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.

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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, Childhood Studies, Education Studies, 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.

A portrait shot of Sarah Charles, Head of the Institute of Education

Building upon our long-standing reputation for excellence in the field of education, we ensure that our graduates are prepared to embrace the demands of the 21st century workforce and to transform the lives of others through education.

Sarah Charles
Head of the Institute of Education

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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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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