If you are a relatively new teacher, you would have entered your teaching environment with either a Bachelor in Education (BEd) degree or a specialised qualification such as the Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Studies(BA) degree. However, these are the bare minimum requirements for any individual who is looking to start a teaching career.
So what else is essential for career advancement, that is, a teaching qualification that you can benefit from. Most experienced educators are interested in pursing an international PGCE in Dubai or the Middle East and some even look to pursue an online postgraduate certificate in education.
The purpose of this article is not to delve into the pros and cons of online education, that can be had here.
The purpose of this article is to stipulate the various benefits to your as an educator of earning an international PGCE or an MA applied linguistics and TESOL degree (even if done via distance learning)
- Training programs for teachers have improved in the recent years as a result of extended exposure to international audiences. This multicultural and multinational flare that has been added to these teaching qualifications promotes wider tolerance for different cultures and nationalities and helps promote diversification.
- While we all know there is no such thing as a perfect teacher, there are no doubt some teachers who give their students great learning experienced and this is done year on year by those with a never ending thirst for improvement. The personal gain that educators experience from grateful students and parents is insurmountable.
- Distance learning training courses and PGCE qualifications can help veteran educators adapt (at a pace comfortable to them) to the rising use of technology in the classroom. Technology if used effectively and monitored closely can be one of the biggest assets to education. As human being we are more inclined to learning from doing and observing as compared to lecturing. Our brains respond better to material presented in visual formats and with kids nowadays gravitating towards technology at every nook and corner. It is essential for the educator to be informed for maintaining charge of the learning experience.
There are a number of UK based institutions that offer postgraduate teaching qualifications such as Dundee University IB Certification, the University of Nottingham and even Edinburgh Napier University. (explore the department of education with Stafford)
None the less, great care should be given to addressing the pros and cons of distance and online learning versus that of a full time or part time programmes. As with all things in life, there are the pros and cons and there are external factors such as influencers and peers.
Speak to one of our consultants who can provide you with all the pertinent details for the programmes available and you can then make a more informed decision on which teaching qualification is best for YOUR career.