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Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

Programme Code A1P015 C2P037
Mode of Study One-year Full-time Two-year Part-time
Programme Leader Dr Cheung Pui Yee, Peggy

Programme Aims

This programme prepares university graduates to become competent and confident teachers in secondary schools in Hong Kong. It provides opportunities for participants to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of fully qualified secondary school teachers, together with an understanding of the responsibilities and obligations expected of members of the teaching profession. In addition, the programme seeks to foster a commitment of the participants to their students and to lifelong professional development.

Programme Structure

This programme is delivered in two different modes: One-year Full-time (FT PGDE(S)) and Two-year Part-time (PT PGDE(S)). It is a modularised programme consisting of 30-33 credit points (cps). Participants of FT PGDE(S) are normally required to attend classes during the week (Monday to Saturday) with some evening sessions. Participants of PT PGDE(S) are normally required to attend two/three 3-hour/4-hour classes per week, on weekday evening(s) starting from 6:30 p.m. and Saturday morning and/or afternoon in Tai Po Campus/ Tseung Kwan O Study Centre and/or Sports Centre as decided by the University. The programme comprises a programme orientation and the following components:

1. Major Subject Studies - Subject Methods* 6/9 cps
2. Education Studies 12 cps
3. Electives Studies - Core and General* 6/9 cps
4. Field Experience 6 cps

* Participants majoring in English will study 9 cps of Major Subject Studies, 3 cps of Elective Studies (Core) and 3 cps of Elective Studies (General). Participants of History Major will study 6 cps of Major Subject Studies, 6 cps of Elective Studies (Core) and 3 cps of Elective Studies (General). Participants of Liberal Studies and Design and Technology will study 6 cps of Major Subject Studies, 9 cps of Elective Studies (Core), and as a result, they are not required to take Elective Studies (General) course.

Programme Orientation

All participants must attend a programme orientation which includes information sessions about the curriculum, campus facilities and services.

Major Subject Studies – Subject Methods

Participants are required to take one subject as Major Subject Studies, which should normally be the major subject in their degree studies (please refer to the entrance requirements for details). Subject to sufficient demand, the following subjects may be offered in the 2019/20 academic year:

Major Subject Studies (MSS)

Δ Note: Visual Arts will be offered at a two-year cycle beginning 2013-14. It will not be offered in 2019-20 and will be offered again in 2020-21.

Click here for the list of courses offered in 2019/20

Education Studies

This component provides participants with an understanding of foundational disciplines required of classroom teachers, i.e. psychology, sociology and philosophy of education, together with generic skills for planning, teaching and assessment. This interdisciplinary knowledge helps participants understand their own teaching, their own personal development, and culture and society at large. The participants can also evaluate current local curriculum and assessment issues. They are introduced to the implications for teaching and learning arising from the diverse range of learners' needs, the organisational culture of the school and the need to create and maintain a positive classroom climate.

The courses are:

  • Foundations and Processes of Learning
  • Philosophical and Socio-cultural Issues in Education
  • Teacher Leadership and Professionalism in Changing Contexts
  • Curriculum and Assessment

Elective Studies – Core / General

The Elective Studies component covers two parts: Core and General. The Elective Core course enables participants to fulfill specific subject requirements while the Elective General is to allow participants to have choices in directing their own professional development. The majority of the participants have to study 1 Elective Core of their Major Subject and select 1 Elective General course. These Elective General courses are interdisciplinary in design in order to encourage participants to develop new areas of interest connected to their academic and education studies.

Field Experience

Field Experience provides opportunity for participants to engage and socialize in schools where they learn to teach, experience school life and work, and develop competence and readiness to enter the teaching profession. Participants on FT PGDE(S) will be arranged to undertake two blocks# of teaching practice in local secondary schools to try out teaching while participants on PT PGDE(S), who are serving teachers in schools, undertake Field Experience to broaden their experience in classroom practice, reflect and improve their practice by testing out new ideas and applying pedagogical principles in classroom teaching.

# except for FT PGDE(S) participants who have chosen English as their Major Subject Studies will take part in the compulsory immersion programme in Semester One.

Important Note: The University will ask students of our full-time teacher education programmes to declare whether they have been convicted of or are being prosecuted for any sex-related offence in Hong Kong or elsewhere, and to provide relevant details prior to undertaking teaching practice. Such information may be released to their placement schools. The University reserves the right not to allow these students to attend the block teaching practice. If so, they won't be able to meet the graduation requirements of the programmes.

Immersion Programme

To enhance the English proficiency of participants, a compulsory immersion programme will be arranged for FT PGDE(S) participants who choose English as their MSS. Details of the immersion programme will be announced after the commencement of the full-time programme.

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is Chinese and/or English. Applicant's adequate proficiency in both Chinese and English is required. Participants will be required to take 25% (about 6 credit points) of the total programme credit points (excluding those for the Field Experience course) through the medium of English. English major participants are required to take all courses through the medium of English, if available.

Information Technology Competency in Education (ITCE)

Students who are enrolled in education programmes (leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)) are required to complete the IT e-Portfolio for checking and pass all the required courses in the programme to demonstrate the attainment of Information Technology Competency in Education (ITCE) before graduation.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should normally:

  1. hold a recognised Bachelor's degree with a major in a discipline relevant to their chosen Major Subject Studies*, or equivalent;
  2. have passed the admission interview/subject test(s) and/or language test(s), where required; and
  3. be serving teachers in local secondary schools (for PT PGDE(S)).

  1. Applicants for English who do not hold a degree majoring in English are also welcome to apply.
  2. Applicants for Design and Technology should normally hold a degree in creative media and design / engineering / computer science / information technology or other related disciplines in design and technology. Other applicants who do not hold a degree majoring in any of the above may also be considered.

Teaching Requirements for Field Experience

The medium of instruction in the vast majority of Hong Kong schools is Cantonese and/or English. Participants are required to possess a proficient level of language skills (oral, listening and written) to enable them to perform the duties during Field Experience.

For Full-time PGDE(S) Participants

Full-time participants will be arranged to undertake 4# and 8 weeks of full-time block practice in Semester One and Two respectively in local secondary schools. The teaching load is normally 8-10 periods per week / per 5 to 7-day cycle in Semester One and 10-12 periods per week / per 5 to 7-day cycle in Semester Two.

# except for participants who have chosen English as their Major Subject Studies will take part in the compulsory immersion programme in Semester One.

For Part-time PGDE(S) Participants

The part-time programme is primarily designed for serving teachers. Participants in the programme are required to hold a full-time teaching post in secondary schools to have a minimum of 4 periods per week / per 5 to 7-day cycle for the chosen subject during the course of study in the programme.

Participants without relevant teaching post are required to make their own arrangements to undertake 6 consecutive weeks of full-time block practice in secondary schools in Semester Two (January to early May) of each year of study, and teach at least 8 periods per week / per 5 to 7-day cycle for the chosen subject throughout the block practice period.

Participants are required to conduct Field Experience in regular class settings with a minimum size of 10 pupils (for Special School, a minimum size of 8 pupils).

Other subject specific teaching requirements

  • Liberal Studies
    1. Class level requirement
      Participants of Liberal Studies major are required to teach Liberal Studies subject at New Senior Secondary (NSS) level (i.e. S4 to S6 level) for at least one Field Experience in Year One or Year Two.
    2. Relevant subjects to teach for Field Experience include
      • Liberal Studies
      • Integrated Humanities
      • Life and Society or
      • Other lessons/ subjects which are similar to Liberal Studies in terms of the teaching and learning approach (enquiry-based, issue-based etc.)
  • Science
    1. Class level requirement
      Participants of Science major are required to teach relevant Science subject at New Senior Secondary (NSS) level (i.e. S4 to S6 level) for at least 4 periods per week / per 5 to 7-day cycle (for participants without a relevant teaching post) or 2 periods per week / per 5 to 7-day cycle (for participants with a relevant teaching post) for Field Experience in Year One and Year Two.
    2. Relevant subjects to teach for Field Experience include:
      • Biology / Combined Science (Biology) for Biology-focus participants
      • Physics / Combined Science (Physics) for Physics-focus participants
      • Chemistry / Combined Science (Chemistry) for Chemistry-focus participants
      • Integrated Science

A summary of Field Experience Requirements for Part-time PGDE (Primary)/(Secondary) programmes is provided here for easy reference.

Enquiry

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