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  • Objectives
    The Graduate Certificate of Higher Education is designed to meet the requirements for credentialing tertiary teaching for academic staff. Such qualifications are becoming increasingly valued across the higher education sector, both in Australia and internationally. The course is suitable for all academics teaching undergraduate or postgraduate students, in research supervision, and in the leadership or management of higher education. It caters for graduate students, tertiary teachers, adult educators, and professional staff engaged in supporting teaching and learning programs or delivering professional development programs. The course is designed to develop your understanding of issues, research findings, and knowledge related to a range of tertiary teaching and learning contexts. Relevant policies, procedures and practices will be used to further your knowledge of quality teaching and learning as well as approaches and strategies to curriculum design, assessment, and the scholarship and leadership of teaching.
  • Entry requirements
    Entrants to the course must have successfully completed an approved qualification at degree level in any field. Participants in this course are expected to undertake investigations into their own teaching practices and contexts, so it is highly desirable that they are concurrently engaged in tertiary teaching or in supporting teaching and learning processes. In addition to minimum entry requirements, international students for whom English is not their first language are required to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Certificate of Higher Education
  • Course description
    Fees and charges
    Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
    EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study. If you are studying a graduate certificate of 4 credit points, your total course EFTSL is 0.5.

    Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
    A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study. All Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa will receive a Student Learning Entitlement (SLE). The SLE entitles a student to the equivalent of 7 years of full time study in a Commonwealth supported place.

    Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
    A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
    Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

    * The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2009, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
    The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2009 can be viewed at http://www.deakin.edu.au/current-students/handbooks2009/search.php.
    Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
    Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

    Career opportunities

    As a graduate of the Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, you will advance your professional understanding and be prepared for academic undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, research supervision and for leadership roles in higher education, particularly in universities and tertiary institutions.


    Course rules
    In keeping with University regulations, in order to be eligible for the award, students must successfully complete half of the units at Deakin University.  If students are awarded 3 units of advanced standing, they may choose one of two options:

        * to complete one unit and be awarded a certificate of completion for the unit; or
        * to refuse one unit of advanced standing, successfully complete two units, and so be eligible for the Graduate Certificate of Higher Education award.


    Course structure

    For 2008 onwards enrolling students only .

    The course comprises one compulsory core unit and three elective units taken by coursework only or one of the coursework with research paper pathways.

     

    Coursework units only pathway

    Compulsory core unit

    EEE710 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education  

    and

    Three elective units from:

    EEE712 The Strategic Academic  

    EEE714 The Scholarship of Teaching  

    EEE715 Research Supervision  

    EEE716 Specialist Studies in Tertiary Teaching and Learning  

    EEE717 The Student Experience in Higher Education  

     

    One research unit pathway

    Compulsory core unit

    EEE710 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education  

    and

    EEE714 The Scholarship of Teaching  

    and

    One research unit

    EEE718 Research Paper - Scholarship of Teaching A  

    and

    One elective unit from:

    EEE712 The Strategic Academic  

    EEE715 Research Supervision  

    EEE716 Specialist Studies in Tertiary Teaching and Learning  

    EEE717 The Student Experience in Higher Education  

     

    Two research units pathway

    Compulsory core unit

    EEE710 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education  

    and

    EEE714 The Scholarship of Teaching  

    and

    Two Research units

    EEE718 Research Paper - Scholarship of Teaching A  

    EEE719 Research Paper - Scholarship of Teaching B  

    Note: EEE710 students are required to attend a 2 day residential.
    Course structure

    For students who commenced prior to 2008.

    The course comprises four units of study selected from:

    Trimester 3

    EEE710 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education  

     

    Trimester 1

    EEE712 The Strategic Academic  

    EEE716 Specialist Studies in Tertiary Teaching and Learning  

    EEE717 The Student Experience in Higher Education  

     

    Trimester 2

    EEE710 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education  

    EEE714 The Scholarship of Teaching  

    EEE715 Research Supervision  

    Notes:

    (i) EEE710 students are required to attend a 2 day residential.

    (ii) Continuing students who have completed EEE711 or EEE713 may enrol in EEE710. Continuing students who have completed both EEE711 and EEE713 are ineligible to enrol in EEE710.



    Articulation to Masters course
    The Graduate Certificate may articulate with either a Master of Education or Master of Professional Education and Training depending on applicant's qualifications.
    Teaching methods
    This course will be offered in an off campus mode with online and distance education elements.  Some face-to-face workshops will be available.  Instruction will be provided through Deakin Studies Online (DSO), multimedia resources and recommended texts and readings.


    Admission requirements - general
    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
    For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide


    Admission requirements - specific
    Entrants to the course must have successfully completed an approved qualification at degree level in any field.  Participants in this course are expected to undertake investigations into their own teaching practices and contexts, so it is highly desirable that they are concurrently engaged in tertiary teaching or in supporting teaching and learning processes.
    In addition to minimum entry requirements, international students for whom English is not their first language are required to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0.


    Advanced standing - general
    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.


    Advanced standing - specific
    Advanced standing is considered on an individual basis in accordance with University and Faculty policy.  Advanced standing for specific units may be granted where previous studies, experience or learning involve a substantial overlap of content at a similar standard as assessed by the Faculty Board.  Unspecified advanced standing may be granted for previous studies, work, relevant work experience, life experience or learning where no comparable Deakin unit exists.


    How to apply

    Applications must be made directly to the university through the Applicant Portal referring to closing dates for applications as dates for particular courses may vary.

    Your faculty may require further information from you when submitting your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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