Certificate in Alternative Education VGN002

Study Education

Education is a rapidly changing industry. The way students learn is diverse and changing, incorporating new technologies and approaches with increasing frequency. Mainstream education is becoming increasingly "alternative".

Education employs more than just teachers. This is a huge industry, with diverse and fascinating opportunities across a broad range of jobs, from course development and administration, to the many businesses that provide services to schools, colleges and universities. Even in the classroom, opportunities exist for specialists and assistants to work alongside and in support of teachers.


1. Classroom Delivery Skills - BWR006
There are 8 lessons in this module as follows:

1. Interpersonal Communication in Education
2. Listening Skills
3. Understanding Motivation
4. Motivational Factors
5. Applying Motivation to Education
6. Stress Management
7. Conflict Management
8. Mediation and Negotiation

2. Course Writing - BGN107
There are 8 lessons in this module as follows:

1. Bases for Education
2. Course Writing Methodologies
3. Level of Study
4. Curriculum Documentation
5. Course Materials
6. Course Material Creation
7. Reviewing and Updating Courses
8. Recognition and Accreditation
9. Application and Implementation.

3. Delivering Distance Education - BGN108
There are nine lessons in this module as follows:

1. Scope and Nature of Distance Education –how it is different
2. Getting the student started
3. Supporting Students
4. Real Time Support
5. Managing Resources
6. Assessment
7. Student Administration
8. Communication Skills
9. Supporting Graduates

4. Educational Psychology - BPS105
There are eight lessons in this module as follows:

1. Introduction –Development & Learning Theory
2. Behavioural Learning
3. Information Processing
4. Memory Retention & Loss
5. Individual Needs
6 Constructivist Learning
7. Motivation

5. Developmental Psychology - BPS210
There are ten lessons in this module as follows:

1. Theoretical Approaches and Key Concepts
2. Early Childhood – Cognitive & Social Development in the First 6 Years
3. Middle Childhood – Cognitive, Moral & Social Development in the Primary School Years
4. Challenges of Middle Childhood
5. Adolescence – Cognitive, Moral & Social Development
6. Challenges of Adolescence
7. Adulthood - Cognitive and Psychosocial Development in Early and Middle Adulthood
8. Challenges of Adulthood
9. Late Adulthood - Cognitive and Psychosocial Changes in the Elderly
10. Challenges of Late Adulthood

6. Workshop I - BGN103

There are 3 lessons in this module, each requiring the student to complete a problem-based learning project:

1. Workplace Tools, Equipment and Materials - Identifying and describing the operation of tools and equipment used in the workplace; routine maintenance of tools and equipment; identifying and comparing materials used in the workplace; using different materials to perform workplace tasks.

2. Workplace Skills - Determining key practical skills in the workplace; identifying and comparing commonly-performed workplace tasks; determining acceptable standards for workplace tasks; implementing techniques for improving workplace efficiency.

3. Workplace Safety - Identifying health and safety risks in the workplace; complying with industry OH&S standards; developing safety guidelines for handling dangerous items.


Education is the process of giving and acquiring knowledge. This may be in a more traditional teaching role, or it may be that you have a desire to pass on the skills that you have developed on to others. There are many different ways to work in education, and in today's world education is changing. In the past there were generally strict pathways for education – school, university, and apprentice type training. These days, through the schooling system there are several ways to receive education – for example attend school; do home schooling; do correspondence school via internet, hard copy or the radio; attend school part-time whilst completing on the job training. Once you leave school the options are endless. You can learn skills on the job, go to trade schools, university, community colleges, vocational training, apprenticeships, distance education (vocation and university) and more.

You can see from these examples that one of the main differences is the delivery modes that are available these days, most notably the difference that the internet has made to the way education can be delivered.

No one can predict with certainty what might happen over coming decades; but there are trends which have started to emerge:

  • The traditional model for universities and vocational colleges has been losing relevance over recent decades. A recent media report stated "We have too many under educated students and too many second rate universities" Traditional institutions in developed countries have been churning out graduates for years who either become unemployed; or cannot get jobs in areas related to what they studied.
  • Alternative education is expanding while traditional education is under increasing pressure.
  • Research has shown teachers in traditional schools (primary, secondary and tertiary) are increasingly stressed.
  • Research is showing that employers are placing less emphasis on qualifications, ....however, learning. knowledge and skills are still highly valued by employers
  • New opportunities continue to emerge in alternative forms of delivery. Online education is a boom industry. Production of multi media and educational video is booming....but teachers in the classroom are stressed.

The way the education industry is heading provides any skilled person, in any industry to become an educator. We now have the opportunity of delivering education to anyone, anywhere in the world.

Risks and challenges
Starting your own school or training course can be hard work, and difficult to get off the ground. You may need assistance with admin, business, and marketing support.

How to become an educator
There are many different routes to become an educator. If you intend to become a traditional teacher you will need a University degree in education. You may come to teaching through specializing in another industry and becoming an educator either within your workplace, within a training organisation, or within your own training business.

No matter what kind of educator you intend to become, you will need to start with your own education (whether that is through formal, or hands on training) in an industry, followed by training in education. You can learn education delivery skills through university or vocational training.

Related jobs:

  • Teacher
  • Distance education
  • Course Developer
  • Student Counsellor
  • Lecturer
  • Tour guide
  • Trainer and Assessor
  • Environmental educator
  • Health educator



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