Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This program is for teachers and other educational professionals who want to improve their tertiary teaching and gain formal qualifications in post-secondary education. Even though the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education was designed for ACU staff, the course is open to all eligible graduates, although students must be teaching in or supporting a post-secondary institution (such as a university, college or business school). The course allows teachers to reflect on current education theory and adult/tertiary student learning research from the perspective of their own teaching experiences. The emphasis is on improving student learning rather than on instructional methods. This is an online course.

Course Fee:

Australian: $7,960

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 may progress to postgraduate certificates or Master by course work programs.

Who for:

University teachers

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

University Lecturer,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Online 2 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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