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 program is a one-year flexible learning program that is designed to provide a teaching qualification for people who are teaching at Divine Word University, but lack a teaching qualification. However, these people have degree qualifications in other fields. This program is part of the staff development activities at DWU to enhance the quality of teaching provided for students.

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


 Semester One Program Units


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 apply skills to a subject, learning level and teaching context of their choice. In the process they demonstrate an understanding of the influence of psychology, philosophy and sociology on various curriculum development processes and models. Participants develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to lead colleagues in further curriculum development and planning.


ED592 Facilitating Learning in Higher Education - 10 Credit Points

The unit develops participants’ competencies 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 demonstrate application of their learning through teaching practice activities. The emphasis is on choosing teaching and learning strategies most appropriate to learning outcomes, providing variety of learning facilitation to address learning style differences, and implementing and facilitating a learning-focused environment.

Semester Two Program Units


ED593 Managing Higher Education Teaching and Learning - 10 Credit Points

The unit equips participants with skills to manage classrooms effectively and be efficient in doing their administrative duties. The unit covers 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, responding to inappropriate behaviour, and maintenance of records such as attendance registers, and assessment results.


ED594 Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education - 10 Credit Points

The unit equips participants with knowledge and skills to assess the learning of higher education participants 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. The use of electronic resources to assist record keeping is addressed.