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Honours track: U-TEAch

Are you fascinated by other cultures? Do you have a global and/or European perspective? And most of all, would you like an extra challenge: teaching your school subject in English? Then join our international oriented track: U-TEAch (Utrecht Teacher Education Academy). U-TEAch is an selective honours track which provides extra enrichment to the regular Teacher Education. The course focuses on teaching in bilingual and international schools, and includes an internship abroad in which students live and teach abroad.

U-TEAch leads to a Dutch first-degree teaching certificate which fully qualifies you to teach at Dutch schools in your school subject. Besides the first-degree teaching certificate, you will receive a U-TEAch honours certificate to certify your specialization in international and bilingual teaching.

U-TEAch is available for the following school subjects:

Art History (ckv) | Biology | Chemistry | Civics Dutch | Economics | English | French | Geography | History | Mathematics | Physics | Religious Studies | Spanish

Other subjects will be considered depending on the availability of internship schools for those subjects.

Study Programme

The U-TEAch track has two variants:

1. fulltime 1 year-programme (most students choose to study fulltime);
2. parttime programme of 2 years (for in-service students for example).

Fulltime programme

The fulltime U-TEAch programme consists of the following courses:

Semester 1 (period 1 and 2, 30 EC) Semester 2 (period 3 and 4, 30 EC)

 Teaching Practice 1 (20 EC):
- PiP1 at bilingual or international school in NL

Teachting Practice 2 (10 EC)
- PiP 2 abroad (12 - 14 week mid-march to mid-june)

 Subject Related Methodology 1 (5 EC)
Pedagogy 1 (Pedagogiek) (5 EC)

Subject Related Methodology 2 + research (5 + 2.5 EC)
- NL + blended while abroad
Pedagogy 2 (Pedagogiek) (2.5 EC)
- NL + blended while abroad

Content and Language Integrated Learning (5 EC)
CLIL (2.5 EC)

CLIL (2.5 EC)
International and cross cultural education (ICE 5 EC)

Please note: The internship abroad is mandatory, but exceptions can be made for students with families, jobs, or extenuating circumstances. In that case your PiP2 internship will be at a TTO or international school in the Netherlands.

First Semester

During the first semester you follow classes in English* two days a week at the university, and the rest of the week you teach your subject in English at either a bilingual school (TTO) or international IB school. The classes will be in Teaching Methodology, Subject Related Methodology, and Teaching Practice. You also start with courses on Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and International and Cross Cultural Education (ICE).

* Sessions may be in semester 1, with deadlines in semester 2

Second Semester

During the second semester you do an internship abroad between mid-March and mid-June. You usually go in groups of twos or threes. This training period takes place either in a bilingual, mainstream or international school abroad. You will be asked to teach and assume responsibility for a number of classes at one of our partner schools, though the ultimate responsibility for your classes ultimately rests with your school supervisor. At this moment internships are being offered in South Africa,  Norway, Poland, Saint Maarten, Saba (certain subjects), and Lithuania. While abroad, you continue to take the courses Teaching Practice 2, Methodology 2, Subject-Related Methodology 2 and you continue with CLIL and ICE-courses though some of this is online. As part of the subject-related methodology course you will conduct research in your school subject while abroad.

We work closely with partner schools and corresponding teacher training institutions, therefore we do not let students choose their schools abroad.

Parttime programme

For students with a job, you may wish to complete the program in two years instead of one to reduce workload and have more time to teach at school. In this case your study path would be as follows:

Period 1 Period 2

 Semester 1:
- Teaching Practice 1a (PiP1a, 10 EC)
- Pedagogy 1 (Pedagogiek) (5 EC)

Semester 1:
- Teaching Practice 2 (PiP2, 10 EC ) **
- CLIL (2.5 EC

 Semester 2:
- Teaching Practice 1b (PiP1b, 10 EC)
- Subject Related Methodology 1 (5 EC) *

Semester 2:
- Subject Related Methodology + Research (VAKD 2.5 EC)
- Pedagogy (Pedagogiek 2, 2.5 EC)
- CLIL (2.5 EC) **
- ICE (5 EC) **

* Sessions may be in semester 1, with deadlines in semester 2
** Timing is flexible in the sense that we can discuss ways to spread workload/deadlines among semesters/bloks to suit student’s schedule/situation.

Electives: CLIL and ICE

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

This module focuses on theories related to teaching your subject through English. You learn about how learners learn languages and how you can facilitate this in your subject lessons. How is teaching biology or history through English different from teaching it in the learners' first language? Which skills do you need to develop to facilitate learning of both your subject and English? How can you give feedback to learners on both content and language? This course focuses on the answers to those questions.

International and Cross Cultural Education (ICE)

This course focuses on culture and multicultural teaching and learning, educational systems, and inter and cross cultural awareness.  Students will learn about cultural models and culturally responsive teaching strategies in culturally diverse classes. They will develop lessons and methods which cater to diverse backgrounds of students. They will explore aspects of different education systems both here in the Netherlands and abroad and do a short research on the goals and philosophies of the education system of their school in the Netherlands and abroad. Finally, students will use their internship abroad as a case study to inclusive approaches in education and reflect on their own acculturation while teaching and living abroad.

Entrance requirements

  • Applicants should meet the same entrance requirements that apply to the Master’s teaching degree programmes. See Toelating en Aanmelden of one of these programmes.
  • Dutch applicants should have successfully completed an orientation course in education at one of the Dutch University teacher training departments, or can otherwise show that they have good prospects of the teaching profession. E.g. having worked as a remedial teacher, as coach of a sportsteam, etc.
  • Foreign applicants should have successfully completed an orientation course in education at one of the Dutch University teacher training departments, or can otherwise show that they have good prospects of the teaching profession , e.g. having worked as a remedial teacher, as coach of a sportsteam, etc. Moreover, it is important to have a good understanding of Dutch education.
  • A minimum C1 language level of English is required as well as passive proficiency in Dutch (reading and listening). The proficiency in Dutch will be assessed during an interview or can be demonstrated by passing the parts lezen and luisteren of NT2, Programma II (B2 niveau).
  • Application deadline is April 1, 2021.

The U-TEAch selection committee will examine your application and motivation letter and decide whether you will be invited for an interview. The interviews will be held on 1 March, 22, 23 and 26 April.

In-service programme

Most U-TEAch students do an internship during the Teaching Practice courses. This is called the pre-service programme. If you already are teaching at a secondary TTO or IB school without a teaching degree you can apply to the U-TEAch in-service programme. More information

Starting date

The U-TEAch track starts each year in August. The programme starts one week before the schools in the middle of the Netherlands start. Please realise that this date is before the official start of the academic year. Attendance during that week is absolutely necessary and therefor mandatory.

Holland Scholarship & bursary

The Holland Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture & Science and Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. The scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA*) who wish to pursue a master’s degree in Holland. Find out more.

For some internships abroad students can apply for an Erasmus+ bursary.

More information

Please check our list of FAQs or contact our study advisor: studieadviseur.gst@uu.nl.