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Julie Windegaard

Stavanger, Norway

PGCE Early Years Teaching (DL)


Julie Windegaard chose to study her PGCE at Sunderland after being recommeded the course by her supervisor. She enjoyed the online interface and the support from her lecturers, and is currently working as a preschool teacher.

I changed career path and started studying education in Houston, Texas. I had been meaning to continue my studies since then, but life got in the way. I moved from the USA to Canada, and then to Norway. I then had a child and got a position as an assistant at the International School of Stavanger. When I was pregnant with my second child, I took the opportunity of maternity leave to complete an undergraduate degree in Education online with the University of Endicott in Massachusetts. When I completed my course, I was valedictorian and held the Graduation Speech.

I then felt ready to hold a position as a teacher and I needed a PGCE qualification to do this. My supervisor advised that I could study my PGCE with Sunderland like many of my colleagues, so I applied and was accepted.

The best part of the course is the online interface. The course is well organised, provides weekly updates, and the classes are clear and very interesting. I completed two teaching practices within my school and I was very well supported by my course lecturers. All the assignments throughout the year were linked to the practical aspects of a teacher’s life and while I was researching for my assignments, I learned a lot which I could use practically as a teacher.

I have a position as a preschool teacher at the moment, covering maternity leave, and I hope that I will be offered a permanent position in the next school year.

The University of Sunderland empowered me with the right tools to become a teacher and the advice I have received from my lecturers has given me confidence in my role.”

Published 28 April 2020

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