Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Learning and Teaching

Course summary for local students

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Year2015 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Learning and Teaching
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode

1 year part-time

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Indicative annual fee 2015$8,300* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries


Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359  

LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code E575

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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Learning and Teaching is designed to meet the requirements for credentialing tertiary teaching for academic staff. Such qualifications are becoming increasingly valued across the higher education sector, both in Australia and internationally.

The course is suitable for all academics teaching undergraduate or postgraduate students, in research supervision, and in the leadership or management of higher education. It caters for graduate students, tertiary teachers, adult educators, and professional staff engaged in supporting teaching and learning programs or delivering professional development programs.

The course is designed to develop your understanding of issues, research findings, and knowledge related to a range of tertiary teaching and learning contexts. Relevant policies, procedures and practices will be used to further your knowledge of quality teaching and learning as well as approaches and strategies to curriculum design, assessment, and the scholarship and leadership of teaching.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study. If you are studying a graduate certificate of 4 credit points, your total course EFTSL is 0.5.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

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.

For more information go to 'My Course My Career'

Course rules

The course requires the completion of 4 credit points comprising four core units.

Course structure

Core units

EEE730Contextualising Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

EEE731Designing, Teaching and Assessing Higher Education Programs

EEE732HDR Supervision

EEE733The Scholarship of Learning and Teaching


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Articulation to Masters course

The Graduate Certificate may articulate into the Master of Education

Teaching methods

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.

Entry requirements - specific

Entrants to the course must have successfully completed an approved qualification at degree level in any field. Participants in this course are expected to undertake investigations into their own teaching practices and contexts, so it is highly desirable that they are concurrently engaged in tertiary teaching or in supporting teaching and learning processes.

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.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.

Credit for prior learning - specific

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.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage.