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Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching

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Designed for tertiary teachers, this professional qualification examines academic practices across disciplines that are central to the role of teaching in a modern tertiary institution.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
2 years part-time
Course Code
Domestic Fees
$3,809 per year
International Fees
$16,000 per year

About this course

Designed for tertiary teachers, this professional qualification examines academic practices across disciplines that are central to the role of teaching in a modern tertiary institution. The programme uses processes of shared inquiry, reflection, and collaborative learning to explore participants' teaching practices and their students' understandings of learning.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (PGCertTT) equips people with the ability to reflect on current research on teaching and learning in relation to their own disciplinary context and teaching practice, develop and justify a range of teaching approaches and assessment practices, and evaluate and advance their own teaching practices. The programme covers fundamentals such as frameworks or models of learning, constructive alignment of assessment, rethinking learning design of courses, and adopting a scholarly/research approach to evaluating one's own practice.

Assessment is grounded in the participants' own practice so you can gain maximum benefit from the coursework you do within this programme. The PGCertTT provides skills and knowledge to help jump start an academic career by creating a pathway towards such achievements as a Teaching Award and promotion.

The programme seeks to create a community of practice amongst participants. Given the many pressures facing academics, more flexible modes of participation have been developed to enable colleagues to undertake discrete topics covered in the courses as separate components. In addition, increased flexible learning opportunities modes of participation and engagement that are less time dependant are available.

UC is ranked in the top 250 universities in the world for Education and Training (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).

Entry requirements

Normally students would:

  • be practising in tertiary teaching: this could include tutoring, leading workshops, or training modules; and
  • have either a bachelor's degree or qualifications or experience in the field in which they are teaching; and
  • be approved by the Head of the School or the Programme Coordinator.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You can apply online via myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

For advice on how to apply for the PGCertTT please contact a Student Advisor in Te Rangai Ako me te Hauora | College of Education, Health, and Human Development. Enrolment is subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator.

Please contact Cheryl Brown if you are interested in this course as a staff member for UC, Te Whare Wanaka O Aoraki | Lincoln University, or Ara Institute of Canterbury. UC staff may be eligible for Staff Tertiary Study Assistance, and Lincoln and Ara staff may be eligible for a Canterbury Tertiary Alliance discount.

UC staff will need to apply through the Learning & Development Staff Tertiary Study Assistance page to undertake their study and have fees paid by UC.

Academic Staff employed outside UC will need to make contact with their home HR department to complete the required paperwork.

Study locations

Main Campus

Career pathways

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Useful information:

  • Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
  • Te Ropu Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
  • For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pokai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
  • Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
  • Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.