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Director's name: (Programme Leader in UK: Sue Cooke)
Executive body/owner- License holder for the UAE/Gulf is Magrudy's Enterprises
Date founded: 1999
No of students in Gulf- 70+
No of staff: In-coutnry tutors in UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Al Khobar
Address: P.O.Box 1155. Dubai, UAE
Tel: 04 344 4192
Fax: 04 344 9867
Contacts in UAE/Gulf: Anna Valenzia or Alison Henderson
The University of Sunderland, Faculty of Education and Society, offers The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Overseas programme to teachers and trainees living outside the United Kingdom. Although the programme is a generic course that is not age phase related, it has almost identical academic content to the programmes taught in Sunderland to on campus trainees. Trainees qualify in their chosen key stage or specific subject area through research and practice during the modules. The practical aspects of the programme are based upon the Initial Teacher Training standards as defined by the Training and Development Agency for Schools which are the required standards operating in the UK during the programme. The PGCE Overseas aims to develop trainee teachers' skills and knowledge of teaching based on a reflective and critical approach to theory, policy and practice.
The PGCE overseas programme is designed to meet the needs of trainees working in private or international schools overseas. The programme is based on the English teaching standards but is sufficiently flexible to allow trainees working in non-national curriculum schools to successfully complete their training. The PGCE Overseas programme is not, nor ever has been, a stepping stone to gaining QTS. Trainees who wish to become qualified to teach in state schools in England to train in England. This programme regularly has trainees registered from over 20 different countries and all countries have somewhat different conditions for awarding QTS. The programme is based on the English teaching standards which in fact are remarkably similar to those in many other countries. As far as the requirements of getting QTS in England (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic and other countries worldwide have their own prerequisites) are concerned the only trainees who get QTS are those who undertake their training in a state school in England and then complete the NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) year afterwards.
Post Graduate versus Professional Graduate:
Traditionally, any qualification taken at post first degree study was classed as post-graduate i.e. at Master’s level. As a professional teaching qualification, the PGCE has been studied at degree level, even though it is studied after the first degree. In British universities, some P.G.C.E courses contain Master’s level modules and others do not. To clarify this situation, universities have recently been required to acknowledge the level of the content of the qualification.
In order to use the title Post Graduate Certificate in Education, the qualification must contain at least 60 credits at M level (Master’s level). Where the qualification does not contain the full 60 credits at M level, but is at degree level, with or without some credits at M level, the correct designation is Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.