Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (GCHE)

The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (GCHE) provides academic staff an opportunity to undertake a teaching qualification that aims to formally credit practice-based learning about teaching. It comprises 4 x 15 credit point subjects which can be taken part time or full time. Participants engage with professional learning programs to complete the subjects by attending seminars, actively participating in Yammer-enabled Communities of Practice and engaging with digital resources.

A portfolio of evidence is assembled and assessed during and after this process. Enrolment can occur either before the professional learning program commences or on completion of activities associated with the Communities of Practice for Teaching, Curriculum and Leadership.

Getting the most out of the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (GCHE)

For more information:

Download our FAQ sheet here.

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Ms Robyn Yucel - Course Coordinator E:

or La Trobe Learning and Teaching

How to Apply, Apply, Accept, Enrol & Fees


To be eligible for the course, you must:

  • be engaged in an academic role; and
  • have successfully completed an undergraduate degree; and
  • be employed at La Trobe University for .5 time fraction or above; and
  • be employed in a role that involves teaching and/or the provision of learning support services

Please note:

Sessional academic staff must also provide endorsement from their Head of School or Head of Department.  Upload the signed Endorsement Letter as a supporting document when applying for the course.

This course is not available to student visa holders. Applicants who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents or New Zealand citizens must hold some other visa which allows them to undertake study in Australia.

Study mode and campus

On-campus at the La Trobe Melbourne (Bundoora) campus. Where possible, technologies will be used so that staff on regional campuses can participate.


La Trobe Learning and Teaching covers the cost of the course fees.  Therefore, the course is cost neutral for eligible staff.

Need Help?

Download the GCHE Help Guide to find out how to Apply, Accept and Enrol

Got an offer?

Step 1: Accept your offer

Step 2: Enrol!

Course Structure


Practice-based support: Self-paced online modules (opens 2 weeks prior to start of semester - 6/2/18 and 10/7/18)
Peer support: embedded in module and workshop delivery
Formal learning: participation in all aspects leads to credit in GCHE subjects

2018 Subjects

EDU4CTL - Curriculum Teaching and Learning
Subject coordinator: Robyn Yucel

EDU4HEC - Higher Education Curriculum Design
Subject coordinator: Robyn Yucel

EDU4HET - Teaching in Higher Education: Effective, Reflective Practice
Subject coordinator: Robyn Yucel

EDU4HEL - Developing Leadership in an Academic Setting
Subject coordinator: Robyn Yucel

Course Aims

The GCHE course provides participants with the scholarly basis to develop and extend their teaching, learning, and curriculum knowledge, skills and decision-making capacities. Informed by the research into higher education teaching and learning, the course situates the practices of teaching, learning and curriculum development within debates about the changing nature of higher education. In particular, it encourages participants to consider what might be done to improve student engagement and learning.

The GCHE has been specifically designed so that participants can apply their learning and design solutions to relevant practical issues, challenges and puzzles in their own work/professional contexts. Participants have the option to focus their learning on aspects of higher education curriculum, teaching and learning of interest to them. To this end, the assessment tasks in the course are also closely aligned with La Trobe's own Promotions Evidence Matrix.

Course Outcomes

On completion of the GCHE, you will have had the opportunity to:

  1. Describe the main drivers which have contributed to the changing nature of teaching, learning and curriculum in higher education
  2. Apply key La Trobe teaching, learning and curriculum policies to your teaching/professional context
  3. Develop and defend a scholarly view of the purpose of higher education curriculum, teaching and learning drawing on Boyer's view of scholarship
  4. Explain how a student-focused view of teaching, learning, assessment, and curriculum can be implemented in your discipline and/or professional context
  5. Identify relevant aspects of the field of higher education teaching and learning of interest to your ongoing professional teaching development
  6. Re-develop a subject or course drawing on a range of curriculum models including constructive alignment
  7. Develop knowledge and skills related to reflective teaching practice in higher education
  8. Develop a well-designed plan for carrying out higher education research/development project into an aspect of your teaching and curriculum practice
  9. Contribute to, and learn from, the experiences of other participants in the course.

Credit for programs at La Trobe 2016

DLS Blended Learning Subject Re-designs 2016/17

All academic leads who participated in the Digital Learning Strategy (DLS) blended learning subject redesigns in 2016, or who are participating in 2017, are eligible to claim credit for EDU4HEC. Participants will provide subject development documents and complete a short reflective activity about the subject redesign.

If you have lead a DLS subject redesign, LTLT will contact you with details about how to apply for credit.

Recognition of prior learning and credit for previous study

Credit for previous study is available. You will need to provide evidence of the following:

  • a formal transcript
  • a description of the learning outcomes of the subject/unit/module completed

The GCHE is designed so that staff can accumulate subject completions over time. Attainment of the GCHE requires completion of the 4 subjects above (each 15 credit points). However, you can undertake a subject and decide not to complete the GCHE depending on your interests and needs.


University regulations allow for one subject in a Graduate Certificate to be made available on the basis of prior or concurrent experience. This means that if you undertake a Professional Development activity that maps to the ILOs for one of the subjects, you can obtain an exemption for that subject if you can demonstrate how you have met the subject ILOS.