Postgraduate degrees in Adult Education Teacher Training equip graduates to work as educational professionals catering to mature students and lifelong learning opportunities.
Programmes may offer an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) qualification such as the UK PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) or similar alternative. Other professional development courses may also be available for professionals seeking to enter this area of Education.
These qualifications are usually intended for graduates (or existing professionals) seeking to work with adult learners in schools, colleges and other scenarios. They will normally develop the same general subject expertise and teaching techniques required by other teachers, but will also focus on the specific skills needed to engage with students returning to study for personal or professional development.
Adult Education is an important and rewarding field, with the chance to improve life chances for those previously unable to access secondary or tertiary qualifications. Typical employers include schools, colleges and universities. Alternative career paths also exist in education policy, community engagement and third sector (charity work).
Gain the qualification you need to teach in the area of special educational needs in Post-16 and Further Education, previously known as Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET), and including 14-19 provision.
It is suitable whether you are new to teaching and need us to find you a placement, or if you are already working as a teacher or trainer within the SEN context and want to become qualified.
The course maps to the national framework for teaching qualifications in Post-16 and Further Education, the new Diploma in Education and Training for Disabled Learners (DET, previously DTLLS). The course is recognised by the professional body, currently the Institute for Learning (IfL) and sector body the Education and Training Foundation (EtF). It enables you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status for Post-16 and Further Education, which is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in schools. QTLS is currently awarded by IfL who charge a fee for membership and QTLS registration. An employer may be willing to pay the fee for you.
On the course, you
You apply the course theory through your teaching practice. This consists of at least 120 hours teaching over either one year or two. During the course, University staff and your placement or workplace mentor assess your teaching practice eight times.
Key areas covered include • planning and preparing to teach • assessment for learning • teaching methods • behaviour for learning • using technology in teaching and learning • progression against the professional standards • understanding your wider professional context.
Settings of Post-16 and Further Education and Training include • further education colleges • school sixth forms • higher education institutions • adult and community learning providers • private training companies • public services • 14-19 educational providers.
After successfully completing the course, you gain a level 7 qualification equivalent to DTLLS or the new Diploma in Education and Training, but at masters level, and you can use these 60 credits towards a masters course.
We have partnerships with a range of settings across the Post-16 and Further Education sector, who provide you with a wide range of placement opportunities.
If you do not have an undergraduate degree or equivalent and need an initial teaching qualification, you can study our CertEd Post-16 Education and Training. This route is not available with the special educational needs specialism.
For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.
The course is recognised by the Education and Training Foundation (EtF).
We have an excellent graduate employment record. On average 95% of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.
Previous students have gone on to teach in • further education colleges • sixth form colleges • schools • public services • private training organisations • voluntary sector.
Others work as educational development officers or similar for local education authorities, non-governmental organisations and charities.
This is a specialised education programme to support teaching and learning for all needs, abilities within the teaching area for pre-school, primary, secondary and FE teachers.
Fundamental to the programme is the belief that all learners have the same rights and are of equal worth, irrespective of their ability, cultural background, race, gender or age. The programme aims to help teachers and lecturers improve the educational experience of children and young people, particularly those with additional support needs.
Exploring Difference and Diversity
Participation and Learning
Literacy Difficulties and Dyslexia
An Introduction to Autism and its Implications for Classroom Practice
Critical Approaches to Academic Literature
Curriculum Transformation and Change
Work-Based Project / Dissertation
To gain a certificate in Inclusive Practice you must attain 60 credit points and for a Diploma 120 credit points
Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page
• The programme is ideal for teachers and lecturers to review practice and become more aware of all needs
• The programme is available in Scotland only
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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.
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