Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (PGCHETL) - Flexible Learning and Full Time (Madang Campus)

Program Code: PGCHETL

The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (PGCHETL) program is designed to provide knowledge and skills of teaching for DWU employees who have teaching or training roles, but lack a teaching qualification. However, these people have degree qualifications in other fields.  
The PGCHETL program is offered in flexible learning mode. Students take two units a semester and complete the program in one year. Students are required to participate in a residential component each semester and have their own personal laptop.

Program Description

The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is a DWU in-house program offered in flexible learning mode. Students are required to complete eight four units

Credit Points Required

Achievement of 40 credit points

Duration of Study

One Year

Study Mode and Location

Flexible Learning Madang


Applicants are expected to be teaching/lecturing in a higher education institution and hold a minimum of a bachelor degree in a field other than education


BM units 

Semester One 

ED591 Curriculum development in higher education 
ED592 Facilitating learning in higher education 

Semester Two

ED593Managing higher education teaching and learning environments
ED594 Assessment and evaluation in higher education
Each of the 4 units has a ten credit point value and students are required to gain 40 credit points to be eligible to graduate with the award.


ED591 Curriculum Development in Higher Education - 10 credit Points

This unit enables participants to plan and prepare teaching programs and learning materials to support curriculum implementation. Participants are able to apply curriculum knowledge and skills to a subject, learning level and teaching context of their choice within a higher education context. The planned learning can be applied for full-time or part-time studies, online or face-to-face delivery. In the process, participants demonstrate an understanding of the principles of adult learning. Participants will demonstrate their ability to create plans to achieve intended learning outcomes.


ED592 Facilitating Learning in Higher Education - 10 Credit Points

This unit enables participants to develop competency in the use of a range of teaching skills and methods for targeted learning outcomes that are appropriate for use in PNG higher educational contexts. Participants will demonstrate application of their learning through teaching practice activities. The emphasis of this unit will be that of choosing teaching and learning strategies most appropriate to the learning objectives, providing variety of learning facilitation to address learning style differences, and implementing and facilitating a learning-focused environment. Participants explore Christian ethics, human rights and professionalism as integral elements of a teacher’s code of behaviour. 

Semester Two Program Units


ED593 Managing higher education teaching and learning environments - 10 Credit Points

The unit equips participants with skills to manage higher education classrooms effectively and be efficient in doing their administrative duties. The unit covers adult education approaches, planning and organization of higher education learning environments, communicating clearly and confidently, maintaining learning activity pace and variability, facilitating smooth transitions, using rewards wisely, managing groups effectively, , and maintenance of records such as attendance registers, assessment results and asset registers. Participants explore motivation to learn, how to assist the growth of intrinsic motivation, and developing life-long learning as an institutional culture as well as a personal attribute.


ED594 Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education - 10 Credit Points

This unit equips participants with knowledge and skills to assess the learning of higher education students and to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching and learning processes. The focus is on designing varied and appropriate types of assessment items that measure student achievement of intended learning outcomes and the use of assessment data in planning future actions. Understanding of diagnostic, formative and summative evaluation is developed. The nature of assessment and evaluation, modes of reporting outcomes and learning achievements, and focusing upon learning rather than testing will be themes of the unit. The ways in which electronic resources can assist formative assessment, record keeping and summative reporting will be addressed.


Master of Educational Leadership

applyonlineProgram Code: (MEdL)

Program Description

The Master of Educational Leadership (MEDL) program caters for both academic and administrative interests at elementary, primary, secondary or tertiary levels of education.  
The MEDL program is offered in both full-time and flexible learning mode. Full-time students take four units a semester and complete the program in one year. Part-time students take two units a semester and complete the program in two years. Part-time students are required to participate in a two-week residential component each semester. Students are expected to have their own personal laptop.

Credit Points Required

The program comprises eight units, each with a 10 credit point value. Students are required to gain 80 credit points (80cp) to be eligible to graduate.

Duration of Study

Two Years

Study Mode and Location

Flexible Learning mode in Madang campus.It is offered in both full-time and part-time study modes. Full-time students take 4 units a semester and complete the program in one year. Part-time students take 2 units a semester and complete the program in two years. The program is offered on the DWU Madang campus. In future it is anticipated that some units will be offered online.

Pre-requisite Required

Applicants would normally be required to hold a Bachelor degree or an award equivalent of four years of professional education from a recognized tertiary institution.


MEDL program units in order of study

ED602 Educational Leadership

ED605 Ethical Leadership

ED607 Curriculum Leadership

ED608 Research Methods

ED603 Administrative Leadership

EED611 Leading Educational Change

ED609 Research project

ED615 Learning Theories and practices
Each unit has a ten credit point value and students are required to gain 80 credit points to be eligible to graduate with the award.



ED602 Educational Leadership

This unit extends the perspectives of participants on leadership in general and its presence in education. It leads students to the identification, development and articulation of their personal approach to leadership through reflection on various leadership perspectives and personal experience. This unit sets the scene for the study of leadership in a Christian educational environment, and causes participants to analyse the importance of their understandings in the context of the challenges facing Christian educational leadership.


ED605 Ethical Leadership

This unit explores ethics and philosophy of human acts as foundations of educational leadership thought and action. Leaders need to know what the signs are that school policies and practices are getting it right and addressing the most important dimensions of managing ethics, creating an ethical culture and being an ethical institution. Students examine theories of what an ethical community, an ethical public sector, an ethical school, an ethical government or an ethical society should be.


ED607 Curriculum Leadership

This unit provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to exercise leadership in the curriculum at several different levels and in varied roles to meet the challenges of reforms and improving standards. Curriculum leaders need to look constantly for ways to achieve excellence in our schools and institutions of higher learning. The unit develops the knowledge and skills of students to be curriculum leaders in the planning, alignment and development of curriculum to meet agency, national and international standards.


ED608 Research Methods

In the research methods unit students acquire the skills to undertake a research project. Academic writing and structure of presenting project proposals are strengthened in the course of this unit. Students identify specific research problems that are of interest, conduct initial reviews of relevant literature, learn about the theoretical perspectives that may guide their research topic, and select and design ways of conducting the study. Students develop a proposal for a research project.


ED603 Administrative Leadership

This unit provides an introduction to educational administration as a field of specialised study. It examines traditional as well as emerging paradigms in the study of educational administration, with specific emphasis on the theoretical and conceptual constructs important for understanding administration of Christian educational learning environments. The unit helps students develop a critical awareness of the values underlying various approaches to the study of administration in learning environments.


ED611 Leading Educational Change

Leaders in schools and educational systems are faced with the challenge of operating in a rapidly changing world. The globalisation of economic systems, rapid technological advances and society’s increased expectations of education have replaced past certainties with new and uncertain frameworks. Studentsl have an opportunity to reflect on and analyse change in their organisations and systems using a number of difference models and frameworks for planning, implementing and evaluating change processes and outcomes. These change perspectives are used to assist leaders in Papua New Guinea manage change ethically, compassionately and productively.


ED609 Research Projects

This unit provides students with an opportunity to integrate learning from earlier units in the program. Students apply a chosen theoretical perspective to guide data collection, organization of data, analysis and interpretation of data. Students are guided to produce a report on the research problem they explored in unit ED608. Crafting skills are developed for sections such as introduction, context, literature review, design of the research study, results, discussion, recommendations, references, and appendices.


ED615 Learning Theories and Practices

In this unit students explore theories of a range of leading educational psychologists in broad domains of behaviourism, cognitivism and constructivism. It helps students to acquire an understanding of the ways humans learn; identify, analyse and synthesise information; identify the implications for the teacher in the teachinglearning process; and the implementation of those theories and principles when and wherever applicable in real-life teaching-learning situations.