Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This program supports the acquisition and development of knowledge, intellectual and practical skills needed to undertake academic teaching responsibilities in a scholarly way. The course comprises four units of study. These focus on theories, principles and concepts related to learning and teaching in higher education; curriculum and assessment design, and evaluation of higher education programs; development of knowledge and skill in the area of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL); and, development of capability in the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (SoLT). Graduates will develop their knowledge, intellectual and practical skills in ways that are informed by, and benefit from, the university's graduate attributes and the University's mission.

Course Fee:

Australian: $4,400

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree or equivalent; and either: hold an academic appointment (including sessional academic) with a direct teaching role, in a tertiary education institution; or hold an appointment in a tertiary education institution (whether academic or not) that has a role in the advancement of learning and teaching at a Faculty level or an institutional level and that also involves at least some direct teaching.


40 Credit Points.

Subjects you can Study:

Higher education teaching

Study Pathways:

Graduates of this course may progress to postgraduate Masters level courses such as the Master of Higher Education.

Further information:

This course is designed to enhance the capacity of graduates to undertake work as an academic in a tertiary education institution. Possession of this qualification may be advantageous to gaining employment as an academic, or to professional advancement.

Who for:

University teachers

Related Careers:

University Lecturer,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Online 2 years
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

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