Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Learning and Teaching



Progress your career in tertiary education and enhance your understanding of teaching and learning. 

This course teaches you the most effective ways to approach important tasks in tertiary education – from curriculum design, to assessment, to the leadership of teaching teams. This type of qualification is becoming increasingly valued across the higher education sector – both locally and internationally. 

Our Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Learning and Teaching is suitable for all academics teaching undergraduate or postgraduate students, those in research supervision, as well as leaders and managers of higher education. 

You’ll also investigate your own teaching practices and contexts, so it’s highly desirable that you’re already engaged in tertiary teaching in some way.

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Key facts


1 year part-time


This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

This course replaces the Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (E570) from Trimester 2 2014.

Key information

Award granted

Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Learning and Teaching


2018 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

Not applicable

Deakin code



Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course Structure

The course requires the completion of 4 credit points comprising four core units and AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit).

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • a Bachelor degree in any discipline OR
  • at least three years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Career outcomes

As a graduate of the Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Learning and Teaching, you will advance your professional understanding and be prepared for academic undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, research supervision and for leadership roles in higher education, particularly in universities and tertiary institutions.

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Course learning outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Acquire advanced and specialised knowledge of the principles of contemporary curriculum design, pedagogy and evidence-based assessment and their application for teaching and learning in higher education.


Employ a range of oral and written communication skills and standards required of the higher education teacher and scholar to be able to transmit complex knowledge to a variety of audiences.

Digital literacy

Select and use a range of digital technologies and data sources to search, analyse, report, evaluate and communicate within the practice and scholarship of teaching. 

Critical thinking

Critically review, analyse and synthesise complex ideas and make informed judgements to improve teaching and learning in higher education. 

Problem solving

Use specialist knowledge and cognitive skills to analyse and review key drivers, challenges and trends impacting higher education, identify implications for teaching and scholarship by drawing on relevant theories of learning and recommend a range of approaches and solutions.


Apply an evidence-based approach to critical self-reflection in relation to teaching and learning, and have a commitment to ongoing, self-directed professional development. 


Work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team to create solutions to authentic problems of practice in higher education. 

Global citizenship

Apply ethical and professional standards to engage with key challenges in teaching and learning globally, within diverse socioeconomic, cultural and religious contexts.

Approved by Faculty Board June 2014


How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Apply through Deakin

Need more information on how to apply?

For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

Register your interest to study at Deakin

Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

Credit for Prior Learning

Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning. For a graduate certificate a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin. Applications for up to two credit points of credit transfer will be considered depending on the student’s prior qualifications and professional experience. Credit may be awarded for relevant teaching experience, evidence of teaching competence, teaching awards, publications related to teaching in higher education in refereed journals, supervision of PhD completions or completion or partial completion of equivalent qualifications.

Faculty contact information

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries


Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359  

Fee information

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

  • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
  • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 4 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

Additional course information

The Graduate Certificate may articulate into the Master of Education

This course will be offered in Cloud (online) mode with online and distance education elements. Some face-to-face seminars will be available. Instruction will be provided through CloudDeakin, multimedia resources and recommended texts and readings.

Offered campuses

Study online at Cloud Campus

Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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