Learning and Teaching Office - Programs

Nested program with multiple exit points commencing in 2020:  Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching for Higher Education

The nested program is for those interested in developing their learning and teaching practices to meet the demands of teaching adults in the 21st century higher education environment.  It is underpinned by a growth model that understands that higher education teachers are learners and that growth requires a scholarly approach. With this in mind, the program has been created so that you can build on the four courses of the Graduate Certificate to earn the Graduate Diploma (eight courses in total). It also prepare those wishing to continue their studies in this area at the Master’s level (coming in 2021).

The Certificate enhances your knowledge of the contemporary adult learner in an authentic community of practice to explore contemporary issues in learning and teaching at the tertiary level, and it will encourage you to adopt a scholarly approach to improving your teaching practice.  You will finish the Diploma with the ability to lead academic colleagues, embed approaches to reconciliation and well-being into your practice, and to create pedagogical research projects.

All courses are delivered and facilitated fully online through eBooks in the Blackboard LMS.

Read the course descriptions here.

The following courses will be available in 2020:

Semester 1

  • EDUC5115 Introduction to Teaching in Higher Education
  • EDUC5117 Principles and Practices of Assessment and Evaluation
  • EDUC5009 Global Learning in Higher Education
  • EDUC5011 Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Semester 2

  • EDUC5115 Introduction to Teaching in Higher Education
  • EDUC5116 Designing Curriculum for Effective Learning
  • EDUC5119 Supervising Postgraduate Research
  • EDUC5011 Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

For more information about the process of applying and completing the Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching for Higher Education, please see the Student Admission Process.


Coming from a nursing and midwifery background into the tertiary sector is daunting. The Graduate Certificate course gave me a foundation to build upon my knowledge and skills in the areas of teaching and learning. The course encouraged me to look creatively at the midwifery course and how to approach changes to the design and flow of the course for the benefit of the learner. I was well supported and encouraged at every step in my journey throughout the course.

- Naomi Chapman Graduate Certificate Graduate 2015