Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education - 356JA
|Location:||UC - Canberra, Bruce|
|Faculty:||Faculty of Education|
|Discipline(s):||Academic Program Area - Education|
|Lowest Selection Rank:||PG|
|English Language Requirements:||Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0|
Increase your tertiary qualifications with self-paced study
If you’re a UC or TAFE Queensland staff member and have an undergraduate degree or sufficient professional experience from a partner institution, this course is an ideal platform to acknowledge and increase your skills in the area of designing, implementing and evaluating tertiary education learning activities.
You’ll undertake a range of self-organised applied learning activities relevant to your work or training context in: assessment; flexible learning environments; curriculum design; student engagement; and supervision, leadership and management. This unique and flexible course combines online, self-paced study with optional on-campus activities, allowing you to tailor your study pattern to your own personal and institutional needs.
Study a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education at UC and you will:
- demonstrate an understanding of educational theory, principles and scholarship
- draw upon your learnings to critically reflect on and analyse your own educational practice
- plan, design, implement and evaluate strategies for the enhancement of student learning across a range of areas
- synthesise and curate evidence into a coherent and holistic account of professional practice.
Work Integrated Learning
This course has been developed with Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at its core. The content has been created by tertiary education professionals, and kept relevant and up-to-date through consistent monitoring of, and engagement with, the industry. You’ll undertake authentic tasks which are highly relevant to the day-to-day practice of education, dealing regularly with real-world problems, and will be expected to apply course learnings to your own educational employment context.
- Teaching scholar
- Audit educator
- Professional development facilitator
- Professional trainer
Course specific information
To qualify for the course, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
- Be an academic staff member at UC or TAFE Queensland (full-time, part-time or sessional).
- Be a professional staff member at UC or TAFE Queensland and have a bachelor’s degree.
- Be a professional staff member at UC or TAFE Queensland and have relevant experience as approved by the course convener/Teaching and Learning.
Additionally, students would benefit from being concurrently employed in roles that involve teaching, teaching support, training, instruction, clinical supervision, or similar, as this will enable them to apply their learning in their specific work context and design and implement a work-based project. In cases where this is not possible, participants will be supported in planning and undertaking activities in a work-simulated context.
Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
Be an academic staff member at UC or TAFE QLD (full-time, part-time or sessional)
Be a professional staff member at UC or TAFE QLD and have a Bachelor degree
Be a professional staff member at UC or TAFE QLD and have relevant experience as approved by the course Convener/Teaching & Learning
Although it is not compulsory, participants in this course will benefit from being employed in roles that involve teaching, teaching support, training, instruction, clinical supervision or similar, as this will enable them to apply their learning in their specific work context and design and implement a work-based project. In cases where this is not possible, participants will be supported in planning and undertaking activities in a work-simulated context.
Periods Course is Open to New Admissions
|2019||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Teaching Periods 1 - 6
|2020||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Teaching Periods 1 - 6
Information on admission closing dates can be found here.
|Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education||GradCert TertiaryEd|
Unit Delivery Modes
The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:
|Flexible:||The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.|
To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit
Information for Fee Paying Students
The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. Graduate Certificate courses are typically 0.5 years in duration, so the total course fee will be half the above for such courses.The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.
|Course Objectives||Graduate Qualities|
|On completion of the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education graduates will be able to:
1. Take stock of their own teaching capabilities and development needs, and articulate trajectories for the future;
2. (a) Demonstrate their understanding of educational theory, principles and scholarship and be able to draw upon these to critically reflect on and analyse their own educational practice; and
(b) Plan, design, implement and evaluate strategies for the enhancement of student learning; in the following focus areas:
- Flexible learning environments
- Curriculum design
- Student engagement
- Supervision, leadership and management;
3. Synthesise and curate evidence into a coherent and holistic account of professional practice.
|1. UC graduates are professional. UC graduates can:
- employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
- communicate effectively;
- use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
- work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
- display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload;
- take pride in their professional and personal integrity.
2. UC graduates are global citizens. UC graduates can:
- think globally about issues in their profession;
- adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
- understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
- communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
- make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives;
- behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners. UC graduates can:
- reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
- be self-aware;
- adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas;
- evaluate and adopt new technology.
Students can enrol in this course to commence at any time. Students can undertake activities at their own pace and will determine their own approximate timeline for course completion. When students believe they have completed sufficient activities and can demonstrate their learning against the learning outcomes at AQF level 8, or can complete them within 12 months, they then enrol in the unit. Once they are enrolled they have 12 months to submit the final assessment task.
|Year||CSP Places Available||Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
- 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
- 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
- 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
- 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
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