Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership

Professional Certificate

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Get a taste of the Master of Instructional Leadership and begin building your leadership skills to enhance effective teaching and learning. You’ll explore current research on how school leaders best impact teachers’ and students’ learning and evaluate the impact of leadership decisions.

Key areas include: the role of leadership in enhancing quality teaching and student achievement, change management, effective teacher professional learning, and the importance of evidence and data.

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Entry requirements

  • An appropriate four-year degree in education, or
  • A postgraduate diploma in the field of education; and
  • At least two years of documented relevant professional experience.

All students must meet English language requirements.

Course structure

  • Course code: GC-INSLEAD
  • 6 months part-time
  • 25 points of coursework, comprising 2 x compulsory 12.5 point subjects:
    • Evidence for Learning and Teaching
    • Leading Learning and Teaching.

This course aligns with the Australian Professional Standard for Principals, developed by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership.


This course will prepare you to:

  • understand and apply how to reflect on the evidence of impact in a school
  • develop tools to help you evaluate impact in multiple situations
  • understand the essential features of instructional leadership and how effective leaders create conditions where their teachers can teach successfully and students can learn.


After succesffuly completing this course you will be eligible for 25 credit points towards the Master of Instructional Leadership, as well as other graduate certificate and master courses.

How to apply

Please note: Applications have now closed for the Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership.

The University of Melbourne accepts online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. International applicants can apply online or in person through our overseas representatives.

Application dates

Start-year intake, 2019


Round 1: closes 18 October 2018


Round 1: closes 27 September 2018

* Dates only apply for courses which are available to international students.

Prepare your application

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • previous academic transcripts
  • evidence of degree completion (testamur)
  • evidence of English language proficiency.

It's also worth checking the advanced standing policy (PDF, 209 KB) to see if you are eligible to receive credit towards your chosen course.

Application process

Submit an online course application directly to the University of Melbourne.

Please note:

  • If you are a current or past University of Melbourne student or applicant, use your existing student ID/username and password. Registering as a first time applicant will delay the processing of your application.
  • Only submit one application per course with your preferred fee type and study load (full-time or part-time) if applicable.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited and are not available for all courses. Eligible applicants who cannot be offered a CSP will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee Place.

Application outcome

Application outcomes will be sent to your nominated email address or overseas representative.

Applicants are able to check the progress of their application by logging in to the online course application page.