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USA M.Ed OR UK PGCE? (British international student)?

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by LadyJoka, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. i would like to study in the USA when i go to university, i will be doing a B.Sc in physics. As a career after i would like to teach secondary physics, and i know that in the UK i would get my physics degree and then do a PGCE but the course in the USA has the opportunity to get a Masters in education specialising in secondary physics and a chance to gain classroom experience aswell as the B.Sc in physics.

    My question is would i be able to teach in the UK with this qualification or would it be useless and still require me to do the PGCE?

    And if i cant teach in the UK with it, as it does not require much additional hours would it be benificial for me to do it anyway to get experience in a school and help with the PGCE?

    thanks in advance for any answers x
     
  2. i would like to study in the USA when i go to university, i will be doing a B.Sc in physics. As a career after i would like to teach secondary physics, and i know that in the UK i would get my physics degree and then do a PGCE but the course in the USA has the opportunity to get a Masters in education specialising in secondary physics and a chance to gain classroom experience aswell as the B.Sc in physics.

    My question is would i be able to teach in the UK with this qualification or would it be useless and still require me to do the PGCE?

    And if i cant teach in the UK with it, as it does not require much additional hours would it be benificial for me to do it anyway to get experience in a school and help with the PGCE?

    thanks in advance for any answers x
     
  3. Your US teaching qualification (called certification in US) isn't recognised in UK so you can only teach in private schools, which don't require QTS. To gain QTS, you have to go on Overseas Trained Teachers Programme working as unqualified teacher in a school and produce a portfolio of evidence and pass lesson observations. If you meet Core as well as QTS standards, you will meet induction requirement as well. At the moment it's quite difficult to find a school willing to support you on OTTP because of the oversupply of qualified teachers.
    Alternatively you can do PGCE here on your return, but you probably don't qualify for funding for not having lived in UK for previous 3 years so you are unlikely to get grant, bursary or loans and you will be paying higher overseas student fees upfront.Plus you have to serve NQT induction.
     

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