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 Communities of Practice and engaging with digital resources.

A portfolio of evidence is assembled during and after this process.

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

For more information and to view the Community of Practice timetable:

Download our FAQ sheet here.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Course Coordinator:

Robyn Yucel

or La Trobe Learning and Teaching

How to 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 a 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.


Subject fees are fully-funded by the University; 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.

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!

Applications for Semester 2 2018 close on 29 July 2018.

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

Credit for Digital Learning Strategy (DLS) 2015-2017

All academic leads who participated in the DLS between 2015 and 2017 are eligible to apply for credit for EDU4HEC by providing subject development documents and completing a short reflective activity about the subject design. DLS participants from 2015 and 2016 have already been contacted with details of how to apply for credit. DLS participants from 2017 will be contacted in early 2018. For further information, please email Robyn Yucel.

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.  Applications for exemptions can be made online.