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Teacher Training: Choosing the Right PGCE for You

Find the right path into teaching for you and get the chance to build the confidence and skills you need for working in teaching.

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Teacher Training: Choosing the Right PGCE for You
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    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
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Explore what it takes to become a teacher – and the skills you need to get there

This course aims to develop your understanding of the teaching sector and identify and improve upon the skills you need to become a great teacher.

Demystify the teacher training process

The number of routes into teaching and the variety of choice can sometimes seem bewildering.

Whether you’re interested in primary, secondary, or specialist teaching, this course aims to help you familiarise yourself with how the teacher training process works so that you should feel confident in choosing the right path for you.

You’ll explore the practical considerations of becoming a teacher, and consider how to make personal choices about your teaching future – from deciding which age group to teach to discovering what teacher training funding is available.

Learn how to choose a PGCE course that works for you

As well as receiving tips and advice from teaching professionals about how to get into teaching, you’ll have the opportunity to learn what to look out for when choosing a PGCE.

With guidance from teacher training experts at Coventry University, you’ll have the chance to compare different PGCE study route options and identify the PGCE route which aligns best with your teaching career aspirations.

Upon successful completion of the course, you should feel empowered to take your first steps towards a career in teaching.

What topics will you cover?

  • Dispelling some common myths around teaching
  • Teaching in primary, secondary and specialist settings
  • Routes into teaching
  • PGCE teacher training explained
  • Your career path as a teacher

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Develop your understanding of teacher training and the sector
  • Improve your confidence that you have the skills required to become a great teacher
  • Compare the different study routes available for PGCE study
  • Assess which PGCE routes align most closely with your aspirations and intended career path as a teacher

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in becoming a teacher. The course is suitable for those who’ve always known they want to teach, those studying teaching now, those about to start an undergraduate degree, and those who’ve decided to switch to teaching from another profession. Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Joanne is Head of Secondary at the National School of Education and Teaching, Coventry University. She is committed to education and is passionate about the teaching profession.

Karla is Head of Primary at the National School of Education and Teaching, Coventry University. She continues to work in schools and is passionate about the profession & school-university partnerships

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Coventry
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