The University of Buckingham Postgraduate Certificate of Education is a qualification which provides the skills necessary to teach ages 11-19 in bilingual and international schools. The PGCE is being offered in Mexico to teachers who have a university degree and are already working in a private school.
Aims of the PGCE
The main aims of the PGCE are to ensure that practising teachers who have not had much pedagogical training are able to teach their subject with a high level of professional competence, are knowledgeable about contemporary issues in education, and can function as reflective, independent-minded professionals.
The PGCE at The Anglo Institute of Education
The PGCE is designed and awarded by the University of Buckingham in the UK. The Anglo Institute of Higher Education is authorised to run the course in Mexico. Currently, the course is offered to teachers teaching at secondary and high school level.
The PGCE course runs for three semesters. The course is school based: that is to say, trainees are employed by their schools during the year and a half they take the course. They are mentored within their schools by a designated mentor, under the direction of The Anglo Institute of Education which, in turn, is directed by the University of Buckingham Department of Education.
Trainees are assigned a tutor by The Anglo Institute of Education, who oversees their progress and who visits trainees in their schools twice each semester. This ensures that there are comparable standards and opportunities for candidates across all schools involved.
During the course of the PGCE, trainees come to The Anglo Institute of Education for three three-day 'residential' meetings. Such meetings will take place almost exclusively during school holidays. These sessions will be delivered in English although assignments can be written in Spanish.
The PGCE is validated in Mexico by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana - Lerma.
Successful candidates who have met the requirements of the course and received the PGCE from the University of Buckingham can have the certificate validated by the
UAM-Lerma for an additional cost.