Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (RCHE) provides academic staff and professional staff in teaching and learning roles an opportunity to undertake a teaching qualification that accredits practice-based learning about teaching.

The course requires the completion of four 15 credit point subjects which can be taken part-time over two years or full-time over one year.

Staff will actively participate in flexibly delivered academic seminars facilitated by an academic lecturer.

They will engage with digital resources to complete assessment tasks based on teaching practice and informed by theory.

Participants will collect evidence of excellence in teaching delivery, design and leadership throughout the course.

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Contact us

For more information about course fees, applications, enrolment, or recognised prior learning contact LTLT.

For information about course content and structure contact Helen Enright, Course Coordinator.

How to Apply, Accept, & Enrol


To be eligible for the course, you must be employed at La Trobe University, or its associated Third Party Provider Institutions, in a learning and teaching related role.

Applicants who do not have a completed Undergraduate degree will be required to outline their professional equivalence.

Sessional staff must provide endorsement from their Head of School or Head of Department. The signed Sessional Staff Endorsement Letter will need to be uploaded as a supporting document when applying for the course.

Staff from an associated Third Party Provider Institution must provide endorsement from a Head of School or Head of Department at La Trobe University. The signed Third Party Provider Endorsement Letter will need to be uploaded 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 a visa which allows them to undertake study in Australia.

Guide to applying, accepting and enrolling

Got an offer?

Step 2: Enrol

Step 3: Find your subjects on the LMS using your student login

Applications for Semester 1 2020 are now open.

Course Structure

Study mode and campus

This course is delivered online with workshops taking place via Zoom.

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Core subjects:

EDU4CTL - Curriculum Teaching and Learning (Recommended as first subject)
Subject coordinator: Ying Yu

EDU4DDO – Design and Delivery Online
Subject coordinator: Helen Enright

Elective subjects:

EDU4HEC - Higher Education Curriculum Design
Subject coordinator: Nauman Saeed

Course Aims

The course provides participants with the scholarly basis to develop and extend their teaching, learning, and curriculum knowledge, skills and decision-making capacities. Participants will develop a deep knowledge and understanding of the key theories and standards in online teaching and curriculum design, and the ability to apply this in practice. 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 course has been specifically designed so that participants can apply their learning to relevant practical issues and challenges in their own work and professional contexts.

The course 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 and professional contexts. Participants have the option to focus their learning on aspects of higher education curriculum, teaching and learning of interest to them.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

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

  • Critically analyse adult learning theory, teaching and assessment practices and curriculum and assessment design principles within the policy and political context of Higher Education.
  • Apply key learning, teaching and curriculum principles and relevant institutional policies to your professional practice in higher education
  • Develop a student centred-approach to your own professional practice in relation to learning, teaching, assessment, and curriculum, including the use of appropriate learning technologies.
  • Integrate a scholarly approach to your practice regarding the purpose of higher education, curriculum, learning and teaching, and your ongoing professional development.
  • Apply knowledge, comprehension and skills of reflective teaching practice to your own professional practice in higher education.

Recognition of prior learning and credit for previous study

Advanced Standing

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

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

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

If you undertake a professional development activity that maps to the Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) for one of the subjects, you may be able to obtain an exemption for that subject if you can demonstrate how you have met the subject ILOs. Applications for exemptions can be made online.

Semester 2 Key Dates

Education Seminar Dates

Week 2Thursday 30 July4.00pm - 5.30pm
Week 4Thursday 13 August4.00pm - 5.30pm
Week 7Thursday 10 September4.00pm - 5.30pm
Week 11Thursday 8 October4.00pm - 5.30pm

EDU4DDO is asynchronous and doesn’t have a seminar timetable

Week 3Thursday 6 August2.00pm - 3.30pm
Week 6Thursday 27 August2.00pm - 3.30pm
Week 8Thursday 17 September2.00pm - 3.30pm
Week 12Thursday 15 October2.00pm - 3.30pm

Week 2Wednesday 29 July3.30pm - 5.00pm
Week 5Wednesday 19 August3.30pm - 5.00pm
Week 7Wednesday 9 September3.30pm - 5.00pm
Week 11Wednesday 7 October3.30pm - 5.00pm

Week 3Tuesday 4 AugustTBC
Week 6Tuesday 25 AugustTBC
Week 8Tuesday 15 SeptemberTBC
Week 12Tuesday 13 OctoberTBC

Assessment Task Due Dates

Week 5 - Assessment 1Sunday 23 August11.55pm
Week 8 - Assessment 2Sunday 20 September11.55pm
Week 12 - Assessment 3Sunday 18 October11.55pm

Week 5 - Assessment 1Sunday 23 August11.55pm
Week 9 - Assessment 2Sunday 27 September11.55pm
Week 13 - Assessment 3Sunday 25 October11.55pm
Week 4 - Assessment 1Sunday 16 August11.55pm
Week 7 - Assessment 2Sunday 13 September11.55pm
Week 10 - Assessment 3Sunday 4 October11.55pm
Week 12 - Assessment 4Sunday 18 October11.55pm

Week 2 - Assessment 1 - Learning Plan ASunday 2 August11.55pm
Week 7 - Assessment 2Sunday 13 September11.55pm
Week 11 - Assessment 3Sunday 11 October11.55pm
Week 13 - Assessment 1 - Learning Plan B & CSunday 25 October11.55pm

Week 5 - Assessment 1Monday 17 August5.00pm
Week 8 - Assessment 2Monday 14 September5.00pm
Week 11 - Assessment 3Monday 5 October5.00pm
Week 13 - Assessment 4Monday 2 November5.00pm


Subject fees are fully-funded by the University. The  Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is the only fee that the staff member is required to pay, and is payable each semester. Instructions on how to make the SSAF payment are available on the Statement of Account which can be generated through Student Online.