Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR)

Teaching

The Centre for Teaching and Learning Research is closely connected with a number of courses offered in the School of Education and Social Work. Together they provide a good range of full and part time opportunities. They share a strong commitment to developing research informed practice and many include a strong focus on individual practitioner enquiry.

Undergraduate

The Primary and Early Years Education BA (with Qualified Teacher Status) is studied over a three year period and focuses on the learning and wellbeing of primary and early years children – ideal preparation for postgraduate training and a career in schools or early years settings. Teaching is by experts, and there are regular opportunities for professional placements to help you gain a solid understanding of significant issues in education across a range of contexts, environments and age phases.

Initial Teacher Education (ITE)

Under the umbrella of ITE, the Department of Education's Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) courses are designed for future teachers who want full-time, flexible training. There are PGCE courses for both Primary (7-14) and Secondary (11-19) contexts, as well as study routes to qualified teacher status (QTS) including School Direct and the Assessment-only route to QTS. We also run Subject Knowledge Enhancement modules free of charge for those needing a boost to their specialist subject knowledge prior to starting a PGCE course at Sussex.

Postgraduate

The Education MA is an innovative, flexible course comprising a significant research component and designed for education professionals and students interested in the field of education. The course enables you to develop your understanding of a broad range of educational issues and theoretical perspectives on practice and policy in both UK and global contexts. The course can be studied full or part-time.

The Early Years Education MA (with Early Years Teacher Status) is a one-year, full-time, fully-funded course characterised by rigorous and critical engagement with Early Years pedagogy, in-depth exploration of contemporary educational discourses, and extended practical experience of teaching and research in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The International Teacher Education Postgraduate Diploma is aimed at subject and senior teachers from secondary school contexts, school leaders, and teacher educators from Higher Education Institutions. 
If you are a UK national, or your English language levels are of a sufficiently high standard to enable you to undertake supervised teaching in an English secondary school straight away, you will undertake this course over a 10 month duration. If English is not your first language and needs enhancement, you will need to undertake an additional English language course over a six month period before commencing study on the Postgraduate Diploma course.
The main focus of this course is pedagogy, curriculum and leadership in schools catering for children across the 7-18 age range, and the combination of academic and professional study. The course comprises (i) professional learning on placement at a local partnership school supervised by an experienced teacher mentor, and (ii) input from teacher education experts. You will also benefit from collaborative conferences hosted by Sussex-based faculty and experienced teachers.
Through lectures, workshops and hands-on learning, you will be stimulated by developmental opportunities designed to deepen your understanding of education to improve the quality of your teaching.
Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in International Teacher Education will have earned 120 credits towards the Education MA (as detailed above).

Higher Education Postgraduate Certificate is aimed at staff engaged in teaching or supporting learning within the University and its partner institutions. It is a flexible, part-time course designed to be incorporated alongside core responsibilities, with a focus on enhancing professional development through critical reflection on practice and collegial support as part of a community of practice. Encompassing areas from Curriculum Design through Technology, and Supporting students skills development, course teaching brings together diverse interdisciplinary expertise from across the University, underpinned by a central focus on fostering Inclusivity in Higher Education Teaching and Learning.
It is accredited by the Higher Education Academy, successful completion conferring Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

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Starting to Teach

Starting to Teach is aimed at those currently teaching or hoping to teach in an Associate Tutor role  at the University of Sussex. As such, it is open to doctoral students in the first or second year of their PhD and is required for all those with less than three years’ experience teaching in higher education. This intensive short course runs throughout the year, providing a supportive introduction to aspects of teaching including Large and Small Groups; and assessment and Feedback.

Course delivery includes input from the University’s Technology Enhanced Learning team, and successful completion confers Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. . Starting to teach also forms part of the University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.