Plan for success by developing a portfolio of your professional teaching 

Successful professional practice in higher education and vocational education doesn’t just happen. It requires purposeful planning to be responsive and dynamic in a rapidly changing and challenging educational environment.

This course provides a rich and deep collaborative learning experience that supports you to develop the knowledge skills and values that are essential for a scholarly teacher.

The course will examine the following key topics and how they interconnect:

Portfolios show who you are as a professional and are used for recognition for professional credentialling, for career promotion and for progressing towards formal qualifications.

After completing this course, you will have the opportunity to apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) into either the Graduate Certificate Higher Education Learning and Teaching or the Graduate Certificate Adult Vocational Education and Training.

Your portfolio can also potentially form the basis of an independent application for a fellowship award with the internationally recognized Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy)

Cost: $900 p/p 

Register now 

*Staff & student alumni discounts apply, please contact the PLEdHub@Deakin


Session 1 Wednesday 11th August 4 – 6pm AEST
Session 2 Wednesday 25th August 4 – 6pm AEST
Session 3 Wednesday 8th September 4 – 6pm AEST
Session 4 Wednesday 22nd September 4 – 6pm AEST


  • Time commitment outside of the program: 10hrs per week 

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students can choose to apply for recognition of prior learning through the Deakin University process to enter into one of the two Graduate Certificates detailed below: 


Dr Cheryl Ryan is an academic in the Faculty of Arts and Education, School of Education, Deakin University. She is Course Director for the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Learning and Teaching). She has been lecturing in the School of Education for 10 years.She chairs and teaches in a number of post-graduate programs: Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (Learning & Teaching), Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (MALT), Master of Education (M Ed). She has also been Course Director for and lectured in the Graduate Certificate of Education Business Leadership (GCEBL). Cheryl’s research centres on adult and lifelong learning, professional practice and learning, police education and training, and adult, vocational education and training.
Dr Iain Doherty holds the position of Senior Lecturer, Deakin Learning Futures, Deakin University. In this role Iain manages a team of academic developers and multimedia staff responsible for supporting the Faculty of Arts and Education in realizing Faculty strategic teaching and learning goals aligned with Deakin University’s strategic priorities. Iain’s work in the Faculty is grounded in a sound knowledge of teaching and learning theories; the application of learning design principles to create engaging student learning experiences; and the use of technologies and media to enhance teaching and learning. Iain also has extensive experience in designing, developing and delivering authentic professional development opportunities for teachers. Iain is currently the unit chair for Unit EEE740, “Designing and Teaching Student-Centred Learning Programs in Higher Education”. This unit is one of four units within Deakin University’s Course E510, “Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Learning and Teaching).
Dr Adam Usher has significant experience in education practice, leadership, research, and whole institution innovation and improvement across all sectors in Australia and globally. Adam has driven large scale whole institution improvement projects, such as leading advisory teams across school clusters in a major development project with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC). Dr. Usher has designed significant research-based capability development projects with vocational and higher educational institutions internationally. He is also active in school leadership and capability development projects such as with the Global Gymnasier school network in Denmark and strategic development projects such as with the Canadian International School in Hong Kong and the International School of Geneva, Switzerland. Dr Usher is currently Course Director for Adult Vocational Education and Training at Deakin University in Melbourne.