Graduate Certificate of Education (Academic Practice)
The Graduate Certificate of Education (Academic Practice) is a qualification designed for academics working in higher education who are looking to improve their educational practice. The course reflects national and international trends in academics’ work. This award does not lead to registration as a teacher in schools.
The nature and scope of teaching and learning in Australian universities is currently undergoing major revitalisation. Significant change is taking place relating to teaching and learning standards and new national regulatory requirements that require a response from academics. High standards of teaching and scholarship are expected for new and continuing academics.
The Graduate Certificate of Education (Academic Practice) aims to provide staff with an opportunity for the articulation, consolidation and enhancement of their role in supporting excellence in teaching and learning at university. It focuses on core aspects of an academic’s work including curriculum development, pedagogical innovation, assessment of student learning and evaluation of teaching and subjects. It includes forms of teaching, forms of inquiry and forms of engagement within and beyond JCU.
The qualification has been designed to encourage exploration and engagement with contemporary best practices in teaching and learning. The examination of innovative teaching practices, improved facilitation of student learning and reflection on practice are key elements. Participants have the opportunity to engage with peers from a range of discipline areas.
On successful completion, graduates will be able to:
- Identify and engage with institutional and national policy in higher education
- Critically analyse learning theory, models, concepts and techniques for teaching and learning
- Analyse and create curriculum and assessment for contemporary higher education contexts
- Design and demonstrate use of a range of technologies for learning in higher education
- Conduct evaluation and engage with the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education