Graduate Certificate – Clinical Teaching

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Health and Medical Award Graduate Certificate


Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching

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Course Abbreviation


Partner Faculty

Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science (MDHS)


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 transferrable skills and knowledge to make teaching more efficient, enjoyable and effective.

Course Description

Among a stimulating peer group, this practical award course will allow you to achieve the same excellence in your teaching as in your clinical work. You will learn to:

  • Understand the principles of effective clinical teaching, learning and assessment
  • Critically analyse research underpinning clinical teaching
  • Prepare and deliver effective, efficient and appropriate clinical teaching in a variety of settings
  • Understand the academic basis of effective clinical teaching.

It is important to note that – although the total time commitment for each subject is shown at 120 hours – this includes all of the clinical teaching activities that are already undertaken in the course of a clinical teacher’s daily work, for which this course provides a framework for reflection and learning. The Graduate Certificate is deliberately designed to fit within the workload of the busy clinician.

Who Should Apply

Australian and international clinical teachers are welcome to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching. It offers training for all levels, whether you are early career, looking to enhance skills mid-career, or aiming to increase teaching while scaling back your clinical load.

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.

Academic and teaching team

Prof Steve Trumble - Subject Coordinator (Effective Clinical Supervision), Head, Department of Medical Education

Dr Justin Bilszta - Subject Coordinator (Clinical Education in Practice), Senior Lecturer in Clinical Education

Ms Jayne Lysk – Course Coordinator & Subject Coordinator (Effective Clinical Teaching), Lecturer in Clinical Education

Mr Neville Chiavaroli - Subject Coordinator (Assessing Clinical Learners), Senior Lecturer in Medical Education

Delivery Mode

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching can be undertaken in two ways. Select either standard or intensive study (contact hours are the same for both modes):

  • In standard mode, teaching of semester subjects is spread across the semester.
  • In intensive mode, teaching of semester subjects is offered in one intensive week.

Select either full load delivery, completing two subjects per semester, or half load, completing one subject per semester over two years.

Delivery Venue

Teaching delivery for all the above options will be at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus.

Entry Requirements

You are eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching if you have:

  • Completed an entry-to-practice degree or equivalent in a health discipline, or;
  • Completed a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in another area and have at least 3 years' experience in clinical teaching and
  • 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.

How to Apply

Applications will require the following supporting documentation:

  • Academic transcript or health practitioner registration certificate from AHPRA
  • Resume, documenting clinical and teaching experience including contact details of a professional referee
  • Proof of citizenship/permanent residency
  • University Course Fee Discount form for staff (if applicable)

Application dates

Applications open: 30 September 2016

Applications close: 30 November 2016



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.


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.


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.

Pathways to Further Study

The Graduate Certificate is the first in a suite of award courses for clinical teachers being offered as part of the EXCITE program.

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

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 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.

Schedule 2017 Delivery Dates

Program Coordinator - Esra Evyapan
P: (03) 8344 2580