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.