Graduate Certificate in Education (Learning Difficulties) program

Applications for Round 2 of the program opens in early 2023. This program is for Victorian teachers in mainstream schools interested in enhancing their capacity to support students with learning difficulties, including dyslexia and dyscalculia, through tertiary study.

Application Round 2 opens from 9am on Monday 30 January until 11:59pm on Tuesday 28 March 2023. More information on how to apply and access to Round 2 application guidelines will be available later in the year.  

Course details

This online postgraduate course is designed and delivered for the department by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) at the University of Melbourne.

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.

Check out the course outline below to see whether the content and structure of the program aligns with your postgraduate study needs and your school's goals for increasing support for students with learning difficulties.

Program overview

Each round of this program has 75 places available each year but this has been expanded to 100 positions for Round 2 in 2023 Successful applicants start the program in Semester 2 (July) each year and complete the course part-time over 12-24 months.

Each subject will run for 12 weeks and consist of four online teaching days combined with self-directed reading and assignment work to be completed online. Online classes will be scheduled outside school hours on weekends, ensuring maximum flexibility for busy teachers needing to balance study commitments with work and personal responsibilities.

As this course has no practical component no casual relief teacher provision is required.

Prepare to apply for Round 2

Before Round 2 opens, applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their interest in the program with their school principal  to clarify alignment with school strategic priorities for inclusive education, and literacy and numeracy goals.


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.  Principal class applicants should contact the IESU to confirm their eligibility before submitting an application.

Check your eligibility

If you have questions about eligibility contact IESU.

How to apply

From 9 am on Monday 30 January 2023 prospective applicants can apply online via a link to the SmartyGrants application form.

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

Prospective program applicants can register their early interest in Round 2 by emailing their details to the IESU team at 

Round 2 application guidelines

Please note that the Round 2 application guidelines will be uploaded in late 2022. 

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, 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 master's 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)