Warning! This program has been withdrawn. Read the transition arrangements.

Warning! This is a restricted degree. Subject enrolment is only available to students admitted into this degree.

Degree structure

Degree details

Please note: This program has been withdrawn and will not be available for new applicants.

This degree 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.

Professional recognition

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)

Higher education

Please note: This program has been withdrawn and will not be available for new applicants.

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 Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all degrees 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 http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

Applicants for a Graduate Certificate are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/. Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent credit gained for recognised learning.

*** Please Note: If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide a colour scan of the non-English documents, including a colour scan of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes. ***

Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is assessed on individual merit and is awarded for different types of learning, for example, studies you have previously completed or for relevant work experience.

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

To apply for CRL, please visit the Curtin University website: https://study.curtin.edu.au/credit/

It is important to note accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For further information see the scanned documents and certification requirements and guidelines.

More information about the policies and procedures related to CRL assessment and appealing a CRL assessment outcome can be found in the Credit for Recognised Learning manual (PDF).

If you have any questions, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au

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 subjects 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.

Award Requirements

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

The Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching will be retired at the end of Session 1 2020. If you have applied for admission to this degree and received an offer, the School of Education will contact you to ask you to register your intent to complete this degree.

Students intending to complete this award must:

  • have successfully completed at least one subject for the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching by the end of Session 3 2018 in order to be eligible to complete this award;
  • register their intent to complete the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching with the School of Education and agree their transitional arrangements with the School by 21 March 2019; and
  • ensure they have successfully completed the four subjects agreed with the School of Education to qualify for the award by the end of Session 1 2020.

After that time, students will be required to transfer to the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Innovative Learning and Teaching if they wish to graduate.

Three of the four subjects that form the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching will not continue to be offered after Session 3 2018. However, students wishing to complete this award will be able to substitute subjects from the new Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Innovative Learning and Teaching to enable them to qualify to complete Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching.

  • EDTT525 Teaching in a Tertiary Setting will instead complete EDHE501 The Learning Cycle: Design and Curriculum
  • EDTT530 Course Design, Delivery and Evaluation will instead complete EDHE502 Design thinking and Educational Innovation
  • EDTT545 Improving Practice through Action Learning will instead complete EDHE504 Research for the Scholarship of Learning & Teaching

Students who have not yet completed EDTT521 Adult Learning and Assessment will need to enrol in this subject in 2019 Session 1. This is the last time this subject will be offered.

The School of Education will contact students affected by the change to provide advice and agree the transitional arrangements as required for each student.