Professional Development for Early Career Teachers

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Gain a strong foothold in a competitive teaching profession. Acquire credits towards a full postgraduate education qualification. Raise standards in teaching and learning.

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This course is aimed at early career teachers or newly qualified teachers (NQTs). It's designed so that you can utilise different aspects and apply them to your own individual needs and contexts. You will explore teacher identities and investigate the interplay of individual dispositions and the opportunities and challenges presented by these.

Successful completion of this course along with Reflective Practice for Early Career Teachers will result in you obtaining the PGCert in Education Studies.

Why us?

  • Research in Education at Sunderland has been described as ‘world-leading’ by the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • Study this course on an evening to fit around work and life commitments

Course structure

You will be taught via workshops and seminars, case studies, self/peer reflection, research, self-directed study, completion of formative and summative assessments and study evidence based practices/approaches. 

You will be assessed by written coursework.

This course will count as 30 credits towards a full MA in Education qualification.

You can also study the Reflective Practice for Early Career Teachers alongside this course and gain the Postgraduate Certificate in Education Studies for Newly Qualified/Early Career Teachers. 

Modules include:

  • Professional Development for Early Career Teachers

Critically evaluate ideas about teaching as a profession. Gain a critical understanding of a range of professional considerations which are pertinent to your own teaching. Evaluate the impact you are having on pupil progress in your individual settings. Develop the ability to continually improve teaching and learning. Assess the positive impact of your teaching on pupil progress. Manage and analyse data to raise standards in teaching and learning.

  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to- date academic and industry articles. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format.

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  • With over 200 computer workstations in one space, the David Goldman Informatics Centre is one of the University’s most striking buildings inside and out. It is home to specialist dedicated computer forensics labs, a game software development lab and a final year project lab.

    Outstanding IT facilities


This course is delivered at the David Goldman Informatics Centre at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's.


Entry requirements

You are required to be an Early Career Teacher or NQT, working in an educational context or awaiting your first teaching position.

Fees and finance

The course fees vary depending on your status:

  • Accredited course fee: £1032
  • Partnership School fee: £495
  • Alumni fee: £826
  • Non-accredited fee: £295

If you're unsure which fee is right for you, please contact CaPE.

This information was correct at the time of publication.

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