University of Oxford: Teacher Education

InstitutionUniversity of Oxford
Department Education
Telephone 01865 270059
Study type Taught


**The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (November 2019). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via**

This is a professional development course for new and experienced teacher educators involved in pre-service and in-service education who are interested in increasing their knowledge and skills base required for effective and inspirational teacher education whilst ‘on the job’.

This two-year, part-time course is a world first, bringing together teacher educators in the UK, EU and internationally and provides an Oxford University master's-level qualification for anyone involved in pre-service and in-service teacher education:
- school-based teacher educators, coaches and mentors.

- university tutors involved in teacher education, such as university tutors on taught education programmes or based in university subject departments with some teacher education responsibilities

- advisory teachers and fieldworkers

- professional development providers.

The course focuses on developing teacher educators’ day-to-day practice as well as developing areas such as the design and teaching of teacher education programmes, the ability to conduct research to develop practice, and the ability to participate in debates about teaching and teacher education in your own subject. It is designed to be integral to the participants’ day-to-day practice as teacher educators and blends online distance learning with one-week residential components in Oxford in years one and two.

The three distance online units comprise investigations focused on participants’ own practice and tasks that involve individual and group work. Assessment will be through an assignment for each of the units, plus a dissertation in the second year of the course.

Areas covered in the assessments include:
- exploring teachers’ beliefs about teaching and learning in your subject

- developing teachers’ knowledge bases in your subject

- analysing and developing teacher education sessions and programmes

- analysis and critique of research articles

- links between theory and practice

- construction of arguments for particular processes

- implications for teacher education.

The university’s Virtual Learning Environment is used to support the work on each task and sustain critical discussion. Supervision of students’ work will mainly be offered within small groups, and from a University supervisor.


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