Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching
This professional qualification is aimed at tertiary teachers and considers academic practices across disciplines that affect tertiary teachers in 21st century University. Throughout this programme, a process of shared inquiry, reflection and collaborative learning is used to explore participants' teaching practices and their students' understanding of learning.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching is designed to enable graduates to reflect on current research on teaching and learning in relation to their own disciplinary context and teaching practice, develop and justify a range of teaching approaches and assessment practices, and evaluate and advance their own teaching practices. The qualification covers fundamentals such as frameworks or models of learning, and constructive alignment of assessment to rethinking learning design of your courses and adopting a scholarly/research approach to evaluating your own practice. Assessment is grounded in your own practice so you can gain maximum benefit from the work you do within this course.
Working within a community of practice is an important component of the course but we are aware of the many pressures facing academics. We are currently exploring more flexible modes of participation in 2018 that would enable colleagues to undertake discrete topics covered in the course as separate components and are developing increased blended learning opportunities that would facilitate less time dependent participation and engagement.
Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry requirements
- be practising in tertiary teaching
- have either a bachelor’s degree or qualifications or experience in the field in which they are teaching
- be approved by the Head of the School or the Programme Coordinator.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
You can apply online via myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The PGCertTertTchg consists of four compulsory courses.
The certificate is usually studied part-time over a minimum of 24 months (and no more than four years).
The PGCertTertTchg is made up of the following four compulsory courses:
- HEDN 601 Introduction to Tertiary Teaching
- HEDN 602 Tertiary Teaching Methods
- HEDN 603 Learning Design and Assessment in Tertiary Teaching
- HEDN 604 Tertiary Teaching Scholarship
For the up-to-date schedule of courses, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching.
Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Our Careers, Internships & Employment team can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers or find a job.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching.
For study planning help contact the College of Education, Health and Human Development:
College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
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