How the OU can help
Teaching is a graduate profession, and the early years sector is moving the same way, so you’ll need a degree as a starting point.
The Open University offers flexibility, quality and a huge choice of options. You could study a subject that you’re passionate about and would like to teach later on. Alternatively, you could study a degree with an education focus, choosing from courses such as early years, childhood and youth studies, or the teaching and learning of mathematics.
In addition to a degree, you need to undertake Initial Teacher Education or Training (ITET) such as a PGCE (or a PGDE in Scotland), which you can do at a wide range of higher education institutions around the UK, or through a school-based training scheme. There may be incentives for shortage subjects like science, technology and maths, while for other subjects, training places may be limited. It’s worth checking with training providers at an early stage, and having a look at the teaching jobs market to help with your planning – which could also have a bearing on your choice of first degree.
Whichever approach you adopt, our practice-focused courses enable you to apply your learning as you study. They draw directly on our world-renowned research programmes – bringing you up to date with the latest thinking.
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Already a teacher?
We offer a wide choice of standalone modules and postgraduate qualifications for professionals already working in teaching, to update your knowledge and skills and support your continuing professional development.
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