Postgraduate study
This distance learning course provides professional enrichment for educators working outside the UK.
 
  
Qualification
PGCert Education (International)
Duration
Approximately 11 months part-time
Entry requirements
2:2 (or international equivalent)
Other requirements
Applicants should be established educators with regular access to a classroom setting and the internet
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
Start dates throughout the year
UK/EU fees
£3,840 - Terms apply
International fees
£3,840 - Terms apply
Campus
Cohort locations across the world
School/department
 

 

Overview

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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Full course details

PGCEi is made up of three 20-credit. The recommended timescale for the course is approximately 11 months.

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.

Assessment

Each 20-credit module is assessed by coursework and a 4,000-word written assignment.

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

 
 

Modules

Core

Educational Aims and Values in International Contexts

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. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.

 
 

Fees and funding

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.

Extra Costs

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.

 
 

Careers and professional development

You may choose to put your 60 masters-level credits towards MA Education or MA Education (Flexible).

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.

Employability and average starting salary

99.5% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment 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 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

 
 

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Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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