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Part-time: TBC

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Online course description

Due to open 2022*

With a rich heritage in teacher training dating back over 165 years, we have a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers. In our most recent Ofsted inspection, we received an ‘outstanding’ rating in Primary and Further Education with our primary leadership team praised for putting students at the heart of all they do and for ensuring they have excellent career outcomes.

The DfE has appointed University of Derby as an accredited provider for the new iQTS Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme / qualification pilot year. iQTS is recognised as equivalent to QTS by DfE, meaning that anyone who is awarded the iQTS qualification by an accredited ITT provider, will be eligible to apply for professional QTS status through the DfE.

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

Benefitting from our expertise in online education, this course will be delivered through online learning, combined with academic support to help you become a qualified and confident classroom teacher of children and young people aged 3 - 11 years.

Additionally, trainees will undertake assessed placements in your local schools and will be supported for the duration of the course by a trained mentor from your school setting.

The iQTS will mirror the experience of the UK PGCE programme, providing a mixture of assessed practical input and experience, and Masters level academic input and assessment to give students the qualification of International Postgraduate Certificate of Education (with Qualified Teacher status) (iPGCE with QTS).

In line with the iQTS Teachers’ Standards and Core Content Framework, the QTS element will focus on the fundamental skills needed to be an effective teacher in any international setting, regardless of subject or age specialism.

As a long-standing provider of Initial Teacher Training and Education (ITT/E), awarding this qualification affirms our place as both a national and now international provider of Outstanding Teacher Training / Education, one of only a small number of providers in the UK being asked to be part of the pilot.

The iQTS is suited to those living outside of the UK, including:

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Limited places are available.

Please note: More information will be available early June 2022. Please check back then to apply for a place on the iQTS course.

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Discovering Online Learning Webinar: June 2022

Tuesday, 14 June 2022 15.00 - 16.00

During this hour-long webinar, we'll take you through the basic principles of how online learning works and what you can expect as an online learner with the University of Derby Online Learning. The webinar includes a 30-minute presentation and an opportunity to take part in a Q&A.

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Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.