The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education commences each year in February. Apply to the School of Education before the end of January. Eligible staff should apply for funding as soon as possible.

The School of Education continues to run a successful professional development program for university teachers. In a recent review, over 90% of graduates who responded to a survey indicated they would recommend the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education to others. The program has strong reach across UQ Faculties and Schools, appointment levels (A to E), types of academic appointment (RO, T&R and TF), and age bands.

The program consists of four 2-unit courses, which we recommend are taken part-time over two years. The program includes study modules on student learning, teaching methods, course design, eLearning, student assessment, and evaluation of teaching and courses. Participants conduct a teaching innovation designed to enhance their own teaching or course. Many graduates of the program have presented conference papers and published journal articles based on these teaching innovations. Others have subsequently won teaching awards and grants, as well as becoming leaders in curriculum and assessment change in their Schools and Centres, and within the University.

 Availability of funding for the GCHEd may vary each year and not all applications may be successful, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. From 2015 onwards, the faculty and Schools will provide funding support for up to 2 applicants/year/school. Please contact your School T&L Chair.

For Australian PhD students enrolled at UQ, approval from the Graduate School is needed at the time of applying for admission to the program. A HECS-HELP fee is applicable for these students.

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For enquiries about the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, please consult the FAQs and Program Guide on the website above, then direct remaining enquiries to the School of Education enquiries desk (phone: 3365 6550; email: