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

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  • 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
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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.

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Interested in postgraduate study?

Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be available to provide you with all of the information you need to kick-start your postgraduate journey at the University of Strathclyde. Join our webinar on Tuesday 18 August from 2pm to 4pm.

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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.


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

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

Please check our English requirements before making your application.

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Fees & funding


All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.



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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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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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

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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