Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Digital Learning)



Deakin's Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Digital Learning) is designed as an alternative entry to the Master of Professional Practice (Digital Learning) degree.

The course offers professional educators a validated, practice-based model of learning that will match developing capabilities in digital learning with opportunities for career development in the field. The course will also suit those without an undergraduate degree in the domain, but with significant professional experience relevant to digital learning contexts. Completion of this degree recognises the discipline-based knowledge and skills developed by professionals in the workplace and credentialed through Deakin.


Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent


1 to 1.5 years part time


This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud


Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Cloud


Key information

Award granted

Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Digital Learning)


2018 course information

Estimated fee rate

$5,920 tuition fees plus $1,980 for Professional Practice Credentials
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

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

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Digital Learning), a student must successfully complete 2 credit points, 4 Professional Practice credentials and AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit).

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Introductory Unit

  • Designing, Teaching and Assessing Higher Education Programs EEE731
  • Credentials

    Students must successfully complete four Professional Practice credentials (including at least one Knowledge credential).

    Successful attainment of Professional Practice credentials is based on evidence provided from professional practice, hence recognition through authentic learning experiences. All professional practice credentials are linked to the Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes. The credentials may be attempted separately or simultaneously and are assessed by an assessment panel that includes both academic and industry representatives. Please refer to the table below for the list of credentials.

    Graduate Certificate Credential Requirements
    Credential Minimum Level*^ Currency*
    Discipline knowledge credentials    
    CRXBD-A1 Digital Learning Professional Expertise 1 (Broad)    3 years
    Professional practice credentials    
    CRCOM-A1 Communication 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRCRI-A1 Critical thinking 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRDIL-A1 Digital literacy  5 (Advanced) 5 years

    *Applicants who have not satisfied the level requirement, or who have successfully achieved the credential but not within the required timeframe may be permitted to seek re-credentialing.

    ^ There are five levels and these are aligned with recognized "exit points" from the education sector, the AQF, work levels and industry frameworks.  Level 5 is aligned to the AQF Masters Level.

    Capstone Unit

  • Cloud and Online Learning Practice EDE798
  • Entry requirements

    To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Digital Learning) applicants require:

    • a bachelor degree from an approved institution; or
    • qualifications deemed to be equivalent ; or
    • extensive relevant work experience undertaken at a senior level as deemed appropriate by the Course Selection Team. 

    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 should check the Entry and English Language requirements.

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    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 Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

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

    Course pathways

    This course been specifically designed to provide an entry pathway into the Master of Professional Practice (Digital Learning).

    Fee information

    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 your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    The course includes a combination of tuition fees for two credit points of study and four Professional Practice Credentials.

    Professional Practice degrees are designed for those who wish to be credentialed for outcomes towards which they have already made significant progress through their extensive experience in a relevant professional field.

    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

    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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