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C11228v1 Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (GradCertHEd)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5


This course is only offered to local students.

This course is not offered to international students.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information


This course is offered by the Institute for Interactive Media and Learning (IML) through UTS: Education. The course helps students to reflect critically on their teaching in ways which are underpinned by their own experiences and those of their students and colleagues, and by the research on learning and teaching in higher education.

The course is designed for current university academics or part-time university teachers interested in an academic career.

Course aims

The course aims to encourage students to develop:

  • an understanding of different ways of thinking about university teaching, and the consequences for student learning, to enable them to make informed decisions about their approaches to teaching, subject design and assessment in a variety of contexts and with a diversity of students (relates to professional and intellectual attributes)
  • an ability to reflect critically on and evaluate their own teaching and subjects and make changes aimed at improving their students' learning (relates to professional and intellectual attributes)
  • a commitment to scholarship in teaching and to self-directed continuing teaching development (relates to professional and personal attributes), and
  • a broader awareness of the higher education, university and academic career contexts in which they work, to assist them to develop their academic potential more effectively (relates to professional and personal attributes).

Career options

This course is designed to support participants to advance careers as teaching and research or education-focused academics or casual university teachers.

Course intended learning outcomes

This subject addresses the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

1.1 Graduates possess a well-developed understanding of different ways of thinking about university teaching
1.2 Graduates have skills in making informed decisions about teaching, subject design and assessment
2.1 Graduates possess critical inquiry skills to reflect on and evaluate teaching and subjects
2.2 Graduates are creative in the design of learning experiences for their students
2.3 Graduates have a commitment to scholarship of teaching
3.1 Graduates demonstrate a broader awareness of higher education within international contexts
3.2 Graduates are comfortable with diversity in the classroom
5.1 Graduates possess an understanding of their contribution to the culture and climate of the university
5.2 Graduates possess the skills to engage and advocate ethically on matters of higher education teaching and learning

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must be full-time or fractional higher education academics, or casual higher education teachers who can provide evidence of ongoing teaching during course enrolment. UTS full-time or fractional-time staff are exempt from paying course fees through sponsorship by the University.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed over one year, but students may also choose to complete it over a longer period of time.

The course is a part-time program, equivalent to eight weeks of full-time study. Subjects vary in their modes of offering, but typically involve face-to-face interactive workshops and online interaction.

Course structure

The course consists of 24 credit points of study, comprising four subjects which must be completed to be eligible for the award.

Course completion requirements

010042 Student Learning and Teaching Approaches 6cp
010043 Course Design and Assessment 6cp
010044 Scholarly Teaching and Learning Project 6cp
010045 Reflective Academic Practice 6cp
Total 24cp

Other information

Further information is available from IML from:

Enza Mirabella
telephone +61 2 9514 1669