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What Qualifications would I need to teach at Higher Education level?

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by shara_10, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. Hi.
    I'm a second year student at University studying Fine Art.
    I'm doing a placement at a college to help me gain some much needed experience so that I can progress onto a PGCE.
    I have to write a contextual report about getting a job in a higher education institution.
    Therefore, my question is, what sort of qualifications and experience would I be expected to have to teach at higher education level (post 16). Obviously a PGCE, but anything else??
    Many Thanks.
     
  2. Hi.
    I'm a second year student at University studying Fine Art.
    I'm doing a placement at a college to help me gain some much needed experience so that I can progress onto a PGCE.
    I have to write a contextual report about getting a job in a higher education institution.
    Therefore, my question is, what sort of qualifications and experience would I be expected to have to teach at higher education level (post 16). Obviously a PGCE, but anything else??
    Many Thanks.
     
  3. Hi Shara
    FE or HE?
    FE is Further education - post 16 - Diplomas in college or A levels etc, access courses.
    HE is Higher education which is post 18 usually university degrees, masters etc
    I'm currently training to teach in FE and am training towards a PGDE (diploma instead of certificate) in the lifelong learning sector and my qualification will be awarded by THE IFL - institute for learning www.ifl.ac.uk and I will gain QTLS = qualified to teach inlearning and skills. I'll be qualified to teach in FE but not qualified to teach HE or in schools. If I had a masters in my specialist subject I could teach HE I believe.
    I have friends who lecture at uni (HE) and one has a masters in their subject and the other just has a degree and extensive profressional experience in their field. They do not have any teaching qualifications.
    Check out www.lluk.org/ as this is the lifelong learning UK website - you should be able to get some usefull info from there.
    Babbled a bit - sorry - hope you find the websites usefull and best of luck.
    Sam[​IMG]
     
  4. Hey Sam.

    Thanks.. That was brilliant.
    Just one further question if thats alright. What sort of experience did you take part in ie. work experience within a school environment, working with young children etc.
    And when you applied to get onto the PGDE course, did they specify any sort of experience that you needed to have??

    Thank-you
    Shara
     

  5. I'll be qualified to teach in FE but not qualified to teach HE or in schools.
    If you're talking about the UK, that's not quite true!
    If you're teaching a degree programme in a College of Further and Higher Education, the PGCE (post compulsory) or similar qualification plus a Masters or higher, is more than sufficient! In fact, the manager of the Social Science degree programme at my College told me that could teach on this programme with just my degree and PGCE (PC) for the first year of the programme and I don't have a Masters degree. Moreover, last year I taught a Psychology module on the 3rd year of a Clinical Physiology degree programme.
    I have friends who lecture at uni (HE) and one has a masters in their subject and the other just has a degree and extensive profressional experience in their field. They do not have any teaching qualifications.
    Yes, more often than not though, Universities like people to either have a PhD (or Doctorate in another subject) or be a PhD student and be willing to carry out research, in order to be a Lecturer. So Sam's right! Many University Lecturers don't have teaching qualifications. However, there IS a teaching qualification for HE. It's called a PG Cert/Diploma Teaching (or Teaching and Learning) in HE. There are also short teaching courses that University staff can do on the job (e.g. the Teaching in Higher Education course is offered at Brighton University for staff).
    Hope this information helps!


     
  6. Realistically, in view of the present financial and recruitment situation affecting Higher Education, anyone without a PhD in the relevant subject/research area is unlikely to be selected for lectureship because of competition. There is a glut of post-doctoral students/fellows desperate for uni posts, and demand greatly exceeds supply. Currently there is no statutory rule demanding teaching qualification in HE, which may be introduced in the future, but as stated, some training courses/qualifications are available, and new staff are usually encouraged to take one as part of their CPD.
     

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