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 probation and professional development to strengthen learning and teaching theory and practice, and embed CSU values, policies, systems and frameworks. The GCLTHE is available for CSU staff and others teaching CSU courses, including staff in the NSW Police Force Academy, Study Centre staff and Workplace Learning educators who supervise CSU students. The course includes EEL516 Foundations of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, which is undertaken as a requirement of probation by all new CSU academic staff with a teaching role.

The course comprises 32 points, as follows:

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

EEL523 Enhancing the Skilful Higher Education Teacher (8 points)

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

OR 8 points of electives:

Course and enrolment information for new students in 2018 is available at

Academic probation

EEL516, the first subject in the GCLTHE, is undertaken for academic probation by new CSU academic staff with a teaching role. 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. The course learning outcomes are aligned with the Higher Education Academy (HEA) UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) so that staff completing probation will be in a position to apply for HEA Associate Fellowship.

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

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?

EEL516 is a compulsory requirement for most new CSU academic staff with a teaching role. It introduces 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 EEL516?

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.

If you experience difficulty lodging an online application, you can apply using the Application for Admission.

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 are required to complete subjects in the GCLTHE as a condition of their probation. Teachers employed at least 0.5 of the time teaching CSU subjects and academic associates in the School of Policing Studies teaching CSU subjects are also included as eligible staff. CSU staff not in teaching roles who meet the admission requirements are encouraged to apply. Where CGS is not allocated, fee paying arrangements will apply.

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.

The following non-CSU staff are also eligible to enrol in nominated modules from EEL516 on a fee-free basis:

  • Study Centre staff, and
  • Workplace Learning educators who supervise CSU students in their workplace.

To be eligible for fee-free enrolments all applicants need to apply for the GCLTHE and complete the Supplementary form.

GCLTHE course and subjects for students who enrolled prior to 2018

Some CSU staff will be completing the old version of the GCLTHE.

This course will be taught out in 2018, with four of the following 8-point subjects to be completed. These GCLTHE subjects will be offered in 2018 as follows

Session 1 201830

Session 2 201860