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 teaching 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 of 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.

The programme, which is designed to be completed over 1 academic year, 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
  • Student learning
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Evaluating teaching
  • Course design.

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 types of PGCertHE 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 – Associate Level

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.

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 

The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) for GTAs is specifically tailored for those working as GTAs at LSE. The course is part time and designed to be combined with doctoral level study. It is accredited by the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA), the professional body for university teachers. 

The course aims 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 comprises

  • a series of workshops in Michaelmas and Lent terms,  centred on educational research and sharing of teaching experience;
  • practical assignments on participants’ teaching;
  • two teaching observations.

The intention of the PGCertHE for GTAs is that all graduates leave the course as confident and reflexive teachers in their discipline. The qualification is a valuable addition to an academic CV, and the HEA award is recognised nationally and internationally.

In the first year of the course, participants work towards the Associate Level and engage in 3 modules on

  • small group teaching
  • student learning, and
  • evaluating teaching

Upon successful completion, participants are eligible for Associate Fellowship of the HEA (AFHEA).

Briefings for the 2017-18 PGCertHE - GTA Associate Level (TC501) will be held on the 29/09/17 and repeated on 04/10/17.

Contact us: If you are interested in attending a 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 – Full Fellowship Level 

PGCertHE Year 2 (TC502) – GTA and Career Track Full Fellowship Level

The Full Level programme is an optional second year of study for career track lecturers, fellows at LSE and GTA’s who have completed the Associate level (or have enough teaching experience for APL) who are interested in further developing their teaching practice and in exploring aspects of teaching and learning in greater depth. This second year of the PGCertHE course leads to the Full Level PGCertHE and requires completion of 2 modules on:

  • assessment and feedback,
  • and course design,
  • reflective pieces on the development of their teaching practice,
  • two projects, one on assessment and feedback, and one an enquiry based research project on an aspect of education.

Participants have the opportunity to attend regular workshops which explore different aspects of teaching and learning linked directly to the programme assignments. They have regular one to one or group consultations with Teaching and Learning Centre departmental advisers and other participant members of academic staff. They can also attend workshops offered as part of LSE’s Atlas programme. Upon completion successful participants are eligible for full Fellowship of the HEA (FHEA).

Briefings for the 2017-18 PGCertHE - Full Level (TC502) will be held on the 27/09/17 and repeated on 06/10/17.

Contact us: If you are interested in attending a 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:

Want to enroll on a 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.

Actual enrollment on a programme is done through the submission of a reflective piece of work to the appropriate Moodle site for the programme. Details of this process will be discussed more fully in the briefing session.

The next opportunity to enroll on the PGCertHE will be September 2017.

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

  • PGCertHE - GTA Associate Level (TC501) - 29/09/17 and repeated on 04/10/17
  • PGCertHE – Career Track  Associate Level (TC503)  - 21/09/17
  • PGCertHE -  Full Fellowship level (TC502) – 27/09/17 and repeated on 06/10/17

If you are interested in attending a briefing, or if you want to participate but cannot attend the sessions on those dates, then please do email us on tlc.pgcert@lse.ac.uk.

Interested in attending a briefing?

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

  • PGCertHE - GTA Associate Level (TC501) - 29/09/17 and repeated on 04/10/17
  • PGCertHE – Career Track  Associate Level (TC503)  - 21/09/17
  • PGCertHE -  Full Fellowship level – 27/09/17 and repeated on 06/10/17

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.pgcert@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.