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Postgraduate Certificate in Education

This postgraduate certificate provides personal professional development if you are undertaking or have recently completed a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education at The Open University or elsewhere. It gives evidence of the continuing professional learning required of classroom teachers. The course requires you to reflect on your experience and learning and complete an extended, analytical piece of writing that relates your theoretical understanding of the literature in your chosen topic to your practice as a teacher.

There are two possible routes to gain this qualification. You will either have successfully completed a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (C71) and then need to take the module Reflecting on professional learning in education (EE880). Alternatively you will have successfully completed a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education from an institution other than The Open University and then you need to take the module Reflecting on professional learning in education (EE881).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career relevance and employability

This qualification course can be used to demonstrate an interest in personal development and also provides the time to reflect on practice that does not always arise in the course of a general school day. The activities within the EE880/EE881 module require you to demonstrate an ability to reflect effectively on your own practice within school which is an important aspect of your employability as a teacher. Those completing the certificate course will be a third of the way towards achieving the Masters degree in Education (F01).

There is more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU's Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.

Modules

For this postgraduate certificate you require:

60 credits from either of the following modules:

Postgraduate compulsory modules Credits Next start
Reflecting on professional learning in education (EE880) or

Reflect on your experience studying for your OU PGCE and examine how your theoretical understanding relates to your thought processes and practice as a teacher.

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60 Apr
Reflecting on professional learning in education (EE881)

Reflect on your experience studying for your PGCE and examine how your theoretical understanding relates to your thought processes and practice as a teacher.

See full description.

60 Apr

Educational aims

The Award provides opportunities for you to bring together your personal understanding of issues relating to specific aspects of education with the enduring and current body of professional and academic research publications relevant to your professional/personal agenda, and to develop the skills and other attributes necessary to further independent advanced scholarship.

Learning outcomes

The award provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

The Award will:

  • equip you to identify problems and questions in relation to areas of interest and design study plans to investigate them
  • enable you to make a critical evaluation of advanced literature and other evidence
  • enable you to reflect critically on your own practices in the light of evidence from research.

Cognitive skills

The Award will enable you to:

  • extend and adapt your existing mental frameworks in relation to specific literature and/or practice
  • critically analyse and evaluate literature and/or practice in relation to a specific area of investigation
  • reflect on practice and the contribution of your PGCE studies to your continuing professional development
  • reflect on and regulate your own learning, both cognitive and affective.

Practical and/or professional skills

The award will enable you to:

  • plan a study of an area of practice
  • develop skills in identifying and selecting relevant research and other educational publications
  • monitor your own learning
  • structure a report
  • achieve a professional standard of presentation of a report.

Key skills

The award will enable you to:

  • develop/use key skills necessary to effectively research an area to achieve learning outcomes in relation to:
  • gaining knowledge and understanding of a particular aspect of education
  • present a project report within the conventions of academic writing for masters' degrees.

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