PGDE (Pri/Sec/JC) Programme

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme aims to prepare university graduates to become primary, secondary school or junior college teachers, respectively. It is a 1-year programme except for those specialising in the 2-year PGDE (Physical Education).

The student teachers in the PGDE (Pri) and PGDE(Sec) programmes are equipped with the knowledge and skills to teach 2 – 3 primary school subjects, whilst the student teachers in the PGDE (JC) programme are equipped with the knowledge and skills to teach 1 subject at junior college level and 1 subject at secondary school level. The junior college teaching subject must be aligned to the secondary level teaching subject, with the exception of Economics.  However, unlike the Dip Ed and BA/BSc(Ed) programmes, the PGDE student teachers do not need to offer academic subjects as they already come into the programme with the relevant content knowledge from their university training.

For the 1-year PGDE (Pri), PGDE (Sec) and PGDE (JC) programmes, practicum comprises just one school attachment period, i.e., Teaching Practice (TP).

Practicum Structure of the PGDE(Pri), PGDE (Sec) and PGDE (JC) Programmes

Programme Practicum Component Duration Period Grading No. of CT lesson observations No. of NIES visits1& lesson observations
PGDE (Pri/Sec) TP 10 Weeks Semester 2 of Year 1 Distinction* / Credit / Pass / Fail* 6

2 school visits and
2 lesson observations


* Moderation required.

The 2 "school visits" refer to the courtesy call and the end-of-practicum visit (not necessarily an assessment meeting).