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5210 National Certificate in Adult Education and Training (Level 5) - SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 5
Dates:

Intake 3: 12/06/2017 to 06/10/2017 - Applications close 22/05/2017

Intake 4: 07/08/2017 to 01/12/2017 - Applications close 17/07/2017

Duration:

17 weeks fulltime

Up to 2 years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long.

Location: SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Credits: 60

If you are delivering adult education programmes and assessments in training environments, including polytechnics, wananga, private training establishments, workplace training and distance learning, The National Certificate in Adult Education and Training will broaden your understanding of the learning needs of adults, giving you the skills necessary to design learning sessions, tailor the way you facilitate training for individuals and groups of adult learners and evaluate sessions. This programme is Unit Standards based, totalling 60 credits comprising of 4 compulsory units, 4 elective units and a choice between two units on delivery of culturally safe and inclusive learning.

Compulsory papers – complete all of the following:

US7102 Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical models of adult learning (Level 5) 6 credits

At the completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of at least three theories of adult learning and critically analyse the concept and application of learning styles within adult learning contexts.

Assessment: Two essays of 1500 words.

US7097 Facilitate interactive learning sessions for adult learners (Level 5) 10 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to prepare to facilitate, facilitate and review interactive learning sessions for adult learners.

Application criteria: Students must have access to a group of adult students and an appropriate observer. An appropriate observer is someone who:

  • Has held unit standard 7097 for 3 years or more or has an Adult Education training qualification.
  • Be a subject matter expert with experience in adult teaching, or
  • Be a supervisor or manager with experience in adult teaching.

Assessment: Assessments consist of three lesson plans. An analysis for each of the lesson plans is required and one lesson plan needs to be observed by a qualified and experienced instructor/trainer who trains adults. An observation form must be filled out by the observer and signed by both parties.

It is recommended that US 7093 & US 7097 are studied concurrently. If enrolling separately US7093 should be completed first. 

US7093 Design learning sessions for adults (Level 5) 6 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to define learning outcomes for adult learning sessions; select learning session content; plan delivery processes of learning sessions; design assessment activities for learning sessions and plan a review of learning sessions.

Assessment: Three lesson plans are required.

It is recommended that US 7093 & US 7097 are studied concurrently. If enrolling separately US7093 should be completed first. 

US20469 Evaluate adult learning sessions (Level 5) 5 credits

At the completion of this unit students are able to demonstrate knowledge of learning session evaluation aims and methods; prepare for the evaluation of adult learning sessions; implement and analyse learning session evaluations and review the evaluation process.

Application criteria:  Experience tutoring or teaching is required.

Assessment: Four assessments are to be completed.

Elective papers – select a minimum of 30 credits from the following:

US7100 Manage learning events for adult education and training (Level 5) 8 credits

At the completion of this unit candidates will be able to plan, organise and review learning events. This unit standard is relevant to staff within organisations providing adult education and training. It applies both to organisations for which the provision of adult education and training is the core business activity and to organisations where education and training support the core business activity.

Assessment: Two assessments are to be completed.  This unit also requires the completion of discussion boards.

US11551 Moderate assessment (Level 6) 8 credits

This unit standard is intended for use by experienced assessors who wish to extend their skills and knowledge of assessment. People credited with this unit standard are able to: moderate assessment materials; verify assessment decisions and follow moderation administration requirements.

Application criteria: Candidates need access to two complete sets of assessment material including one set with four marked student scripts. Sample material is available on Blackboard if learners require it.

Assessment: Three assessments are to be completed.

US11552 Design and evaluate assessment materials (Level 5) 8 credits

Students who complete this unit are able to design and evaluate assessment materials.

Application criteria: Candidates need to have access to a moderator, preferably someone who holds US 11551 and/or US 4098 and has extensive adult training experience.

Assessment: Candidates will design assessment tasks and the accompanying assessment schedules for differing styles of assessment (short answer tests, practical observations, written assessments, etc.).

US7110 Improve own professional knowledge and practice in adult education and training (Level 5) 8 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: critically reflect on own practice in adult education and training; work with stakeholders to improve own professional knowledge and practice; and review own professional knowledge and practice.

Assessment: Learners are required to complete two assessments consisting of a reflective journal and a portfolio.

US4098 Use standards to assess candidate performance (Level 4) 6 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: prepare for and conduct assessment; complete assessment administration and review the assessment practice.

Application criteria: Candidates must have access to full sets of assessment material (assessment instruments, assessor guidance notes, and assessment schedules) for the standards that they will be administering assessments for.

Candidates need to have access to someone qualified as a workplace assessor or an experienced tutor to observe them conducting an assessment. An appropriate observer is someone who:

  • Holds unit standard 4098 or is able to demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in assessment, or
  • Be a subject matter expert with experience in adult teaching, or
  • Be a supervisor or manager with experience in adult teaching.

Assessment: A portfolio will be submitted as evidence of the candidate planning for, conducting and reflecting on the administration of an assessment.

Elective papers – choose ONE of the following:

US7091 Establish a culturally safe and inclusive learning environment for adults in New Zealand’s cultural setting (Level 4) 4 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to identify diverse cultural needs in a New Zealand learning environment and establish a culturally safe and inclusive learning environment for adults. This unit standard is for people wishing to teach or train adults in New Zealand.

Application criteria: Candidates must have access to adult students.

Assessment: Two written assessments and several discussion boards.

US26009 Establish a culturally safe and inclusive multicultural learning environment for adults (Level 4) 3 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify diverse cultural needs for a multicultural learning environment and establish a culturally safe and inclusive learning environment for adults. This unit standard is for people wishing to teach or train adults in an environment outside New Zealand.

Application criteria: Candidates must have access to adult students.

Assessment: Two written assessments and several discussion boards.

The Zero Fees Scheme applies to this course, so there are no tuition fees as long as you are a New Zealand citizen, resident/permanent resident (residing in NZ), BUT there is a student direct material cost per credit of study undertaken, plus a non-refundable administration fee of $50.00 for each application processed, and the required textbook/s listed below. You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to retain your Zero Fees Scheme entitlement.

Zero Fees Scheme – applies to NZ citizens and residents/permanent residents (residing in NZ). 2017 Cost (NZ$) $7.50 per credit + admin fee $50.00 per application (e.g. $800.00 for 100 credit course) - includes GST

International Students $100.00 per credit

Fees must be paid by the due date shown on the invoice.

Withdrawals & Transfers

  • Early withdrawals within the first week of the intake starting are entitled to a full refund of the Student Direct Material Costs but not the non-refundable administration fee of $50.
  • Withdrawals have to be requested within 75% of the intake, withdrawals after the early withdrawal date are not eligible for a refund.
  • Transfer requests have to be within the first two weeks of the intake starting and will incur a $50 transfer fee. Transfers can only occur to a subsequence intake within the same calendar year.

All SIT2LRN courses are approved by Studylink. Any queries regarding Studylink allowances, loans, and terms and conditions should be made directly to Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or www.studylink.govt.nz.

Graduates will have demonstrated competence in the design, delivery, assessment, evaluation and moderation of adult education and training courses.

The qualification leads students to further study in the National Diploma in Adult Education and Training (Level 6) programme.

This programme is suitable for people tutoring in tertiary institutes, or people who have training responsibility in workplaces.

Applicants should have:

  • A qualification and/or equivalent work experience in a vocation that they would like to teach.
  • Evidence that satisfies the teaching institution that they are capable of studying at this level and have a reasonable chance of successfully completing each unit standard attempted.
  • Access to adults to teach.
  • Current or recent knowledge of tertiary institute or workplace organisational procedures.

Language Requirements

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 percent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:

  • IELTS test – Academic score of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) – Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 46 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations – FCE or FCE for Schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
  • NZCEL – Level 4 with the Academic endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PtoE (Academic) score of 42
  • City & Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 42

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  • Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  • Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
  • Have achieved one of the English Language competence tests specified above

Suggested study path / combinations

Part time study

Part time study is recommended for this qualification.

The number of credits selected per intake should depend on work, family, and other commitments.

Students may complete papers in any order, however it is recommended that US 4098 is studied in the first enrolment as it acts as a foundation for the other papers in the programme.

The following study paths are guides only; students may do fewer or more papers, time permitting:

First enrolment:

  • US 4098
  • US 7091 or US 26009
  • US 7102

Subsequent enrolments: Any of the following three combinations in no particular order.

  • US 7093
  • US 7097
  • US 7100
  • US 11551
  • US 11552
  • US 20469

N.B. US 7110 can be substituted for any of the following: US 4098, US 7100, US 11551 or US 11552.

Full time study

Full time study is completing all 60 credits in one intake. However, due to the nature of the assessments in the programme it is assumed that students will be working at least part time and therefore full time study is not recommended.

Additional information

  • As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period.  Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet).
  • All papers selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs).
  • Online enrolments are on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes in one enrolment.  Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students.  There is no automatic enrolment rollover. 

Cross Credits

Students who have previously completed any of the above units at another learning institution can apply to have the unit(s) cross credited to their record of learning at SIT. This is done by filling in a cross credit application form and attaching proof of achievement. The cross credit application form is available on MySIT or from the Programme Administrator. If you wish to apply for a cross credit, please attach the completed form to your application. Forms can be found at: http://www.sit.ac.nz/Students/Academic-Support

Unspecified Cross Credits

If you have completed unit standards in Adult Education or Adult Literacy and Numeracy, which are not listed on the application form, you may be eligible for an unspecified cross credit. Please refer to the National Programme Document (http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/nqfdocs/quals/pdf/0379.pdf) or contact your administrator for more details. Granting of unspecified cross credits is at the discretion of the Programme Manager.

All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive an Important Information Booklet that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.

Facilitator Assistance:  During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only).  All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study.  Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme.  Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.

Progress reports are sent out 6-8 weeks after the end of each intake.

We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further study and enrolment information.

Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide us with.  Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to come back to you for missing information.

  • I have read all sections of the Programme Information on this page
  • I have read the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions section
  • I have met all admission criteria for the programme (found under Application Criteria)
  • I have met all the criteria for individual papers (found under Course Content).
  • I have selected the paper(s) I wish to study
  • I have selected intake(s) (I have selected alternate intakes rather than overlapping intakes)
  • I know my intended payment method
  • If my organisation/company is paying for my studies, I have a completed and approved purchase order to attach to my online application.  I am aware that should my organisation or company not pay my fees, these will become my responsibility.
  • I have completed and attached a cross credit form (if applying for a cross credit)
  • New students – I have provided an active NSN in the name I am enrolling in or I have verified ID and will attach it to my online application.
  • New students – I will attach academic documentation (NZQA record of achievement/academic transcripts/certificates).  These do not need to be verified. (If you do not have any academic documentation to support your application, please attach a comprehensive CV outlining your education and work experience).
  • New students – I confirm I have approval from my employer/organisation/a tertiary education provider to access adults for teaching, assessment, and evaluation purposes for the duration of my studies.
  • I have computer access,  an Internet connection and access to software to create electronic documents e.g. Microsoft Word or Open Office

What is the Zero Fees Scheme?

The Zero Fees Scheme means we do not charge tuition fees. However, there is a Student Direct Material Cost that you need to pay and a non-refundable administration fee. The administration fee is for processing your application and the Student Direct Material Cost gives you secure access to Blackboard® our online learning environment and to student support services throughout your study with us.

Who qualifies for the Zero Fees Scheme?

  • A New Zealand citizen completing the full qualification or 
  • An Australian citizen/New Zealand Resident or Permanent Resident who will be residing in New Zealand for the duration of your enrolment.

Instructions to help you with your application:

  1. Read the Programme Information on this page and the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions and find out if you meet the application criteria for both the programme and the unit/s you wish to study.
  2. Check your eligibility for Zero Fees. If you are not eligible to study under this scheme, please call
    0800 748 257 for further options.
  3. Complete your online enrolment checking that:

If you are a new student …

  • Provide an active NSN number in the name you are enrolling in (contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 to get your NSN number if you do not know it);
  • And you do not have an active NSN, then attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling in.
  • And you are a Resident or Permanent resident of NZ, please provide a copy of proof of residency;
  • Attach all academic documentation to support your application including copies of any certificates of courses you have undertaken / NZQA record of achievement / transcripts / CV;

Attach supporting documents as required and outlined on the previous page.

  1. Please check that you have included all the required information and supporting documents.  Your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide.  Missing information will delay the processing of your application.
  2. Please scan and email all additional documentation to sit2lrn@sit.ac.nz.

What happens next?

  • You will receive an automatic email confirmation when we receive your online application. Processing may take up to three weeks. However, we will get in touch with you sooner if we require further documentation.
  • Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a conditional offer of acceptance with an invoice and instructions on how to make payment.
  • Once we have received your payment (or if you have opted to pay by Credit Card, Student Loan or Purchase Order) you will be sent an Enrolment Confirmation Letter and Important Information Booklet. Closer to the start of the intake you will receive a Time To Get Started Letter which will give you all the necessary information, tools and guidance to start your study with us.

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme and be eligible for the awarding of the qualification National Certificate in Adult Education and Training (Level 5), they must have completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments, successfully completed assessment requirements for all unit standards and achieved a total of 60 credits as specified in the programme schedule The timeframe for completion of this programme is two years.

The National Certificate in Adult Education and Training (Level 5) will be awarded directly by NZQA on attainment of 60 credits as specified and upon verification of the graduate’s NZQA official record of learning.

This qualification leads to further study in the National Diploma in Adult Education and Training (Level 6) programme.

Assessments for this programme typically include discussion board postings, written reports and preparation and delivery of learning sessions to adult learners. There are no exams for this programme.

Assessments posted to the facilitator will not be returned and will be destroyed after 6 months.

There are no required textbooks for this programme.

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