Project Description

Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching

(R/141/7/0047 (A11464) 10/20)

Programme Synopsis

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.

Programme Educational Objectives (PEO)

 This programme aims to produce graduates that are:

PEO 1:  Knowledgeable and competent in education discipline in-line with the educational services industry requirement (cognitive)

PEO 2:  Effective in communication and demonstrate good leadership quality in any teaching institution organisation (psychomotor)

PEO 3:  Capable to solve education problems innovatively, creatively and ethically through sustainable approach (cognitive)

PEO 4:  Able to demonstrate entrepreneurship skills and recognise the need of lifelong learning for successful career development in educational services industry (affective)

Programme Learning Outcomes (PLO)

Upon completion of all courses in this programme, the graduates should be able to:

PLO1 Evaluate theories and concepts in education (Knowledge and Understanding)

PLO2  Apply critical thinking skills for decision making (Cognitive skill)

PLO3 Demonstrate the skills and principles of lifelong learning in their academic and education career development (Practical Skills)

PLO4 Demonstrate an appropriate social skill in early education and care activities (Interpersonal Skills)

PLO5 Demonstrate effective communication and innovative ideas effectively (Communication Skills)

PLO6 Appreciate digital technology to support learning and improve education experience (Digital Skills)

PLO7 Appreciate basic symbols relating to statistical technique (Numeracy Skills)

PLO8 Perform leadership in managing early childhood education and care activities (Leadership)

PLO9 Develop capability to plan to pursue career development or further education (Personal Skill)

PLO10 Develop innovative entrepreneurial skills in educational services industry (Entrepreneurial)

PLO11 Practice and conduct research in compliance with professional values, attitude and ethics (Ethics and Professionalism)

  • Ijazah Sarjana Muda atau setara dengannya, dengan sekurang-kurangnya PNGK 2.50, seperti yang diterima oleh Senat PPT.
  • Ijazah Sarjana Muda atau setara dengannya, yang tidak mencapai PNGK 2.50, boleh diterima masuk tertakluk kepada sekurang-kurangnya lima (5) tahun pengalaman kerja dalam bidang yang berkaitan.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree or it’s equivalent, with a minimum CGPA of 2.50, as accepted by the HEP’s Senate;
  • 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.


  1. The provisional offer of admission will be revoked if the candidate:
    1. Fails to submit evidence of qualification within the stipulated date; or
    2. Does not meet the entry requirements of the University.
  2. Entry requirements are subject to change as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.
Coursework 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.
* International students are required to pay registration fees of RM1,000 and an additional 20% for the tuition fees.
* 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:

  • Senior citizens aged 60 and above on registration date; and
  • Physically challenged learners – a valid Orang Kelainan Upaya (OKU) is required.

These discounts are for subject fees only and are not applicable for research and other fees. The discounts are also 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 (Malaysian) & RM100 (International Students)

Re-registration fee of RM220 per semester is chargeable for extension of Masters Projects

Financial options:

  • EPF (Account 2); or
  • Education or Personal Loan from commercial banks; or
  • HRDF (subject to employer’s eligibility); or

Payment Mode:

  • JomPAY; or
  • Internet Banking; or
  • Debit/Credit Card.

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. You will get 20% discount for early registration. 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)
Cluster of Education and Social Science
0102440434  or   0355205510

Tel (Office) :
03 7801 2179

Email :

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