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Study a graduate program in teaching and education

What will I study in a graduate teaching and education program?

The life of a teacher is often misunderstood. Working with children, long summer holidays and a shorter day – what’s not to like? In reality, teachers work long hours under intense pressure. A graduate teaching and education program is a tough course that will introduce you to this pressure.
 
Teaching programs vary around the world depending on each country’s education system and training method, but most graduate teaching and education programs aim to provide talented graduates with the teaching skills they will need to control a classroom and deliver lessons.
 
As such, most postgraduate courses focus on in class learning. Expect to divide your time equally between lectures and theory and hands on teaching and shadowing of teachers. You should also expect to learn about the national curriculum of your chosen country.
 
Expect to specialise in one of the following:
  • Primary education
  • Secondary education
  • Education studies
  • Special education

Length of program

The length of a graduate teaching and education program –such as a PGCE in the UK - depends on where you study and at what institution. Postgraduate courses generally last the following duration in these countries: 
  • UK – 1-3 years
  • US – 1-3 years
  • China – 1-3 years
  • Canada 1-3 years

Entry requirements

Getting on to graduate teaching and education program will normally require an undergraduate degree in the subject you want to teach in addition to some experience of working with children.  

Many postgraduate courses will also require you to pass a governmental criminal check to ensure you are suitable to work with young people.

Career development

Postgraduate courses in teaching and education unsurprisingly lead most students to a career in education, whether that is teaching or administration. Most courses are extremely intensive, with students entering schools very early on. After a period as a teacher, many graduates go on to become heads of department and possibly even head teachers.

Some of the jobs included in this field are:
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Primary school teacher
  • Head teacher
  • Special educational needs teacher

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate teaching and economics programs varies widely from country to country depending on its curriculum. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. However, governmental funding can be available in countries which have a shortage of teachers in a given area. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:
  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 16,000-24,000

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