At present the SLEC course is being reviewed but we hope to be able to offer a route to SEDA Fellowship in the new year.

This 14 week online course is designed to accredit and advance your work in supporting and leading educational change in further or higher education. Successful completion leads to Fellowship of SEDA (FSEDA). 

The course will be delivered over two 7 week blocks. Participants will be supported by a team of experienced educational developers and by their peers on the course.

The course is suitable for …

 … those who are actively involved in educational development and have been for at least 3 years. In this context, educational development involves supporting and developing staff (colleagues, teachers, teaching assistants) to improve professional practice and student learning. Precise job titles may vary, but may include:

  • School / faculty / department-based learning and teaching coordinators (with many different role titles) who have a responsibility for staff development;        
  • Staff from a range of developmental projects and initiatives of various scales, both internally and externally funded. Such projects and initiatives include HEFCE-funded initiatives including CETLs, Higher Education Academy Subject Centres and projects, learning and teaching strategies and widening participation and curriculum development initiatives, which incorporates a staff development element;       
  • Staff undertaking peer review and/or mentoring of colleagues; programme and curriculum leadership and staff     development;         
  • Quality enhancement staff who support and develop colleagues;     
  • Staff leading and delivering postgraduate certificates in learning and teaching in higher education;        
  • Staff of central, or faculty based, educational development units.

The Course is not suitable for those who are involved in curriculum development without a significant element of staff development as the course requires demonstration of the SLEC Specialist Outcomes:

  • Identified goals for academic development processes and activities.
  • Planned and led academic development processes towards achievement of these goals.
  • Facilitated and led processes and activities to achieve the agreed goals.
  • Monitored and evaluated the effectiveness and the acceptability of the development processes and activities.
  • Identified any appropriate follow-up development process or activity.

Course format:

The course is entirely online, but with opportunities to network at SEDA conferences.. Participants are set readings on a weekly topic and are required to contribute to online asynchronous discussions. Typically, participants spend around six hours a week on course readings, activities and discussions, but this varies from person to person and you may find you spend more time in some weeks than others.

The course covers, theoretical and practical aspects of the educational development role, with an emphasis on enabling participants to develop a portfolio of their work which shows they have met the requirements for SEDA Fellowship, within their own professional context.

This focus on the individual is integrated with the aim of developing an online community of peers. Participants draw on the support of the course tutors, but also each other.

Once the course has been completed successfully, participants are subsequently awarded SEDA Fellowship (FSEDA).

Indicative course content:

  • Change in HE – The wider HE Context
  • Use of Needs Analysis
  • The context of educational and academic practice and development
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Dissemination and influencing
  • Developing professional expertise in staff and educational development
  • The SEDA values – contextualising your professional practice
  • Creating an action plan for your own CPD


During the course you will be supported in developing an e-portfolio to demonstrate that you have met the course requirements.
The most important element of your portfolio will be Case Studies centred on your professional practice that demonstrate SLEC Specialist Outcomes (above), and critical reflection on the SEDA Values:

  1. Developing understanding of how people learn
  2. Practising in ways that are scholarly, professional and ethical
  3. Working with and developing learning communities
  4. Valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity
  5. Continually reflecting on practice to develop ourselves, others and processes.
The course leader is Penny Sweasey, FSEDA. Email:

The cost is for the 2020 cohort is £815 (this covers the Fellowship fee for the remainder of the year in which the course is successfully completed).

Please contact the SEDA Office to register your interest in a future cohort of this courses