Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching
Designed for tertiary teachers, this professional qualification examines academic practices across disciplines that are central to the role of teaching in a modern tertiary institution. The programme uses processes of shared inquiry, reflection, and collaborative learning to explore participants' teaching practices and their students' understandings of learning.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (PGCertTT) equips people with the ability 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 programme covers fundamentals such as frameworks or models of learning, constructive alignment of assessment, rethinking learning design of courses, and adopting a scholarly/research approach to evaluating one’s own practice.
Assessment is grounded in the participants’ own practice so you can gain maximum benefit from the coursework you do within this programme. The PGCertTT provides skills and knowledge to help jump start an academic career by creating a pathway towards such achievements as a Teaching Award and promotion.
The programme seeks to create a community of practice amongst participants. Given the many pressures facing academics, more flexible modes of participation have been developed to enable colleagues to undertake discrete topics covered in the courses as separate components. In addition, increased flexible learning opportunities modes of participation and engagement that are less time dependant are available.
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
Normally candidates would:
- be practising in tertiary teaching: this could include tutoring, leading workshops, or training modules, and
- have either a bachelor’s degree or qualifications or experience in the field in which they are teaching, and
- 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.
For advice on how to apply for the PGCertTT please contact a Student Advisor in the College of Education, Health, and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora. Enrolment is subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator, Dr David Small.
Please contact David Small if you are interested in this course as a staff member for UC, Lincoln University | Te Whare Wānaka O Aoraki, or Ara Institute of Canterbury. UC staff may be eligible for Staff Tertiary Study Assistance, and Lincoln and Ara staff may be eligible for a Canterbury Tertiary Alliance discount.
UC staff will need to apply through the Learning & Development Staff Tertiary Study Assistance page to undertake their study and have fees paid by UC.
Academic Staff employed outside UC will need to make contact with their home HR department to complete the required paperwork.
The PGCertTT consists of four compulsory courses.
This Postgraduate Certificate can be completed in 1 year part-time, however, usually enrolment is over 2 years (and no more than 4 years).
This programme can be commenced in February or July.
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.
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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
Private Bag 4800