The Initial Teacher Education programme is a post graduate level initial teacher education course offered, through a collaborative partnership, by Durham University, UK and the Ecole Internationale de Genève (Ecolint). 

This part-time time, face-to-face course runs for two academic years and is held in Geneva. An in-person presence is required on Wednesdays, 13.30 - 17.00. Participants must be already working in a classroom and will continue their classroom work on the other days of the week.

After a selection process by Durham University, with input from Ecolint, places will be offered to candidates who wish to train to teach Primary students in an international context. 

The course is composed of three modules: a professional module and two academic modules at Masters level.

The Professional Module

This module is delivered by Ecolint in Geneva at the Campus des Nations. It is composed of seminars, in-person and online workshops, and practical in-class training linked to a variety of subjects, including planning, classroom climate and effective feedback. Workshops and lectures covering such topics as educational theory, reflective practice, inclusion, pluriculturalism, and international education also form part of the professional module. 

In order to complete the professional module successfully, students need to complete a written assignment and demonstrate, through their teaching practice, attainment of a set of internationally-recognised professional standards. Professional tutors, mentors, experienced teachers and leaders, and lecturers support the professional module.

Two Academic Modules

Durham University delivers the academic modules of the course. Each student is assigned an academic tutor in the university's School of Education, who is responsible for subject-specific tasks and guidance for the two Masters level modules.

Students are expected to keep in regular contact with the academic tutor. Students have access to Durham’s online teaching facility and the Durham University Education Library.

The two Masters modules are primarily delivered through the annual online Reflective Practitioner Conference. They form part of a Masters degree, and credits may be recognised for further diploma or graduate studies.

Assessment of the Course

In order to be awarded the PGCE (International), the student is required to be successful in assessed school teaching practice, and to have passed the two Masters level modules and the Professional module. Successful candidates will also be awarded the Ecole Internationale de Genève Certificate in Applied Pedagogy.

Please note that this PGCE (International) cannot be awarded with QTS, English Qualified Teacher Status, as school experience will not have taken place in England. However, the students will have gathered a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that they have met a set of agreed professional competences.

Library Facilities

As well as the Durham University Education Library, students also have access to the catalogue of the Institute of Learning and Teaching library at Ecolint's Campus des Nations and will also be able to use the University of Geneva Education library.

General and Financial Conditions

The fee for this course is divided into 4 parts: the Enrolment Fee, Registration fee, Professional fee and Academic fee. 

Enrolment Fee: CHF 250
This fee covers the administrative costs of processing the enrolment for a place on the course. It is a non-refundable payment payable to Ecolint before the interview.
Registration Fee: CHF 1,000
This fee secures a place on the course. It is a non-refundable deposit payable to Ecolint.
Professional fee: The fee for 2023-25 will be published soon.
This fee is payable to Ecolint. This is payable in installments over the 2 years and the Registration Fee of CHF 1,000 is deductible from the first installment.
Durham University Academic Fee
Details concerning the academic fee payable to Durham University can be found here. This is payable directly to Durham University, also in instalments, and is a flat fee for all students regardless of country of origin.

For detailed information about the course fees, please request a copy of the 2022-2024 Financial Conditions Brochure.


Applications for 2023-25

We ask that candidates read the course entry requirements below carefully before applying.

Entry requirements

  • Be currently working in a classroom with minimum 2 years experience
  • Be well qualified graduates
  • Have an excellent command of English (IELTS Level 6.5)
  • Be able to demonstrate a proven interest in teaching
  • Have Maths, English and Science to GCSE level grades A*- C, or equivalent

Admission process

If you have appropriate qualifications, please send the following documents to Lisa Parker,

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement detailing your professional experience thus far and your reasons for wanting to undertake this qualification.


Lisa Parker
Programme Administrator
Institute of Learning and Teaching
International School of Geneva



Admissions Team 
Durham University


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