Postgraduate Diploma in Education (One-Year Full-Time)

Programme Director: Dr LEUNG, Allen Y L

The one-year full-time Postgraduate Diploma in Education is the conventional mode of teacher education for graduates before they join the teaching profession. The programme emphasizes the four roles of a teacher: social and autonomous individual, facilitator of learning, educational innovator and professional educator. These four roles serve as the building blocks of the programme. To enable students to play these roles effectively in the teaching profession, the programme is designed to develop their knowledge, abilities, personal qualities and philosophies. The aims of the programme are:

  1. To develop in students personal qualities which support their work and professional development. These personal qualities include interpersonal effectiveness, creativity, self-understanding, and the motivation and readiness for self-reflection and self-improvement;
  2. To develop in student a functional knowledge of disciplines which informs educational practice. A functional knowledge of disciplines means basic knowledge of psychology, sociology and philosophy essential for the understanding of the aims and processes of education;
  3. To develop in student expertise as subject specialist teachers in local schools. This expertise consists of effective strategies for the planning, conducting and evaluating of teaching of given school subjects;
  4. To develop in student knowledge essential for effective functioning within the profession and the wider school context. This knowledge encompasses issues in the professionalization of teaching, educational management, organization and policy.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, graduates are able to:

  1. Develop functional knowledge of psychology, sociology and philosophy that are essential for the understanding of the aims and processes of education.
  2. Develop pedagogical content knowledge for effective teaching of given school subjects.
  3. Develop essential knowledge for effective functioning within the profession.
  4. Acquire effective strategies for planning, conducting and evaluating of teaching of given school subjects.
  5. Enhance generic skills to support their daily work and professional development.
  6. Demonstrate a reflective and sensitive mind in educational practice and social issues to uphold professional integrity and advancement of the profession.

Double Registration

Unless otherwise approved by the University, students admitted are normally not permitted to register part-time or full-time for any other qualification either at the University itself or at any other local institutions of higher learning. Students breaching this regulation are subject to discontinuation of their studies at the University. 


The programme adopts a student-centred approach, using a variety of teaching and learning strategies to support classroom learning and teaching practice. These strategies emphasize reflection, creativity and continuous development of the student. Teaching is conducted through lectures, lecture-discussions and seminars. Furthermore, real-life experience of life at school as a teacher is provided during the Field Practice periods and on-site supervision and peer observation are included in the different elements of the integrated practicum, i.e. subject instruction, microteaching, school experience and supervised teaching practice.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Required Courses 18 units
II) Elective Courses 2 units
III) Integrated Practicum 12 units
    32 units


Normally students should complete the programme within one calendar year. With special permission a student may extend the programme of study for a further period of not more than 12 months.

To be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education, a student must (1) complete a total of 32 units as required by the Department, (2) obtain grade C- or above in all courses, (3) obtain grade S in School Experience and Supervised Teaching Practice Assessment, and (4) achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher. To be awarded distinction for the programme, students should attain a cumulative GPA of 3.67 or above, with no course grade below B- and no repeated courses. Students attaining a cumulative GPA between 3.40 and 3.66 will be awarded merit.

I. Required Courses 18 units
  EDUC7020 Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning 2 units
  EDUC7030 Teacher Self Development 2 units
  EDUC7040 Social Foundations of Education 2 units
  EDUC7050 Philosophical Foundations of Education 2 units
  EDUC7210 Foundations of Information Technology in Education 2 units
  EDUC7250 Inclusive Education 2 units
  EDUC7360 Curriculum and Assessment 3 units
  EDUC7370 Classroom Management and Communication 3 units
II. Elective Courses* 2 units
  Each student must select one course from the elective courses listed below. Students are advised to base their decisions on their interest or the relevance of the courses to their work.
  Area A: Social and Autonomous Individual  
  EDUC7070 Student Self Development 2 units
  EDUC7110 Psychology of Adolescence 2 units
  EDUC7150 Creative and Critical Thinking 2 units
  EDUC7230 Advanced Communication Skills 2 units
  Area B: Facilitator of Learning  
  EDUC7170 School Guidance 2 units
  EDUC7901 Teaching of a Second Subject (Chinese) 2 units
  EDUC7902 Teaching of a Second Subject (Information and Communication Technology) 2 units
  EDUC7903 Teaching of a Second Subject (History) 2 units
  EDUC7904 Teaching of a Second Subject (Mathematics) 2 units
  EDUC7905 Teaching of a Second Subject (Economics) 2 units
  EDUC7906 Teaching of a Second Subject (Putonghua) 2 units
  EDUC7907 Teaching of a Second Subject (Science Education) 2 units
  EDUC7908 Teaching of a Second Subject (Liberal Studies) 2 units
  EDUC7909 Teaching of a Second Subject (Geography) 2 units
  EDUM7540 Introduction to STEM Education 2 units
  Area C: Educational Innovator  
  EDUC7130 School Management and Decision Making 2 units
  EDUC7180 Action Learning in the Classroom 2 units
  Area D: Professional Educator  
  EDUC7100 Education System and Policy in Hong Kong 2 units
  EDUC7140 Teaching as a Profession 2 units
  EDUC7290 Moral and Civic Education 2 units
III. Integrated Practicum 12 units
  EDUC7310 School Experience 0 unit
  EDUC7320 Supervised Teaching Practice 4 units
  EDUC7381 Subject Instruction I 4 units
  EDUC7382 Subject Instruction II 4 units

* The provision of electives, including options of EDUC7901-9 Teaching of a Second Subject, will depend on students’ needs and resources of the Department.

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