Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

The Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (GCLTHE) provides a strong foundation in contemporary teaching techniques for new and existing teaching staff at Charles Sturt University.

This formal qualification:

  • helps staff support student learning specifically in higher education
  • is aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and the Australian University Teaching Standards (Universities Australia).

The course structure recognises the diverse needs of staff for academic probation and continuing professional development.

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The benefits of this course are that:

  • you will receive study leave to complete it
  • it contains contemporary teaching techniques in higher education
  • it is recognised nationally and internationally.


This qualification is available to:

  • Charles Sturt teaching staff
  • staff teaching courses in our partner institutions such as the
    • NSW Police Force Academy,
    • Study Centres and the
    • Holmesglen Institute
  • staff from across Divisions who support student learning in other ways.


The course is fee-free for all Charles Sturt academics and staff who support student learning.


You can find course and enrolment information for new students on the Charles Sturt Study website. You can also apply for credit for previous study.

You can complete all subjects online.

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Applying for exemption

If you can demonstrate equivalence via transcripts, certificates and a subject outline from a previous university, you may be exempt from the probation subject.

GCLTHE Exemption Form

Please see the Charles Sturt Credit Procedure for guidelines on the criteria for an exemption

Staff categories

Depending on the position you hold, you may need to complete different subjects as part of your probation.

Staff in continuing positions or fixed term positions of 3 years or more

EEL522 Foundations of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education is a 16 pt subject that is undertaken over 2 sessions. EEL522 is a compulsory requirement of academic probation for most new Charles Sturt academic staff with a teaching role who have continuing appointments or contracts of 3 or more years.

As you continue the course, you can create your own learning pathway through a choice of modules to meet your professional development needs and those of your teaching context.

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

To complete the full qualification, you then continue with EEL521 and EEL523.

Staff in fixed-term positions of more than 1 year but less than 3 years and staff from the School of Policing Studies (SOPS)

You must complete EEL416 - Learning & Teaching at Charles Sturt. It is an 8 point subject that is undertaken as part of your academic probation.

As you continue the course, you will have a choice of modules to meet your professional development needs for probation.

To complete the full qualification, you will need to complete 3 further subjects: EEL409, EEL521 and EEL523.

How to apply

You must enrol in the complete course for your fees to be waived. You can withdraw from the course after you have completed your probationary subjects if you choose.

As a full award course, admission follows the same process as all course enrolments at Charles Sturt. You will be a student of Charles Sturt, as such you will also need to complete the Academic Integrity subject for students.

You must also complete the GCLTHE Application for Admission Supplementary Form.

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