Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) is a teaching qualification intended for those new or relatively new to university teaching. The course is taken part time and is designed to be combined with normal responsibilities as a lecturer or teaching fellow, or with study at the doctoral level. The LSE PGCertHE is accredited by the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA), which offers national and international recognition for the award.

The intention of the PGCertHE is that all graduates leave the course as confident and thoughtful teachers in their discipline. To achieve this, the course combines scholarly and practical approaches to disciplinary teaching, learning and assessment. This enables graduates to adapt to different higher education environments and respond to novel teaching and learning challenges as their career progresses.  It is also a valuable addition to an academic CV, as it demonstrates extensive professional development as an academic teacher in a given social scientific discipline. 

There are two types of PGCertHE available to teachers at LSE, one for career track staff and another for graduate teaching assistants (GTAs).

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Career Track (Associate Level)


The Associate level programme is a requirement for new career track staff at LSE who do not hold an equivalent teacher development qualification and have fewer than three years' experience of teaching in higher education. It needs to be completed prior to Interim Review. A one year practice based programme, it requires participants to prepare a portfolio on their evolving teaching practice including:

  • reflective pieces on different aspects of teaching and learning 
  • short written tasks on effective disciplinary teaching and student learning 
  • the development of new and revised course designs 
  • two teaching observations

To  facilitate preparation of their portfolios, participants have the opportunity to attend regular workshops which explore different aspects of teaching and learning linked directly to the programme assignments as well as a range of other workshops offered as part of the LSE Academic Development Scheme. Upon completion successful participants are eligible for HEA accreditation at the Associate Fellow level.
 

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Career Track (Full Level)

The Full level programme is an optional course for career track lecturers at LSE interested in further developing their teaching practice and in exploring aspects of teaching and learning in greater depth. Complementing the Associate level PGCertHE, participants are required to complete:

  • a learning log
  • two enquiry-based learning professional development projects on particular aspects of teaching and learning of interest such as assessment of/for learning, supervision and technology-enhanced learning

The Full level programme is designed to allow maximum flexibility to academic staff who can tailor the programme to their particular interests in terms of choice of projects as well as forms of assessment. Participants have regular one-to-one or group consultations with departmental advisers in the Teaching and Learning Centre’s Academic Development Unit and other members of academic staff at different stages of their projects. They can also attend workshops offered as part of LSE’s Academic Development Scheme. Upon completion successful participants are eligible for HEA accreditation at the Fellow level.

Both Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Career Track qualifications form part of LSE’s Academic Development Scheme and are intended to advance both formal progression and informal development of the School’s academic staff.

How can I find out more?

Please contact Dr Claire Gordon - c.e.gordon@lse.ac.uk|| - for further information. 

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education for GTAs

This is a tailored course for those working as GTAs at LSE. Its purpose is to develop participants’ confidence in delivering seminar teaching and feedback on student work, and to prepare GTAs for taking on responsibilities as lecturers and course convenors in their future careers. The course is built around the following:

  • a series of workshops where educational research is discussed and experience of teaching shared
  • practical assignments on participants’ disciplinary teaching
  • two teaching observations

Year 1 Associate level

In the first year, participants work towards the Associate level andcomplete modules on

  • small group teaching
  • evaluating teaching
  • student learning

Upon completion successful participants are eligible for HEA accreditation at the Associate Fellow level.

Year 2 Full level

The second year of the course leads to the Full level PGCertHE and requires completion of modules on

  • assessment and feedback
  • course design

Upon completion successful participants are eligible for HEA accreditation at the Fellow level. 

Briefings for both the Associate and Full levels of the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education for GTAs are held at the beginning of October of each academic year and those wishing to enrol complete an initial task. To qualify for the programme, a participant must be teaching a minimum of 20 contact hours at LSE during the academic year of enrolment. 

How can I find out more?

Please contact Dr Claudine Provencher – c.m.provencher@lse.acuk| - for further information. 

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