The Oxford Brookes IPGCE and Ecolint Professional Practice Certificate

Taken together, the Oxford Brookes accredited IPGCE and the Ecolint Professional Practice Certificate provide both a part time academic IPGCE programme and an immersive part-time teacher development programme that focus on learning and teaching in culturally, linguistically, and neurodiverse student populations. 

The IPGCE is offered and delivered online by Oxford Brookes University, UK. The Ecolint Professional Practice Certificate is offered and delivered in-person by the International School of Geneva (Ecolint), in Geneva. For students local to Geneva, it is possible to combine these two complementary programmes over 12 months from September - August with the final summer months dedicated to completion of post-graduate  level academic assignments on the Oxford Brookes iPGCE.

Who is it for?

These two programmes, taken together, offer an ideal teacher development pathway for those who are already working in a pedagogical role in linguistically and culturally diverse educational settings or who may not have a formal teacher certification. 

Why this combination?

These combined pathways provide both an internationally recognised IPGCE from Oxford Brookes University and an enriching professional development programme from Ecolint focused on reflective professional practice and mentoring. 

This unique combination allows you to develop both academically and professionally:

  • You are supported to stand back and reflect on your classroom practice and consider the pedagogy of teaching - how teachers teach and why. 
  • Engaging with academic research and conducting your own action research project will help you apply what you learn in your classroom, school or wider community.
  • You will gain the knowledge and skills needed to enhance your career in international education.

How do these elements work together?

1. IPGCE Modules

Oxford Brookes delivers 3 academic modules online over three semesters (autumn, spring, summer) that comprise the IPGCE, through a combination of asynchronous and synchronous content. You will have formal assessments at the end of each module. In the assignments, you will explore different aspects of educational theory and practice. For more information about the IPGCE modules and application process, please contact Oxford Brookes directly. Successful completion of the Oxford Brookes Programme provides a validated International Post-graduate Certificate in Education*.  

2. Ecolint Professional Practice Certificate
Professional Practice Module:

The professional practice module is delivered in person at Ecolint Campus des Nations in our professional learning classroom. Sessions are held on Wednesday afternoons during school term time. Led by professional teacher trainers, the module is focused on the pedagogy of teaching and designed to focus on learning and teaching in culturally, linguistically, and neurodiverse student populations.

Classroom Practice:

Classroom practice takes place on-site in your current school. You will be allocated a mentor teacher from your school and will also receive formal observations and feedback from the Ecolint teacher trainers. 


The academic year runs from September - August. All online instruction from Oxford Brookes and in-person instruction from Ecolint will conclude by July. The summer will provide time for completion of academic assessments.  

Entry Requirements

Application to the IPGCE is directly through Oxford Brookes University, and requires the following qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree
  • Some experience of international/multilingual education, and access to a pedagogical context in which to apply concepts and learning
  • Students who have not previously studied an academic qualification in English: IELTS level 6.5, with a minimum of 6 in each of the four skills

Application to the Professional and Classroom Practice certificate is through the Ecolint Institute, and requires the following qualifications:

  • Currently working in a pedagogical role in a school
  • Principal language of instruction is English but bilingual French/ English applicants are supported

General and Financial Conditions

The fees for the two programmes (Professional Practice fee and IPGCE fee) are separate and are paid directly to the relevant course provider.

Professional Practice fee 2023/24: 5,200 CHF
This fee is payable to Ecolint. Group discounts are available for schools registering 3 or more people on the programme. Please contact to find out more. 
IPGCE Fee 2023/24: £3645 (£1215 per module)
This is payable in GBP directly to Oxford Brookes University, and is a flat fee for all students regardless of country of origin.

How to Apply

Attend our upcoming online information session with representatives of Oxford Brookes University and the Ecolint Institute on 31st January 2023 at 12.30 - 13.30 CET to find out more. Please register here to attend this session.

Interested applicants are requested to send their CV and a letter of motivation to

Please note, application to Oxford Brookes University for the IPGCE is separate from application for the Ecolint Professional Practice Certificate.

*Please note, this IPGCE does not qualify you to teach in the UK. For more information please contact Oxford Brookes directly (

Online Information Sessions

Tuesday 31st January, 12.30-13.30

Please register here to attend

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