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Course Title: PGCE - International
Course type: Postgraduate Certificate of Education
Mode of Study:Part Time
Contact Details:Melanie Shaw (Programme Administrator)
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Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Subject Area: Education
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Our next intake of the PGCEi for 2015/6, with completion by September 2016 , will now start on 3rd - 7th August 2015, when we will offer the first two taught modules on a residential basis at Keele University in the UK.   

Keele University is one of the top teaching and research universities in the UK and has been delivering postgraduate programmes for international school teachers and administrators since 2010.  Aimed at in-service teachers in International Schools, Universities, and Language Schools across South East Asia who are seeking professional certification, the Keele PGCEi offers course members direct and extensive taught input by UK PGCE Specialists.

The 2015 Post Graduate Certificate in Education (International) (PGCEi) is a one year part-time programme, commencing August 2015 and concluding June 2016. It is accredited, validated, taught and assessed by Keele University, UK. The course is designed for in-service teachers currently working in international schools and similar organisations and who wish to acquire an internationally recognised teaching certificate. It is also suitable for non-qualified British assistant teachers seeking their first move into international schooling.

The PGCEi can be undertaken in any country. The only attendance requirement is a one week residential held at Keele University, UK, in early August 2015. The remainder of the programme is delivered by distance learning and in-school assessed teaching practice.

The aim of this prestigious, highly accessible and specialist teaching qualification is to advance a teacher’s career and professional development, together with their international employment prospects. Previous graduates of the Keele PGCEi work in leading international schools around the world. 


  • Annual entry for experienced in-service teachers seeking professional certification
  • Two modules delivered during a 5 day residential held at Keele University, in August 2015
  • One module delivered by distance learning
  • 12 week flexible teaching practice for in-service teachers (undertaken in current school)
  • Based on Keele University’s highly successful UK PGCE
  • Designed to be flexible in order to accommodate the diverse demands of international schooling.
  • Suitable for those working in Kindergarten, Primary, Secondary or Post-compulsory Education Sectors, including Language Schools, Bilingual Schools, State Schools and applicable to all major curriculum (including IB, AP and the National Curriculum of Engalnd and Wales).
  • Opportunity to progress to full MA Education (International)

NB:  Qualified Teachers Status in England is conferred by the Department of Education and not by universities.   This PGCEi does not therefore offer a licence to teach in the UK.  Similarly, the programme does not confer Qualified Teachers Status for the Learning and Skills Sector (Post-compulsory education).

Keele University reserves the right to alter any aspect of the PGCEi programme, including fees, without prior notice.

Aims of the Course

  • To support the development of education professionals;

  • To develop the ability to critically examine a wide range of educational issues, especially those pertinent to working in international schools;

  • To support course participants in developing the knowledge skills and competencies they require to be effective practitioners in the classroom, and in the wider school/college environment.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should, ideally have a good honours degree, English as first language or IELTS score of 6.5 or above.  Applicants must be In-service teachers with current school support to undertake the programme.

Course Content


 One year part-time, semi-distance learning programme with designated Keele University tutor support throughout:

Taught Modules:  

Learners, Learning and Assessment (30 credits):  UK residential
This module examines the relationship between learning theories and classroom practice; Students will consider questions such as what do we know about how students learn? How do these ideas affect our practice as educators?  What factors affect student learning?  How might we take those factors into account when deciding what we want students to know understand and be able to do? How has the concept of multiple intelligences affected classroom practice? Why do we assess students?  Who decides what to assess? How fit for purpose are the assessment instruments that we use?

International Educational Practice (15 credits):  UK residential
This module explores the changing world of international education, especially international schools in Asia.  It reflects on the ‘nature’ of international identity, both for teachers and students,  and critically explores what it means to be ‘international’ in an educational context together with associated practices. In examining the diverse character of  international education, the module also encourages course members to reflect on identity elements such as gender, race, class, ethnicity  and culture.

Creative Practice (15 credits):  distance learning
The module will critically examine definitions of creativity as applied to classroom practice, course members will be asked to consider the perspective from which creativity is defined and the criteria that are used as the basis for the definition.  Students will explore the practical implications of teaching creatively and teaching for creativity and will have the opportunity to critically examine alternative models of learning and teaching and how can they be incorporated into their practice.

Programme includes 12 weeks main teaching practice (15 credits), which is  undertaken in your current school.


Teaching and Assessment


  • 3 formal assignments of c. 3,500 words;
  • a series of formative assessment activities;
  • final portfolio with reflective essay;
  • reflective journal/log
  • assessment of capability in the classroom with end of placement reports.

Academic modules offer outcomes at Masters level or Professional Graduate level (final outcome based upon level of performance in the assignments).  

Work that does not secure a 50% pass grade can be resubmitted. 

Programme Team

All tutors are highly experienced in education provision both in the UK and in Asia:

Graeme Easdown (Programme Director)
Denry Machin (Placements Co-ordinator)

Additional Costs

  • Additional costs for textbooks, inter-library loans, photocopying, printing, and potential overdue library fines.
  • Travel, subsistence and accommodation costs are to be covered by the student.

Residential and Non-Residential Options for August 2015:

Please note that for the August 2015 residential at Keele University, students will opt to be resident or non-residential for the week. Facilities fees are as shown below:

Non-residential Facility Fee:  £170 (day delegate rate x 5 days (Monday to Friday)).

Residential Facility Fee:  £600  (based on arriving Sunday 2nd August – Departing Saturday 8th August 2015)

1 Bed and Breakfast (Sunday)
24 hour delegate rate x 5 days (Monday to Friday)

Facility invoices will be raised to individuals on completion of the UK residential.