PGCertHE and Fellowships


teaching and teachers are as important to LSE as research and researchers.

 

 LSE Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) is a qualification intended for those relatively new to university teaching. The LSE PGCertHE is accredited by the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA), which offers national and international recognition for the award.

The course combines scholarly and practical approaches to disciplinary teaching,learning and assessment. It is also a valuable addition to an academic CV, as it demonstrates extensive professional development as an academic teacher.

There are PGCertHE pathways suitable for assistant professors, LSE fellows, professorial lecturers, and graduate teaching assistants (GTAs).

The programme is delivered primarily via workshops in which participants share practice and experiences with colleagues across the School and it explores the following topics:

  • Teaching in your discipline
  • Small group teaching
  • Student learning
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Evaluating teaching
  • Course design
  • Contemporary issues in HE
  • Signature pedagogies

Teaching and teachers are as important to LSE as research and researchers.”

-Paul Kelly, LSE Pro-Director Education,

LSE Education Blog, 11 February 2016

There are two PGCertHE pathways available to teachers at LSE at HEA Associate level, one for career track staff and another for graduate teaching assistants. There is also an optional PGCertHE follow-on second year at HEA Full Fellowship level.

PGCertHE – Career Track (Assistant Professor, Fellow) - Associate Level (TC503)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) Career Track 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 fellow. The LSE PGCertHE Career Track is accredited by the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA), which offers national and international recognition for the award.

This Associate Level programme is a requirement for new assistant professors 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 the development of their teaching practice;
  • short written tasks on effective disciplinary teaching and student learning;
  • the development of a new or revised course design; 
  • two teaching observations.

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

A briefing for the 2017-18 PGCertHE – Career Track Associate Level (TC503) will be held on the 21/09/17 (13:00-14:00 in LRB.R.505).

The deadline for the completion of the TC503 pathway OYS (enrollment) is 13 October 2017.

Contact us: If you are interested in attending the briefing or would like to speak to someone about the programme then please do email us on tlc.pgcert@lse.ac.uk.

Alternatively you can contact one of the course team directly at the addresses below:

PGCertHE – GTA – Associate Level (TC501)

This course is designed to develop participants’ confidence in delivering class and seminar teaching and providing feedback on student work. The programme is built around the following:

  • a series of workshops
  • assignments exploring participants’ teaching and disciplinary practices
  • two teaching observations.

Participants can choose three modules from the topics below:

  • small group teaching (compulsory)
  • student learning
  • evaluating teaching
  • assessment and feedback
  • contemporary issues in HE
  • signature pedagogies

Upon successful completion, participants are eligible for Associate Fellowship of the HEA. Briefings for the PGCertHE are held early in Michaelmas Term. To qualify for the programme, a participant must be teaching at least 20 hours at LSE during the academic year of enrolment.

Briefings for the 2017-18 PGCertHE – GTA -Associate Level (TC501) will be held on:

  • 26/09/17 from 12:00-13:00 in LRB.R505
  • (and repeated on) 28/09/17 from 12:00-13:00 in LRB.R505

The deadline for the completion of the TC501 pathway OYS (enrollment) is 6 October 2017.

Please contact Dr Colleen McKenna – c.mckenna4@lse.ac.uk – or Nicole Nathan –n.a.nathan@lse.ac.uk – for further information.

PGCertHE – Full Fellowship Level (TC502 - optional second year)

This pathway is open to those who have completed the PGCertHE Associate Level. Successful participants are eligible for Full Fellowship of the HEA.

This optional second year of the course comprises a module on course design, plus one other module from the list below.

  • student learning
  • evaluating teaching
  • assessment and feedback
  • contemporary issues in HE
  • signature pedagogies
  • independent enquiry

Briefings for the 2017-18 PGCertHE – Full Level (TC502) will be held on:

  • 27/09/17 from 12:00-13:00 in LRB.R505
  • (and repeated on) 06/10/17 from 12:00-13:00 in LRB.R.505

The deadline for the completion of the TC502 pathway OYS (enrollment) is 13 October 2017.

Please contact Dr Colleen McKenna – c.mckenna4@lse.ac.uk – or Nicole Nathan –n.a.nathan@lse.ac.uk – for further information.

How to enrol on the PGCertHE programme 

If you think that you might like to participate in the PGCertHE then we encourage you to come along to one of our programme briefings.

At the briefing you will meet the course team and they will talk through the programme structure and requirements and you will also have the opportunity to discuss any questions that you might have.

Programme enrolment

Enrolment on the PGCertHE is done through Moodle.

There are 2 steps to register on the PGCertHE:

Step 1: Enrol yourself on the Moodle site for this programme.

The name of the site on Moodle is ‘PGCertHE 17-18’ and the enrolment key is ‘Biggs2018’.  (Please note: the Moodle site will be available from the 2nd week in September.)

If you encounter difficulties in enrolling on the Moodle site, please get in touch with either Nicole Nathan n.a.nathan@lse.ac.uk or Colleen McKenna c.mckenna4@lse.ac.uk.)

Step 2: Complete the Opening Year Statement (OYS) and upload it in the ‘Build your portfolio’ section of the Moodle site. The OYS form can be downloaded from the ‘Introduction and enrolment’ section in Moodle. Further instructions are on the form itself. Please include your surname in the file name that you upload.

The programme handbooks, which contain complete dates for the modules, are available on Moodle.

The deadline for the completion of the OYS (enrollment) is:

  • TC501 pathway - 6 October 2017
  • TC502 pathway - 13 October 2017
  • TC503 pathway - 13 October 2017

Dates of PGCertHE briefings for 2017/18

Briefings for the 2017-18 programmes will be held on the following dates:

  • PGCertHE – Career Track - Associate Level (TC503)  - 21/09/17, from 13:00-14:00 in LRB.R.505 
  • PGCertHE - GTA - Associate Level (TC501) - 26/09/17 and repeated on 28/09/17, from 12:00-13:00 in LRB.R.505
  • PGCertHE -  Full Fellowship level (TC502) – 27/09/17 and repeated on 06/10/17, from 12:00-13:00 in LRB.R.505

How can I find out more?

To learn more about our PGCertHE programmes or to register your interest for 2017-18, then please do email us on tlc@lse.ac.uk.

Alternatively you can contact one of the course team directly at the addresses below:

Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowships – Individual Route

Academic staff also have the opportunity to work towards full or senior fellowship of the HEA via the individual route with the support of members of the LSE Teaching and Learning Centre. Read more at the HEA Fellowships page.

If you are interested in applying for HEA Fellowship via the individual route then please do get in touch with us on tlc@lse.ac.uk.