As an international teacher, you’re part of a global community of educators and have the opportunity to teach all over the planet.
But when it comes to finding that dream job, competition can be fierce. Which means that having a globally recognised qualification to back up your skills and experience is vital.
The iPGCE is designed for those already working in international schools, and is structured in such a way that it fits around and complements your current role (usually offered part-time and online).
Here's what the course entails:
Who is the iPGCE for?
Generally the International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE) is aimed at those currently teaching in international schools who are looking to add a recognised qualification to their existing skills.
However, those currently working in an education environment in a classroom support role or as a volunteer can also apply.
What qualifications or experience do I need?
The iPGCE is a master's-level qualification, so applicants need to have obtained a degree or equivalent qualification. Most courses will expect this to be at 2:1 or above, although a 2:2 may be acceptable for some providers.
Those who are not native English language speakers will also need a qualification such as IELTS.
You will be required to submit evidence of your teaching practice and carry out a practical research project, so it is essential to have the support of your school. Most courses will ask that you are assigned a mentor from within the school for the duration of your course.
What skills and qualifications will I get?
Gaining an iPGCE gives you a recognised qualification that will enable you to apply for more senior positions. It is designed to give you additional knowledge, understanding and strategies that will inform your practice.
Completing the course does not give you qualified teacher status (QTS). However, it is proof of your deeper understanding of teaching and will add weight to your CV or future job applications.
How is the course delivered and how long does it take to complete?
The course is usually taught part-time over one year, which consists of around 15 hours of study per week. This enables you to study while continuing to work.
The majority of iPGCE programmes are fully online, giving you the opportunity to be part of a global cohort.
You will be assessed via coursework relating to the modules of the course, consisting of essays, research projects and portfolios.
What does it cost and is there funding available?
Fees for online iPGCE courses vary between around £3,000 and £9,000. Many courses offer students the opportunity to pay fees monthly or in smaller chunks during the period of study.
In most cases, the course fee is paid by the applicant (but you could speak to your line manager and see if it is something the school would be willing to pay for).
How can I apply?
As the course is online, most providers will offer multiple entry points through the year, so check with them on the different deadlines.
You will need to provide evidence of the necessary qualifications, proof of ID and pay all or part of the course fee.