Postgraduate Certificate​ in Education (Conversion)


MQF Level: 7                                                          ​                  ECTS Value: 30 ECTS


​Start Date: October 2020                                            ​             Duration: 1 Year (Part-time)               



Programme Description 

The aim of this programme is to provide already qualified educators with the opportunity to develop the required knowledge, skills, attitudes and competences to teach in a new area. Streams currently on offer are: 


Entry Requirements

For further details, kindly refer to the specific stream’s eligibility criteria found in the Institute for Education Prospectus.


Overall Objectives and Outcomes 

By the end of this programme, participants should be able to:



a)    Critique and adapt relevant educational theory, practice and policy;

b)    Plan and manage strategies at classroom and school level to enhance the learning experience of students;

c)    Implement assessment strategies which coach and support learners through self and peer assessment;

d)  Critically evaluate personal practice and make judgment in ones’ professional capacity to address complex and unfamiliar contexts within the educational setting;

e) Initiate projects and communication that promote collaboration with other educators, the senior management team, and stakeholders in education to enhance the learning community;

f)    Conduct educational research to address identified areas of study relevant to ones personal context.




a)    Demonstrate specialised theoretical and practical knowledge underpinning own professional practice;

b)   Exhibit a critical understanding of teaching methodologies and reform strategies that engage and support learners;

c)    Identify assessment strategies which promote learner motivation and self-esteem as well as create a positive attitude towards the school environment;

d)  Systematically establish ethical and social issues which contribute to the provision of an education for all;

e)     Critically appraise research methodologies that may be utilised as a tool for analysing the educational context and addressing issues of direct relevance to own professional practice.




a)    Apply educational theory and policies relevant to professional practice;

b)   Reflect on practices and their success in engaging learners and addressing the needs of individuals within the classroom;

c)    Transform teaching practices which scaffold learning, and consider ethical and social issues;

d)    Devise valid and reliable methods of assessment which contribute towards learner development;

e)      Utilise and adapt research methodology to address issues related to the educational context.

Mode of Delivery

This programme adopts a blended approach to teaching and learning. Information related to the structure and delivery of the module may be accessed through the specific programme outline available above. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures.


Assessment Methods


This programme adopts continuous and summative methods of assessment including assignments, online tasks, portfolios, reflective journals, projects and presentations. Participants will also need to successfully complete a teaching practice or internship in industry. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures.




Upon successful completion of this programme, course participants will be conferred a Postgraduate Certificate in Education accredited and recognised by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education.


Career and Further Learning Opportunities


This course serves as part of the requirements to apply for the position of regular teacher in a second subject area. Successful participants from this programme may also have the opportunity of progressing to second year of the Master of Education offered by the Institute for Education.




Applications for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education open mid-May of each year with programmes commencing the following October.


When open, interested applicants may apply through the Institute for Education’s online portal: