PgCert Education (International)

Key facts

  • Start date: January/September
  • Application deadline: August/December
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months part-time online
  • Online delivery: ‘live’ interactive sessions and one-to-one support from experienced academic staff

  • Ranked: Top 10 in UK for Education (Complete University Guide 2021)

Study with us

  • an internationally-recognised Master’s level teacher professional development programme
  • this fully online course is ideal for teachers and teaching assistants currently working in international school settings
  • designed for those looking to advance their future career prospects and to improve their quality of teaching
  • explore key aspects of learning and teaching in the context of a 21st century multilingual and multicultural landscape
  • aimed at deepening your understanding of educational issues, our course will enable you to apply innovative pedagogical ideas with immediate classroom impact
  • develop your professional knowledge and skills by giving you an opportunity to conduct a small-scale action research project that will inform your own practice

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Why this course?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) or iPGCE is a fully online Master’s level teacher professional development programme. Whether you're just starting out in your teaching career, or are keen to take your skills to the next level, the iPGCE offers fantastic learning opportunities. You'll have the opportunity to apply what you learn from the iPGCE to your own classroom as well as the wider community.

This is ideal for teachers and teaching assistants working in international school or bilingual school settings. To study the iPGCE you must have secured a teaching post at a school before the programme start date and be able to demonstrate support from your own school.

The course aims to develop your professional knowledge and skills by linking current debates in education to your practice. You can choose a specialised area: Early Years, Primary Education, Secondary Education (subject-specific), according to your interests and experience.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) is delivered by our academic staff who bring a wide range of experience and expertise in education. Many are internationally recognised experts in educational research.

The programme also offers a route into a full Master’s degree and a research-orientated career.

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What you’ll study

You'll undertake the following three Masters-level modules:

  • International Education: Issues, Debates & Challenges
  • Learning, Teaching & Professionalism in International Contexts
  • Practitioner Enquiry for Professional Learning

Successful completion of these modules leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate.

Learning & teaching

The programme is presented fully online with ‘live’ interactive lectures designed and delivered by experienced academic staff who also teach on our BA and PGDE Primary and Secondary Education programmes.

Lectures are supplemented by online tutorials and small-group seminars. For some elements, you'll receive one-to-one support from tutors.

You'll benefit from attending two course support conferences, which provide the opportunity for you to meet and work with the tutors in groups and on an individual basis.

Assessment

The programme will be assessed by written assignments, presentations, video analysis, practical team and individual projects.

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Course content

International Education: Issues, Debates & Challenges

This module explores the aims, purposes and values of education in the students own country using examples of other international contexts for comparison. The content of this module draws on current research and allows students to critically evaluate and discuss the impact of educational policy on learning and teaching. Students will debate the complexities of education through an international and comparative lens.

Learning, Teaching & Professionalism in International Contexts

In this module, students will develop their pedagogical skills and learn about innovative approaches to teaching. They will also reflect on a range of strategies for teaching specific subject areas in their own settings. They will see the immediate impact of their pedagogical practices in pupils’ learning.

Practitioner Enquiry for Professional Learning

This module develops students’ dispositions of systematically scrutinising their knowledge and understanding about the complex relationship between theory and practice. Students learn how to conduct investigation of an educational nature and ways of evidencing its impact on learners and professional practices. From this, they will conduct an independent practitioner enquiry project.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements/experience

Undergraduate degree with at least a 2:1 or degree lower than this with professional experience working in an education related setting.

Applicants will already be working in an educational setting as teaching assistants, teachers, Head of Department, Senior Managers or other professional roles.

English language requirements

Please check our English requirements before making your application.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.

iPGCE

£4,250

Please note: The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Careers

Our students are already working in educational settings as early-career teachers or teaching assistants prior to undertaking this programme.

Those who successfully complete the programme will be able to pursue careers in teaching in their home countries or internationally. This could be with young learners, high school students, college or university students, or adult learners.

The programme also offers a route into a full Masters degree and a research-orientated career. Possible job titles of graduates could be:

  • early years practitioner
  • primary school teacher
  • secondary school teacher
  • principal teacher
  • university lecturer
  • course designer
  • course director

Information about eligibility to register to teach in Scotland can be found on the General Teaching Council for Scotland website.

Information about gaining QTS in order to teach in England can be found on the UK government website.

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Apply

Education (International) - January intake

Qualification: PG Certificate
Start Date: Jan 2021
Mode of Attendance: part-time

Education (International) - September intake

Qualification: PG Certificate
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: part-time

Education (International) - January intake

Qualification: PG Certificate
Start Date: Jan 2022
Mode of Attendance: part-time

Have you considered?

We've a range of postgraduate taught and Masters courses similar to this one which may also be of interest.

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Contact us

Register your interest and find out more about the programme

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak our team are working from home and can be contacted via our online enquiry form.