What you will study?
To complete the International Postgraduate Certificate of Education (iPGCE), you will need to complete a total of 60 credits by studying the two 20 credit core modules and one of the two optional modules.
Curriculum Design and Development (Core)
This module provides a basis for understanding pedagogy about the curriculum, theoretical approaches and classroom practice. The module provides the knowledge, skills, and knowledge for teachers to recognise and respond to the needs of learners, schools, and other stakeholders in designing and developing an effective curriculum.
You will explore a range of educational theories and research that will critically analyse and evaluate educational principles and practices. You will be expected to engage in the active synthesis of theory and practice.
At the University of Derby, we believe in providing an equitable, inclusive, and accessible higher education experience to everyone who has the desire and ambition to learn and progress. Our wide range of programs, offered at all levels and through various study modes, is designed to meet the diverse needs of our students.
To ensure that all our programs are designed and delivered in a consistent, high-quality manner, we have created Curriculum Design and Learning, Teaching, and Assessment Frameworks. These frameworks are applicable to all our programs and modules, regardless of their level, mode of study, or location of delivery.
The primary purpose of these frameworks is to provide a conceptual model for our academic staff involved in designing and delivering our programs. By adopting principles and outcomes-based models, our frameworks support academic innovation and agency across the diversity of pedagogic and epistemological approaches relevant to a modern applied university.
Our Curriculum Design Framework provides a comprehensive approach to program design, outlining the processes and considerations needed to create effective and meaningful programs. It includes a focus on student engagement, learning outcomes, assessment, and feedback.
Our Learning, Teaching, and Assessment Framework is designed to support academic staff in creating a dynamic and student-centered learning environment. It includes guidance on creating inclusive teaching practices, using technology effectively, and designing meaningful assessments. By adopting these frameworks, our academic staff are empowered to create innovative and effective programs that are engaging, inclusive, and accessible to all our students.
Research-Informed Practice (Core)
Through this research-based module, you will be challenged to engage critically with appropriate academic reading and research findings and synthesise their studies with a negotiated area of education related to their setting.
This research-based module offers a unique opportunity to develop your critical thinking skills and engage in a deep analysis of academic literature and research findings in the field of education. Through this module, you will have the chance to explore a negotiated area of education that is relevant to your specific setting and synthesise your findings with the existing research.
Our goal is to encourage you to develop an analytical approach to understanding the nature of research methods and techniques and to assess their relevance to your professional practice. You will learn to critically evaluate research studies, identify their strengths and limitations, and understand their implications for your practice.
To support your learning, you will be provided with formative online tasks, such as a written proposal related to your inquiry’s subject. These tasks will enable you to receive feedback and guidance from your tutor throughout the module and to refine your research skills and methodology.
At the end of the module, you will comprehensively understand the research process and its application to your professional practice. You will be able to use the knowledge and skills you have gained to design and conduct your research studies and to contribute to the wider academic community in the field of education.
You will be encouraged to develop an analytical approach to understanding the nature of research methods and techniques and to assess their relevance to professional practice.
Assessment will be provided through formative online tasks such as a written proposal relating to the subject of your enquiry.
Inclusive Practice (Optional)
This module focuses on critical debate and discussion exploring inclusion from a range of perspectives, including attitudes, policy and practice, to best serve the needs of all learners in classrooms today. Ensuring all learners achieve good outcomes is complex. This module offers a range of opportunities to explore the concept of ‘inclusive practice’, relating to areas such as Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, second language learners, children from a range of socio-economic backgrounds and the associated educational interventions designed to support learners with any exceptionality.
Consideration of strategies to reduce potential barriers to success, whilst promoting participation in the classroom, allows discourse around learning in diverse educational settings.
Innovative 21st Century Teaching (Optional)
The use of information technology is multiplying in education institutions locally, nationally and globally through a wealth of innovative tools and services that engage learners and educators in the study process. This unit highlights all aspects of innovative contemporary education technologies and skills which can enhance teaching and learning. It frees up classroom time for in-depth discussion, interrogation and practical application of the content, maximising opportunities for the productive application of contemporary skills.
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