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.

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 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

Eligibility

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.

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 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

The 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 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.

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2020 subjects:

EDU4CTL - Curriculum Teaching and Learning
Subject coordinator: Ying Yu

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. 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 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:

  • 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 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 1 Key Dates

Education Seminar Dates

EDU4CTL  
Week 2Thursday 12 March4.00pm - 5.30pm
Week 4Thursday 26 March4.00pm - 5.30pm
Week 7Thursday 23 April4.00pm - 5.30pm
Week 11Thursday 21 May4.00pm - 5.30pm

EDU4HEC  
Week 3Thursday 19 March2.00pm - 3.30pm
Week 6Thursday 9 April2.00pm - 3.30pm
Week 9Thursday 7 May2.00pm - 3.30pm
Week 12Thursday 28 May2.00pm - 3.30pm

EDU4HET  
Week 2Wednesday 11 March3.30pm - 5.00pm
Week 5Wednesday 1 April3.30pm - 5.00pm
Week 8Wednesday 29 April3.30pm - 5.00pm
Week 11Wednesday 20 May3.30pm - 5.00pm

EDU4HEL  
Week 3Thursday 19 March10.00am - 11.30am
Week 6Thursday 9 April10.00am - 11.30am
Week 8Thursday 30 April10.00am - 11.30am
Week 11Thursday 21 May10.00am - 11.30am

Assessment Task Due Dates

EDU4CTL  
Week 5 - Assessment 1Sunday 5 April11.55pm
Week 9 - Assessment 2Sunday 10 May11.55pm
Week 12 - Assessment 3Sunday 31 May11.55pm

EDU4HEC  
Week 5 - Assessment 1Sunday 5 April11.55pm
Week 8 - Assessment 2Sunday 3 May11.55pm
Week 11 - Assessment 3Sunday 24 May11.55pm
Week 13 - Assessment 4Sunday 7 June11.55pm

EDU4HET  
Week 2 - Learning Plan 1Sunday 15 March11.55pm
Week 7 - Assessment 2Sunday 26 April11.55pm
Week 11 - Assessment 3Sunday 24 May11.55pm
Week 13 - Learning Plan 2 & 3Sunday 7 June11.55pm

EDU4HEL  
Week 4 - Assessment 1Sunday 29 March11.55pm
Week 7 - Assessment 2Sunday 26 April11.55pm
Week 10 - Assessment 3Sunday 17 May11.55pm
Week 13 - Assessment 4Sunday 7 June11.55pm

Fees

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.