Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (GCHE) provides academic staff an opportunity to undertake a teaching qualification that accredits practice-based learning about teaching.

It comprises 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 Communities of Practice facilitated by an academic developer.

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

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

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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 & Fees

Eligibility

Ongoing and contract academic staff

To be eligible for the course, you must:

  1. be engaged in an academic role
  2. have successfully completed an undergraduate degree
  3. be employed at La Trobe University at 0.5 FTE or more
  4. be employed in a role that involves teaching and/or the provision of learning support services.

Sessional/casual academic staff

To be eligible for the course, you must:

  1. have successfully completed an undergraduate degree
  2. have at least one year’s teaching experience in a higher education setting
  3. over a semester, be employed in teaching and teaching-related duties for at least 6 hours per week
  4. be likely to be able to complete the GCHE in two semesters (two 15 credit point subjects per semester) whilst being employed at La Trobe University
  5. be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, New Zealand citizen or eligible visa holder. La Trobe sessional staff on student visas are not eligible for enrolment.

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 a visa which allows them to undertake study in Australia.

Fees

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

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Applications for Semester 2 2019 are now open.

Course Structure

Study mode and campus

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 to relevant practical issues and  challenges in their own work and professional contexts.

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2019 subjects:

EDU4CTL - Curriculum Teaching and Learning
Subject coordinator: Ying Yu

EDU4HEC - Higher Education Curriculum Design
Subject coordinator: Nauman Saeed

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 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 GCHE, you will have had the opportunity to:

  • describe the main drivers which have contributed to the changing nature of teaching, learning and curriculum in higher education
  • apply key La Trobe teaching, learning and curriculum policies to your teaching/professional context
  • develop and defend a scholarly view of the purpose of higher education curriculum, teaching and learning
  • explain how a student-focused view of teaching, learning, assessment and curriculum can be implemented in your discipline and/or professional context
  • identify relevant aspects of the field of higher education teaching and learning of interest to your ongoing professional teaching development
  • re-develop a subject or course drawing on a range of curriculum models including constructive alignment
  • develop knowledge and skills related to reflective teaching practice in higher education
  • develop a well-designed plan for carrying out a higher education research or development project into an aspect of your teaching and curriculum practice
  • contribute to, and learn from, the experiences of other participants in the course.

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 GCHE is designed so that staff can accumulate subject completions over time. Attainment of the GCHE requires completion of the four 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.

Exemptions

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 Intended Learning Outcomes (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. Applications for exemptions can be made online.

Semester 2 Key Dates

Education Seminars

Assessment Task Due Dates