Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Learning and Teaching

Course summary for local students

Award granted Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Learning and Teaching
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Length 0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

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

Indicative annual fee 2015$8,300/0.5 EFTSL-$4150* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Arts and Education

Tel 03 9246 8100  or  03 5227 1359


Course Director

Lyn Harrison, +61 522 71494,

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

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.

Course rules

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

Course structure

Commencing 2015

Core units

Trimester 1  and 2

EEE733The Scholarship of Learning and Teaching

Trimester 1 and 3

EEE731Designing, Teaching and Assessing Higher Education Programs

Trimester 2 and 3

EEE730Contextualising Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Trimester 3

EEE732HDR Supervision

Articulation to Masters course

The Graduate Certificate may articulate with either a Master of Education or a Master of Professional Education and Training depending on applicant's qualifications.

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 - general

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.

For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever if the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.


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