- 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
Study with us
- prepares you to teach in international settings
- learn to link theory to practice
- develop your knowledge and skills to reflect on your own professional experience
Why this course?
The University of Strathclyde has a rich history of teaching and innovation. This programme builds on the international research strengths of the School of Education in the areas of children and childhood, equity and social justice, pedagogy and curriculum policy and teachers and teacher education.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) is a one-year part-time teacher education course which will prepare you to teach in international settings. The course aims to develop your knowledge and skills of reflecting on your own professional experience by linking theory to practice. You can choose a specialised area: Early Years, Primary Education, Secondary Education (subject-specific), according to your interests and experience.
The course content draws on expertise from our existing teacher education courses including the BA Primary Education, PGDE Primary and Secondary, PgCert Educational Issues & Impact, and the MSc TESOL and Intercultural Communication.
The programme also offers a route into a full Masters degree and a research-orientated career.
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.
The programme will be assessed by written assignments, presentations, video analysis, practical team and individual projects.
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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.
Upper second-class Honours degree, or a lower degree with professional experience working in an education-related setting. Normally applicants will already be working in an educational setting as early-career teachers, teaching assistants or equivalent.
We strongly recommend that you nominate your current employer as one of the referees in the application stage.
|English language requirements|
You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in English if your first language is not English, or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.
For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (with no score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.
If you’re a national of an English-speaking country recognised by UK Visas and Immigration (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK Bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.
If you are from a country not recognised as an English-speaking country by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.
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.
Education (International) - September intake
Qualification: PG Certificate
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time
Education (International) - January intake
Qualification: PG Certificate
Start Date: Jan 2021
Mode of Delivery: part-time
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