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.

Top 30for Education**The Guardian University Guide 2022
Top15overall satisfaction for Education**Complete University Guide 2022

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. We are proud to have been successful in our ITT accreditation application for September 2024.

  • You will have the opportunity to take part in international learning - if you choose one of our undergraduate programmes, you could study abroad such as the Netherlands or Italy which will develop your confidence and boost your employability prospects

  • We have lots of exciting partnerships and collaborations, as we work with many local schools, early years' settings, colleges and other organisations which will enhance your learning experience and support you in becoming a confident and inspirational education professional

  • As well as sharing their research findings with you, our lecturers regularly publish their work to inform the education sector, and many lecturers have published books on topics such as behavioural management in early years, understanding special educational needs and lifelong learning in contemporary Britain.

"Building upon our long-standing reputation for excellence in the field of education, we ensure that our graduates are prepared to reflect and embrace the demands of the 21st century workforce and to transform the lives of others through education. We have a commitment to ensuring that members of the education workforce reflect the diverse learners and communities they serve, supporting all to realise their full potential."

Dr. Sarah Charles, Head of the Institite of Education

Jack Holcombe

Following a passion

Every day, Jack Holcombe sets himself a target. And it’s always the same: to bring a sense of energy, excitement and joy to the people around him. They could be his friends or the people he meets through his course or on work experience.

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What our students say

Teacher training student, Amy Hill

'Brilliant' teaching justifies University's reputation, says Amy

Our student Amy Hill’s choice of university was swayed by our reputation for teaching excellence.

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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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