With the Postgraduate Diploma in Education Programme, participants will be distinguished by their ability to critically apply theory and research and to understand the complex dimensions of current educational issues, practices and/or policies in particular contexts. They will reflect on research and exhibit techniques in analysis, synthesis and critical evaluation of teaching and learning. Individuals will gain advanced skills and knowledge for a variety of educational settings. This graduate course extends their career prospects into new and exciting areas as it is designed to meet the needs of trainers and teachers in education, community, government and industry. It builds on their qualifications or experience – preparing them for higher roles. This is the ideal self-paced distance learning course for Professional Development aimed at individuals in the field of Education. They’ll gain the confidence and skill-set needed to lead educational institutions or organizations in education.
Modules to be Completed
To introduce students to the broad philosophical ideas of education in classical times and to review the reception of these ideas for today’s classroom, such as idealism, realism, neo-scholasticism, perennialism, essentialism, futurism, re-constructionism, existentialism, humanism, pragmatism, progressivism, and behaviourism; to help students to understand how education has evolved and developed over the years beginning from the 19th century industrial revolution era up until today’s scientific and information technological era.
This module deals on the theories and principles in educational psychology and applications to the problems of education in a variety of educational settings, applications to curriculum, teaching and learning; theories of human development; cognitive and constructive view of learning; behavioural and social cognitive perspective of learning. It examines the theoretical and applied aspects of learning motivation, personality, classroom management, culture and evaluation of learning outcomes.
Technology can be a powerful tool for transforming learning. It can help affirm and advance relationships between educators and students, reinvent our approaches to learning and collaboration, shrink long-standing equity and accessibility gaps, and adapt learning experiences to meet the needs of all learners. Our education institutions should be incubators of exploration and invention. Educators should be collaborators in learning, seeking new knowledge and constantly acquiring new skills alongside their students. Education leaders should set a vision for creating learning experiences that provide the right tools and supports for all learners to thrive.
Exposing students of the range of theories and practices related to the management, motivation and maintenance of professional control involved in the education of children and adolescents. Emphasis will be placed on the essential need to create a suitable learning environment that is appropriate to the specific context of practice; Examination of the regulation of behaviour through the application of principles and theories of learning and motivation; Emphasis on behavioural management that results in optimum learning and development through the various stages of life. The module includes a focus on the application of behaviour management for classroom control and supervision.
This module will specifically place greater emphasis on and introduce students to action research, a form of self-reflective systematic inquiry by practitioners on their own practice. The goals of action research are the improvement of practice, a better understanding of that practice, and an improvement in the situation in which the practice is carried out.