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Julie Windegaard

Stavanger, Norway

PGCE Early Years Teaching


Julie Windegaard chose to study her PGCE at Sunderland after being advised of 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 in 2006 and started studying education in Houston, Texas. I had been meaning to continue my studies since then but life got in the way. We moved out of the USA to Canada, and then to Norway. Then I had a child and I 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 the maternity leave to complete my Bachelor of Education online with the University of Endicott, in Beverly, 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 to do this. My supervisor advised that I could study my PGCE with Sunderland like many of my colleagues, so I registered and was accepted.

The best part of the course is the online interface. The course is well organised, with 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 lecturers from Sunderland. All the assignments throughout the year were really linked to the practical aspects of a teacher’s life. And while I was researching for my papers 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 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. The practices and advice I have received from my lecturers has given me confidence in my role as a teacher.”

Published 28 April 2020

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