Higher Education

  • Flexible delivery including online, school holiday intensive and evening classes.
  • Affordable study with Commonwealth Supported Places for eligible students.

Overview

Discover our specialist programs in higher education

Do you want to explore, critique and contribute to the study of higher education?

Our specialist programs in Higher Education study the context, purpose, and role of higher education:

  • Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching
  • Master of Education (Higher Education)

At UNSW, our postgraduate programs in Higher Education will provide you with an opportunity to debate contemporary issues in relevant theory and practice through a range of courses, including:

  • adult learning
  • curriculum
  • leadership and change
  • philosophy
  • policy
  • research methodologies

Designed for education professionals

The one-year Master of Education degree is designed for qualified teachers and other educational professionals who wish to study education at an advanced level. While the Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching is designed to assist both new and experienced University teachers to develop a scholarly approach to teaching.

Domestic students may be eligible to pay or defer fees through FEE-HELP and Commonwealth Supported Places are available.

*Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching not available for summer intake

Structure

Flexible delivery

Our postgraduate courses are offered through a range of flexible delivery modes, including:

  • online and blended courses
  • intensive school holiday courses
  • workplace and self-directed learning
  • evening classes

For more information about the delivery mode for each course, visit the UNSW School of Education website.


Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (GCULT) is designed to assist UNSW teaching staff to develop a scholarly approach to teaching. It is suitable for both those new to higher education and those seeking further professional learning opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills in teaching.

Program Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate key theories related to curriculum, assessment and pedagogy in higher education locally and internationally, and apply these to teaching approaches and practices across a range of higher education contexts.
  2. Apply scholarly and reflective approaches to critically evaluate and improve learning and teaching practices in a range of higher education contexts.
  3. Collaborate effectively with a range of stakeholders in higher education, including students and colleagues, across and within disciplinary contexts.

Program Structure

The program consists of the following four courses (24 units of credit):

One compulsory core course

  • EDST5121 Introduction to University Learning and Teaching (6 UOC)

AND

Three of the following prescribed elective courses:

  • EDST5104 Educational Assessment (6 UOC)
  • EDST5105 Digital Literacies (6 UOC)
  • EDST5122 Student Learning in Higher Education (6 UOC)
  • EDST5123 Educational Design for Learning in Higher Education (6 UOC)
  • EDST5124 Enhancing Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (6 UOC)
  • EDST5126 Issues in Higher Education (6 UOC)
  • EDST5141 Critically Engaging in Indigenous Education (6 UOC)
  • EDST5142 Leading Educational Change (6 UOC)
  • EDST5303 Learning and Problem Solving (6 UOC)
  • EDST5307 Mental Processes (6 UOC)
  • EDST5313 Learning: Research and Practice (6 UOC)
  • EDST5320 Individual Differences (6 UOC)
  • EDST5321 Motivation in Education (6 UOC)
  • EDST5436 Evaluation of Educational Programs (6 UOC)
  • EDST5443 Assessment for Learning (6 UOC)
  • EDST5453 Culture and Curriculum (6 UOC)

Contact

Tel: +61 (2) 9385 1977
Email: education@unsw.edu.au


Master of Education (Higher Education)

Students studying a Masters degree in Higher Education will complete 48 units of credit including the following:

  • One compulsory course:
    • Issues in Higher Education - Weekly face-to-face class
  • Three elective courses from the following:
    • Student Learning in Higher Education - Blended course
    • Educational Design for Learning in Higher Education - Blended course
    • Enhancing Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - Blended course
    • Learning: Research and Practice 
  • One research methodology elective course - Intensive course
  • One independent research project - Self-directed course
  • Two elective courses from the full range of Master of Education options

To see an example of a program of study, visit the UNSW School of Education website.

Entry requirements

Master of Education (Higher Education)

Students must meet the following selection requirements for entry to the Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching and the Master of Education:

  •  A recognised Bachelor degree and a postgraduate teaching qualification (e.g. Graduate Diploma of Education or Master of Teaching).

OR

  • A four year pre-service teacher education qualification, including professional experience, equivalent to the qualifications required for Graduate teacher status in NSW.

An applicant who submits evidence of other equivalent academic and professional qualifications may be permitted to enrol in the degree.


Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching

Participants in the program are required to have completed a three year undergraduate degree at a recognised university, completed and passed UNSW FULT program, and all candidates are required to be actively engaged in teaching in higher education throughout the duration of the program.

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Careers

Advance your career in higher education

Our postgraduate programs in Higher Education will enhance your career options and professional advancement within a broad range of educational institutions including:

  • Tertiary teaching
  • Vocational and workplace teaching
  • Primary and secondary teaching

Many of our graduates progress into specialist fields of education by developing and extending their understanding of a critical area of education.

Opportunities

Research pathways in higher education

Our Higher Education postgraduate programs can also be a gateway to higher research study.

If you are interested in pursuing a research career we encourage you to study research methodology and undertake a research project during your course.

UNSW handbook

Degree program structure and academic rules information:


If you are a current student, please refer to the Online Handbook in the year you commenced your degree.

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Grad Cert - 7375 Master - 8910
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Education (Higher Education)
Grad Cert - 24 Master - 48
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30 Nov, 31 May - Late applications will be considered
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Combination of intensive, online & face-to-face (on campus)
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