Monday, August 21, 2017

The University of Nottingham, TISB Training Academy Partners to Launch the PGCEi to Improve Teacher Education



The University of Nottingham (UoN) in partnership with the TISB Training Academy (TTA) which is part of the TISB and NPS Group of Institutions launched the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (International) for teacher education today at their campus. A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed between the two institutions in March 2017 to introduce the PGCEi in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The PGCEi by UoN is a global platform to compare teaching approaches across different countries and help teachers in developing a global approach to education. The programme consists of four 15 credit modules and is blended learning, which is a flexible amalgamation of online distance learning as well as face-to-face sessions. The web based virtual learning environment (VLE) enables teachers from 2nd and 3rd cities to access a high quality teaching qualification.

Speaking about the programme, Dr Anne Emerson, Associate Professor, UoN, and PGCEi Coordinator (Asia) said, “The objective of the PGCEi is to promote teacher reflection through exposure to new ideas and concepts which have been tested in the everyday classroom. The course aims to promote in-depth understanding of teaching strategies, develop expertise in practitioner research and make appropriate use of professional and research literature.”

“Our partnership with the University of Nottingham is a wonderful ideological concurrence between TTA and UoN with regard to the approach and commitment toward the quality of teacher education. The content and design of the PGCEi will benefit teachers irrespective of the curriculum or grade they teach. Improved teacher skill and pedagogical knowledge will directly impact student outcomes and performance”, said Dr Bindu Hari, Director, TISB, NAFL and NPS Group of Schools.

Dr K P Gopalkrishna, The Chairman, TISB, NAFL and NPS Group of Schools.  said “It was my dream to offer teachers more opportunities to learn from the best practices from all over the world. I not only want 21st century students but also 21st century teachers who are the best in their field.”

The course starts in December 2017 and takes eight months to a year to complete. The 60 credits earned from the PGCEi can be carried forward into a MA in Education in preparation for PhD study.

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