• The Open University

Becoming a Teacher

Take your first steps towards teaching with this practical course exploring the basics of what it means to become a teacher.

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Becoming a Teacher

Learn what being a teacher is really like

This course is for anyone thinking about becoming a teacher – it will help you to decide if teaching is for you, give you a sense of what teaching is really like and help you to start writing your application for initial teacher education.

You’ll learn from teaching experts at The Open University, student teachers, and teachers themselves about what it’s really like to work in primary and secondary schools – challenging some common assumptions along the way.

You’ll also explore different teaching methods and environments, and begin writing your application for initial teacher education.

What topics will you cover?

  • New teachers’ experiences.
  • What is the nature of teaching?
  • Topical teaching debates: what are your thoughts?
  • Your story so far – and your future in teaching.

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.

  • Available now

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...

  • Identify whether teaching is for you and your reasons for choosing to teach.
  • Evaluate varied perspectives about teaching and learning in schools.
  • Describe the nature of contemporary teaching and the role of the teacher.
  • Explain your beliefs about teaching.
  • Reflect on teaching and education beyond your own school experiences.
  • Debate some interesting issues in teaching around the world.
  • Identify the skills and experience you need and how to get them.
  • Develop the skills required to apply for initial teacher education.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone currently thinking of going into the teaching profession. It would be ideal if you are studying or about to start an undergraduate degree or are thinking of changing career to become a teacher.

What software or tools do you need?

There are no specific software requirements or tools needed to study this course.

Who will you learn with?

I am a Professor of Sport Education with a deep interest in learning, teaching & coaching. I have worked in educational environments all my life & love seeing both young and old improve & develop.

Who developed the course?

The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

  • Established

    1969
  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

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  • The flexibility to complete your choice of short courses in your own time within the year

Find out more about upgrades or Unlimited.

Available until 22 November 2021 at 23:59 (UTC). T&Cs apply.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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