Course and Subject Handbook 2015 Course Information Postgraduate Courses Graduate Certificate of Education (Academic Practice)

Graduate Certificate of Education (Academic Practice)

Information valid for students commencing in 2015.

Course code




Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)


Division of Academic and Student Life (Administered by Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement)

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree that includes studies appropriate for the teaching for which the applicant wishes to prepare; or

Other qualifications recognised by the University as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3c Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements


Special admission requirements

Note: this course does not lead to teacher registration.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Education (Academic Practice), graduates will be able to:

  • Appraise institutional and national policies in higher education, including initiatives to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and identify and enhance implementation of policy in practice

  • Critically analyse and integrate learning theories, models, concepts and research-informed techniques for teaching and learning to support improved outcomes for diverse learners

  • Evaluate, design and implement curriculum and assessment for contemporary higher educational contexts, including frameworks to develop cultural competence

  • Evaluate and utilise a range of learning technologies to support pedagogies that promote active student engagement and learning

  • Identify and generate practical and research-informed solutions to complex problems in a range of higher education contexts, with responsibility, autonomy, well-developed judgement and adaptability

  • Communicate complex knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences through high-level speaking, reading, writing, listening and advocacy skills

  • Critically engage with a range of evaluation data sources and tools and professional learning and development opportunities to enhance the quality and scholarship of teaching and learning.

Course Structure


ED5300:03 Fundamentals of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

ED5301:03 Curriculum Design and Assessment Practices in Higher Education

ED5304:03 Evaluation and Scholarship in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education


Select 3 credit points of specified subjects from List 1:

List 1

ED5305:03 Negotiated Project

ED5306:03 Research Supervision

ED5307:03 Transforming Learning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Contexts

ED5812:03 ICTs for Learning and Teaching





Available as part-time only, with some on-campus attendance required in Townsville


Available as part-time only, with some on-campus attendance required in Cairns


Expected time to complete

2 years part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites

Must complete ED5300 before attempting ED5301

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Not applicable

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Education, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under this course.