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Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching

Course Code: GC-CLINTCH


The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching is the first in a suite of courses for clinical teachers offered as part of the Excellence in Clinical Teaching (EXCITE) program.

Designed to broaden the skills of professionals who deliver clinical education, this one-year part time course hones transferable skills and knowledge to make teaching more efficient, enjoyable and effective. Among a stimulating peer group, this practical and immersive award course will allow you to achieve the same excellence in your teaching as in your clinical work.

Who is this course for?

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching offers training for all levels for health professionals of any background.   Whether you are starting out in your career, looking to enhance skills mid-career, or aiming to increase teaching while scaling back your clinical load, the Graduate Certificate will provide you with practical and useful teaching insights.

All Australian and international clinical teachers are welcome to apply. The course is not available to students who require a student visa to reside and study in Australia. However, interstate and international participants are able to undertake an intensive coursework option, which means visiting Melbourne twice a year.

Pathways to further study

The program provides a pathway to the Graduate Diploma and Master courses in Clinical Education for those interested in developing a career in this field.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching is a part-time program of study.  It can be undertaken as either standard (teaching spread across semester) or intensive study teaching offered in one intensive week. Contact hours are the same for both modes

In addition you can select either full load delivery, completing two subjects per semester in one year, or half load, completing one subject per semester over two years.

It is important to note that – although the total time commitment for each subject is shown as 170 hours – this includes all of the clinical teaching activities that are already undertaken within a clinical teacher's daily work. This course provides a framework for reflection and learning and is deliberately designed to fit within the workload of the busy clinician.


Semester 1
EDUC90741 - Effective Clinical Teaching
This subject lays a firm foundation for further studies in the education of health professionals. The basics of teaching and learning theory are presented with clear linkages to the clinical workplace to ensure immediate relevance and applicability.
EDUC90742 - Effective Clinical Supervision
This subject provides participants with a foundation in the principles and practices of vocational supervision that are unique to the health professions.
Semester 2
EDUC90744 - Assessing Clinical Learners
This subject introduces participants to the current and emerging theories underpinning valid and reliable assessment of clinical learners and provides opportunities to develop and implement clinical assessment items, as well as practical experience in assessment.
EDUC90743 - Clinical Education in Practice
This subject brings together the two major threads from Effective Clinical Teaching and Effective Clinical Supervision and presents participants with opportunities to apply the principles in their own clinical workplaces. More difficult teaching situations and the strategies to resolve them will be explored. The emphasis is practical.

Delivery dates

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Each subject is assessed according to the university's standards to ensure a quality learning experience. Assessments have been designed with the competing professional and personal commitments of the busy clinician in mind. Further information regarding assessment items can be found via the Course Handbook.

Selection requirements and course fees

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:


- an entry-to-practice degree or equivalent in a health discipline, or
- a bachelor's degree or equivalent in another area and have at least three years' experience of clinical teaching;
- current involvement in the delivery of clinical teaching.

The Selection Committee may conduct interviews or call for referee reports or employer references to confirm eligibility. The course is open to all, but priority for entry may be given to the University of Melbourne's current clinical teachers.

2017 course fees

Domestic students (i.e. Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents): $2,825 per 12.5 credit point subject.

Students not residing in Australia and Australian temporary or provisional residents: $4,675 per 12.5 credit point subject.

The University of Melbourne offers staff and their immediate families a discount of up to 25 percent on tuition fees for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching. Completed forms should be uploaded in the supporting documentation section of the online application.

Fee inclusions

Fees include tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources and catering (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea). Students will also have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.


FEE HELP is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian citizens only. Note that Fee Help does not cover any costs associated with the Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF).

More information

The handbook contains a full course description with detailed objectives, assessment and other information.

Alternatively, please complete an Expression of Interest form and the EXCITE team will keep you updated with key dates and other course related information.

Contact us

To find out more, email tl-clinicalteachinghealth@unimelb.edu.au or call Esra Evyapan, Program Coordinator on +613 8344 2580.