International Postgraduate Certificate of Education


Start dates: September 2024 / September 2025

Part time: 12 months

Location: Distance learning

Department(s): School of Education, Humanities and Languages

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Progress your teaching career in international education, gain advanced educational theory and develop excellent classroom practice.

Delivered by Oxford Brookes University, this is an internationally-recognised online programme for teachers already involved in the international school sector. Our iPGCE will give you a global perspective on education, challenge your practice and boost your confidence.

Your learning will be underpinned by the expertise of our tutors and contemporary teaching theories in educating primary and secondary age students.

Please note that this course does not offer Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) or a licence to teach in the UK.

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Course details

Course structure

Teaching, learning and assessment draw on the different backgrounds, experience and knowledge of students and encourages critical reflection.

You’ll complete this part-time course online through the use of Oxford Brookes’ Moodle platform where you will be able to ask questions, get support and upload your work.

The programme provides a range of opportunities for learning; each week pre-recorded lectures and guided readings allow you to work to your own timetable. These are accompanied by interactive and collaborative opportunities including online forum discussions, collaborative padlets, Google docs, and shared presentations.

You’ll also have regular opportunities to meet online with fellow students and staff for discussion and collaborative activities via Zoom.

The programme is completed in one academic year.

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You will be assessed for each course module separately. Assessment is coursework based, and includes:

  • Individual essays
  • seminar presentations
  • project work 
  • portfolios
  • investigative research.

You’ll be supported to achieve your best. You’ll get feedback from your tutors on formative tasks and you’ll have the chance to discuss your work in progress for peer evaluations and tutor feedback.

Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Professional Learning

    Master practical theories of learning, and develop knowledge, skills and understanding of pedagogy in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms.

    The module will provide you with foundational knowledge and understanding about theories of professional learning, including:

    • understanding professional identity
    • exploring the relationship between theory and practice
    • understanding learning theories
    • and theorising the curriculum.
  • The Inclusive Classroom in International Contexts

    Explore key aspects of teaching and learning in relation to access, equality of learning opportunity and inclusion, with a particular focus on the ways in which cultural values influence teaching and learning.

    Drawing on cross-cultural and international perspectives, students will explore race, ethnicity, class, gender, sex, sexuality, and disability through the lens of intersectionality. There will be a particular focus on the ways in which cultural values influence teaching and learning and students will have an opportunity to critically engage with theories of internationalising and decolonising the curriculum.

  • Independent Study: Investigating Practice

    You’ll undertake independent study/practice, investigating a topic related to your own teaching context.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.


The School of Education, Humanities and Languages is a thriving centre for educational research and teacher professional development. Students on master's level programmes therefore join a large research community comprising researchers at all levels of higher education study.

We hold two major research conferences each year - the School of Education Research Conference and the EdD Colloquium. All students are invited to attend our annual Research Seminar Series (which attracts both internal and external speakers). We also organise a number of conferences, lectures, seminars and debates, some of which have an international reach.

The School's six research groups exist to encourage engagement in research, publication, conference presentations, seminars and workshops:

  • Applied Linguistics: multilingual international education; TESOL 
  • Inclusion and Wellbeing
  • Policy, Partnership and Leadership
  • STEAM pedagogy and learning
  • Humanistic Perspectives on Education
  • Early Years.

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Completion of the course shows commitment to professional development and leads to improved prospects for career progression in the international education sector.

Entry requirements

International qualifications and equivalences

How to apply

Application process

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
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Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.

The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

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Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Programme changes:
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.