Tertiary teaching is a fulfilling and in-demand profession with great career outcomes. Now, more than ever, tertiary educators from every discipline are seeking qualifications that will build their skills and enhance their teaching practice.

Victoria University’s Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education delivers the solution: a four-unit, six-month course, taught in single-unit study mode. It applies innovative teaching strategies to engage and excite students in their learning.

We spoke to four recent graduates about why this short course delivers long-term benefits.

A practical approach

The Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education complements theory with practical assignments, in a flexible mode of optional face-to-face workshops and required online activities. You'll develop skills in the context of our inquiry-led approach to learning, which encourages investigation into to your own teaching, and how you can apply these lessons from day one.

Psychology lecturer and researcher Dr Kara Dadswell says that applying theory to real scenarios attributed to her success.

“The course was so relatable and linked to my day-to-day teaching in the classroom,” she says. “It was great to use the resources in practical ways in my teaching, right from the start.

Having the opportunity to observe my colleagues’ teaching practices and then reflect on my own approach was also really beneficial."

Dr Kara Dadswell says the course was relatable, practical and collaborative.

The VU Block Model difference

Since its launch in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.

This course is delivered in four-week Block mode, so you study one unit at a time over four weeks, rather than several units at once. And with its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, the Block Model enables better connections with your peers and lecturers. It also enables more regular feedback to keep you motivated.

Registered Nurse and lecturer Maria John has already seen results in her teaching practice, and says the Block Model allowed her to manage work, family commitments and studies.

“I pick up nursing shifts on weekends to keep my qualifications current and I have two teenage children, so life is busy.

Completing one unit every four weeks with the Block Model helped me stay focused. It makes it easier when juggling work and family commitments. There’s also a feeling of satisfaction and progression as you complete each unit.

The course has taught me how to improve students’ engagement, pass rates and satisfaction.”

Maria John says the VU Block Model helped her to stay focused and balance her work, life and study.

A supportive learning environment

VU is renowned for supporting a diverse student cohort, and for its award-winning, supportive teachers.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces that improve study and employability skills, with learning advice 24/7 online, workshops, drop-in sessions and more. Accessibility support services are available for all students.

Carlo Soliman, lawyer and lecturer in VU’s College of Law flourished in his studies, thanks to the nurturing environment.

“Staff were always helpful and supportive. This creates a real sense of belonging and inclusiveness.

The qualification has provided me with a professional understanding and theoretical appreciation of teaching principles, and how they impact on the important transition between the classroom and the real world.”

Carlo Soliman

Carlo Soliman attributes his success in part to the sense of belonging.

Immediate teaching benefits

As a short, six-month course, taught one unit at a time, students of VU's Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education can continue teaching and apply their new insights with their own classes.

Kolawole Ewedairo, Logistics and Supply Chain researcher and lecturer says:

"The feedback I received during the course broadened my understanding and assisted in improving my teaching techniques.

It really highlighted to me how teaching and learning are connected. My teaching technique has already improved and it’s helped me to better put students at the centre of the teaching and learning process.”

Kolawole Ewedairo, Business lecturer

Remote learning challenge: Kola Ewedairo has improved his teaching techniques.

Start dates and course units

Thanks to the four-week structure of the Block Model, VU is able to offer multiple intakes throughout the year: February, May, August and October.

The 12-credit units offered in the course are:

Find out more

To find out about admission requirements, units, study outcomes and how to apply visit the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education course page.

VU teaching staff may be eligible for a fee subsidy if endorsed by their College or School.