POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA

Pre-Secondary PGD

Overview

The Pre-Secondary PGD is a 25-credit program designed for aspiring secondary school teachers who have limited teaching experience in school settings. Through this program, students will build practical, theoretical, and research-informed knowledge and understanding related to teaching, classroom inquiry and self-reflection approaches to develop their practical teaching repertoire, and will synthesize practical, theoretical, and research knowledge to advance the quality of support they provide for the children they teach. The Secondary Professional Practice Placement is a crucial component of the program. Throughout their placement, interns will make links between theory, practice, and research, engage in reflection, and access understanding of the practical wisdom and pedagogic content knowledge of experienced teachers at their placement schools.

SIGNATURE PEDAGOGIES PROMOTED THROUGH THE PROGRAM

  • Pedagogies that promote independent learning including promoting metacognition, and the application of assessment for learning and dialogic teaching across the teaching tracks.
  • Tailored pedagogies for teaching subjects (e.g., inquiry-based learning)
  • Bridging theory, research, practice, and values
  • Strong practice focus
  • School-based learning experiences at partner schools
  • Support from a school-based mentor and University mentor

PROGRAM GOALS

The Pre-Service Secondary PGD aims to support interns learn to teach by:

  1. Developing and critically reflecting on authoritative educational theories of learning in, assessment and human development, and synthesizing theory with practice related to planning and developing secondary classroom pedagogy and assessment in their subject area.
  2. Developing and critically reflecting on knowledge and understandings from educational research into effective learning, teaching and assessment in their subject area, and synthesizing research understandings with practice related to planning and developing secondary classroom pedagogy and assessment.
  3. Critically reflecting on the pedagogical subject-specific content knowledge of experienced secondary teachers to adapt this knowledge for planning and practice related to developing effective classroom pedagogy and assessment.
  4. Developing in depth understandings of the learning practices and progression of pupils across the secondary grades for informing planning and practice related to developing effective classroom pedagogy and assessment.
  5. Using, developing, experimenting with, and critically evaluating a range of effective classroom strategies appropriate to different learning purposes across cycle 2 and 3.
  6. Using, developing, experimenting with, and critically evaluating a range of subject-specific strategies appropriate for cycle 2 and 3 classrooms for maintaining an orderly and positive classroom environment.
  7. Developing in-depth theoretical and practical understandings of the social and learning characteristics of secondary students with special educational needs and responding effectively to them.
  8. Developing knowledge and understanding to undertake pastoral responsibilities of a teacher dealing with secondary age students.

DURATION OF THE PROGRAM

A 1-year program offered full time over three terms.

MODE OF DELIVERY

The Pre-service program is offered in a blended learning model, offering candidates flexibility through a combination of online learning and face-to-face classes (48% online and 52% face-to-face classes). Classes are taught from Monday to Friday.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Pre-Service Secondary Postgraduate Diploma in Education is open to interested individuals provided they meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a Baccalaureate/Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline (appropriate for the electives that the student intends to study[1]) from an accredited university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0-point scale or its established equivalent.
  • Applicants who hold a degree from a university outside of the UAE are required to produce a certificate of equivalency from the Ministry of Education in the UAE.
  • Students that will attend the science and mathematics teaching electives must have a minimum score of 1400 on the English language portion of the EmSAT examination, or its equivalent on other national or internationally recognized tests that are approved by the CAA, such as TOEFL score of 500 (173 CBT, 60 iBT), or IELTS 6.0 academic
  • Students that will attend the English teaching electives must have a minimum score of 1675 on the English language portion of the EmSAT examination, or its equivalent on other national or internationally recognized tests that are approved by the CAA, such as TOEFL score of 590 (242 CBT, 96 iBT), or IELTS 7.0 academic

In addition to the minimum qualifications stated above, applicants will be required to pass an admissions interview.

[1]Applicants must have subject knowledge qualifications in their intended teaching subject. For example, a science elective applicant must have a degree in a related technical field with evidence on their transcripts of successfully completing courses in their teaching subject.

Program Structure

TERM 1

  1. EDUSC1 - Educational and Professional Studies
  2. EDUSC2 - Managing Classrooms and Promoting Learning in Secondary Schools
  3. EDUSPPP1 - Secondary Professional Practice Placement I

TERM 2 - ENGLISH ELECTIVE

  1. EDUSE1 - English Language and Literacy – Teaching and Learning Reading, Listening and Vocabulary
  2. EDUSE2 - Curriculum Design, Development and Progression in English Language and Literacy
  3. EDUSPPP2 - Secondary Professional Practice Placement II

TERM 2 - MATHEMATICS ELECTIVE

  1. EDUSM1 - Pedagogy, Learning, and Assessment in Mathematics (I)
  2. EDUSM2 - Curriculum progression and planning in mathematics education
  3. EDUSPPP2 - Secondary Professional Practice Placement II

TERM 2 – SCIENCE ELECTIVE

  1. EDUSS1 - Pedagogy, Learning and Assessment in Science (I)
  2. EDUSS2 - Curriculum Development and Progression in Secondary Science Education
  3. EDUSPPP2 - Secondary Professional Practice Placement II

TERM 3 - ENGLISH ELECTIVE

  1. EDUSE3 - English Language and Literacy - Teaching and Learning English Writing, Speaking and Grammar
  2. EDUSPPP2 - Secondary Professional Practice Placement III

TERM 3 - MATHEMATICS ELECTIVE

  1. EDUSM3 - Pedagogy, Learning, and Assessment in Mathematics (II)
  2. EDUSPPP2 - Secondary Professional Practice Placement III

TERM 3 – SCIENCE ELECTIVE

  1. EDUSS3 - Pedagogy, Learning and Assessment in Science (II)
  2. EDUSPPP2 - Secondary Professional Practice Placement III

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