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Study teaching abroad

An in-depth guide to studying teaching as an international student.

Teaching degrees abroad

A teaching degree abroad will focus on the skills needed for teachers in a specific area of education for example elementary level, foreign languages, or a UK PGCE.

In a teaching program you will learn theoretical practice to get the most from students, as well as a lot of practical learning and assessments to ensure you have the necessary experience to teach. The exact teaching program you choose will be shaped by the country you are studying in. It’s important to ensure that any teaching program you choose will be useful in the country you are wanting to work in too.

Teaching program structure

To begin a teaching specific program, universities often require a bachelor’s degree in any field. On a liberal arts degree you could have the opportunity to major in a specific form of education, which may help your application onto a teaching specific program. In the UK, your bachelor’s degree may influence the subjects you are able to teach at a higher level.

Many postgraduate teaching programs such as a master’s in education are used by those already teaching to enhance their careers. This is the same for those who decide to undertake a PhD in teaching.

As a teaching student you will spend a lot of time getting practical experience. This may be through placements, work experience or assessed classroom situations. In addition to this, your theoretical education will take place in lectures and classes talking through research and best practice.

When you begin a teaching specific program there are many areas of teaching you may cover as modules of the course; these may include:

  • Pedagogy
  • Curriculum and planning
Teaching program structure

To begin a teaching specific program, universities often require a bachelor’s degree in any field. On a liberal arts degree you could have the opportunity to major in a specific form of education, which may help your application onto a teaching specific program. In the UK, your bachelor’s degree may influence the subjects you are able to teach at a higher level.

Many postgraduate teaching programs such as a master’s in education are used by those already teaching to enhance their careers. This is the same for those who decide to undertake a PhD in teaching.

As a teaching student you will spend a lot of time getting practical experience. This may be through placements, work experience or assessed classroom situations. In addition to this, your theoretical education will take place in lectures and classes talking through research and best practice.

When you begin a teaching specific program there are many areas of teaching you may cover as modules of the course; these may include:

  • Pedagogy
  • Curriculum and planning

Types of teaching degrees

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Teaching study abroad programs

Teaching undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in teaching

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    Kinesiology - Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification (Grades K-12) - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, August, May
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    Geography (Teacher Certification in Social Studies, Grades 7-12: History Minor and Political Science Third Field) - BSc Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,164 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Art – Teacher Certification - BEd Campbellsville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,400 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    October, August, January
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    Business, Marketing and Information Technology 6-12 Teaching Field Endorsement - BAEd University of Nebraska at Kearney, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,500 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Global Language: Spanish Teaching Certification - BA Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,920 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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Associate in teaching

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    Elementary Teacher Education - AA Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    February, June, August
    Show program overview about Elementary Teacher Education
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    Liberal Studies: Teacher Preparation - AA Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, June, January
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    Elementary Teacher Education (for Transfer) - AA San Jose City College, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,138 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January
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Certificate in teaching

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    Family and Consumer Sciences (Teaching Credential) - Dual Cert/BSc California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate/Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,800 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, August
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    Teacher - Cert Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, June, January
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    Provisional Certification in a Teaching Field - Cert University of West Alabama, USA
    • Online

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,444 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Teacher's Aide - Cert Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, June, January
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    Teaching Elementary School Mathematics - Cert University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,000 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, May, January
    Show program overview about Teaching Elementary School Mathematics
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Pathway in teaching

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    Teaching & Education (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,900 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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Teaching graduate programs

Master's in teaching

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    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - MA TESOL Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,990 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
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    Special Education: The Master Teacher - MA Central Michigan University, USA
    • Online

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,466 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August
    Show program overview about Special Education: The Master Teacher
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    Special Education: Teacher of Students with Disabilities - MA/MEd William Paterson University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,454 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Special Education: Teacher of Students with Disabilities
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    Education (Leading Learning and Teaching) - MEd University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    30 months
    Annual tuition fee
    6,195 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Education - Special Education (Teacher Certification) - MA Felician University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,360 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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Doctorate in teaching

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    English Pedagogy: Teaching English Language - DA Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,200 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Special Education: Collaborative Teacher, 6-12 - EdS University of West Alabama, USA
    • Online

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,680 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August
    Show program overview about Special Education: Collaborative Teacher, 6-12
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Diploma in teaching

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    English Language Teaching - PGDip Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,996 EUR

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about English Language Teaching
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Certificate in teaching

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    College Teaching - GradCert Central Michigan University, USA
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,555 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    May
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    Teaching English as a Second Language - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,532 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,237 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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Future teaching careers

The specific teaching program you graduate from will determine your career within teaching. For example a teaching program focused on elementary level will not automatically enable you to teach at a higher level, as additional qualifications may be needed.

Some of the popular teaching programs that lead to careers in their specific branch of teaching include:

  • Foreign language teaching
  • Elementary school teaching
  • PGCE (UK secondary school level)
  • Special needs teaching
  • Preschool teaching