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The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is a 30 ECTS one year, part-time programme designed to enhance the professional practice of those teaching in higher education. The programme is based in the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). On completion participants can receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, or can progress on to do the Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice. This popular certificate programme has been offered since 2007, and it begins in September of each year. Participants must be currently engaged in teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, preferably in a number of modes (eg large classes and small classes) and are required to undertake some feedback exercises on their teaching practice.
This course is not suitable for PhD students. PhD students are instead advised to take the GS506 module.
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To be sucessful, participants will need to show engagement with materials and any class discussions together with the summative assignments. Participants must be currently engaged in teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, preferably in a number of modes (eg large classes and small classes) and are required to undertake some feedback exercises on their teaching practice. Applications for 2024/25 will open in July 2024.
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Requirements and Assessment
This programme is comprised of three modules
- CEL260 An Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education – Semester 1 (10 ECTS)
- CEL261 Course Design Assessment, and Evaluation – Semester 2 (10 ECTS)
- CEL262 Reflective Practice and Professional Development – All Year (10 ECTS)
The programme involves a combination of class-based workshops, seminars, and lectures; critical reflection; and independent study. The programme uses continuous assessment (see Course Outline for more detail). A Prezi overview of the PgCert can be found here: http://buff.ly/2axBYH3
To be sucessful, participants will need to show engagement with materials and any class discussions together with the summative assignments. Participants must be currently engaged in teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, preferably in a number of modes (eg large classes and small classes) and are required to undertake some feedback exercises on their teaching practice.
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Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
CEL260 An Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Semester 1)
This is the first module in the Postgraduate Certificate programme and covers a range of topics including large class teaching, student engagement, learning technologies, civic engagement and research-led teaching. The course is based on scheduled class sessions often with guest presenters. Assessment comprises maintaining an online 'learning journal' and a summative reflection on learning including identification of practical actions for developing teaching.
By the end of this module, participants should be able to:
- Identify some of the key theories of learning in the higher education context;
- Appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of teaching approaches which may be undertaken within particular contexts;
- Debate and engage with some of the contemporary issues in higher education that impact on teaching practice;
- Demonstrate a willingness to reflect on their own practice.
CEL261 Course Design, Assessment, and Evaluation (Semester 2)
This is the second module in the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education. This semester focuses on describing, designing, assessing and evaluating courses and modules. Issues such as aligning learning outcomes with learning and teaching activities, and assessment will be central.
The assessment for this module will require participants to use the ‘constructive alignment’ process to critically evaluate and re-design a unit of teaching. This assessment activity can be used to design a new unit of teaching.
Through participating fully in this module we would expect successful students to be able to:
- Critically reflect on their own course designs and assessment approaches;
- Apply knowledge about various approaches to curriculum design to their own contexts;
- Recognise the impact of particular external factors on their own teaching contexts.
CEL262 Reflective Practice and Professional Development
The main goal of this module is the development of a Teaching Portfolio, which exemplifies each participant’s critical self-reflection on their teaching practice, their developing philosophy of education and awareness of professional development issues. This module will also serve to revisit, probe and integrate ideas from across the course.
In order to satisfy the requirements of the module and the overall award of the certificate, participants must: (1) undertake the Grouped Student Evaluation process; (2) use the Partnerships for Learning & Teaching process with a colleague to peer review/observe each other’s teaching; (3) collate other relevant examples of teaching and learning practice. The module is assessed via a comprehensive Teaching Portfolio.
- List key developments and achievements in professional practice related to teaching and learning in higher education;
- Demonstrate positive impact of teaching through reference to student, peer, and examiner feedback;
- Evaluate both achievements and further professional development needs in light of the emerging philosophy of teaching and student/peer/examiner feedback.
Why Choose This Course?
Continuous Professional Development
The programme will contribute knowledge and skills to enhance your professional practice as a university teacher. It provides opportunities to demonstrate curriculum leadership through course and module design, and can facilitate career development through the production of a Teaching Portfolio. CELT courses contribute positively to career progression and promotion.
This programme resembles many of the leading academic development programmes internationally. The award may be recognised by other institutions in Ireland and worldwide.
Who’s Suited to This Course
The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is particularly suited to those academics with a number of years teaching in higher education. The programme provides an opportunity to enhance existing practice through critical and scholarly reflection. However, it is also of value to early career university teachers seeking a more advanced introduction to teaching and learning in higher education.
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Teaching staff of the University of Galway do not pay fees for this programme.
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