Postgraduate Certificate in Developing the Educator

Postgraduate Certificate in Developing the Educator

Course information

Course title Postgraduate Certificate in Developing the Educator
Course code PCDEDPEB9
Postnominal P.G. Cert.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 up to 10 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening Blended
Total ECTS credits not less than 30
Coordinator James Calleja
Delivered by Faculty of Education
Continuing professional development is deemed crucial for school improvement. A crucial move towards sustaining the professional development of educators is to prepare them to become researchers. Indeed, educators are enabled to act as professionals when they can research their own practice and that of others.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Developing the Educator (PGCDE) programme of studies offers participants CPD opportunities to assume the much-needed agency in planning their own personal professional development by taking short courses that eventually lead them to a postgraduate certification. In developing the educator, this programme offers a set of four core study units – The Action Researcher, The Reflective Educator, Lesson Study & Co-Teaching – based on developing the research, reflective and collaborative skills and competencies of educators. In addition, the PGCDE offers a wide range of elective courses from which one can self-regulate and design their own programme of studies.

This programme is based on four central features:

1. Practice-based courses – all courses relate to the practice of educators within schools and offer a hands-on approach to learning about practice;
2. Address professional needs – the courses offered arise as a result of a training needs analysis conducted within a number of schools, that is, needs determined by educators;
3. Blended-learning approach – besides offering a mixture of face-to-face and online learning, these courses are offered by practitioners working in schools collaborating with academic staff from the University;
4. Tailor-made to one’s work-life plans – this programme offers a flexible framework for prospective students with core courses offered in two semesters during the year and with the availability of semester 3 (the summer semester).

Through the PGCDE, educators have the opportunity to either take on individual courses (each of 5 ECTS) covered over a number of hours and gaining certification for the course/s attended. Alternatively, educators can choose to attend a number of short courses (each of 5 ECTS), that can be accumulated over a number of months/years (maximum 5 years) leading to Level 7 PGCDE qualifications.

The list of study-units which are offered may change from year to year. For more information pertaining to study-units offered during each year, students are required to consult the Faculty's website by clicking here. One must bear in mind that information is constantly being updated, therefore, students should check the Faculty's website frequently.

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Applicants may be registered as students on the Course if they are in possession of:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Education (Honours) or

(b) a first cycle degree together with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or

(c) a first cycle and/or second cycle degree or higher and a permanent teacher’s warrant or

(d) any other recognised teaching qualification and a permanent teacher’s warrant or

(e) any other recognised qualification in education that allows one to be employed in schools.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Tuition Fees: Eur 275 per 5 ECTS study unit

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Tuition Fees: Eur 900 per 5 ECTS study unit
By the end of the programme, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge, skills and competencies in the following areas:

Attitude and character:
- is a role model for other teachers
- exhibits strong commitment to the teaching profession
- believes in continuing professional development as a means to improve practice
- is confident in researching practice
- demonstrates a commitment to lifelong learning
- is reflective and able to learn from mistakes
- is keen to share ideas, views and insights
- is resilient, flexible, persistent and open-minded
- is innovative and looks forward to new and future challenges.

Professional competence and experience:
- understands that personal development is an ongoing requirement
- recognises and identifies current professional needs of self and others
- has excellent knowledge of pedagogy and subject matter
- has confidence in her / his own instructional skills
- demonstrates excellent communication and positive attitude skills
- exhibits action research skills
- plans, implements and evaluates practice through research
- is willing to learn and to develop practices.

Communication skills:
- is able to listen and provide relevant feedback to others
- is able to share and promote professional learning
- asks questions that prompt reflection and understanding
- engages intellectually, professionally and socially with the aim of making a difference
- offers critique in positive and productive ways
- conveys enthusiasm and passion for learning about teaching.

Interpersonal skills:
- is able to learn from self as well as others
- is assertive and can use techniques to improve performance
- is responsible for self, responsive to others and respectful towards others
- works well with others
- builds a reputation for acting in a professional manner.




The programme is targeted to all educators working within schools – learning support educators, teachers, heads of department, inclusion coordinators and members of the SMT. However, it is also intended for educators working at policy level – education officers, heads of college network and directors. This programme of studies would be helpful in cultivating learning communities for educators within and across schools while also helping educators to assume more active responsibilities in their professional learning and development.
Schools are always in need of people who can act as professionals. For instance, schools want to make sure that teachers are implementing the school development plan as effectively as possible. They need professionals working in the classrooms (KGEs, LSEs and teachers) who are reflective, can do research, speak about their own practices with research-based evidence and undertake research-informed decision-making.

In addition, the Education Act is now putting more onus onto the individual in pursuing personal and professional development. The latest Sectoral Agreement between the Government and the Malta Union of Teachers in December 2017 highlights the importance behind learning and that schools and teachers are being encouraged to seek their own learning opportunities, based on their own needs. Moreover, with the PGCDE, educators may benefit from accelerated progression to the next salary scale.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 30 September 2019

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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