University of Technology Sydney

C11336v1 Graduate Certificate in Education (Learning and Leadership)

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Education (Learning and Leadership) (GradCertEd)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: Online Campus


This course is not offered to international students.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


Increasingly professionals from many fields are being asked to support others’ learning or to lead change at work. The Graduate Certificate in Education (Learning and Leadership), offered fully online, is designed for professionals who are looking to lead and support learning innovation in their practice or organisation, whether in corporate, health, public sector, school, higher education or community settings. The course introduces students to cutting-edge approaches and research about learning, designing innovative learning, leading learning, and learning in the digital age.

The Graduate Certificate of Education (Learning and Leadership) allows students to customise their learning and assessments to meet specific professional aspirations and upskilling needs, and immediately apply learnings for career advancement. With a focus on digital innovation, leading learning, and designing learning, the course aims to expand students’ capabilities or act as a pathway to the Master of Education (Learning and Leadership).

Students engage and learn with globally connected teaching staff who are actively involved in cutting-edge research using award winning approaches to teaching and learning.

This course is designed with busy full-time working professionals in mind. Being offered fully online and part-time, students feel accomplished and supported at the same time.

Career options

Graduates of the course are well equipped to lead innovative learning across diverse environments in the context of rapidly evolving digital technologies and work practices. Career options include Learning and Development Specialist, School Leadership/Learning and Development, Nurse/health educator, Learning Designer/Technologist, Training/Learning Consultant, Adult Community Educator, Professional Coach/Mentor, and Trainer/Facilitator.

Course intended learning outcomes

This course engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

1.1 Apply relevant knowledge to make theory informed judgements about professional learning and / or leading practices
1.2 Use technologies effectively for learning and/ or leading learning practices
1.3 Identify, analyse and review evolving personalised learning goals in professional contexts
2.1 Use research literacy skills to investigate learning, leading or innovation practices
3.1 Apply sensitive and critical understanding of intercultural aspects of professional practice, and changes in local, national and global contexts
4.1 Engage respectfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledges, histories, policies and priorities and their implications for learning and leading
5.1 Show a commitment to principles of social justice, impact and engagement to be responsible, ethical and accountable learning professionals
6.1 Apply strong communication and interpersonal skills to engage diverse audiences around professional and leadership practice issues

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Local students

Applicants without an academic qualification are considered for admission to this Graduate Certificate on the basis of a minimum of at least four years full-time, or equivalent, relevant post-secondary work experience and a general capacity to undertake tertiary education.

Relevant work experience is defined as being within the two ANZSCO groups: 01 Managers and 02 Professionals; it must be demonstrated on a CV with evidence, and dates, of relevant work experience and the position held within the organisation.

Applicants who do not satisfy these requirements may still be considered for admission via the assessment of a CV and personal statement that outlines the applicant’s interest in, and understanding of, the course.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course. For more information about inherent requirements and where prospective and current students can get assistance and advice regarding these, see the UTS Inherent requirements page.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course.

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the Education Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed in a minimum of 8 months online study, 1 x 6 credit point subject (or equivalent) per session over 4 x 7-week sessions.

Course structure

Students must complete 24 credit points made up of four core subjects.

Course completion requirements

014220 Learning and its Trajectories 6cp
014222 Designing Innovative Learning 6cp
014225 Leading Learning 6cp
014221 Learning in the Digital Age 6cp
Total 24cp

Course program

An example program of study for a student studying part-time who begins in Session 2 of Year 1 is shown below.

Session 2 commencing, example program
Year 1
Session 2
014220 Learning and its Trajectories   6cp
Session 3
014222 Designing Innovative Learning   6cp
Session 4
014225 Leading Learning   6cp
Session 5
014221 Learning in the Digital Age   6cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising C11337 Graduate Certificate in Professional and Organisational Learning and C04427 Master of Education (Learning and Leadership).

Other information

For more information, download a course guide and speak to a UTS Online Student Enrolment Advisor.