Increase your skills and understanding of teaching in higher education to ensure you meet the standards
Available 100% online and undertaken over 6 months full-time or 1 year part time, the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Academic Practice is specifically designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and understanding of academic practice in the higher education sector.
Three subjects in this course are also offered face-to-face at HELI’s Melbourne campus.
Graduates of this course will be able to reflect critically on their educational practice; explore scholarship and research related to higher education learning and teaching; construct effective pedagogies drawn from best practice principles; and understand the nature and purposes of higher education course and assessment design to enhance delivery and the achievement of student learning outcomes.
At the conclusion of this course graduates will be able to:
The course consists of four core subjects:
|SUBJECT CODE||SUBJECT TITLE||SUBJECT TYPE||CREDIT POINTS||EFTSL||PRE-REQUISITES|
|HEP805||Teaching and Learning^||Core||4||.125||None|
|HEP807||Design for Learning^||Core||4||.125||None|
|^ available online and face-to-face|
* available online only
|TOTAL FOR COURSE||16||.50|
Each subject is delivered over a study period of 10 weeks which includes 9 weeks of structured activities and 1 week for finalising and submitting assessments. Each subject has 4 hours of structured educator-directed activities per week and you should allow an average of 8 hours per week of self-directed activities for reading, additional study and preparing assessment tasks.
Details of subject aims, content and assessment tasks can be found via the subject code in the table above.
There are four intakes a year, one each quarter, so there is no need to wait to enrol.
Term start dates for 2021 are:
1 February 2021 | 27 April 2021 | 19 July 2021 | 11 October 2021
See the current Academic Calendars.
Tuition fees payable for each subject are the fees published on our website for each academic year. The schedule of tuition fees payable for each subject are published on our website for each academic year.
Tuition fees are subject to review and may change over the duration of a course.
Eligible students may apply for FEE-HELP assistance in order to help pay all or part of their tuition fees.
Applicants for this course must provide evidence that they hold a bachelor degree (or equivalent or higher) in any discipline (subject to verification by the Course Coordinator).
Students may study from anywhere in the world, however applicants whose highest qualification was not delivered in English must demonstrate English equivalency by providing evidence of one of the following:
As participants will be investigating their own teaching practices and contexts, it is highly desirable that they are already engaged in tertiary teaching in some way.
As all or part of this course (depending on the mode of study you choose) is delivered online you will need to have access to an electronic device (such as a laptop, tablet or smart phone) with internet access to successfully undertake this course.
We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the documents on the Important Information page before submitting your online Expression of Interest to undertake the course as they contain important information of your rights and obligations and our obligations to you.
If you have any questions about this course please feel free to contact our admissions officers at: [email protected] providing your preferred contact details and we will get back to you as soon as practical.
Expressions of Interest to apply for the course can be made at any time.
HELI offers two Community Development Scholarships every year to enable selected domestic students to undertake the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Academic Practice.
These scholarships may be awarded to domestic students who can demonstrate the significant contribution that they could make to their communities as a graduate of the course.
For more information about these scholarships go to our Community Development Scholarships page.
Students who have completed certain TAE Training Package qualifications and meet the course entry requirements will be granted credit for prior learning as follows:
|TAE COURSE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED||SUBJECT GRANTED CREDIT|
|TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training||HEP807 Design for eLearning|
|TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design and Development||HEP807 Design for eLearning|
|TAE80316 Graduate Certificate in Digital Education||HEP808 Principles of Learning and Teaching in eLearning|
Also, if you have completed formal studies in a similar area or have extensive work experience you may be eligible for credit for prior learning.
The Credit for Prior Learning Policy and Procedure can be found on the Important Information page along with an application form.
If you wish to apply for credit then it is highly recommended that this is done at the time of application for admission.
Students who have completed subjects in the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Academic Practice will be eligible for 4 subjects credit into the Master of eLearning as follows:
|SUBJECT GRANTED CREDIT|
|HEP805 Learning and Teaching Theory and Practice|
|HEP807 Design for eLearning|
|HEP808 Principles of Learning and Teaching in eLearning|
HELI is a registered Higher Education Provider under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Act 2011 and the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Academic Practice is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).
This course is also available to international students studying in Australia: CRICOS Course ID: 102193D
The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Academic Practice is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework
Through this course HELI is committed to graduating professional practitioners who through their life and work will strive to be:
Humane: professionals who are compassionate, who communicate and work collegially and respectfully with awareness of cultural diversity and sensitivities.
Ethical: professionals who exercise social responsibility and accountability, and manage challenges and uncertainty with integrity and professional confidence.
Leaders: practitioners who actively contribute to best practice in their professional community and guide the development of disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise through scholarly activities.
Inspiring: practitioners who influence others through their innovative, critical and independent thinking and who continue to learn throughout life.
Following enrolment and prior to commencing the course, students are given access to a comprehensive Student Orientation and Study Support Guide in HELI’s Canvas LMS. The Guide introduces students to various aspects of studying with HELI, including how to access support, how to use the Canvas LMS, how to access the HELI Digital Library, study techniques and tips, and other important information.
All HELI staff are available to support you, both before you enrol and following your enrolment. You can contact us on 1300 00 4354 (1300 00 HELI) or alternatively HELI’s Student Support Officer is available by emailing [email protected].
After enrolment you can contact the Student Support Officer via the Canvas LMS or on-campus (depending on your mode of study).
Our support services cover academic issues, study assistance, help with personal / social issues, special needs assistance and hardship related issues.
HELI makes no claim to ownership of intellectual property created by students in the course of their studies.
Students are represented on HELI’s Academic Quality Committee (AQC) to provide input about the learning and teaching environment and any other matters that directly, or indirectly, affect students. This provides a mechanism for students to participate in the academic decision-making processes of the Institute.
A graduate of the Institute is nominated as a member of the Academic Board.
The Dean will contact students and alumni directly regarding membership of the AQC and Academic Board.
Indicative student numbers for this course are 100 enrolled students at any one time.