Keele University PGCEi
Keele University has been delivering top courses for international school teachers and administrators since 2010. The course has targeted teachers already working in international schools across South East Asia. You don't have to work at an international school to get a place on this course. The course is a one year, part time distance learning programme with an in house week of lectures in August.
The residential course takes places at Keele University. The rest of the course is all done over the internet. Note users in China that many of the programmes use Google so a VPN is necessary.
The Residential week is usually the first week of August when most international schools are on holiday. The course runs from Monday to Friday with lectures in the morning and afternoon. Students are encouraged to do the listed reading so that they can take part in group discussions. During this week you meet your tutors, learn when assignments are due, listen to lectures about the field and gain advice on how to do them.
The course is split into four modules:
Learners, Learning and Assessment (30 credits):
International Educational Practice (15 credits):
Creative Practice (15 credits):
12 weeks practicum (15 credits), which is undertaken in your current school
The first module is assessed by one 2,000 word essay and another 4,000 word essay. The International Educational Practice and Creative Practice are assessed by a 4,000 word essay each. The 12 week practicum is assessed by a tutor at your school, with 12 lesson observations and a final portfolio with a reflective essay of 1,000 words.
Applicants should, ideally have a good honours degree, English as first language or IELTS score of 6.5 or above. Applicants will be in-service teachers in an international school setting, who have the full support of their school to undertake the programme.
The price of the course is £4,900. However to take part in the one week residential course which is compulsory you must pay either £180 as a non resident (you will have to find your own accommodation, I was paying around £35 a night and would have to take a bus for about an hour each way to get to university) or £610 to stay as a resident (most people did this on my course, considerably more expensive but a lot more convenient.) To compare the price with other courses (Nottingham and Sunderland) please click here.
MA in Education
After you have finished a PGCEi at Keele you can then apply to do a masters with them. Modules that you gained 50% or more can be used as credits towards the MA. There are three options, you can do either the, MA Education (flexible), MA Educational Leadership and Management or the MA Special and Inclusive Education.
Here we read about how Matthew found the PGCEi at Keele. Matthew has been teaching in China for one and a half years. During this interview we learn what he thought of the programme and the impact it has had on his job search. We also get his view on whether or not it was worth it.
Qualified Teacher Status in England and Wales is conferred by the National College for Teaching and Leadership on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education (England) and the Minister for Education and Skills (Wales) not by universities. This PGCEi does not therefore offer a licence to teach in the UK or elsewhere.
Here we find out what someone who as already done the course found it. We find out if it helped them to find a new job, get a higher salary etc.