Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching

(R2/141/7/0047 (A11464) 10/25)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (PGDT) programme offered by Open University Malaysia (OUM) is a one year professional teaching qualification programme fully accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). It is designed to meet the needs of those who possess a tertiary qualification intending to pursue teaching profession but do not hold any nationally-recognized teaching qualification. With PGDT and other specified requirements they may be registered as teachers and granted teaching permit upon application. According to Education Act 1996, no person shall teach in an educational institution unless he or she is registered as a teacher by the Registrar General. In short, PGDT enables aspiring teachers to attain qualified teacher status.

PGDT’s current mode of delivery is blended, comprising face-to-face tutorials, online learning and learning support and self-managed learning with OUM’s modules and learning resources. Besides attending tutoring sessions at one of the OUM’s learning centres, learners are also able to access various kinds of learning materials and learning resources via OUM’s online learning management system (LMS) known as myINSPIRE. It provides an excellent platform for learners to perform self-managed learning. Complementing this, learners are also assigned to a dedicated e-Tutor/online-tutor to guide them and to provide consultation services in areas related to their courses. The specific courses/modules under this programme include Curriculum Development, Theories and Practices of Teaching and Learning, Guidance and Counselling, Educational Management, Educational Assessment, Instructional Technologies as well as Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning. All these courses are specially prepared to ensure that the aspiring teachers and educators are able to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills that meet the learning demands of the 21st century learners.

Towards the end of their study, learners will undergo a supervised practicum or teaching practice in selected schools or institutions of learning. The practicum emphasizes application of theories in actual teaching and learning environment to equip learners with practical teaching and classroom management skills. Overall, OUM’s PGDT learners are expected to complete their 30 Credit hours within a year. Upon graduation, learners will be awarded the Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching or Diploma Lepasan Ijazah dalam Pengajaran.

Assoc Prof Dr Rosinah Mahmood
Programme Director

Tel (Office) :
03 7801 2179

Email :

Malaysian Learner Fees
Year 1
Sem 1 RM2,772
Sem 2 RM2,772
Sem 3 RM3,696
Total RM9,240

* Fees applicable to Malaysians and Permanent Residents only.
* The University reserves the right to revise the fees without prior notice.

Discount for the Physically Challenged Learners (OKU) and Senior Citizens

The University offers 50% discount for:
1. Senior citizens aged 60 and above on registration date; and
2. Physically challenged learners – a valid Orang Kelainan Upaya (OKU) is required.
The discounts are not valid for second time registration and repeating of subjects.
Learners who receive this discount are not entitled to other discounts and promotions.

Processing fee: RM50
Re-registration fee of RM220 per semester is chargeable for extension of Practicum.

Financial options: Payment Mode:
EPF (Account 2); or JomPAY
Education or Personal Loan from commercial banks; or Internet Banking
HRDF (subject to employer’s eligibility); or Debit/Credit Card.
International Learner Fees
Year 1
Sem 1 RM3,326
Sem 2 RM3,326
Sem 3 RM4,435
Total RM 11,087

1 – Fees applicable to International applicants
2 – The fee above excludes registration fee, processing fee and resource fee. Fee imposed first semester only-non refundable . (Diploma RM2,700; Bachelor RM3,200, Master RM3,700, PhD/Doctorate RM4,200).
3 – Financial method: Telegraphic Transfer , PayPal (Invoice will be prepared in MYR and will be added 6% to cover PayPal transaction fees.)
4 – The fees are for subject fees only and are not applicable for research, registration, repeating of subjects and other fees.
5 – 60% payment of the semester fees must be made before the semester starts, 40% payment before the examination week.

* The University reserves the right to revise the fees without prior notice.
**LATEST UPDATE: 30 August 2022

Normal Entry

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent, with a minimum CGPA of 2.50, as accepted by the HEP’s Senate; OR
  2. A Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent, not meeting CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to a minimum of five (5) years working experience in a relevant field.
Program Educational Objectives (PEO)
This programme aims to produce graduates that are:

PEO 1: To produce Education Practitioners who have advanced knowledge with practical skills capable of using selected advanced numerical techniques and digital technologies in the educational settings.

PEO 2: To produce Education Practitioners who lead with autonomy, communicate and interact with internal and external stakeholders when working in various educational settings.

PEO 3: To produce Education Practitioners who uphold and defend professional and ethical practices in all education settings.

PEO 4: To produce Education Practitioners with positive attitude, entrepreneurial mind set in and sustainable practices progressing their career and the profession.

Programme Learning Outcomes (PLO)
Upon completion of the programme, graduates will be able to:

PLO 1: Analyse knowledge of specific subject areas related to teaching and learning in meeting the challenges of a dynamic curriculum. 1. Knowledge and
PLO 2: Demonstrate practical skills in using current teaching techniques, including the use of current digital technique/technology in different educational settings.  

3. Practical Skills
6. Digital Skills

PLO 3: Integrate analytical and advanced numerical skills in solving and enhancing teaching practices and organisational performance.  

2. Cognitive Skills
7. Numeracy Skills

PLO 4: Demonstrate leadership with responsibility and autonomy in emerging educational setting. 8. Leadership,
Autonomy and
PLO 5: Contribute with commitment either individually or through multi-disciplinary team with good communication and interpersonal skills in delivering
educational services to stakeholders.
4. Interpersonal Skills
5. Communication
PLO 6: Uphold professionalism and ethics to fulfil professional teaching standards and maintain the good image of the profession at all times. 11. Ethics and
PLO 7: Exhibit positive attitude and commitment to life-long learning with entrepreneurial mind-set in response to the changing world of education and for professional
9. Personal Skills
10. Entrepreneurial

University Courses

Subject Name Credit Hours
Educational Leadership 3

Core Courses

Subject Name Credit Hours
Curriculum Development 3
Instructional Technology 3
Guidance and Counselling 3
Educational Management 3
Educational Assessment 3
Theories and Practices of Teaching and Learning 3
Emerging Technologies in Teaching and Learning 3
Practical Teaching 6

Question 1
What is PGDT?
Answer: It is a professional teaching qualification program fully accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

Question 2
Who are those eligible to register for PGDT?
Answer: It is designed to meet the needs of those who possess a tertiary qualification intending to pursue teaching profession but do not hold any nationally-recognized teaching qualification regardless of their specialization.

Question 3
How long is the PGDT study duration?
Answer: It is a 1 year programme which consists of 3 semesters.

Question 4
When is PGDT intake?
Answer: January or May or September intake.

Question 5
How much is PGDT fees?
Answer: Refer to the OUM portal. The fees will subject to OUM policy. In addition, you are not required to pay by semester. Further, each semester you can pay partial payment but you need to settle it before the examination in each semester.

Question 6
PGDT structure
Answer: Refer to OUM portal.

Question 7
How many PGDT credit hour?
Answer: 30 Credit hours

Question 8
Any APEL offered in PGDT?
Answer: OUM’s intention of giving credit waiver for certain studies who are qualified and more experience. This makes the programme more appealing, fast track and shorter time to graduate. However 30% maximum waivered of the entire programme.

Question 9
What about PGDT course assessment?
Answer: Students need to do coursework (60%) and final examination (40%) with the exemption of two courses which is 100% by course work.

Question 10
How does the courses in PGDT conducted?
Answer: It is a blended learning (face to face tutorials, online or e-tutorial learning support and self-managed learning)

Question 11
Who arrange students placement for practicum?
Answer: Students need to identify their own schools or any teaching institutions.

Question 12
What is the duration of my practicum?
Mode 1: 4 weeks if you have more than 1 year teaching experience.
Mode 2: 8 weeks if you have less than a year teaching experience.
Mode 3: 12 weeks if you have no teaching experience.

Question 13
Do I have to quit my job to do my practicum?
Answer: No. You need to choose a school or teaching institution near your house or working place. Choose the day or two that you can take time off. Negotiate with the school or teaching institution the day that you are able to teach and work from there.

Question 14
How many hours of lessons that I am required to teach during practicum duration?
Answer: 45-50 hours.

Question 15
Do I have to appoint my teaching supervisor?
Answer: No. OUM will appoint your supervisor.

Question 16
Who can I contact to join PGDT?

Dr Rosinah binti Mahmood
Programme Director
Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (PGDT)
Faculty of Education and Social Science
0102440434 or 0378012179