Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Part-time) – Traditional Stream

This Postgraduate Diploma in Education is a two-year part-time taught programme in fulfillment of the basic teacher education qualification. The overall aim of the Programme is to provide the professional training necessary for teaching in local schools. The Programme is designed to help participants develop their knowledge, abilities, personal qualities and philosophies that will enable them to adequately assume their roles in the teaching profession.

AIMS
  1. To develop in students 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;
  2. To develop in students a functional knowledge of disciplines which informs educational practice. A functional knowledge of disciplines means basic knowledge of psychology, sociology and philosophy essential for the understanding of the aims and processes of education;
  3. To develop in students expertise as subject specialist teachers in local schools. This expertise consists of effective strategies for the planning, conducting and evaluating of teaching of given school subjects; and
  4. To develop in students knowledge essential for effective functioning within the profession and the wider school context. This knowledge encompasses issues in the professionalization of teaching, educational management, organization and policy.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

  1. develop functional knowledge of psychology, sociology ad philosophy that are essential for the understanding of the aims and processes of education.
  2. develop pedagogical content knowledge for effective teaching of given school subjects.
  3. develop essential knowledge for effective functioning within the profession.
  4. acquire effective strategies for planning, conducting and evaluating of teaching of given school subjects.
  5. enhance generic skills to support their daily works and professional development.
  6. demonstrate a reflective and sensitive mind in educational practices and social issues to uphold professional integrity and engage in life-long learning
STRUCTURE

Students 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 26 units consisting of six core courses (20 units) and one elective course (2 units). Students must also satisfactorily complete the Supervised Teaching Practice Assessment (4 units).

Specializing subjects offered are:

Primary School Focus: Chinese, English, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education and Visual Arts
Secondary School Focus: Chinese, English, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education and Visual Arts

(Final provision of specializing subjects will depend on demand, and are offered at the discretion of the Department.)

The structure of the programme is as follows:

Courses Units
Core Course 20 Units
Subject Teaching I 3 Units
Subject Teaching II 3 Units
Classroom Management and Communication 3 Units
Education Foundations 4 Units
Curriculum and Assessment 3 Units
Professional Teacher Development 4 Units
Elective Course 2 Units
Supervised Teaching Practice Assessment 4 Units
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Total 26 Units
PROGRAMME DELIVERY

The Programme adopts a student-centred approach, using a variety of teaching strategies to support classroom learning and teaching practice. On-site supervision and peer observation are integral to the Supervised Teaching Practice.

Classes are scheduled on weekday evenings and Saturdays.

Normally students should complete the Programme in two calendar years.

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

FIELD PRACTICE
  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.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS & ACADEMIC AWARDS

To be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education, students must:

  1. complete a total of 26 units within the specified duration of the programme;
  2. obtain Grade C- or above in all courses:
  3. obtain a ‘Satisfactory’ in Supervised Teaching Practice Assessment; 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.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
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