The international PGCE is an online programme that enables students to develop the understanding, abilities and competencies needed to teach in schools around the world. It allows students to develop a sound knowledge and understanding of current thinking in their chosen specialist area and ensures that international initial teacher education is rooted in theory, research and practice. Those completing this pathway will demonstrate both their ability in the classroom and their ability to critically reflect on their own classroom practice and current theories around teaching and learning.
The IPGCE offers provision for teachers in the following areas:
• Primary (ages 4-11)
• Post primary (ages 11-18, all subjects)
Is all the teaching delivered online?
This is an online course and so learning can be done at a time which is convenient for the student. Students are expected to partake in weekly learning tasks.
Will a placement opportunity be provided?
Students will be asked to identify a placement school. They will complete 2 school placements and their practical teaching will form part of the assessment for this module.
After this qualification, will I be able to teach in the UK or in international schools?
The IPGCE programme is an international programme which ensures teachers internationally are being trained in teaching. In order to teach in the UK, the student must complete the PGCE UK programme which is taught in Belfast.
International Postgraduate Certificate in Education highlights
A school placement is used within this course, thus allowing students to experience the school setting and ensure that their classroom practice integrates the teaching and current research base which has been drawn upon.
•Queen's University Belfast has a long history of preparing high quality teachers during initial teacher education. This course draws upon these expertise in order to deliver an internationally minded programme.
•School placements allow you to put your learning into practice and to link theory research and practice. Those completing the course have opportunities for promotion.
Internationally Renowned Experts
•You will be taught by staff with research profiles of international standing, with a wide range of interests in education.
•Online facilities and support services exist for all students on the course to enable them to learn at a distance.
•The course is flexible. The content is delivered on-line with opportunities for facilitation and support built in. Students on this course work in all areas of education.
Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities are available for this course are outlined below:
Collabative Enquiry Approach
You may be working alongside colleagues from a range of school types and countries. This ensures students can learn from and alongside each other and creates a collaborative enquiry approach to learning and teaching.
You will be part of a small group and will be able to work alongside others.