The Initial Teacher Training program is a post graduate level initial teacher training course offered, through a collaborative partnership, by Durham University UK (www.dur.ac.uk) and the International School of Geneva.
This full time, face-to-face course runs for one academic year and is held in Geneva and daily presence is required Monday - Friday 09.00 - 16.00.
We do not offer a distance course, nor an online course.
You have to live in or near to Geneva from the end of August until the following June. A school placement may be possible in another international school from Feb-May but this is not guaranteed and will be decided if you are accepted onto the course. You will still have to live in Geneva before and after this 10 week placement from the end of August until January and from May until the end of June.
After a selection process by Durham University, with input from the International School of Geneva, places will be offered to up to sixteen trainees who wish to train to teach Primary or Secondary 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 part of the course is delivered by the International School of Geneva and is primarily school-based. The teaching classroom is at the Campus des Nations, but students have observation and teaching placements on all three campuses of the Foundation and in other local partner schools in and around Geneva and Lausanne.
This module 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-recognized professional standards. Professional tutors, mentors, experienced teachers and leaders, and lecturers support the professional module.
There are two main periods of 'school experience' placements: one in the first term of six weeks and one, in the second and third terms, of 10 weeks. During these times students, working at all times under the supervision of the regular class teacher, teach up to a maximum of 50% of timetable in the first placement and 75% in the second.
The two Academic Modules
Durham University delivers the academic modules of the course. Each student is assigned an academic tutor in the School of Education at the university, 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. These two modules form part of a Masters degree, and credits may be recognized for further diploma or masters level 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 International School of Geneva 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.
International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate in Teaching and Learning
Durham University and the International School of Geneva have been officially certified to offer the International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (IBctl) Level 1 alongside the PGCE (International) course. This is therefore a second qualification which students work towards during the year.
Please note the IBctl is only offered as part of the PGCE (International) programme and cannot be followed as a stand-alone course.
Students choose one of the three IB programmes (Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme or Diploma Programme) and gather evidence in an electronic portfolio to meet IB standards. Understanding of the chosen IB programme is evaluated during a viva-voce interview – along with the balance of the PGCE portfolio - at the end of the course.
Please note: on successful completion, students pay a registration fee (USD 265) for the IBctl. For further information, please click on: https://www.ibo.org/en/professional-development/professional-certificate...
ICT and 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 the 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, the Professional fee and the Academic fee.
Enrolment Fee: CHF 250
Registration Fee: CHF 1,000
|Professional fee: CHF 19,500
This fee is payable to the International School of Geneva. This is payable in three installments and the Registration Fee of CHF 1,000 is deductible from the first installment.
Durham University Academic Fee
This fee is payable directly to Durham University, also in three instalments and is a flat fee for all students regardless of country of origin.
Further information about the ITE courses can be found here:
For detailed information bout the course fees, please request a copy of our 2022-23 Financial Conditions brochure.
Applications for 2023-24
Those interested in applying should be well qualified graduates, have an excellent command of English (IELTS Level 6.5) and be able to demonstrate a proven interest in teaching.
Applicants are requested to send a personal statement detailing their professional experience thus far and their reasons for wanting to enter the teaching profession, along with a curriculum vitae, to Lisa Parker, Programme Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about applying to the programme should be addressed to Lisa Parker:
Institute of Learning and Teaching
International School of Geneva