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Honours track: U-TEAch

Are you fascinated by other cultures? Do you have a global 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 elective honours track which provides extra enrichment to the regular Teacher Education.

U-TEAch is available for the following school subjects:

Biology | Chemistry | Civics | Economics | English | Geography | History | History of Arts | Mathematics | Physics | Religious Studies

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

Study Programme

U-TEAch offers courses on Teaching Practice (30 credits), Teaching Methodology (7,5 credits), Subject-related Methodology (12,5 credits), CLIL (5 credits) and ICE (5 credits).

The U-TEAch track offers more or less the same courses as the Dutch taught program so you can also find information on the Dutch pages of this website. However, there will be no choice of electives. Your electives will be Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and International and Cross-cultural Education (ICE).

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 the CLIL and ICE courses.
* Classes are all in English, except for lectures on your subject methodology, these are in Dutch.

Second semester

During the second semester you do an internship abroad between February and May. You usually go in pairs 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 and Saint Maarten. In addition, you take the courses Teaching Practice 2, Methodology 2, Subject-Related Methodology 2 and you continue with CLIL and ICE. As part of the subject-related methodology course you will conduct a small research on your school subject.

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

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 module explores and evaluates the characteristics of different educational systems, e.g. the International Baccalaureate (IB). You study the IB curriculum both for your own subject area, as well as the IB philosophy about international education. Another extremely important factor in becoming a successful international or bilingual teacher is cultural awareness, which is an integral element of this course.

In-service programme

Most U-TEAch students do an internship during the Teaching Practice courses. This is called the pre-service program. If you already are teaching without a teaching degree but and want to join U-TEAch you can apply to the U-TEAch in-service program. Keep in mind that U-TEAch is a full-time program only.

To enter the U-TEAch track via the in-service programme.

  • You need to fulfill the entrance requirements.
  • You need to be teaching a minimum of 5 hours and an absolute maximum of 12 hours per week at a bilingual school or international school in the Netherlands.
  • Your course starts with an introductory period of one full-time week. After this, you work at school a maximum of three days each week and spend the other two days at the university where you have the opportunity to reflect on your in-school experiences.
  • It is vital that your school provides supervision.
  • You have the possibility to go abroad for a short period during the second part of the course as well as continuing to work at your own school.

Entrance requirements

  • Applicants should meet the same entrance requirements that apply to the Master’s programme “Leraar Voorbereidend Hoger Onderwijs" for their school subject. In general this means an applicant has an academic bachelor’s and master’s degree in the field of the chosen school subject.
  • 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). This may 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. Unfortunately, we cannot place every candidate. Interviews will be held in February, April and May. Please keep check the dates later.

Note: the U-TEAch programme starts once a year, in August/September.

Career opportunities

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 provide evidence that you have specialised in international and bilingual teaching.

Starting date

U-TEAch is a full time (elective) track. Starting date is August 23th, 2021.
The programme starts one week before the schools in the middle of the Netherlands start. As we start straight away with a full time programme and we work on the course philosophy and group formation, attendance during that week is absolutely necessary and we cannot make exceptions. Please realise that this date is before the official start of the academic year. 

Holland Scholarship

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.

More information

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For other questions you can contact our study advisor: studieadviseur.gst@uu.nl.