Teacher Training Undergraduate Courses

You’re on the threshold of making one of the most important decisions of your life - to teach!

Train to teach at Derby and you’re on your way to a worthwhile, rewarding and enjoyable career in Teaching, one where you can truly make a difference. With a rich heritage of teacher training dating back 165 years, we’re a major provider of newly qualified teachers in the East Midlands.

We have a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers. Our teaching courses are highly regarded, with Ofsted awarding us an ‘Outstanding’ rating for our Primary and Further Education and Skills provision.

Medu Primary Education student William Payne
William Payne, Education with Qualified Teacher Status Integrated Masters (MEdu)

'I loved the friendliness of the university and really enjoyed I felt welcomed and accepted.  The quality of the environment and resources are amazing too. The lecturers motivate me to aim high and push myself to achieve the best grade.' -  William Payne, Education with Qualified Teacher Status Integrated Masters (MEdu).

Career opportunities

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to teach your chosen age group.

  • early years teacher
  • primary teacher
  • secondary teacher
  • FE and skills teacher

You may wish to continue your teacher training studies by undertaking our MA Education, which will help you to explore the wider impact of education and increase your confidence as an education professional.

"An 'Outstanding' reputation"

“I was attracted to the Teacher Training courses because of its outstanding reputation, including through Ofsted. Everybody has always said how fantastic the University of Derby is for teacher training. I knew I would get the richest learning experience here.”

Routes into Teaching at the University of Derby

Routes into teaching

If you want to become a teacher but aren't sure which option to choose, our Routes into Teaching guide will help you to decide.


Practical teaching experience lies at the heart of all of our teacher training courses. High-quality placements in different educational settings will build your skills in the classroom and you’ll benefit from the support of expert mentors throughout. We have partnerships with over 400 schools, so we’ll arrange your placements for you.

A student video about teacher training placements.

Partners for Progress

A new pathway for students interested in this course starting in 2019.

As one of the most experienced providers of teacher training in the UK we are working with the Department for Education to increase the number of trainee teachers with the specialist skills needed to work in challenging/vulnerable schools in the Midlands.

We are looking for students who are up for the challenge, people who are motivated to teach and to transform the life chances of all young people, regardless of their background.

Students who are not afraid of pushing boundaries, trying new things and driving change to have a positive impact on the lives of children – does this sound like you? If so we’d love to hear from you. Just complete the expression of interest form below and we’ll get in touch with you to tell you more.

Express your interest here 

Students welcoming guests to a Buxton Open Day

Book your Open Day

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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