Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (Learning and Teaching) (T3 2021)

Postgraduate coursework

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

This is the Trimester 3, 2021 version of this course.

The Trimester 3 teaching period starts from 8 November 2021.

Applications for this course close 24 October 2021.

Key facts


0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent (Trimester 2 entry only)

1 year part time (Trimester 1 & 3)


Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2021 close 24 October 2021

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

The course is designed for both new/early career and experienced teachers/academics who wish to consolidate their knowledge, skills and capabilities in relation to designing and teaching effective learning programs, creating and sustaining digitally-enriched, supportive learning environments, developing and implementing effective approaches to feedback and assessment, and engaging in productive evaluation and professional learning.

The course has been developed to reflect the essential teaching capabilities required to be an effective educator who meets the learning needs of diverse learners in a broad range of higher education disciplinary contexts.

The Course Learning Outcomes, learning activities and authentic assessments have been carefully designed to practice and demonstrate achievement against key dimensions of Fellow in the Higher Education Academy, and provides a scaffolded mechanism for graduates to achieve this level of international recognition of their teaching capabilities and practice.

Learning experiences in the course have also been developed using Deakin's Cloud First principles to enable students to experience firsthand the digitally-enabled modes of learning that are afforded by 21st Century digital learning technologies. On successful completion of the assessments in the course, Deakin academics will be eligible to receive a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). For those students who are external to Deakin University, the successful completion of the assessments in the course will provide them with the evidence required to support an application to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (Learning and Teaching), students must successfully complete 4 credit points of core units and

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

  • Designing and Teaching Student-Centred Learning Programs in Higher Education
  • Designing and Implementing Assessment for Learning in Higher Education
  • Establishing Effective and Inclusive Learning Environments in Higher Education
  • Transforming Professional Teaching Practice Through Scholarship in Higher Education
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (Learning and Teaching)

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status

    The course is approved by the University pursuant to the Higher Education Standards Framework

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

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

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 (part-time only) - March

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

    Trimester 2 (full-time or part-time) - July

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

    Trimester 3 (part-time only) - November

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

    Note: This course replaces the Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Learning and Teaching (E575) from Trimester 1 2020.

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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.

    Recognition of prior learning

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree in any discipline OR
    • at least two 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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking this course.  

    Full-fee paying

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year as they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by four credit points of study for Graduate Certificates. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    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.

    Job-ready Graduates package short courses 2021 

    Estimated tuition fee (CSP): Fee information is available via the fee estimator.

    The Australian Government's Job-ready Graduates package provided a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for this course in 2021.

    A CSP is a place in a course where Deakin receives some funding from the Australian Government. This means you'll only need to contribute part of the cost of your course – this is referred to as the 'student contribution'. In addition, if you meet the eligibility criteria and would prefer to defer your student contribution, you can apply for HECS-HELP. HECS-HELP provides you with a loan to cover your student contribution. 

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Deakin Application 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.

    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.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888


    Career outcomes

    As a graduate of this course, 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 'DeakinTALENT'

    Professional recognition

    On successful completion of the assessments in the course, Deakin academics will receive a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

    For those students/learners who are external to Deakin University, the successful completion of the assessments in the course will provide them with the evidence required to support an application to the United Kingdom Higher Education Academy (UKHEA).

    For more information visit: Deakin Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowships or UK Higher Education Academy.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Acquire and apply advanced and specialised knowledge of the theories and practices of contemporary curriculum design, pedagogy and methods of assessment and feedback for learning and teaching in higher education context


    Employ a range of oral and written communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to convey complex knowledge and concepts to diverse audiences as required of a teacher and scholar in higher education

    Digital literacy

    Select and employ a range of digital technologies and data sources to search, analyse, report, evaluate and communicate within the practice and scholarship of learning and teaching in higher education

    Critical thinking

    Critically evaluate, analyse and synthesise complex ideas and make informed judgements to improve learning and teaching 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, professional practice and scholarship by drawing on relevant theories of learning and recommend a range of approaches and solutions


    Apply inquiry-based approach to critical self-reflection of professional and academic practice in higher education, learning and teaching, and commit to continued critical evaluation and transformation of professional practice in higher education

    Global citizenship

    Apply ethical and professional standards to engage with key challenges in teaching and learning globally and inclusively, within diverse socioeconomic, cultural and faith-based contexts

    Approved by Faculty Board 2019