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Study Scheme (Applicable to students admitted in 2016-17 and thereafter):

  Courses of PGDP programme are grouped into the following three domains:
  (1) Curriculum and Instruction Domain;
(2) Educational Administration and Policy Domain;
(3) Educational Psychology Domain
 

Students are required to complete the following requirements before graduation. The programme structure* is as follows:

   
 
  I.       Required Courses   8 Units
  Curriculum and Instruction Domain (take 1 major SCT)  
3.5 units
  Educational Administration and Policy Domain  
1.5 units
  Educational Psychology Domain  
3 units
  II.      Electives+   9 Units
  Select 1 to 3 course(s) from each domain, a total of 6 courses    
  III.     Teaching Practice   3 Units
 
Total:
  20 Units
   
 

Study Scheme (Applicable to students admitted in 2012-13 to 2015-16):

  Courses of PGDP programme are grouped into the following three domains:
  (1) Curriculum and Instruction Domain;
(2) Educational Administration and Policy Domain;
(3) Educational Psychology Domain
 
Students are required to complete the following requirements before graduation. The programme structure* is as follows:
   
 
  I.       Required Courses   10 Units
  Curriculum and Instruction Domain (take 1 major SCT)  
4 units
  Educational Administration and Policy Domain  
2 units
  Educational Psychology Domain  
4 units
  II.      Electives+   12 Units
  Select 1 to 3 course(s) from each domain, a total of 6 courses    
  III.     Teaching Practice   -- Units
 
Total:
  22 Units
   
  + Minor is an elective course (Curriculum and Instruction Domain) and students are allowed to take only ONE minor. Information related to minor applications would be announced to admitted students in late July/ early August. Each minor has a quota limit and selection criteria are based on students’ major/minor in university studies and/or public exam results, e.t.c.
 
 

* The programme structure will be reviewed regularly to meet the ever-changing needs arising from social and educational development.

 

Teaching Practice

Teaching Practice (TP) is an integral part of the Programme. Through TP, students can improve their teaching quality and professional development. During the TP period, the Faculty’s TP supervisors will visit students in their TP schools and support their professional development through assessment, taking into consideration their teaching performance as well as their professional behaviour and attitude.
    Arrangement of Teaching Practice
    Full-time Programme:

Students are required to complete a 10-week TP within the study period. Students (except English majors) will have two blocks of TP and each block lasts for five weeks (including preparation week). English majors will have one block of TP in the second term. Each student will be assigned to a TP school by the Faculty. Experienced teachers in TP schools will be invited to act as Teaching Advisers to provide students with guidance and supervision within the entire TP period.

      Part-time Programme:
    Teaching

Students will carry out TP at their serving schools throughout the two years of study. If a teaching post is not secured during their study, students may be required to apply for deferred admission or suspension of studies. Students are required to look for a teaching practice school at their own accord.

      Non-teaching

Students admitted via non-teaching mode should complete 2 blocks of 4-5 consecutive weeks of TP within 2 years, and complete the first block in their first year of study. TP schools will be arranged by the TP Office and students should make themselves available for the assigned TP period.

 
Immersion Programme (Applicable to Full-time English Majors Only)
 

Due to Hong Kong SAR Government’s drive to improve and enhance the quality of English language teachers in Hong Kong, students doing a one-year full-time PGDE programme majoring in English with all tertiary institutes in Hong Kong are required to complete a six-to-eight-week overseas immersion programme during their study period. Immersion programme aims to enhance students' competence in using English as a means of communication; allow students to gain first-hand experience and knowledge of cultures of English speaking countries; and to expand students' exposure to educational practices overseas. Students will be barred from graduation if they do not fulfill the requirement.

A large part of the total immersion cost will be subsidized by the Government. Students are required to contribute the remaining amount of the total immersion cost, up to HK$10,000. Non-local students have to pay the full fee, around HK$55,000. Visa application fee, daily expenses (e.g. weekdays lunches and daily transport costs in the immersion site), costs of extra activities, and/or medical insurance will be borne by students. The programme is usually held between early November and mid-December every year.

 
Immersion programme sites in the past years:
 
Country   Institute(s)
Canada   University of Toronto
New Zealand   The University of Auckland
Australia   Queensland University of Technology
The University of Queensland
The United States   University of California at Los Angeles
The United Kingdom   The University of Edinburgh
The University of York
The College of St Mark & St John
   
   

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