Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Part-time) – Subject Teaching and Subject Knowledge Stream

The overall aim of these different streams in the Part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Education Programme – Subject Teaching and Subject Knowledge (PgD in Ed – STSK) is to provide professional training to serving teachers who are not graduates in the respective subject but are teaching or aspiring to teach that subject.

The aim of each stream of the programme is to help student to develop pedagogical skills and knowledge of a designated specialised subject with a view to enabling them to become subject specialists in schools.

  1. To develop in students expertise in subject knowledge and pedagogical skills pertaining to a specializing school subject which is not the major subject in their university study. The pedagogical skills include effective strategies for the planning, conducting and evaluating of teaching of this specializing subject; and
  2. To enhance teachers personal qualities which support their daily work and professional development. These personal qualities include interpersonal effectiveness, creativity, self-understanding, and the motivation and readiness for self-reflection and self-improvement.

Upon the completion of the programme, graduates are able to:

  1. develop subject knowledge pertaining to a specializing school subject which is not the major subject in students’ university study.
  2. develop pedagogical content knowledge for effective teaching of the specializing school subject.
  3. acquire effective strategies for planning, conducting and evaluating of teaching of the specializing school subject.
  4. demonstrate a reflective and sensitive mind in educational practices and social issues.
  5. show commitments to uphold professional integrity and advancement of the profession.

Applicants are required to choose “Primary School Focus” or “Secondary School Focus” when submitting their admission application. Upon admitted, they are required to complete a total number of 28 units that consists of a pedagogical specialised subject (6 units) with supervised teaching practice assessment (4 units), and subject knowledge. (18 units)

The structure of the programme is as follows:

Specialising Subject Subject Teaching & STPA
(10 units)
Subject Knowledge
(Total 18 units; 3 units each)
  • Subject Teaching
  • Supervised Teaching Practice Assessment
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Lexis, Morphology and Semantics
  • Grammar for Teaching
  • Written and Spoken Discourse
  • Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics in English Language Teaching
  • Literature and Language Arts
  • Subject Teaching
  • Supervised Teaching Practice Assessment
  • Foundational Mathematics
  • Development in Mathematical Thinking
  • Understanding Number Theory
  • Mathematics in Action – Applications of Contemporary Mathematics
  • Geometries in Perspective
  • Statistics and Society
Physical Education
  • Subject Teaching
  • Supervised Teaching Practice Assessment
  • Scientific Foundations of Physical Education in Schools
  • Humanities & Social Sciences Foundations of Physical Education in Schools
  • Independent Inquiry Study in Physical Education

(2 out of 3 of the above)

  • Athletics & Swimming in Schools
  • Dances & Gymnastics in Schools
  • Ball Games in Schools
  • Racket Games in Schools
  • Outdoor Pursuit and Tai Chi in Schools
  • Fundamental Movement & Fitness Training in Schools

(4 out of 6 of the above)

*Students who successfully complete this PgD in Ed – English STSK will meet the requirements for both subject knowledge and language proficiency for English teachers in schools as stipulated by the Education Bureau (EDB).


Classes are scheduled on weekday evenings and Saturdays.

The programme adopts a student-centred approach that builds on the knowledge and experience that students bring with them. Teaching is conducted through lectures, lecture-discussions, seminars, workshops, microteaching, on-site peer observation and supervised teaching practice. Coursework emphasises reflection, creativity and continuous development of the teacher.

Both Chinese and English languages are used in the Programme (except English STSK). The choice of medium of instruction depends on the nature of individual courses.

  1. Requirements of Field Practice (To fulfill the requirements for satisfactory completion of Field Practice, students are required to:)
    1. accumulate a duration of 12 weeks on-site Supervised Teaching Practice in a school setting if they do not have a full-time teaching position during the period of study;
    2. teach at least 48 lessons on his/her major subject (or equivalent to 32 teaching hours);
    3. complete at least 2 Supervised Teaching Practice Assessments (STPA);
    4. attend two Reflective Seminars; and
    5. submit a Reflective Teaching Portfolio.
  1. Arrangement of Field Practice
    1. it is an expectation that students arrange Field Practice by themselves;
    2. it is the students’ responsibility to notify the Department as soon as they have obtained a teaching/teaching-related post and they should then supply the relevant documents (e.g. the employment contract, testimonial of employment, etc.) to the Department for verification and record purposes; and
    3. it is suggested that students should report any difficulties in arranging Field Practice to the Department.

Students who have satisfactorily completed the Programme will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Education by the University. To be eligible for the award, students must:

  1. complete a total of 28 units within the specified duration of the programme;
  2. obtain a ‘Satisfactory’ in Supervised Teaching Practice Assessment;
  3. obtain Grade C- or above in all courses; and
  4. achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.

To be awarded Distinction for the Programme, students should attain a cumulative GPA of 3.67 or above, with no course grade below B- and no repeated courses. Students attaining a cumulative GPA between 3.40 and 3.66 will be awarded Merit.

Graduates from PgD in Ed – English STSK will be recognized as

  1. trained in English language teaching at the postgraduate diploma level;
  2. having fulfilled SCOLAR’s requirement for PGSK in English;
  3. exempted from LPAT (English).
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