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This Professional Graduate Certificate in Education is a nationally recognised and established teaching qualification for the sector. Read more

About the course

This Professional Graduate Certificate in Education is a nationally recognised and established teaching qualification for the sector. It will equip you to teach in a variety of environments such as FE colleges, academies and schools (post-14), adult and community education, work based learning, training providers, prisons, and public services.

The course is designed to develop your teaching skills. We’ll help you to reflect on your practice and develop as a teacher. You will also have the opportunity to complete an optional module that suits your own needs and preferences.

In April 2012, Ofsted awarded our initial teacher training FE and skills provision a grade 1 (‘outstanding’) for training and assessment of its trainees. The inspectors reported on our: ‘outstanding training and assessment which results in trainees being highly reflective of their practice and possessing a good understanding of their own professional development needs.’ You will also be taught by an experienced team who have published books and articles relating to teaching in the sector.

What you'll study

During the first semester, you will study two full days a week at the University and will be on teaching placement for two days. This early integration into teaching will help you to apply the theory and skills you’re acquiring in practice. It will also give you a sound grounding in the ethos of working within the sector. You will be assigned a subject mentor on your placement and a teacher training mentor from the University who will guide and advise you throughout the course.

During the second semester you will undertake a six-week block placement to experience the wider role of the teacher and establish and enhance your knowledge and skills from the initial placement. You will also complete a week in a different setting. This is a popular activity and was recognised by Ofsted: ‘A particularly successful and productive feature of the provision is the alternative placement during which trainees visit and observe in an unfamiliar setting.’

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90% of students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of the course, according to the 2015 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES). Read more

Why choose this course:

• 90% of students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of the course, according to the 2015 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)
• You'll explore education in its fullest sense - from its pivotal role in society to the theories, policies, and practices that influence, change and enhance it
• We offer a flexible approach to learning, enabling you to earn a broad-based degree or specialise in a particular area of focus by taking one of our pathways
• You will receive a range of professional development opportunities, from early years through to secondary school, further education, higher education, and in the community
• Our teaching team are friendly and approachable with specialist knowledge, which they pass on to you. You can be sure that you'll be up to date with the latest theory and practice.

About the course:

During this course, you’ll have the opportunity to gain an expert understanding of the aims of education and its role within society through the exploration of education theories, policies and practices. Through a research enquiry, you will develop confidence and expertise in your chosen area of interest.

Our course is delivered by a highly experienced educational team with expertise across the range of educational sectors. Our tutors are friendly and approachable and will pass their specialist knowledge on to you, ensuring you are up to date with the latest theory and practice.

We welcome students from both the UK and abroad, which will give you the chance to make new friends from around the world, while developing your intercultural communication skills and cross-cultural understanding.

We offer you the opportunity to gain a broad-based masters degree in education or specialise by taking one of the following pathways:
Early Years
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Leadership and Management
Leadership Coaching and Mentoring
Lifelong Learning
Special Educational Needs and Disability
If you choose to study part-time, there are also a range of other pathways available. Find out more about studying MA Education (part-time).

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This course leads to professional qualification through the Qualification in Career Development (QCD), which is awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI). Read more

Why choose this course:

• This course leads to professional qualification through the Qualification in Career Development (QCD), which is awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI).

• This broad-based programme is rooted in practice and integrates various approaches to providing career support (including career guidance, career coaching and career education)

• You’ll explore the language of ‘career education and coaching’ which aligns the course with contemporary thinking about the skills base of the profession.

• You will undertake work placements to gain valuable real world experience

• You’ll be taught by staff from the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), a world leading centre for the study of career development. This provides you with a unique opportunity to engage with and learn from recognised thought leaders and influencers in the field.

About the course:

This flexible course will suit individuals working or wishing to work in a variety of settings within the sector, including education, the community and the workplace. You will explore the theories, policies and practices of career education, guidance and coaching, and the framework for professional practice. There is an emphasis on technology and the use of technology to support the delivery of career development interventions.

You will have the opportunity to explore practice in a range of career development contexts including:

• the development of working relationships with clients
• partnership working
• the development and provision of career, labour market information, technology and social media to support career development

You will also have the chance to develop the necessary research skills to operate within a research context, before undertaking a work-based research project.

You will be taught by members of iCeGS, who are experts in the area of career guidance. You will also have access to the iCeGS library and archive of career literature and research, as well as extra-curricular activities such as the iCeGS annual lecture, research seminars and workshops.

Throughout the course you will gather the necessary evidence for your QCD portfolio with support from our teaching team.

To gain your QCD, you are required to undertake 20 days of work-based placements. You may already be based in a suitable workplace, but if you wish to explore a different setting or don’t currently have access to one, we will support you to find a suitable work placement. Our teaching team have extensive networks of career development providers, so you may have access to placements in settings such as schools, colleges, universities, research centres, and large organisations who employ career development practitioners in a range of roles, including human resources and talent management.

You will also be required to undertake an additional 10 days of related work-based learning, which includes activities such as careers fairs and visits to employers.

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If you would like to teach post-14 learners in the Further Education (FE) and Skills Sector, then this course is for you. We were rated 'Outstanding' in our most recent Ofsted inspection for the training and assessment of our trainees. Read more

Why choose this course:

• If you would like to teach post-14 learners in the Further Education (FE) and Skills Sector, then this course is for you

• We were rated 'Outstanding' in our most recent Ofsted inspection for the training and assessment of our trainees

• You’ll develop your teaching skills through a combination of practical teaching experiences and theoretical learning and discussions

• Our teaching team have an excellent reputation for the quality of their training and research

• You can choose to specialise in teaching English: Literacy, Maths, Engineering*, or teaching learners with disabilities by undertaking our PGCE Post-14 with Specialism. If you choose to specialise you may be entitled to a bursary, depending on your degree classification.

About this course:

Our course is a postgraduate teaching course that will enable you to apply for Qualified Teacher of Learning and Skills (QTLS) via the Education and Training Foundation (formerly the Institute for Learning). The course will thoroughly prepare you for the practical demands of teaching in the FE & Skills sector within one academic year and will also provide you with 60 credits at masters level.

The practical, hands-on approach we offer will allow you to explore the full range of roles carried out by qualified teaching staff through work placements. You will be allocated a mentor from the teaching team at the University, as well as a subject specific mentor on placement.

You will also complete an alternative placement in a different setting which you are expected to have fulfilled before the course starts. This information will be relayed to you on pre-induction. If you are interested in focusing on English: Literacy, Maths, Engineering* or in teaching disabled learners, we also offer a PGCE Post-14 with Specialism (English: Literacy, Maths, or Teaching Learners with Disabilities) course.
*Our Engineering pathway is currently subject to validation for September 2016 entry.

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In the prestigious Good Teacher Training Guides of 2012 and 2011 we were rated very highly for primary education teacher training, reaching as far up as the top ten. Read more

Why choose this course:

• In the prestigious Good Teacher Training Guides of 2012 and 2011 we were rated very highly for primary education teacher training, reaching as far up as the top ten
• At the end of the course you will receive 60 credits towards a masters degree, such as our MA Education
• We're one of the major providers in the East Midlands for Initial Teacher Education with opportunities to extend and develop your role as a teacher in today's society
• You'll be taught by a team of university and school-based tutors who have a strong national and international reputation for the quality of their training and research
• Upon completing our course, you’ll be awarded Qualified Teacher Status and can begin an exciting career in teaching.In the prestigious Good Teacher Training Guides of 2012 and 2011 we were rated very highly for primary education teacher training, reaching as far up as the top ten
• At the end of the course you will receive 60 credits towards a masters degree, such as our MA Education
• We're one of the major providers in the East Midlands for Initial Teacher Education with opportunities to extend and develop your role as a teacher in today's society
You'll be taught by a team of university and school-based tutors who have a strong national and international reputation for the quality of their training and research
Upon completing our course, you’ll be awarded Qualified Teacher Status and can begin an exciting career in teaching.

About the course:

You're on the threshold of making one of the most exciting decisions of your life - to teach! This course will give you a PGCE, Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 credits at masters level.

You will be mainly based in one of our partner school alliances, meaning you'll be very well prepared for the practical demands of teaching, including the teaching of your chosen subject.

You'll have the opportunity to develop your experience of teaching children from a wide range of backgrounds, including the opportunity to gain experience in a special school. You will also be given the chance to enhance your subject specialism and study of school-related issues at masters level.

School experience is a key element of the PGCE course and we work closely with our partnership schools in the East Midlands to provide you with effective and practical experience. You'll spend most of your time in schools where you'll be supported by our outstanding trained school mentors and link tutors.

Our course aims to be intellectually challenging whilst fully preparing you for the practical demands of teaching. It takes full account of current national developments in education.

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By studying for a PhD or MPhil you can gain a strong knowledge and understanding of the subject and then establish yourself as an expert in your area of interest. Read more

Why choose this course

• By studying for a PhD or MPhil you can gain a strong knowledge and understanding of the subject and then establish yourself as an expert in your area of interest.
• You'll be supported throughout the duration of your studies by your allocated research supervisor.
• There is the opportunity to study alongside other research students who come from a diverse range of backgrounds and countries, which can help to enhance your learning experience.
• We have research centres and groups looking into a range of topics of which you can become involved in.
• You have the option to study full-time or part-time.

About this course:

Research is an important component of academic life. It plays a major role in supporting what we teach to our students, and directly helps organisations to solve real world issues.
You can undertake a negotiated programme of research leading to the award of either a Master of Philosophy degree or a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
These higher degrees are awarded in recognition of a successful period of research training normally culminating in the production of a thesis.
There are three routes to a higher degree:
• MPhil
This is designed for graduates who want to gain a strong knowledge and understanding of the subject and then take the discipline forward through an approved programme of original research.
• New Route PhD
This route is for recently qualified graduates with good honours degrees who are keen to progress immediately to a research experience in their preparations for a career in which the ability to undertake research will play a key role.
• Traditional Route PhD
This route entails a programme of research which normally takes three years of full-time study. You can choose to take it part-time over a period of up to six years. The traditional route enables capable and qualified individuals to pursue an original research investigation into a chosen topic within a field of enquiry.
For further information on postgraduate research degrees, take a look at our Research Office website.

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Successful completion of this one-year course will give you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), allowing you to start an exciting career in teaching and make a difference to children’s lives. Read more

Why choose this course:

• Successful completion of this one-year course will give you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), allowing you to start an exciting career in teaching and make a difference to children’s lives.
• We were delighted to receive 'Outstanding' in our most recent Ofsted inspection.
• At the end of the course you will receive 60 credits towards a masters degree, such as our MA Education.
• Our tutors enjoy a strong national and international reputation for the quality of their training and research, so you can be confident that you will be learning from a highly competent and qualified team.
• We're one of the major providers in the East Midlands for Initial Teacher Education with opportunities to extend and develop your role as a teacher in today's society.
• You will be taught in our Kirtley Building, which has specialist teacher training facilities.

About the course:

This course will give you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and will prepare you fully for the practical demands of teaching, including the teaching of all National Curriculum subjects. Depending on your preference and prior experience, you can choose to specialise in teaching Early Years (3–7 year olds), Primary (5–11 year olds), or Later Years (7–11 year olds).

School experience is a key element of the PGCE course and we work closely with our partnership schools in the East Midlands to provide you with effective and practical experience. During the course you will go on two main teaching placements where you'll be supported by our 'outstanding' trained school mentors and link tutors.

Our course aims to be intellectually challenging whilst fully preparing you for the practical demands of teaching. It takes full account of current national developments in education and the Primary National Strategy. You'll be taught by a team of tutors who have a good national and international reputation for the quality of their training and research.

To fit your studies around your other commitments, you can choose our 'flexible' route which can be completed between two and three years. This means you can develop a personalised training plan which we'll put together with you, to fit study around your needs and our teaching schedule.

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We’ll provide you with a first class teacher training experience - we were delighted to be rated 'Outstanding' in our most recent Ofsted inspection. Read more

Why choose this course:

• We’ll provide you with a first class teacher training experience - we were delighted to be rated 'Outstanding' in our most recent Ofsted inspection
• We're one of the major providers in the East Midlands for Initial Teacher Education with opportunities to extend and develop your role as a teacher in today's society
• Our team of schools and university tutors have a strong national and international reputation for the quality of their training and research
• Upon completing this course, you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and will be ready to start your career as a teacher
• At the end of the course you will also receive 60 credits towards a masters degree, such as our MA Education.

About the course:

Our course aims to be intellectually challenging whilst fully preparing you for the practical demands of teaching. It takes full account of current national developments in education. You'll be taught by a team of tutors who have a good national and international reputation for the quality of their training and research.

You will be mainly based in one of our partner school alliances, which means that you will be very well prepared for the practical demands of teaching, including the teaching of your chosen subject and the wider National Curriculum.

Depending on your preference and prior experience you can choose to specialise in teaching Early Years (3–7 year olds), Primary (5–11 year olds), or Later Years (7–11 year olds). Each route will provide a subject enhancement and study of school-related issues at masters level.

School experience is a key element of the PGCE course and we work closely with our partnership schools in the East Midlands to provide you with effective and practical experience. As part of the course, you'll go on two main teaching placements where you'll be supported by our 'outstanding' trained school mentors and link tutors.

Successful completion of this course will give you a PGCE, Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and 60 credits at masters level.

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If you would like to teach post-14 learners in the Further Education (FE) and Skills Sector with a specialism, then this course is for you. Read more

Why choose this course?

• If you would like to teach post-14 learners in the Further Education (FE) and Skills Sector with a specialism, then this course is for you
• The specialist pathways allow you to focus on a key subject area in English: Literacy, Maths, Engineering* or teaching learners with disabilities
• We were rated 'Outstanding' in our most recent Ofsted inspection for the training and assessment of our trainees
• You may be entitled to a bursary, depending on your degree classification.
*‌ Our Engineering pathway is currently subject to validation for September 2016 entry.

About this course:

This course will enable you to apply for Qualified Teacher of Learning and Skills (QTLS) via the Education and Training Foundation (formerly the Institute for Learning). Depending on your preference and prior experience, you can either specialise in English: Literacy, Maths, Engineering* or teaching learners with disabilities.

We will thoroughly prepare you for the practical demands of teaching in the FE & Skills sector within one academic year. The course will also provide you with 60 credits at masters level.

You’ll be based at the University for two days a week, where you’ll be taught in our specialist teacher training facilities. For two days a week, you’ll be on a teaching placement, and you’ll undergo a six-week block placement in February. You will also complete an alternative placement in a different setting which you are expected to have fulfilled before the course starts. This information will be relayed to you on pre-induction.

If you are interested in teaching post-14 learners in areas outside of English: Literacy, Maths, Engineering* and teaching learners with disabilities, then we also offer a generic PGCE Post-14 (Education and Training) course.
Bursaries

There is a government initiative that currently provides bursaries for teaching English, Maths, and SEN disabled learners. The amount is dependent on your degree classification. Please see the Fees and finance section for further details.

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If you have considerable experience working in schools and/or other educational settings, but do not possess Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), this is the course for you. Read more

Why choose this course?

• If you have considerable experience working in schools and/or other educational settings, but do not possess Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), this is the course for you.
• If you are working as an unqualified teacher (paid or unpaid), or if you have extensive and recent experience of teaching in a school or college, the Assessment Only Route allows you to be assessed for QTS.
• It may also be suitable for cover supervisors, Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs), or supply teachers.
• It is also a popular route if you are an Overseas Trained Teacher and do not automatically qualify for QTS. Overseas trained teachers who did not gain QTS within the 4 year limit are also eligible to apply.
• It is also available for experienced FE lecturers who are now working in a school and wish to gain QTS.

About this course:

• You'll be expected to demonstrate that you are a reflective practitioner who has met the Teachers’ Standards and are able to demonstrate that you can apply your skills, knowledge and understanding effectively and flexibly in a wide range of school settings. In addition, you will have clearly demonstrated your ability to relate theory to practice and to critically evaluate the fundamental aims and values of education.
• During the assessment period, your supporting school will need to ensure that you have sufficient opportunity to meet the Teachers' Standards. This includes ensuring that you comply with the current requirements of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and 'fitness to teach'.
• The supporting school must not be in Special Measures.
• You will normally be teaching at a school within two hours travelling time from the University of Derby.

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Our course aims to. support you in becoming a specialist in early childhood development. enable you to gain a postgraduate certificate that reflects your specialist role working with babies and children from birth to five years old. Read more

Why choose this course

Our course aims to:
• support you in becoming a specialist in early childhood development
• enable you to gain a postgraduate certificate that reflects your specialist role working with babies and children from birth to five years old.

About this course:

Upon completing this course, you will be a specialist in early childhood development and will have Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). This will reflect the specialist role that you have in working with babies and children from birth to five years old.
Early Years Teacher Status is awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) in practice. We offer both full and part-time options to gain EYTS.

Available pathways
We offer two pathways that you can choose to complete in order to achieve Early Years Teacher Status:
Graduate Entry (GE): (12 months full-time)
You’ll study Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) through reflective teaching modules, alongside academic modules and placements within the sector.
Graduate – Employment Based (GEB): (12 months part-time)
You’ll be currently working in an early years setting, and require training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). Alternatively, you may be a newly recruited graduate in an early years setting. You will study reflective teaching modules, alongside academic modules and your working practice.

Which pathway should I choose?
When you apply, we can help you to decide the right pathway for you.
A key element of your training is practical experience in an early years setting. Placements will help develop your key skill sets. As a minimum, you’ll spend the following periods of time training in the early years sector:
GE pathway - 120 days (24 weeks)
GEB pathway - As determined by the training programme.
Whichever pathway you choose, you must complete a minimum of two weeks in a school in Key Stage 1.
Throughout your PG Certificate in Early Years, you’ll complete assessed teaching placements and additional enhanced placement opportunities that will provide you with challenging, varied, and exciting experiences. For the duration of your placement, you will be supported by a placement/setting mentor and a University of Derby assessment mentor.
Upon completing your course, you’ll have earned 60 credits towards a masters qualification, which means you can progress to stage 2 of a masters degree and quickly progress in your professional career. Our tutors enjoy a strong reputation for the quality of their training, so you can be confident that you’ll be learning from a highly-qualified and competent team.
What is an Early Years Teacher?
Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development and will have Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), reflecting the specialist role that they have in working with babies and children from birth to five years old.
Early Years Teachers make the education and care of babies and children their first concern. They are accountable for achieving the highest possible standards in their professional practice and conduct.
The Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) support the training, assessment and award of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). Early Years Teacher Status is awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) in practice from birth to five years old.
Early Years Teacher Status will be seen as the equivalent of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), as the entry requirements are the same as for Primary Initial Teacher Training (ITT).
For more information about the role of Early Years Teachers, visit National Careers Service.

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