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PGDip in Educational Technology



Most questions about Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in education have shifted from how to use technologies to understanding how to teach and learn with technologies. While there is an increasing recognition of the role of ICT in transforming both the teaching and learning practices, the lack of pedagogical knowledge among educators and practitioners is the foremost reason why emerging technologies remain unexplored in education or under utilised. The other challenge is the inadequate theorisation of the phenomenon of teaching with ICT as opposed to teaching ICT. This is particularly pronounced in the education systems in developing nations where much focus of ICT in education has tended to emphasise technologies that institutions provide (e.g. computers) which student do not often personally own. Thus, this postgraduate programme, jointly offered by the School of Education and the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) is one of the programmes of its kind in Africa aimed at addressing the said educational conundrum.


The primary objective of the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Technology is to provide potential and practising educators, corporate trainers, and anyone responsible to e-Learning with an opportunity to understand the effects that any use of emerging technologies have on the practice of learning, and how pedagogies need to be aligned to ensure positive learning outcomes. Thus, the programme responds to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century education in developing nations through the lens of global trends.  

 The programme comprises four courses, each of which must be completed.

  • Emerging Technologies in Education
  • Learning Teaching & Emerging Technologies
  • Online Learning Design
  • Research & Evaluation of Emerging Technologies

These courses are offered online over 9 weeks per module.

Tentative 2022 Dates

Code Description


EDN4500W Emerging Technologies in Education

6 Feb - 9 April

EDN4503W Learning Teaching & Emerging Technologies

18 April - 17 June

EDN4501W Online Learning Design

27 June - 26 Aug

EDN4502W Research & Evaluation of Emerging Technologies

5 Sept - 4 Nov

Application Procedure

To make a formal application you need to complete the UCT application for postgraduate admission on or before the 31 October. Please follow the links below and complete the forms with the greatest care to detail.
Please find online application information and links below:

For any queries with your online application, please contact the Admissions Office on (021) 650 2128 or one of the staff members will be able to talk you through the process.

Other links

When you have completed these forms, and submitted the forms with supporting documents online, please ensure that hard-copies of your certified qualifications are submitted to the Admissions Office as they need to conduct thorough verification of qualification procedures. Please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office  (021) 650 2128 or should you experience any problems with your application.
Please ensure that your formal application to the postgraduate programme at UCT is as complete, clear and unambiguous as possible as your application will be judged on this to determine if it is added to the short-list or not. Short-listed candidates will be asked to complete a pre-admission task and contacted for Skype interviews in November. The grading committee will make recommendations to the postgraduate office who will notify applicants regarding the outcome of their application.  

Closing Date: 31 October every year.

Please consult the Stream Leader Prof Dick Ng'ambi for any queries relating to these programmes.
School of Education
Tel: +27(0)21 650 4760

Admission queries

Humanities: Postgraduate Office
Tel: +27(0)21 650 2462
Fax: +27 (0)21 650 5751