee will be invoiced separately to tuition fees by the University of Melbourne, and covers a number of services available to you as an enrolled award student of the University. The SSAF is calculated on the per-annum basis and charged depending on your enrolment load (part time or full time).
FEE HELPFee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
Delivery Dates and Times2018 Melbourne - Semester One

Subject One: Introduction to Positive Education
  • Days 1 & 2: Friday, 16th and Saturday, 17th February
  • Day 3: Friday, 16th March
Subject Two: Building Positive Education Communities
  • Days 1 & 2: Friday, 20th and Saturday, 21st April
  • Day 3: Friday, 25th May

Class times: 9:00am - 4:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: There are no further deliveries planned for 2018. We expect to next offer the course at the same time in 2019.

Delivery Venue Rydges on Swanston, 701 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053
Additional InformationThe application closing date is Saturday 3 February 2018.
Related Courses and SubjectsProfessional Certificate in Education (Positive Education) - WA delivery
Contact Us Rebecca Phelps
Program Coordinator
The University of Melbourne
T: +61 3 9035 4043