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Overview

Enhance your education skills and expertise in conservation science and behaviour change through this unique opportunity to study conservation in action.

Offered through the exclusive educational alliance between Taronga Conservation Society Australia and the University of Sydney, this new specialisation links theory and practice. The program is designed to develop the careers of teaching professionals, education administrators, researchers, policymakers, nature conservationists and wildlife professionals who are passionate about a healthy future for wildlife and people.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year.

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

What you'll study

The Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Taronga Conservation Education) will provide you with unparalleled opportunities to develop skills and expertise in conservation science and behaviour change.

You will be taught by dedicated researchers and practitioners from Taronga Conservation Society Australia, one of the world’s leading zoo-based conservation organisations, and by leading academics from the University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences through the Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

You will achieve:

  • Practical skills and knowledge to design authentic environmental education programs relevant to your own real-world professional context
  • An advanced understanding of contemporary environmental education theory, research and practice
  • Deeper understanding of how to apply models and methodologies to influence behaviour and create social impact
  • Expertise to become an effective environmental educator

Completion requirement

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Taronga Conservation Education) you must complete 6 units of study (36 credit points), including:

  • a minimum of 4 units of study (24 credit points) of core units; and
  • a maximum of 2 unit of study (12 credit points) of elective units

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Taronga Conservation Education) requires:

  • a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification and either the completion of postgraduate studies, or professional experience equivalent to one year full-time in a field considered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to be appropriate to the program of study; or
  • a bachelor's degree and either the Diploma in Education or Bachelor of Teaching or Master of Teaching from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
  • a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification and either the completion of postgraduate studies in Education, or professional experience equivalent to two years full-time in a field considered by the School to be appropriate to the program of study.

Course opportunities

Classes will take place at our Camperdown and Camden campuses and at the new Taronga Institute of Science & Learning, at Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

The first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning offers access to the wider Zoo campus, providing authentic and interactive learning opportunities in an environment of working science.

Career pathways

The Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies has been designed to further your career in the following fields: teaching, education administration, policy making, nature conservation and research.

Future study options

Continue onto the Master of Education (Taronga Conservation Education).

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Domestic students

International students

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