PGCE v PGDE?!Watch
I have recently got back all my offers, however i now must make a decision on which one to choose and I really dont know what to choose? Is there much difference really between a PGCE / PGDE other than the fact one has more credits than the other? I have heard some people say that they are the same and heard others say that a PGDE isnt recognised by many employers??? I am leaning towards the PGDE because i liked the uni interview morning but i dont want to choose it if i will struggle getting a job? Is it recognized in northern ireland???
You don't need either the PGCE/PGDE to gain employment in England and Wales, as you must have QTS (Qualified Teachers Status) However, NI and Scotland prefer a PGCE or PGDE too. Having said that, both NI and Scotland will allow and observe the QTS qualification.
The difference in the PGCE/PGDE is the amount of work and the amount of masters levels credits you'd earn. As the PGDE have many more credits, it also incurs additional work/assignments. Both qualifications are internationally recognised, as an academic study of pedagogy. (The QTS part is the vocational and practical part of the initial teacher education - ITE course.) The academic study within the PGCE/DE offers you a great foundation to build your teaching practice upon, and so I feel is worth-while doing!
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