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Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHighE)

This course is available

Online

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

University of Otago

Summary

The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHighE) is a qualification for those who teach tertiary students in universities and polytechnics. It is a part-time programme consisting of two 30 point papers that can be completed in a minimum of one year and a maximum of three. Students can continue and complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDipHighE).

The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHighE) is also available through Distance Learning.

Programme requirements

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHighE)

Papers

HEDU 501 Critical Reflection on Higher Education

HEDU 502 Learning Theory and Practice in Higher Education

Note: HEDU 501, HEDU 502 are also available through Distance Learning.

Duration of the Programme

The programme is self paced" and students may negotiate the duration of study for each paper within the following:

a. A candidate shall normally follow a part-time programme of study of not less than one academic year.

b. A candidate shall satisfy the requirements for the certificate within three years of admission to the programme.

Entry criteria

Every applicant must: i. be a graduate and, normally, be engaged in tertiary teaching; or

ii. if enrolling for a programme for an endorsed certificate, be a graduate and, normally, be engaged in clinical teaching at tertiary level; or

iii. have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Board of Studies.

English language requirements

  • IELTS Academic - Score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0). IELTS Online is also accepted.
  • Internet-based TOEFL - Score of 90 with a minimum writing score of 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL - score of 587 (TWE 4.5)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) & Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum of 176
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.
  • LanguageCert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a high pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill OR C2 Mastery (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill
  • NZCEL - NZCEL 5 Academic endorsement
  • University of Otago Language Centre ‘English for Otago’, English for Postgraduate Academic Purposes (EPAP) - Grade C or higher
  • University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA) pathway programmes - Successful completion of the English Pathway for Postgraduate Studies (EPPS) with a B Grade
  • University of Auckland Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP) - Successful completion of the certificate with a B Grade
  • English NZ's Accredited Pathway Assessment - English NZ’s Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 3 (with no skill lower than Level 2).

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