Middlesex University Dubai is pleased to offer higher education professionals the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised teaching qualification via its Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE). Increasingly universities are requiring their teaching staff to have formal teaching qualifications in addition to their academic qualifications. The Middlesex PGCHE is a UK teaching qualification specifically designed for those working in higher education. It is designed within the UK Higher Education Authority (HEA) Professional Standards Framework (PSF) and those who complete the programme are able to become Fellows of the HEA.
Why choose the Middlesex University Dubai PGCHE
All teaching is conducted by Dubai-based faculty. Assessment is marked in Dubai and moderated in London. Assessment for each module is through the School of Health and Education Assessment Board in London, which includes external examination. The PGCHE is awarded by Middlesex University, London, UK.
Class timings and attendance
Attendance is compulsory at all sessions and teaching sessions will be held on Saturdays during term times. These Saturday sessions will be full days, running from 09:30 am – 4:00pm on. For each module there will be a required number of these full teaching days, and timetables will be issued with specific dates before the January start.
This is a 60-credit postgraduate programme which is run part-time over 1 year. There are 3 modules which involve a mix of compulsory face to-face and online teaching sessions. It is a professional programme which involves practical teaching assessments and the development of a reflective portfolio.
Note: This programme is only available for the January intake.
LED4001: Introduction to teaching and learning in higher education(15 credits)
Portfolio1 x peer observation1 x tutor observation (formative)
January – April 2016
LED4002: Supporting learning in higher education(15 credits)
Conference presentation1 x peer observation1 x tutor observation (formative)
May – June 2016
LED4003: Theory into practice(30 credits)
Practice project report (3,500 words)1 x tutor observation (summative)
September – December 2016
Class timings and attendance
Portfolio1 x peer observation1 x tutor observation (formative) September/January – December/April
Conference presentation1 x peer observation1 x tutor observation (formative) January/May – April/June
Practice project report (3,500 words)1 x tutor observation (summative) May/ September – June/December
You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require you to be active in participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group.
You will be involved in action learning sets involving 4-5 participant which will provide you with a structured opportunity to reflect on your learning through creative problem solving and in doing so develop your own practices. Action learning sets meet regularly through both taught and online curriculums. In addition to this past participants report that their experience of formative peer and programme leader observation has been one of the most valuable parts of the programme. We aim to provide a lively culture of teaching observation with clear benefits for all involved.
Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on Unihub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which will allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers. By engaging with e-learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly. Communication, understanding of IT, team working and credit shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.
Participants should be actively supporting learning and teaching in a Higher Education setting. This includes academic teaching staff, but also other members of staff, such as technicians, librarians and other professionals actively supporting learning and teaching in HE.
All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:
Minimum score required for Post-Graduate: 87 (with at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)
The PGCHE is aimed at faculty currently teaching in higher education in the UAE at both undergraduate and postgraduate level who require, or would like, an internationally recognized teaching qualification. This qualification is a requirement for all faculties working in UK Universities.