Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

Teacher Development programme

An Online courses offered through the University of London, and the team at UCL Institute of Education

This program is certified by University of London


The programme is underpinned with firstclass research and when piloted it showed that teachers could change and develop their teaching through a framework which helps support reflection in and on practice. We look forward to seeing the new programme continue to support teacher development, help change practices in the classroom and in schools and so enhance world education

The PGCE: Teacher Development is delivered online with no requirement to come to the UK to study. Academic leadership for this programme is provided by UCL Institute of Education which was ranked number one for education worldwide in the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 QS World University Rankings.

This programme will prepare you to go on to master’s level study in Education through exploring teaching in your own setting..

As a graduate of this programme, you will gain:

  • An ability to manage your own learning and reflect on your practice, so as to improve and change the outcomes for your learners
  • A University of London Professional Graduate Certificate in Education: Teacher Development (FHEQ Level 6). This is equivalent to a UK Undergraduate Level 6 qualification, so it will help students who may not have had the opportunity to get an undergraduate degree when completing earlier study, and may help you qualify for master’s level study.
  • In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

Ultimately, we aim to provide you with the right platform to chose what suits you best working with our highly reputable international institutional partners.

When you register, we will give you access to the Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources including:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers online learning support, access to peer-review software, reflective activities, informal discussion areas and links to resources.
  • The Online Library which contains thousands of journal articles. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.

Time Commitment

The flexible approach to learning allows students to complete the programme in a minimum of one academic year to a maximum of five years.
Modules will run twice a year for added flexibility of study. We expect participants to undertake one module per session, starting with ‘Module 1: Thinking about Learning’.

All essential resources, activities, videos, discussions and support are provided through the VLE. This allows you to fit your studies around your work commitments. There is no need to purchase additional textbooks.

A handbook will also be provided so that the Critical Friend (who is not your line manager or head teacher) understands their role. The Critical Friend will observe your professional practice with an objective eye and make notes to support reflective discussions.

The programme comprises two core 30credit honours level modules:

Module 1: Thinking about Learning

You will study theories about how learning happens in the classroom and what research tells us about learning. To achieve this, you will develop a learning journal based around your teaching role, which will help you reflect on your practice and your professional development as a teacher. This module will be assessed through the submission of a Portfolio of Activity, evidence of Professional Practice and a short essay assignment.

Module 2: Learning in Teaching

This module focuses on assessment for learning and inclusion. It will help you understand the diverse needs of students. It will help you think beyond the course to your own professional development

as a reflective practitioner. This module will be assessed through submission of three short essays, making up one assignment which explores the themes developed from the teaching of the module.

You will need to complete both modules successfully to be awarded the Certificate. You must commence Module 1 before beginning Module 2. This means that the whole Certificate will take place across two sessions.

Assessment: Assessment is based on the completion of coursework for each module, with no written examinations.

Tuition fees: £1450
– This must be paid directly to the University of London
– It can be paid in at minimum two instalments

Local Administrative support and conference fees – £450
(this covers for supporting with industry engagements/internships opportunities and case studies sessions, conference fees for participation at two international education management workshops; participating in local study forum with other students on the programme.)

Our Local partners are there to support interested students locally on the distance learning programme.

* National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS)
* Envirofly Consulting Group
For queries call: +234 803 546 8563
* Dixon& Ricks;
7th floor Mulliner Towers, 39, Alfred Rewane Street, Ikoyi
For queries call: +234 906 927 7326
* Teachers Camp House (CEMAR Campus)
3 Anthony-Gbagada Expressway,  Near Greensprings School,
Anthony Oke Bus Stop, Anthony, Lagos
For queries call:  +234 808 481 2929, +234 803 535 0403

* Office of the Principal Education Officer (PEO) Ministry of Education, Lusaka
* Project Life Design Limited Zambia
For queries in Zambia, call: +260956515050, +260950004690, +260969239612, +260977498282

Africa Innovations Institute (AFRII)
Plot 1544, Koire Close, Off Old Kiira Road Bukoto,
P.o Box 34981,
Tel: +256 751 081 553

How to Participate

  • Start your application by registering your details online with the form provided
  • You will get an email confirming your registration plus further instructions.
  • Complete all modules to earn a Certificate

Are you interested in this course?

The next batch starts in March 2020. Register your details below, we will send you updates about the next batch

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