Do you want to gain an academic teaching qualification from a UK university which has been training teachers for over 100 years?
Our PGCE Education (Overseas) programme provides two options: the Postgraduate Certificate In Education (PGCE) and the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Each route leads to a Certificate in Education (PGCE), an academic teaching qualification which blends applied teaching theory and practice in its four taught modules and two, six-week blocks of practical teaching. Topics covered include teaching and learning, classroom management and organisation and assessment.
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) only
On this route two of the modules are research-based and at Masters level, preparing you for further postgraduate study which will qualify you for progression to Stage 2 of our International Education MA or MA Education, both available as distance learning courses.
For further information, download the Postgraduate Overseas Handbook
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) only
An alternative route to a similar academic teaching qualification, but without modules at masters level, is available through our Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.
For further information, download the Professional Graduate Overseas Handbook
You will undertake your two teaching practices in a local school, where, for example, you are already employed or where you have arranged a placement. You will be supported and assessed by an in-school mentor and a personal academic tutor from the University.
The programme has also been developed so that it can be delivered to primary, secondary and post-16 teachers and to any subject specialism. It is a 34 week full-time course, completed in one academic year, which means you could be qualified in time for the following academic year.
NB: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in England is conferred by the Department of Education and not by universities. The PGCE (Overseas) does not, therefore, offer a licence to teach in the UK.
Dean talks about the PGCE programme and the online resources provided for distance learners at the University of Sunderland: