Postgraduate Diploma in Education

The Department offers a Post Graduate Diploma in Education for those who successfully completes necessary requirements.

The course is conducted under two defined formats as follows-

  1. Full- time course (duration one year).
  2. Part-time self-financed week-end course (duration 18 months).

1. Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Full-Time)

The candidates are selected by the Ministry of Education and they are sent to the  Department as full time students on full pay study leave for one year.

2. Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Week-End)

The students are selected by the Department of Education through a competitive examination and an interview.

Entry Requirements

The candidates have to be graduates with teaching experience to enroll in the course. For the full-time course, candidates  are selected by the Ministry of Education and they are sent to the Department as full-time students on full- pay study leave.

The second category of students are selected by the Department of education, Faculty of Arts, through a competitive  examination and an interview.

One credit point is equivalent to 15 hours of lectures. A candidate has to obtain 32 credits in order to qualify for the  Post Graduate Diploma in Education Certificate. In addition the following requirements also have to be fulfilled.

Part- dissertation  

minimum grade  C+

Research methodology

minimum grade C

Basic computing  

minimum grade  C

Basics in English Language  

minimum grade  C

Syllabus under the course unit system
Course Structure

Compulsory Courses

PDE 501 Education Administration and Policy Studies              45 hours - 3 credits

PDE 502 Sociology and Education                                                  45 hours - 3 credits

PDE 503 Comparative and International Education                     45 hours - 3 credits     

PDE 504 Educational Measurement and Evaluation                   45 hours - 3 credits

PDE 505 Educational and Developmental Psychology               45 hours - 3 credits

PDE 506 Philosophy and Principles of  Education                      45 hours - 3 credits

PDE 507 Instructional Methodology:   (4 credit points)

There are 2 sections under Instructional Methodology. Section 1 is compulsory. From section 2 , students have to select 2 courses.                                               

Section   1 : General Methods                           30 hours  -  2 credit
Section   2 : Special Methods of Teaching     15 hours  x 2 subjects - 2 credits

Subjects offered under section 2

PDE 508 Science and Technology
PDE 509 Mathematics
PDE 510 Biological Science
PDE 511 Sinhala
PDE 513 History
PDE 514 Buddhism
PDE 515 Economics
PDE 516 Primary Methods
PDE 517 Business Studies and Accounting
PDE 518 Aesthetic and Fine- Arts
PDE 548 Citizenship Studies
PDE 549 Health and Physical Education
PDE 550 English
PDE 551 Life Skills
PDE 552 Geography
PDE 553 Teaching ICT in Schools

Optional Courses
60 hours - 4 credits

There are 7 groups listed under optional courses. Each optional course has 2 subject courses. A student has to select four subject courses from among any four of the 7 optional groups.


Altogether a student has to collect 4 credit points from the optional group.

Group 1  
PDE 519 Managing learning in schools  15 hours - 1 credit
PDE 520 Professional development and teacher appraisal 15 hours - 1 credit
   
Group 2  
PDE 521 Sociology  of schools 15 hours - 1 credit
PDE 522 Social stratification, social problems and education. 15 hours - 1 credit
   
Group 3  
PDE 523 Education and the development of nations.    15 hours - 1 credit
PDE 524 Development of education in Sri Lanka. 15 hours - 1 credit
   
Group 4  
PDE 525 Educational evaluation procedures, models and methods. 15 hours - 1 credit
PDE 526 Educational and psychological testing 15 hours - 1 credit
   
Group 5  
PDE 527 Principles and methods of educational and psychological guidance and counseling of children and youth.  15 hours - 1 credit

PDE 528 Educational and social context of psychological development

15 hours - 1 credit
   
Group 6  
PDE 529 Modernity and Post Modernity in social thought and education. 15 hours - 1 credit
PDE 530 A comparative study of educational thought in the West and East. 15 hours - 1 credit
   
Group 7  
PDE 531Designing curriculum and instruction for creativity, and critical thinking.  15 hours - 1 credit
PDE 532Evaluation issues in curriculum and teaching.  15 hours - 1 credit
   
Electives 30 hours - 2 credits
Students  have to select 2 courses out of 10 electives.  
PDE 533 Environmental education 15 hours - 1 credit
PDE 534 Advanced statistics    15 hours - 1 credit
PDE 535 Special education  15 hours - 1 credit
PDE 536 Population education 15 hours - 1 credit
PDE 537 Moral and Peace education 15 hours - 1 credit
PDE 538 Life long education  15 hours - 1 credit
PDE 539 Early childhood education 15 hours - 1 credit
PDE 540 Gender and education 15 hours - 1 credit
PDE 541 Curriculum development 15 hours - 1 credit
PDE 542 Educational technology 15 hours - 1 credit
PDE 543 Teaching Practice 60 hours - 4 credits
PDE 544 Research in Education  15 hours - no credit
PDE 545 Basic Computing      30 hours - no credit
PDE 546 Basics in English Language 30 hours - no credit
PDE 547 Part -dissertation ( Students have to obtain 50 marks or above for a    pass)  

Course Evaluation and award of Diploma in Education

The compulsory (PDE 501, PDE502, PDE503, PDE504, PDE505, PDE506) courses will be evaluated in several ways as follows.

Assignment and In- class Quizzes 20%

Mid-semester Examination 20%

Final Examination 60%

(The written assignment will bee limited to about 2500 words)

PDE 543 Teaching Practice

Teaching Practice is a compulsory component of the course. Students will be assigned to a few selected schools within the vicinity of the University. They are expected to teach 10 hours per week for 10 weeks under the guidance and supervision of two supervisors appointed by the Department. Practical classes will be followed by discussion classes. Prior to teaching practice period students will participate in demonstration lessons and discussion groups under the guidance of the staff. They will be evaluated by two examiners.

PDE 547 Part - dissertation

Part - dissertation is a compulsory component of the course. Ten lectures in research methodology will be provided during the 1st and 2nd semesters. Students have to submit a part-dissertation of 15000 to 20000 words based on a research conducted by them. Students have to score 50 marks or above for a pass.

PDE 544 PDE545, PDE 546 These courses are compulsory and are offered on a pass/ fail basis and carry no credit points.

Based on the standard achieved under different components of the course students will be given the following grades:

Course Grade Guide

Marks

Grade

Minimum Grade

Comments

 

 

 

Point

 

100-80

A

4

 

Superior

79-70

A-

3.7

 

 

69-65

B+

3.3

 

Good

64-60

B

3.0

 

 

59-55

B-

2.7

 

 

54-50

C+

2.3

 

Pass

49-40

C

2.0

 

 

39-30

D

1.0

 

Fail

29-0

E

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Candidates who fail to obtain at least a grade of 'C' in a particular component has to repeat the subject when it is offered next.

The final grade (Grade point average -GPA) will be a weighted average of the number of credits of the subject and the grade point. The calculation of GPA will be based on the following formula.

Where Ci is the number of credits of the i th subject and Gi is the grade point obtained for i th subject.

The GPA necessary to qualify for the distinction pass - 3.7 or above
The GPA necessary to qualify for the merit pass - 3.0 to 3.699
The GP A necessary to qualify for the ordinary pass - 2.0 to 2.99