Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International)


Program Description

Delivered through our online learning platform, you will learn in a rich and rewarding online environment, engaging in professional discussions and communities of practice with practitioners in a variety of international contexts.

You will:

  • Develop the capability to motivate and inspire learners to succeed and progress through the implementation of a range of innovative, creative and adaptive teaching strategies.
  • Discover inclusive and varied learning, teaching and assessment strategies to gain depth and breadth of knowledge and confidence in delivery.
  • Promote critical reflection and the ability to link theory to practice to become confident, critical, creative, adaptable, articulate and inspiring educators.
  • Develop your understanding of international educational contexts and approaches.
  • Learn about the research-informed practice and demonstrate the capacity to actively engage in educational research within the practice context to support the enhancement of learning, teaching and assessment.

Course structure

Core modules

International Perspectives on Education

You reflect on the ways in which cultural, social and political factors impact perspectives on educational practice across a range of international contexts. You will consider UK-based and international contexts for education, and explore approaches to the philosophy of education and the purposes of education in different settings. You will be encouraged to develop a breadth and depth of knowledge in relation to educational curricula and contexts, and to take a comparative focus.

Learning and Teaching in International Contexts

You will enhance and extend your engagement with global approaches to learning, teaching and assessment in a variety of complex and challenging ways. You will be encouraged to consistently underpin learning and teaching with evidence-informed strategies and to develop the skills required to rigorously and consistently evaluate your own practice. Throughout you will be encouraged to explore and apply a variety of creative and innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment.

Researching Education in International Contexts

You gain an understanding of practitioner-led approaches to educational research, and how educational research can be used to inform practice. You will have the opportunity to become an effective practitioner with a thorough understanding of relevant research theories. Tasks completed throughout this module are designed to enhance your judgements and abilities to make links between educational practice and educational research.

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

This course is delivered online by a team with a wide and varied experience of education in a range of international contexts. Learning and teaching are central to all aspects of this course. As an educational professional completing a higher education qualification, you are expected to use the knowledge and skills you acquire to inform practice in your own context. All aspects of this course are therefore designed to support you to develop academically whilst also supporting the development of practical, professional expertise within international educational contexts.

The learning and teaching strategy ensure that you:

  • Are introduced to a wide variety of innovative, inspiring and creative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.
  • Have opportunities to actively engage with educational research and evidence-informed practice approaches.
  • Are given frequent opportunities to engage in the collaborative evaluation of different approaches to practice via online discussion forums.
  • Are encouraged to make the most of the opportunity to engage in professional discussions with practitioners from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Are introduced to and apply a wide range of flexible approaches to reflection and reflective practice, and experience an online learning environment that is adaptive and responsive to their varied academic and professional needs.

How you are assessed

Forms of assessment include a practice-based research project, a comparative essay and an Individual Learning Portfolio (ILP).

The ILP includes:

  • A reflective journal
  • Informal teaching observations by the mentor and/ or peers
  • Self-assessment observations linked to recorded excerpts of the students’ teaching
  • Critiques of specific aspects of practice
  • Target setting for professional enhancement
  • Observations of other teachers/ in alternate contexts
  • Evidence of learning, teaching and assessment
  • A defined professional development project.

Career opportunities

The course is aimed at current and aspiring educational professionals who have an interest in developing and enhancing their understanding of worldwide approaches to education. You will graduate with the knowledge and professional skills required to support your career development and pursue teaching roles in a range of international schools and educational settings.

Work placement

It is expected that you will either be employed in a teaching or teaching-related role within an educational setting or will be able to undertake a suitable voluntary teaching practice placement (50 hours).

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following (including GCSE, or standard equivalent, in English and maths grade 4 (C) or above):

  • First degree (minimum of a 2:2)
  • A signed practice agreement form that confirms you are employed as a teacher within a school/ college in an international context. Alternatively, you must demonstrate that you have at least 50 hours of teaching practice agreed and are fully supported by a school/ college in an international context (with all local suitability checks in place). In all cases, the practice agreement must show that the school/ college agrees to provide a mentor.

Health conditions requiring adjustments

For this particular course, you may need to undertake occupational health or work-based risk assessment check. If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism spectrum condition, sensory impairment or medical condition that may require reasonable adjustments during an external placement, in the university or in a clinical practice area, this must be declared as part of the enrolment process. If you are unsure you can contact the relevant admissions or course tutor for guidance.

Last updated Jan 2020

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