Study Higher Education

If you are an academic working in an Australian higher education institution and interested in developing your knowledge on the scholarship of teaching and learning and enriching the learning experiences of students, then the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education is the program for you.

This bespoke program is designed for academic staff working in the higher education field, in Australia. This program will enable teaching staff employed in a higher education setting to develop teaching and learning activities targeted to their students using current scholarship of teaching and learning.

Why study with us?

  • Fast-track your career - this degree will increase your professional capacity making you highly employable. With enhanced teaching capabilities you will stand out at the forefront of the professional industry as an educational leader.
  • Work anywhere in the world - our Graduate Certificate in Higher Education is recognised nationally and internationally, allowing you to pursue career opportunities anywhere in the world.
  • Quality Teaching Model - a framework highlighting three key concepts, or dimensions, of teaching that make a difference for student outcomes, backed by robust evidence.
  • Study anywhere, anytime - with the opportunity to study with online learning, you will have the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study.

This program is currently only available to academic staff of the University of Newcastle.

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What you will study

The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education is a 40-unit postgraduate coursework program completed over 1 year part-time.

You will complete 20 units of core courses, and 20 units of courses from the course list.

This program provides theoretical and practical skills through a range of courses including:

  • understanding tertiary contexts
  • Quality Teaching
  • using ICT for teaching and learning and decision making
  • the scholarship of teaching and learning including researched theoretical underpinnings.
2024 Program Handbook

Refer to the program handbook for details of the complete program structure, course requirements and availability.

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My Degree Planner

Use our degree planner to see what your study journey through the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education might look like.

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Career opportunities

Graduates of this program will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and/or further learning.

Career opportunities include:

  • Leadership and management roles in higher education
  • Policy advice to government, private, and not-for-profit organisations
  • Academic employment and promotion opportunities
  • Enhance teaching skills in undergraduate and postgraduate degrees

Application info

Applying for Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

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Apply to study in Australia

Both students and education agents can submit applications online. This is our preferred way of application. You can save your application after you have started, and come back to it later.

Apply to study online

This program is open to online international students. Applications to study online are now open.

Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education is a 40-unit postgraduate qualification, with admission available to academic staff employed at the University of Newcastle who have one of the following qualifications or equivalent:  

  • Bachelor Honours Degree; or  
  • Bachelor Degree; or  
  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma plus two years' relevant work experience in any discipline; or 
  • At least five years’ demonstrable relevant work experience in any discipline.   

Work experience can be demonstrated through: certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

Academic staff should seek Head of School approval before applying for this program. Evidence of this approval should be supplied as part of your application.

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