Postgraduate study
Education, Early Childhood & Youth

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education: Education and Training

This programme is specifically to train teachers wanting to teach in education and training sector educational settings, such as further education colleges, and adult and community settings. Due to government changes, if you complete this award you may also be able to gain employment in a secondary school setting, particularly in the post-14 age range - subject to the completion of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS).

Course information

Full-time

  • 1 year

More full-time details

  • University Middlesbrough campus 01642 342396, Darlington College 01325 503035 and Stockton Riverside College 01642 865468
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Fee for UK/EU students (from Sept 2016 entry): £6,000

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Darlington College 01325 503035, Hartlepool College of Further Education 01429 404179, Middlesbrough College 01642 333700, Redcar and Cleveland College 01642 473132 and Stockton Riverside College 01642 865468 - Check with colleges for attendance details
  • Enrolment date: September (January Middlesbrough College only)
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342396
  • Fee for UK/EU students
    (from Sept 2016 entry): £1,975 per year

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  • Facilities

    Education, Early Childhood & Youth facilities

    The facilities available to Education, Early Childhood and Youth students at Teesside University are ideal preparation for a career in education. Students have access to many of the kind of resources that you would expect to find in an educational setting.

 

Demand for places on this course is very high, so we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.The programme is delivered full time and part time. The full-time programme is a pre-service award for those intending to teach in the sector and is offered at Teesside University Middlesbrough campus, Darlington College and Stockton Riverside College. The full-time award, delivered at Stockton Riverside College, is specifically for those wanting to be adult literacy or numeracy specialists.The part-time award is offered at Darlington College, Hartlepool College of Further Education, Middlesbrough College, Redcar & Cleveland College, and Stockton Riverside College. The part-time programme is available as an in-service award if you are currently employed in teaching or training in the sector. If you are not in a paid teaching post, a pre-service part-time route is available but you must be able to find your own teaching practice. We promote the values of reflective practice, equality of opportunity, inclusiveness and learner autonomy. Both full-time and part-time routes cover a range of topics including planning and assessment, theories and principles for enabling learning, curriculum design and development plus being a professional in the sector. You study specialist modules if you choose to follow the literacy or numeracy subject-specialist programme. Your award title on qualification will also reflect your chosen specialist route rather than the generic award title. Find out about continued professional development at the Education and Training Foundation.

Professional accreditation

This qualification meets the national units of assessment and overarching professional standards. It also meets the national requirements for practitioners carrying out the full teaching role.

On completion of the full award, you will have met the national requirements for the Diploma in Education and Training and will be in a position to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS). Please note this course does not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This course is Ofsted inspected.

You study a range of modules that takes you from preparing to teach through to more advanced practice skills. You also study issues affecting the education and training educational sector, such as educational policy, quality assurance, and your own personal and professional development needs.

If you are studying a subject-specialist award, there are modules that develop your subject knowledge and understanding as well as modules that focus on how you develop this into subject-specialist pedagogy in your teaching practice.

All programmes are mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training – England (The Education and Training Foundation) and are in line with national requirements for Award in Education and Training, Certificate in Education and Training, and Diploma in Education and Training. These are referred to throughout your progression through the programme, as they are the occupational standards used throughout the sector.

Modules

Core modules (all awards)

Educational Theories and Concepts

You gain a detailed knowledge of a variety of fundamental educational theories. You focus on learning theory, assessment theory, communication theory and a range of models of reflective practice. You gain a grounding in core concepts that underpin educational practice. You also gain insight into special educational needs and disabilities, equality and diversity, inclusion and safeguarding. You consider theoretical approaches with reference to your own practice and to the professional standards of teachers working within the education and training sector.

Extending Approaches to Learning and Teaching

You are introduced to a range of more complex learning and teaching strategies. You explore the role of continued personal and professional development on your consistent, ongoing improvement as a teacher. You are encouraged to rigorously and consistently evaluate all aspects of your own practice and to work both collaboratively and independently in developing effective and innovative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment. Here you are encouraged to look beyond your own direct experience and consider a wider breadth and range of educational settings; you consider how different strategies can be applied in a variety of contexts, and the wider experiences of your students and the impact of this experience on learning and progress.

Introduction to Learning and Teaching

An accessible introduction to the roles, responsibilities and professional standards of teachers working within the education and training sector. This module helps you gain the basic practical skills and understanding you need for classroom practice. The module focuses on the general principles and processes underpinning effective learning and teaching, the creation of positive learning environments, ensuring inclusion and the development of appropriate assessment strategies. It is primarily intended as the foundation module for the programme but may also be completed as a stand-alone unit that enables you to meet threshold standards for the sector.

Learning and Teaching in the Specialist Subject

This module provides you with a comprehensive and practical toolkit for approaching teaching in creative ways in a range of contexts. And it encourages you to consistently evaluate and reflect on your own practice. The module focuses on developing approaches to effective learning and teaching; formative, summative and ongoing assessment; planning for individual students and groups of students; creating and managing effective, inclusive teaching environments; behaviour management; embedding English and maths; and using technology to facilitate delivery. You explore the development of these areas with specific reference to your own subject-specialist area. You are guided towards developing and organising your subject knowledge to meet the needs of your learners.

Theory and Policy in Education

You develop the breadth of your knowledge of theoretical approaches in education and explore the impact of government and professional body policy on the sector as whole, individual providers and their learners. You focus on the processes underpinning quality assurance and quality improvement, the organisation of providers and curriculum choices. You explore wider perceptions of education and training. This module provides the foundations and skills that you need to independently evaluate the ongoing debates that surround education and to continue your engagement with emerging educational theories in a professional manner.

 

Core modules (Adult Literacy Specialist award only)

Concepts and Learning in Literacy

In this module you gain a detailed knowledge of a variety of educational theories and concepts that underpin the teaching of literacy and English. You focus on language change and variety, sociolinguistics and communication theory. This module provides you with a grounding in a range of core concepts that underpin the teaching of literacy and English. You gain insight into the impact of special educational needs and disabilities on literacy and language learning, embedding literacy and English in other subjects, and the role of the specialist professional. You consider theoretical approaches with reference to your own practice and to the professional standards of teachers working within the education and training sector.

Learning and Teaching in Literacy

This module provides you with a comprehensive and practical toolkit for approaching teaching literacy and English in creative ways in a range of contexts, and it encourages you to consistently evaluate and reflect on your own practice. You focus on developing approaches to effective learning and teaching of literacy; formative, summative and ongoing assessment of literacy skills; planning for individual students and groups of students to ensure effective progress in literacy; creating and managing effective, inclusive teaching environments; embedding English and maths across the curriculum; and using technology to enhance the teaching of literacy and English. You explore the development of these areas with specific reference to your own experience and practice. You are guided towards developing and organising your subject knowledge to meet the needs of your learners.

Theories and Frameworks in Literacy

This module gives you an understanding of relevant language theories and frameworks to support the development your own subject-specialist knowledge and your understanding of literacy learning and teaching. You consider theories and principles relating to language development and learning, contextual factors that impact language and how language can be described and analysed. You consider the processes involved in developing different forms of language use.

 

Core modules (Adult Numeracy Specialist award only)

Concepts and Learning in Numeracy

Here you gain a detailed knowledge of a variety of educational theories and concepts that underpin the teaching of numeracy and mathematics. You also gain insight into the impact of special educational needs and disabilities on numeracy and mathematics learning; embedding numeracy and mathematics in other subjects and the role of the specialist professional. You consider theoretical approaches with reference to your own practice and to the professional standards of teachers working within the education and training sector.

Learning and Teaching in Numeracy

This module provides you with a comprehensive and practical toolkit for teaching numeracy and mathematics in creative ways in a range of contexts and encourages you to consistently evaluate and reflect on your own practice. It focuses on developing approaches to effective learning and teaching of numeracy; formative, summative and ongoing assessment of numeracy skills; planning for individual students and groups of students to ensure effective progress in numeracy; creating and managing effective, inclusive teaching environments; embedding English and maths across the curriculum; and using technology to enhance the teaching of numeracy and mathematics. You explore the development of these areas with specific reference to your own experience and practice. You are guided towards developing and organising your subject knowledge to meet the needs of your learners.

Theories and Frameworks in Numeracy

You gain an understanding of relevant numeracy and mathematics theories and frameworks to support the development your own subject-specialist knowledge and your understanding of numeracy and mathematics learning and teaching. You consider the historic and cultural development of mathematics and the role of numeracy and mathematics within society. You also investigate common errors and misconceptions in numeracy and mathematics.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Generally you are taught through seminars, lectures and workshops. A range of specialist tutors contribute to your lecture and seminar sessions – these are supported through our virtual learning environment where you access a range of resources to support course activities.

The course has a substantial element of teaching practice – vital to your learning and development as a practitioner. In addition, you are encouraged to develop your teaching skills by observing experienced practitioners, using simulations and/or training classes, and by watching good practice videos.

Your practice mentor supports your time on placement and helps you develop reflective practice skills as an aid to your learning and professional development. The course also helps develop your employability skills. You develop an individual learning portfolio which holistically tracks your development over the programme with specific reference to your academic and teaching skills.

How you are assessed

Typically you are assessed by a combination of written assessments, reflective teaching journals, teaching portfolios, and observations of your teaching practice.

At the end of the year there is a compulsory (assessed) student conference where you work with fellow subject specialists. If you are already in employment you must make arrangements to attend.

Professional placement

You must complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching practice in an appropriate teaching environment. If studying part time these practice hours are split into 40 hours in Year 1 and 60 hours in Year 2.

At your teaching practice a placement mentor supports you with orientation with the school/college and beginning your teaching ideas. This mentor also helps you transfer your knowledge from theory to practice, observes your practice and gives you formative and summative feedback towards module outcomes.

Career opportunities

Appropriate careers are in the full teaching role in learning and skills sector educational contexts. Our graduate employment record is very good. Students go on to work in a variety of professions including further education colleges and training organisations.

Some students gain employment in secondary schools or higher education. Other students have taken the opportunity to further their studies on relevant continuing professional development or masters’ courses at the University.

Entry requirements

You must fulfil the follow entry criteria:

Certificate in Education: Education and Training

- GCSE at grade C or above in English (or equivalent)
- Level 3 or equivalent in your intended subject specialism
- a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for regulated activity
- a teaching practice placement of at least 100 hours in an appropriate context for full-time programmes or 40 hours in the first year and 60 in the second year for part-time programmes
- successful completion of a formal interview.

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education: Education and Training

- GCSE at grade C or above in English (or equivalent)
- 2.2 honours degree or above
- a satisfactory enhanced DBS check for regulated activity
- a teaching practice placement of at least 100 hours in an appropriate context for full-time programmes or 40 hours in the first year and 60 in the second year for part-time programmes
- successful completion of a formal interview.

For the literacy route, the following entry criteria also apply:

- GCSE at grade C or above in English (or equivalent)
- demonstrable personal literacy skills at Level 3 prior to joining the course - this will be assessed by a test at interview stage
- at least 50 hours of the 100-hour placement must be in literacy and must be completed during the first part of the programme.

Certificate of Education literacy applicants only: if you wish to teach an additional specialist subject you must provide evidence of a Level 3 qualification in that area

For the numeracy route, the following entry criteria also apply:

- GCSE at grade C or above in maths (or equivalent) – English is not required
- demonstrate personal maths skills at Level 3 prior to joining the course - this will be assessed by a test at interview stage
- at least 50 hours of the 100-hour placement must be in maths and must be completed during the first part of the programme

Certificate of Education numeracy applicants only: if you wish to teach an additional specialist subject you must provide evidence of a Level 3 qualification in that area.

Introduction to Learning and Teaching/Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

If you have previously completed a suitable PTLLS Level 4 award (or equivalent) within five years of the programme start date, you won’t be required to complete the Introduction to Learning and Teaching module.

Deadlines

There are no formal application deadlines. However, if you are made an offer for an option at one of our partner colleges, you must meet any conditions specified by the relevant deadline below:

Middlesbrough College September 2016 intake: 23 September 2016
Middlesbrough College January 2017 intake: 12 December 2016
Darlington College September 2016 intake: 30 September 2016

If you are offered a place on the programme, we will write to you with the conditions of your offer. Although you can make multiple applications, you are only able to accept one offer. You will be asked to accept or decline on receipt of an offer letter.

The number of places for the full-time Professional Graduate Certificate in Education: Education and Training at Teesside University are limited and are managed within the application process. Details of how this is managed will be explained to you at the interview stage.

Course information

Full-time

  • 1 year

More full-time details

  • University Middlesbrough campus 01642 342396, Darlington College 01325 503035 and Stockton Riverside College 01642 865468
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Fee for UK/EU students (from Sept 2016 entry): £6,000

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Darlington College 01325 503035, Hartlepool College of Further Education 01429 404179, Middlesbrough College 01642 333700, Redcar and Cleveland College 01642 473132 and Stockton Riverside College 01642 865468 - Check with colleges for attendance details
  • Enrolment date: September (January Middlesbrough College only)
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342396
  • Fee for UK/EU students
    (from Sept 2016 entry): £1,975 per year

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