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Postgraduate Diploma in Curriculum Design and Development (PGDCDD)

1.Introduction

The Postgraduate Diploma in Curriculum Design and Development is a programme offered jointly by United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) (mainly represented by the International Bureau of Education, Regional Bureau for Education in Africa, the Teacher Education Section) in collaboration with Faculty of Education, The Open University of Tanzania (OUT). The programme is certified by the Open University of Tanzania under the regulations that established OUT in 1992 by an Act of Parliament as a public institution of higher education, and accredited by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) under the Universities acts of chapter 346 of the laws of Tanzania.

2.Programme Objective

The Programme is aimed at strengthening capacities among curriculum developers, teacher educators, graduate serving teachers, school inspectors, examination officers as well as educational planners and policy makers at local and regional level; for the purpose of enhancing their competencies in planning, designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the curriculum.

 

Programme Summary

Course Name:postgraduate diploma in curriculum and development
Course Initials:  PGDCDD
Duration:  1 year
Total Units:  12
Mode of Deliverence: Blended Mode
 

Programmes Informations

To be admitted, a candidate should have at least a first degree in education (B.Ed, B.A.Ed, B.Sc.Ed, B.BA. Ed) or Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and a teaching experience of at least 3 years. The minimum pass level should be lower second class with GPA of not less than 3.0. Fresh graduates will only be considered if they have at least 3 years in previous teaching experience. Candidates should have access to internet to participate in the online sessions and be available to attend the face-to-face intensive sessions.

 

Code

Title

Units

Remarks

OEI 511

Curriculum development process

2

Core Course

OEI 512

Curriculum design approaches and models: trends in the national and international contexts

2

Core Course

OEI 515

Curriculum implementation process: management and governance

2

Core Course

OEI 516

Development and use of teaching and learning materials

2

Elective Course

OEI 517

Curriculum implementation process

2

Elective Course

OEI 518

Curriculum quality control and assurance

2

Elective Course

OEI 519

Assessment of teaching and learning

2

Elective Course

OEI 520

Research project

2

Core Course

 

Total Units

 

12

 

The fee structure of PGCDD is determined the mode of delivery of the programme namely; executive mode and blended mode. The institutional fee structure for PGDCDD programme payable at the Open University (OUT) is indicated in the table below:

(i) Executive Mode

Table2: Fee Structure for Executive Mode

NUMBER

ITEM

AMOUNT IN USD ($)

1

Registration fees

$ 100

2

Student ID

$ 20

3

Student Union fees

 $ 20

4

Quality Assurance fees

$ 20

5

Coursework Modules (12 Units @ $ 170) delivered by face to face and eLearning

$ 2,040

6

Certification Fees

$ 700

 

Total

$ 2,900

 

 

(ii) Blended Mode

Table3: Fee Structure for Blended Mode

NUMBER

DESCRIPTION

Local (Tshs)

EAC/SADC (USD)

NON SADC/EAC(USD)

1

Registration fees

50,000

100

100

2

Student ID (Paid Once)

20,000

20

20

3

Student Union fees (Annually)

 40,000

20

20

4

TCU Quality Assurance fees

 40,000

20

40

5

Coursework Modules (12 Units @  180,000,USD 100,USD 200)

2,160,000

1,200

2,400

 

Total

2,310,000

1,360

2,580

 

NAMECONTACTS
Dr. Mary OgondiekEmail: mary.ogondiek@out.ac.tz
Mobile: 0754051096 or0718750296
By the end of the programme the graduate of PGDCDD programme should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of curriculum concepts, theories and issues;
  • Design programmes of instruction based on modern approaches to curriculum development and cross cutting issues;
  • Explore and use pedagogical knowledge and skills, didactics and reflective practices in the teaching of subjects within inclusive education settings;
  • Design and carry out action research to support curriculum development and design;
  • Conduct monitoring and evaluation for the improvement of teaching and learning process;
  • Initiate design and implement quality educational innovation programmes;
  • Apply ICT facilities as resources, working tools, and as a media of communicating information to enhance communication in the teaching and learning process and
  • Acquire professional skills as trainers in curriculum

The course is offered on a blended mode, including a 2-week face to face intensive session (10 days of 8 hours each) which will take place 2 weeks before the beginning of the first semester where participants’ attendance is compulsory for the executive class while for the blended mode class it is optional. During this session participants are oriented to the general program and how to use moodle platform. After face to face session, courses are delivered through distance learning mode within a timeframe of 30 weeks of the two semesters. The programme is more of hands on activities where students are required to take a lead in the learning process to enable them acquire the intended competencies. Course materials are made available online in terms of modules as well as during face to face sessions. Specific course assessment and evaluation arrangements are provided in respective courses. All activities are supported and supervised by tutors.

The assessment is done in a way as to assess mastery of competencies as well as ability to integrate and communicate them, both practically and in written form. In this regard, the formative assessment techniques (worth 30%) used in this programme include written report, project work, student portfolios, quizzes, tests and assignments. There will be final written examination (worth 70%).