Graduate Certificate in Education (Learning Difficulties) program

Places are available in the Graduate Certificate in Education (Learning Difficulties) program (program) for Victorian teachers in mainstream schools interested in enhancing their capacity to support students with learning difficulties, including dyslexia and dyscalculia.

Application Round 1 is now closed and no late applications will be accepted. 
Watch this space for news about Round 2 application dates in early 2023. 

Course details

The program is a new online postgraduate course developed for the department by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) at the University of Melbourne.

Delivered by MGSE, the program will deepen the disciplinary knowledge and pedagogical practice of teachers, so they have the skills, expertise, and confidence to meet the needs of all students, including students with dyslexia and dyscalculia, through contemporary, evidence-based strategies and fidelity of practice. It aims to develop teachers’ understandings of learning difficulties and the interactions between different types of learning difficulties, including dyslexia and dyscalculia.

Program overview

The program has 75 places available annually each application round. Successful recipients will commence study in Semester 2 (July) each year and complete the course part-time over 12-24 months. Synchronous classes will be scheduled outside school hours, ensuring maximum flexibility for teachers.

The course has no practicum component, so no casual relief teacher provision will be required.


Learning specialists, leading teachers and classroom teachers currently working in mainstream government primary or secondary schools and directly supporting students with learning difficulties are encouraged to apply.

Prospective applicants must be qualified practising teachers with full registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Teachers keen to apply for the course should discuss their interests with their principal before applying. Prospective principal class applicants should contact the IESU to clarify their eligibility.

How to apply

Round 1 has now closed. Prospective applicants for Round 2 2023 can register their interest in the program by emailing the IESU team (contact details below). 

Applicants will be able to apply online  through the SmartyGrants application form in early 2023.

Important details about Round 2 eligibility criteria, how to apply, recipient obligations, and course structure will be available in the Round 2 application guidelines to be uploaded in late 2022.

Until then, please refer to the Round 1 application guidelines for program information (below):

Important details about eligibility criteria, how to apply, recipient obligations, and course structure, are explained clearly in the application guidelines (below):

Relevant professional learning

Interested in getting a head start on understanding learning difficulties? Check out the department's Learning Difficulties webpages.

Or explore these modules in the Inclusive Classrooms Professional Learning Catalogue

Information about Disability Inclusion and related programs

Additional postgraduate study opportunities are available

Through the Master of Inclusive Education Program (the program), teachers can make a significant contribution to how their schools plan and support students with disabilities and additional learning needs, using contemporary evidence-based, best practice approaches.

The long-term vision of the program is that every Victorian government school will have a masters-qualified inclusive education teacher on staff, creating and leading a more inclusive school environment for all students across the state, regardless of their abilities and backgrounds.

For more information, visit Master of Inclusive Education program.

Contact the Inclusive Education Scholarships Unit (IESU)