Tertiary Teaching

Graduate Certificate

A tertiary teacher helping a student with his study

There will be no intake for this course in 2017.

The Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching is for teachers developing and delivering qualifications at Diploma level and above within TAFE institutes, enterprise registered training organisations, private providers and mixed sector tertiary education institutions.

Through this course you will develop an understanding of teaching, learning and scholarship in higher level qualifications delivered within tertiary education settings.

You will be taught by academics and researchers who have worked at TAFE institutes and with private providers, and understand the challenges facing teachers in these workplaces.

Course brochure (1.5mb PDF)

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree in any discipline, or equivalent.

Applicants without a relevant degree but with at least 6 years relevant work experience are encouraged to provide a CV with their application to be considered.

All students must meet English language requirements.

Course structure

  • 1 year part-time
  • 50 points of coursework, comprising 4 x compulsory 12.5 point subjects.

You will explore the principles and practice of quality tertiary teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation, curriculum design and education project design.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching.


You will develop a scholarly approach to your teaching, align learning objectives and assessment, and implement student-centred teaching and learning strategies that can be directly applied within your workplace.

You will also learn how to understand the needs, characteristics and expectations of your students, and the factors that shape teaching qualifications at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 5 and above.

You will gain:

  • a critical understanding of the principles of quality teaching and assessment for learning in tertiary education settings
  • knowledge of some of the key research relating to teaching and learning at AQF level 5 and higher, and the major debates in the area
  • an understanding of the place of assessment in tertiary education, and skills in using assessment design to enhance learning
  • curriculum design skills
  • awareness of innovative teaching procedures and confidence in experimenting with new approaches
  • a readiness to reflect on your own teaching practice and to use this reflection for continuous improvement.

Round 1 closes: 31 July 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017