Institute of Education

The Institute of Education at the University of Derby has a tradition of excellence. We offer a great student experience, always focusing on you as an individual and working hard to prepare you for the challenges of 21st century teaching and learning. Our courses are current, topical, relevant and designed to help you progress in your career.

Top25for Education courses**Guardian University Guide 2020

Excited about Education

At Derby, we offer a great student experience, always focusing on you as an individual and working hard to prepare you for the challenges of 21st century teaching and learning. In a climate of almost constant change, the education agenda is sometimes influenced by rapid shifts in policy and the needs of the contemporary workplace. Our aim is to prepare you to meet these challenges as they are translated to the modern classroom.

We specialise in Initial Teacher Education and EYTS, Childhood Studies, Education Studies and SEND, School Direct and Post 14 and Postgraduate Studies.

We have top class courses - Ofsted rated our Primary Education and Further Education (Post-14) courses as 'outstanding' in 2015, and in the Newly Qualified Teacher Survey our students rated their training as among the best in the country.

What our students say

Teacher training student, Amy Hill

Brilliant teaching fully justifies University's gold award, says Amy

Our student Amy Hill’s choice of university was swayed by our Teaching Excellence Framework gold award.

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Child and Youth Studies student, Daniel Hill

Chance to travel helped Daniel find his path

Daniel took advantage of the opportunities we offer under the Erasmus+ scheme while on our Child and Youth Studies course.

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MEdu Primary Education student, Abi Cheetham

No A-Levels? No problem for Abi

Abi Cheetham didn’t do A-levels. She left school after her GCSEs. But now she’s studying for a masters degree at the University of Derby and is on course to become a primary school teacher.

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