Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education

The Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (GCLTHE) offers a formal award to CSU academic staff for academic probation and professional development to strengthen learning and teaching theory and practice, and embed CSU values, policies, systems and frameworks. The course learning outcomes are aligned with the Advance Higher Education (AHE, formerly HEA) UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) so that staff completing probation will have addressed the criteria for the AHE Associate Fellowship and staff completing the GCLTHE will have addressed the criteria for the AHE Fellowship.

The course provides multiple entry points and learning pathways to meet the diverse needs of staff for academic probation and continuing professional development. The probation requirements are described below for (1) CSU staff who have continuing appointments or contacts great than 3 years and for (2) CSU staff on 1-3 year contracts and School of Policing Studies (SOPS) staff.

Eligible staff

The GCLTHE is available for CSU staff and others teaching CSU courses in partner institutions, including staff in the NSW Police Force Academy, Study Centre staff and Holmesglen Institute staff. All eligible staff may undertake EEL516 Foundations of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education for credit on a fee-free basis, subject to availability of places. After successful completion of EEL516, eligible staff may continue with the Graduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education on a fee-free basis or withdraw from the course.

Workplace Learning educators who supervise CSU students are eligible to take a module on workplace learning. Please contact Lesley Reid for further information.

Course and enrolment information for new students is available at http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/courses/teaching-education/graduate-certificate-learning-teaching-higher-education

Academic probation

1. CSU Staff in continuing positions and contracts > 3 years

EEL516 Foundations of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education is a 16 pt subject that is undertaken over 2 sessions. EEL516 is a compulsory requirement of academic probation for most new CSU academic staff with a teaching role who have continuing appointments or contracts of 3 or more years. EEL516 provides staff with a choice of modules to meet their professional development needs. Staff are encouraged to negotiate their learning pathways with their academic supervisor to ensure that they address both their personal professional development needs and those of their CSU teaching context.

More details about the Academic Staff Probation Policy, Procedures and Guidelines.  Your supervisor will also have more information about your probation requirements.

2. CSU staff on 1-3 year contracts and staff from the School of Policing Studies (SOPS) 

EEL416 Learning & Teaching at CSU is an 8 point subject that is undertaken for academic probation by these staff.

EEL416 also provides staff with a choice of modules to meet their professional development needs for probation and is based on a selection of the modules in EEL516.

GCLTHE course structure and subjects

The course comprises 32 points of subjects with different learning pathways available for staff having completed their probation requirements as follows:

Probation subject (16 points)

EEL516 Foundations of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (16 points)

OR

EEL416 Learning & Teaching at CSU (8 points)
Staff who have completed EEL416 for probation and wish to continue with the GCLTHE course are required to undertake 
EEL409 Developing as Teacher in Higher Education (8 points).

Restricted electives (8 points)
EEL521 Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (8 points)

OR 8 points of electives, as follows:

EEB438 Teaching Adult Literacy in Adult & Vocational Education (8 points) 
EEE404 Assessment & Evaluation Practices (8 points) 
EEL418 Learning Theory in Adult & Vocational Education (8 points) 
EEL422 The Impact of Online on Distance Education (4 points) 
EEL425 Digital Innovations and OODE Technologies (4 points) 
EEL426 Adoption of Open Educational Practices (4 points) 
EEL512 Digital Learning Design (4 points) - available in 201960
EEP423 Constructing Effective Learning Environments for Adults (8 points) 
INF530 Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation (8 points).

Compulsory Capstone subject (8 points)

EEL523 Enhancing the Skilful Higher Education Teacher (8 points)

Applications

All staff undertaking probation subjects only or the whole GCLTHE must apply for the GCLTHE. Course and enrolment information for new students is available at http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/courses/teaching-education/graduate-certificate-learning-teaching-higher-education

You must also complete the GCLTHE Application for Admission Supplementary Form

Students starting in 2018 and beyond

CSU Probationary Requirements FAQs

Why do I need to do complete EEL516 Foundations of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education?

Most new CSU academic staff with a teaching role are required to undertake a probation subject from the GCLTHE. The probation subjects introduce new academics to the key issues and challenges in planning, designing and facilitating learning in higher education and to relevant CSU values, policies, systems and frameworks.

What is the study mode for the GCLTHE?

All subjects are offered in Online Learning mode.

How do I enrol in these subjects?

Lodge an application for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education using the CSU Online Application Portal.

You must also complete the Application for Admission Supplementary Form.

Can I enrol in a single subject and not the whole GCLTHE?

If you enrol in a single subject in the GCLTHE, CSU will not be able to waive your fees. You will be liable for all fees up-front. Hence you need to apply for, and enrol in the GCLTHE. You may discontinue your studies after you have completed your probation requirements or continue to complete the course.

Do I have to pay the fees for these subjects?

Fees will be waived for all eligible staff who complete subjects in the GCLTHE. This includes CSU sessional staff employed at least 0.5 of the time teaching and staff from CSU partner institutions teaching CSU students including staff from the NSW Police Academy, Study Centre and Holmesglen Institute. CSU staff not on probation, including non-teaching staff who meet the admission requirements, are encouraged to apply, however places are subject to availability.

Can I apply for exemption on the grounds of prior experience and/or study?

Applications for exemption from EEL516 should be made to your Head of School. To apply, please complete the GCLTHE Exemption Form and include it and any supporting documentation with your Admissions Form.

How can I apply for "credit" on grounds of prior experience and/or study?

To claim either credit transfer or proficiency credit, you must first make an Application for Admission to the course. According to standard course rules, a student must be enrolled in order to apply for credit.

The course is governed by CSU course admission rules. These rules allow a student to claim credit transfer or proficiency credit (on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning), for subjects within the course: CSU general information about Credit Transfer

To claim credit, apply using the credit transfer form.

  • Credit transfer applies where you have studied equivalent subjects at postgraduate level in university learning and teaching. General education subjects will not be accepted for credit transfer.
  • Proficiency credit allows you to make a claim for prior professional practice in university learning and teaching. In order to claim for proficiency credit you will need to:
    • Provide evidence for your claim. This may include a letter of support from your Head of School.
    • Indicate how your evidence meets the Learning Outcomes of the relevant subjects.

I am not on probation. Can I still apply to enrol and will my study be fee exempt?

We encourage CSU academic and divisional staff involved in learning and teaching in higher education to take the course. Divisional staff who wish to apply for fee exemption need to supply endorsement from their Supervisor to be considered.

Divisional and academic staff who voluntarily enrol in the course should seek a letter of support from their supervisors.