Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

Frequently asked questions - Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice

How do I enrol?

Applications for the PG Cert are suspended for 2019 onwards. Alternative programmes are to be announced early in Semester Two, 2018.

Are there any prerequisites?

Because the PG Cert courses are practicum-based, we require you to be currently involved in tertiary teaching or student support.

What about course fees?

The fees are set at the same level as other postgraduate fees in Education. Academic staff at the University of Auckland, with New Zealand permanent residency, are normally covered by the terms of the Collective Employment Contract (clause 12.1), which states that the University will pay the tuition of full-time staff for up to two courses per year. However, you should discuss this with your Head of Department before enrolling. Please note that for international candidates, tuition fees are significantly higher and are not covered by the University.

Can I do just one PG Cert course?

Yes, you can do a Certificate of Proficiency (COP), which means that you enrol in one of the special topic courses (ACADPRAC 703 or 704), but not the full programme.

I've done one course as a Certificate of Proficiency, can I complete the programme later?

If you enrol within one year after completing the course, University regulations allow you to count that course towards the 60-point programme. For example, if you complete ACADPRAC 703 (15 points) and then enrol in the PG Cert the following year, you will only need to do ACADPRAC 701 and 702 (45 points).

Who is the target audience?

The programme has been designed to suit the needs, schedules and aspirations of early-career academics at the University of Auckland: that is, PBRF-eligible staff that hold a PhD or similar degree and have significant responsibilities in both teaching and research. However, enrolment is also open to any qualified applicant currently employed in a learning support role in the tertiary education sector (for instance, Librarians or Learning Designers), whether at the University of Auckland or elsewhere.

What's in it for me?

Many of the benefits of the programme are intrinsic and will accrue to your students as much as to yourself. The Certificate will also provide a helpful boost to your next continuation or promotion application, as it demonstrates your commitment to your professional development as a teacher and scholar.

What about assessment?

The PG Cert includes a mixture of self, peer and lecturer assessments. All assessments are on-course and will be integrated as closely as possible with your current professional practice.

Why is it called a 'Certificate in Academic Practice' rather than a 'Certificate in Tertiary Teaching'?

In contrast to similar programmes offered elsewhere in New Zealand, the Certificate programme does not focus on teaching and learning alone. Its 'academic citizenship' component explores the particular challenges of balancing a range of academic responsibilities within a research university.

Who teaches the programme?

The PG Cert is taught by academic staff from CLeaR's Academic Development Group, with contributions from colleagues across the University.

What is the time commitment?

Each course requires 18 hours of contact time per semester, plus additional time for assignments and assessments, all of which will dovetail as closely as possible with your professional responsibilities. Seminars are held fortnightly on Friday afternoons from 1-4pm, with online interactions scheduled in the intervening weeks.

What if I can't attend every seminar?

You are expected to attend all seminars if possible. However, alternative arrangements will be made on a case-by-case basis to accommodate conference travel and other commitments.

I've been encouraged to strengthen my research profile. How can I justify giving time to a certificate in teaching?

The Certificate in Academic Practice is intended to support your overall academic career by helping you develop effective strategies for balancing your teaching, research and service roles.