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 (International) 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.
Applicants for this programme are required to carry out teaching practice in international schools where the medium of induction is English.
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 on the two available routes, download the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Handbook (.pdf) or the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Handbook (.pdf)
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) only
This is a route similar to an academic teaching qualification, but without modules at Masters level, which is available through our Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.
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. This is a full-time programme and as such you should be available full time in school during your teaching practice periods.
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, which is completed in one academic year, this means you could be qualified in time for the following academic year.
It would be very difficult to manage any additional workloads outside of this 34-week full-time course.
NB: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in England is conferred by the Department of Education and not by universities. The PGCE Education (overseas) does not, therefore, offer a licence to teach in the UK.
The IPGCE, both professional and postgraduate routes, is aimed at the international sector and therefore, does not recommend Qualified Teacher Status' (QTS) because QTS is the registration required for teaching in the state system in England. QTS is not classed as a 'qualification', the qualification is the IPGCE. It is possible to gain employment without QTS in England within the independent sector, free schools or academies. It is also possible, on return to England and providing all eligibility criteria are met, that the Assessment Only Route to QTS may be followed.
Dean talks about the PGCE programme and the online resources provided for distance learners at the University of Sunderland: