A Level 7 qualification on the UK National Qualifications Framework, PGCEi is relevant to all curricula, subjects and phases.
It focuses on improving individual teaching practice through critical reflection and research. You will compare teaching approaches in different countries and develop a global approach to education.
This course comprises a face-to-face introduction in your cohort location, where you will meet your Nottingham-based tutor as well as fellow students. You will then complete your studies online with individual tutor support.
With PGCEi, you will:
- improve your practice by building and developing ideas/strategies and testing these in your classroom
- examine your education system from an international perspective
- build your knowledge of the assumptions, concepts, and principles of a range of learning theories, evaluating their usefulness in specific situations
- develop your expertise in practitioner research
- make appropriate use of professional and research literature
Please note, the PGCEi is an academic qualification, not a teaching qualification, and therefore does not offer Qualified Teacher Status in the UK.
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PGCEi is made up of four 15-credit modules. It can be completed over eight months part-time, while the recommend duration is one year.
You will begin the course with an intensive, face-to-face introduction in your cohort location, where you will meet your Nottingham-based tutor as well as fellow students. You will then complete your studies online with individual tutor support, which enables you to develop your practice within your school.
Online course materials and support
Our online materials provide an interactive learning experience and allow you to study at your own pace. You will be encouraged to interact with other course participants, and each module will involve group activities such as using blogs, wikis and discussion boards.
To ensure you have the appropriate computer requirements to enable you to study online, please view our computer specification guidance notes (PDF).
This module considers international contexts for education and ideas from the philosophy of education and about the purposes of education in different settings. It introduces a philosophical, comparative and observational focus, which runs throughout the PGCEi course.
The aims of the module are to:
- develop an understanding of education as a world-wide phenomenon
- enable you to understand your own education system from an international perspective
- develop appreciation of the philosophical basis of education
- develop a range of frameworks for making sense of educational contexts
- develop alternative perspectives on schools, classrooms and their purposes
Understanding Learning and Teaching in International Contexts
This module focuses on the relationship between theories of learning and models of teaching and enables you to translate your developing understanding into your practice through critical reflection. You will be able to select from a choice of different learning theories and pedagogical approaches.
The aims of this module are to:
- become conversant with the basic assumptions, concepts, and principles of a range of learning theories and pedagogical approaches
- understand the practical implications of theories and pedagogical approaches
- be able to compare and contrast theories and pedagogical approaches and their relative usefulness in specific educational settings
- develop professional knowledge, skills, and understanding for teaching
- review and develop existing personal theories of learning and models of teaching
- improve the quality of reflective practice
Inquiring into Educational Practice in International Contexts
In this module, you will plan and undertake a small-scale investigation in your own educational context. The project is an investigation into an aspect of your students' learning. In preparation for the inquiry and data-gathering processes, the module supports you to develop your understanding of the principles and methodological and ethical considerations of practitioner research.
A research proposal in the form of a formative piece of coursework is submitted to the course tutor for comment at an early stage of work on this module. You are expected to undertake your own literature searches and carry out a literature review to support your inquiry. The completed assignment relates investigation findings to preparatory reading material.
The aims of this module are to:
- understand the principles and practice of undertaking an educational inquiry into your own practice, at masters level
- develop familiarity with educational research methodology and ethical requirements
- promote critical reflection and professional learning
- enable you to identify and make appropriate use of professional and academic literature
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Teaching methods and assessment
Each 15-credit module is assessed by a 3,000-word written assignment.
Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.
You may choose to put your 60 masters-level credits towards MA Education or MA Education (Flexible).
Average starting salary and career progression
99.5% of postgraduates from the School of Education secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,500 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £38,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students whatever your course, mode of study or future career plans.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate. Expert staff will help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.
More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.
As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You may incur travel, accommodation and subsistence costs for the face-to-face induction component of the programme (please note, lunch is always provided on induction days). The costs of these will be variable, depending on the location of the face-to-face induction component and your country of domicile.
You should be able to access all of the books and journal articles you’ll need through our libraries free of charge. Of course, you may choose to purchase your own copies or more specific titles and the costs of these will be variable.
Scholarships and bursaries
Cohorts are currently being recruited around the world. More information on available locations, fees and how to apply is available on our website.
Application fee waiver
The University charges an application fee for the majority of its taught postgraduate courses. This course is exempt from that charge.