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Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning — PGCert(TertiaryT&L) — is a recognised qualification for staff working in tertiary education contexts who wish to extend their understanding of tertiary learning and teaching, improve their own practice and facilitate positive change in student learning across their courses and programmes or in their specific areas of work.

It is a flexible programme that can benefit people engaged in tertiary education teaching at any point during their career. The programme can be completed over one to four years, depending on individual preferences and needs.

Through the PGCert programme, participants will have opportunities to improve their own teaching, research teaching and learning, critically engage with theories and principles of tertiary teaching and learning, contextualise their own practice locally, nationally and globally, and be prepared to take responsibility for leading teaching and learning initiatives at an appropriate level.

The PGCert in Tertiary Teaching and Learning requires successful completion of four elective papers. It can be taken in blended form or completely online.

If you are able to attend face-to-face classes on campus, please see here for further details..

If you are interested in completing the programme entirely online, please see here for further details..

We are also able to offer papers in custom-designed block delivery format subject to minimum group numbers. For further details, see here.

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Papers offered in 2019:

There will be a selection of blended and online papers in 2019. If you want to study completely online, please ensure that you only select papers that are offered in this format.

2019/Semester B

TERTL508 Assessment (blended)

This paper enables participants to contextualise principles, forms and methods of assessment in relation to relevant trends and theories, relating this to their own practice. The paper provides opportunities for participants to design, implement and evaluate improvements to assessment in their teaching situations.

TERTL511 English-Medium Instruction (EMI) in Higher Education Teaching (online)

This paper examines principles and practices of English-medium instruction (EMI), focusing particularly on settings where students (and/or lecturers) are using English as a second or foreign language.

TERTL504 Supervising Postgraduate Students (blended)

This paper aims to introduce participants to current research and practical perspectives of the epistemology of postgraduate student supervision. Discussion topics may include models of supervision, different models of the thesis, specific issues in the supervision of international students, transferable skills beyond the postgraduate degree, and postgraduate qualifications within an international context.

TERTL513 Researching Learning and Teaching Practice (blended OR online)

In this paper, participants identify an aspect of teaching and learning practice to research, and design and implement a small-scale project. Participants are also expected to evaluate their project and disseminate the findings of their research as part of this paper.

Note: This paper is usually taken as the third or final paper in the PGCert, extending learning from other papers in a practice-based context.

TERTL590 Directed Study (blended OR online)

This paper provides participants with the opportunity to examine a specific teaching-related issue of their own interest in greater depth. Learning outcomes, assessment and content are decided through agreement between the participant and paper convenor.

Papers offered in 2020:

2020/Semester A

TERTL500 (HAM or TGA) Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Tertiary Education (on campus)

This paper enables participants to explore core concepts of teaching, learning and assessment and develop the knowledge and skills for effective teaching in tertiary teaching contexts.

TERTL502 Work-Integrated Learning (online)

This paper provides an outline of some of the main components of WIL in relation to teaching and learning by focusing on work-based learning and work-based assessment using several case studies.

TERTL506 (HAM or TGA) Curriculum and Course Design (on campus)

This paper enables participants to think deeply about curriculum design at both programme and course levels, informed by contemporary educational theories and models of instructional design.

TERTL513 (HAM or TGA) Researching Tertiary Learning and Teaching Practice (on campus or online)

In this paper, participants design, implement and evaluate a small-scale research project on an aspect of teaching and learning in their own tertiary education context.

Note: This paper is usually taken as the third or final paper in the PGCert, extending learning from other papers in a practice-based context.

TERTL590 (HAM or TGA) Directed Study (on campus or online)

This paper offers participants the opportunity to examine a specific area of tertiary learning and teaching, with learning outcomes and content agreed by the participant and paper convenor.

2020/Semester B

TERTL501 (HAM or TGA) Integrating Kaupapa Maori across Programmes (on campus)

This paper provides an introduction to kaupapa Maori as an indigenous knowledge framework, and encourages examination and evaluation of existing learning programmes in terms of bi-cultural integration.

TERTL504 Supervising Postgraduate Students (online)

This paper introduces selected practical issues and contemporary theoretical perspectives in postgraduate supervision, with a focus on participants’ own experience.

TERTL507 (HAM or TGA) Facilitating Learning in Small Group Contexts (on campus)

This paper enables participants to apply theories and strategies related to effective facilitation of small group learning to their own tertiary education practice.

TERTL513 (HAM or TGA) Researching Tertiary Learning and Teaching Practice (on campus or online)

In this paper, participants design, implement and evaluate a small-scale research project on an aspect of teaching and learning in their own tertiary education context.

Note: This paper is usually taken as the third or final paper in the PGCert, extending learning from other papers in a practice-based context.

TERTL590 (HAM or TGA) Directed Study (on campus or online)

This paper offers participants the opportunity to examine a specific area of tertiary learning and teaching, with learning outcomes and content agreed by the participant and paper convenor.

For further details on the PGCert Tertiary Teaching and Learning, please contact the Programme Administrator  cettladmin@waikato.ac.nz