Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching - 2016

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Number of units: 4 units to complete

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The Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching education degree through Curtin University offers a comprehensive range of subjects to guarantee you are ready for real-world classrooms when you graduate. Subject units covered include developing professional curriculum practices, leadership and innovation skills, effective communication between students, peers and the community and working in online learning environments.

The Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching is designed for tertiary educators seeking to improve their teaching skills and gain recognised teaching qualifications.The content of the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching is designed to be applicable to all teaching disciplines at the tertiary level, and is suitable for those teaching in face-to-face, flexible and online learning environments.

This course aims to enable students to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of learning theory; implement sound teaching practices in their discipline area that include innovative and appropriate assessment processes
  2. capacity to apply critical reasoning to issues and evaluate opinions and to reflect on the literature using an evidence-based approach
  3. ability to research, evaluate and synthesise scholarly and professional information relevant to education; Capacity to articulate a sound argument
  4. ability to collect, analyse and organise information and ideas and convey those ideas clearly and fluently and apply them in both face-to-face and online environments; ability to actively listen and respond to the ideas of other people
  5. ability to engage effectively and appropriately with information and communication technologies; to select and use appropriate information and communication technology to retireve, manipulate and present information
  6. demonstrate the capacity for independent self-directed learning; possess self knowledge and the ability to reflect on teaching performance
  7. compare and contrast international approaches to what are considered best practices for tertiary teaching and implement appropriate standards and practices into their own discipline
  8. appreciate and value the variety and range of cultural backgrounds of tertiary students and provide considered programs and materials which are sensitive to student needs and beliefs
  9. possess the abilities and skills that provide a foundation for present and future leadership in education; has an appreciation of social and ethical responsibilities and the ability to apply ethical standards

The Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching is considered an advanced preparation for teaching in a tertiary setting. It is therefore an advantage when seeking employment in a higher education setting.

The Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching is considered an advanced preparation for teaching in a tertiary setting and, as such, is seen as advantageous by university employers. Articulation with other award programs is decided on a case-by-case basis.

Below is link to the list of state-based teacher registration bodies for reference.

State-based Teacher Registration Bodies (PDF, 30Kb)

The Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching is open to students who have an undergraduate degree relevant to the academic field in which they are teaching. Applicants should be currently employed in tertiary teaching or seeking to be employed in higher education.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all courses are taught in English. If your education qualifications were not predominantly in English, the minimum English language requirements are: International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic): with a minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a 7 in writing and reading and with no component score lower than 6.0).

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching students must complete four units.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Adult Learning and Assessment
EDTT521 Curtin Sess 1 - -
Teaching in a Tertiary Setting
EDTT525 Curtin Sess 1 - -
Course Design, Delivery and Evaluation
EDTT530 Curtin - - Sess 3
Improving Practice through Action Learning and Research
EDTT545 Curtin - - Sess 3

Students can complete EDTT521, EDTT525, EDTT530 and EDTT545 in any order.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from to along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit

For further information, please contact

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001