This course will help you develop a deep understanding of planning, teaching and assessment strategies, along with helping you to get the most out of new technologies.
It will help you to develop links between practice, theory and research through reflection on your own teaching, in order to enhance your professional performance.
Although you don't need to be a practising teacher to apply for the programme, you'll need to engage actively with current teaching, including planning, conducting and reflecting on a lesson (module 1). If you don't currently teach, you should be in a position where you have access to an education environment, for example through volunteering in a classroom setting or as a personal tutor.
The course is fully online. An introductory period during the first weeks of the course consists of reflective tasks, learning to use the library and online discussions, setting the expectations for the rest of the programme and ensuring all students begin the first module on a similar footing. Teaching and learning takes place at a variety of levels.
Each student is assigned a personal supervisor. Your supervisor will advise on assignment proposals and drafts, and mark your work.
Independent study is fundamental to the course. You'll critically engage with, reflect on and formulate perspectives on important issues and debates concerning teaching, schools and other teaching institutions, and explore education from relevant academic and other literatures.
Because nearly all students on the course are professionals and based all over the world, core teaching and learning is asynchronous. This means you can work in your own time at your own pace. We encourage you to interact with fellow professionals on the course through discussions on a range of topics. You'll have lots of opportunities to share ideas and your own progressing work and development, and to explore current developments in education as well as course materials.
While the iPGCE does not offer Qualified Teacher Status, many international schools recognise the value of our postgraduate education certificate. Please see our explanation of Qualified Teaching Status for more information.