Course overview

This course is an introduction to the latest evidence-based teaching methods and factors influencing how learners learn. Upon completion, you’ll receive credit towards the Master of Clinical Teaching. The aim of the course is to build the knowledge and skills of educational practitioners so that they can develop, critique and utilise a range of data and draw on the latest educational research to devise interventions that improve student outcomes at the individual, group, team and school levels. Become part of a whole new class of teachers through the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, number one in Australia for Education and top five in the world*. Continue to teach by studying 100% online, part-time and enjoy the flexibility to fit in study around your career and life. * QS World University Rankings by Subject Visit the Professional Certificate in Teaching (Clinical) website

What you will learn

  • Diverse pedagogical strategies to provide rich and creative learning environments that empower learners 
    • You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to use evidence to make sound clinical judgments about the nature and implementation of teaching interventions.
  • Understand how to identify and critically appraise appropriate evidence-based practices in response to identified student needs 
    • You’ll learn to generate and analyse diverse sources of data that can effectively assess and inform student learning and development.
  • Analyse and integrate key findings from research to understand major influences on students learning and teacher performance
    • Evaluate the impact of your teaching on your students’ learning and demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which theory and research inform practice.

Course structure

  • To gain the Professional Certificate in Teaching (Clinical) you must complete two 12.5 point subjects. These two subjects are taken sequentially over two terms.


The estimated hours required for each subject is between 15 -19 hours per week, but this varies for each student and depends on your task management and planning, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.

Career pathways

The Clinical Teaching philosophy is a progressive way of thinking about education and learning that develops a new class of teacher; and an educator whose ability to evaluate data and draw upon research can make an immediate impact on the learning and development outcomes of their students.

Entry requirements

  • To apply for the Professional Certificate in Teaching (Clinical), applicants are required to have:
  • An undergraduate degree and a fourth-year level education qualification, or equivalent


  • A four-year education degree.

Meeting these requirements makes you eligible for selection but does not guarantee selection.

In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • Prior academic performance.

The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

Note: Previous graduates of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Master of Teaching will not be eligible for entry to this course.

Students taking the course from overseas are not required to have an international student visa. Most courses have multiple intakes per year. Check key dates.

English Language Criteria

Applicants are required to satisfy the University’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7 is required.

How to apply

You can enquire via University of Melbourne enquiry form 

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $25,728 total course cost.


0.5 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Teacher Education postgraduate courses at University of Melbourne rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 80.3% (national average 69.1%)
Improved skills: 82.2% (national average 72.8%)
Overall satisfaction: 88.2% (national average 81.5%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Melbourne. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Teacher Education postgraduate courses at University of Melbourne had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 88.7% (national average 80.5%)
Studying full time: 13.0% (national average 5.5%)
Median full time salary: $70,000 (national average $72,000)

The ratings above refer the proportion of surveyed University of Melbourne graduates for which the statement was true. You can find out more about these results here.