International Teacher

Postgraduate for teachers 

Location: Belgium - Mechelen -Campus Kruidtuin

Blackboards Beyond Borders

  • Ready to push your personal and professional boundaries as a teacher? 
  • Already a qualified teacher with a high level of English
  • Learn what it takes to apply your skills in an international context
  • Develop your sensitivity for the impact of cultural differences
  • Gain key insights in intercultural competencies, didactics and pedagogy in international education, while developing your English skills. 
  • Reinforce your multicultural outlook while exchanging ideas and experiences as part of an international student group. 
  • Prepare for on-the-job learning and internships in international settings
  • Expand your international network and credentials thanks to our partnerships with global accreditation bodies and tertiary institutions
  • Transform your dream of teaching abroad into a reality with this postgraduate programme, unique in Belgium and recognised worldwide 
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Kim Op de beeck
Kim Op de beeck
Programme and Internship Manager - Lecturer
For answers with regard to programme content and internship opportunities.
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Katerina
Student
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Eyecatchers

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Dreaming of teaching internationally?

In addition to an internship based theoretical framework in which we will focus on Intercultural Competencies, Didactics & Pedagogy in International Education and English language skills, we also offer first and second semester teaching experience placements in international, private or European schools in and outside Belgium. Through our intensive and individualised intern follow-up programme we help you in building up and realising your international teaching ambitions. 

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In need of international networking?

Since our course programme is taught in English, is open to ALL qualified teachers and we work together with global organisations such as The British Council, AFS … there will be plenty of opportunities to meet other international students, colleagues and educational partners.

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Be part of and participate in an international and interdisciplinary educational team

The diverse views on learning of your fellow and co-teachers, pschygologists, speech therapists or other educationalists will certainly inspire and aspire! 1 +1 + 1 +1 = ∞

Programme

  • Structure
  • Targeted students
  • Courses
  • In practice
  • What do we offer
  • Personal coaching
  • Go international
  • Tuition fee
  • Professional bonus
  • Structure

    Semester 1 | Semester 1 aims at:

    • the sharpening of your intercultural eyes and ears;
    • an intensive English C1-level work out;
    • an introduction to international school life;
    • hands-on teaching portfolio work.

    Semester 2 |  Semester 2 focuses on:

    • the application of intercultural competences and innovative educational approaches in international internship environments;
    • teamteaching and personal development in international settings.
  • Targeted students

    Our International Teacher Postgraduate Programme is open to all qualified teachers with a high proficiency in English (C1 level requirement before completion of the programme) who share their passion of coaching children and young adults in international educational contexts.

    During this one-year part-time programme in evening and weekend classes we will
    create cross-border learning and teaching environments to explore, challenge and broaden your personal and professional horizons.

  • Courses

    Below you can find an overview of the courses (under reservation of changes), with the number of credits per phase. Credits express how many hours you need on average to process the subject matter (incl. lessons). Count about 25 to 30 hours for 1 study credit.

    • We have explained the most important courses in a blue tooltip.
    Semester12
    Internships
    Short International/European/or private school internship 15
    Longer International/European/or private school internship 30
    Semester12
    Theoretical framework
    Intercultural Competencies in Education 3 3
    Teacher Development in International Contexts 3 3
    Guidelines in English C1 level 3
    Semester12
    Internships
    Short International/European/or private school internship 15
    Longer International/European/or private school internship 30
    Theoretical framework
    Intercultural Competencies in Education 3 3
    Teacher Development in International Contexts 3 3
    Guidelines in English C1 level 3
  • In practice

    We offer first and second semester teaching experience placements in international, private or European schools in and outside Belgium. Longer internships in summer schools are possible in order to easily combine study and work.

  • What do we offer

    • Interesting international educational contacts/references
    • Traineeprogrammes and coaching in international, private, local and European schools
    • Workshops, guest lectures, seminars, training sessions on different international educational systems, programmes and assessment
    • 21st century international classroom skills
  • Personal coaching

    Through our intensive and individualised intern follow-up programme we help you in building up and realising your international teaching ambitions. 

    The programme enables students to combine work, study and take individualised internships in international settings.

  • Go international

    We can help you in your search for suitable internship schools abroad. 

  • Tuition fee

    EEA-students = € 1990
    non-EEA-students = € 2800 (€ 3100 as from academic year 2022-2023)

    Travel and C1 English certificate costs not included.
    Study exemptions and personalised traineeprogrammes are possible.
    Accreditation of prior learning can be taken into account.

  • Professional bonus

    • Certificate Postgraduate International Teacher 
    • AFS Global Competence Certificate  
    • IELTS & CLIL Preparation Programme 

After Graduation

  • The job of your life
  • After training
  • Working in Belgium
  • The job of your life

    After your unique internship experiences, you can apply to international educational settings with a well-filled teaching portfolio.

  • After training

    Every teacher needs new ideas and impulses. Do you?

    Perhaps the in-service training offered by LEON and Donche, our knowledge centers of the teacher training programs of Thomas More, can help you with this.

  • Working in Belgium

    Working in Belgium after graduation

    If you are an EEA citizen, check the EURES website for more information about working in Belgium and other EU countries. 
     
    4 ways to work in Belgium after graduation (non-EEA students): 
     

    1. (NEW!) Residence permit with the purpose of finding a job 
    2. Working as a highly qualified person 
    3. Working as a trainee/intern 
    4. Self-employment 

    See the KU Leuven website for more info.