Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International)

It provides opportunities for participants to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes, together with an understanding of the responsibilities and obligations of belonging to the teaching profession.

Program Overview

The PGCEi Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) is aimed at professional teachers and practitioners working in countries other than the UK. 

Westford University College, UAE, is a validated institutional partner of Liverpool John Moores University, UK, to promote, enrol, teach and deliver the programs to students in Education, including the PGCEi and the MA.Ed Leadership program. TAITO Education and Exeed College, subsidiary brands of Westford, carry out promotion, marketing and business development of the programs in the region to help Westford acquire the target learners.

PGCEi focuses on improving individual teaching practice through research and critical reflection. Compare teaching approaches from different countries and evolve a global approach to teaching and education. 

As per the current regulations governing the education industry, teachers in the UAE are highly recommended to hold a PGCEi (level 7) qualification to further their careers.

Teachers and educational practitioners from all backgrounds, regardless of the subject and the curriculum – they teach, can join the program.

PGCEi Coursework focuses on practical strategies such as:

  • Enhancing leadership capabilities while remaining in the classroom
  • Planning, delivery and critical evaluation of innovative teaching, learning and assessment
  • Encouraging student involvement
  • Improving student achievement

Fee Structure

AED 21,000

Course Duration​

6 months

Awarding Body


Study Mode

Remote Learning

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Postgraduate Certificate In Education: This pathway is designed for learners who intend to specialize in Education. 

Code: 7001EDUI | Credits: 20

  • Aims to critically examine different perspectives, models and theories of reflective practice and reflexivity, and consider the implications for your professional practice.
  • To support personal and professional development growth through critical evaluation of learning and reflection on experience in your teaching and promoting a leadership stance in your practice.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • Critically explore theories and concepts relevant to reflection, reflexivity, and personal and professional development in educational practice.
  • Review, analyse and critically evaluate the learner’s role(s) as an educational professional and plan appropriate strategies to develop in this area.
  • Evidence of your ability to support and promote learner experience through mentoring and leading others.

Code: 7002EDUI | Credits: 20

  • To deepen knowledge and critical understanding of principles and theories relating to education, teaching, and learning.
  • To identify and apply strategies and methods which translate into effective teaching, learning, and assessment practices in the educational environment.


Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • Identify and critically discuss a range of educational theories, principles, and pedagogical approaches to education, teaching, and learning.
  • Critically evaluate personal & educational practices, synthesising relevant theories and considering implications for training in your professional environment.
  • Evidence planning, delivery and critical evaluation of innovative teaching, learning and assessment strategies.

Code: 7003EDUI | Credits: 20

Aims to develop knowledge and understanding of issues and barriers to learning and recognise dilemmas of access and equity in education to inform effective strategies for learning; with particular emphasis on inclusive pedagogy as a framework for teacher development.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between, and evaluate, different perspectives and proposed responses to educational and social problems/issues that can affect learning and progression
  • Critically evaluate notions of transformative learning and how these may relate to principles of social justice
  • Interpret and critically appraise own resourcefulness and application of professional curiosity and inquiry to enable inclusive pedagogy for teacher development and practice
  • Develop, implement and evaluate strategies to support positive educational experiences and outcomes for all learners

Learning Resources

Live & interactive lectures by expert faculties

Recorded session for offline viewing

World-class curriculum by eminent faculty

Regular webinars by industry leaders

Assignments for module assessments

Easy-to-use LMS accessible anywhere

Online library to further enhance your knowledge

Dissertation on your area of research work

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Program Faculty

Shakhnoza Shamsuddinova

Faculty and Course Leader

Shakhnoza Shamsuddinova
Education Policy Specialist with a strong academic background in education policy and research from a leading Russell Group UK University. She holds a BA with Honors in International Relations and Foreign Policy and an MSc in Education, Public Policy, and Equity from the University of Glasgow with Distinction. Experienced in educational policy, public policy research, and practice with an overall 5-year teaching experience in the private education sector as well as internship experiences in government organizations and NGOs. Shakhnoza is a scholarship holder of prestigious programs organized and sponsored by Harvard Business School, University of Cambridge, British Council, and OSCE. Her qualifications include a Master of Science with Distinction in Education, Public Policy, and Equity from the University of Glasgow. Her areas of expertise include education policy and research, Equity and Education policy, Economics of education policy, 21st-century teaching and learning, education and development, higher education, and labour market.

Rajashree K.N

Senior Faculty and Course Leader

Rajashree K.N
Rajshree’s qualification entails MBA in Human Resources, Bachelor’s in Science, and BA in Arts. Prior to her 8-year stint in education, she had the privilege to work as human resource personnel in organizations like GE, Nissan, Fullerton India, and Standard Chartered Bank for a span of 8 years.

Poonam Heryani

Associate Dean – Teacher Education

Poonam Heryani
Poonam Heryani is an award-winning practitioner, education leader and professional educator with diverse experience and a strong track record fostering student-centred curriculum and creativity. She has over three decades of experience developing innovative pedagogical, technological and leadership skills, enabling positive transformation. She takes pride in inspiring and empowering young practitioners and supports local and professional communities. In addition to engaging in research, developing curricula and professional development, Poonam has presented papers, and she is a regular speaker at international conferences like World Education Summit, Indian Education Congress and Education Innovation Summit. A Gold Medalist with a degree in Master of Science in Education (MSED) and Research with specialization in Teacher Leadership from Richard Riley College of Education, Walden University, USA, currently her area of interest is “how leadership practices in a school can impact the learning and achievement of students”.

Dr. Vivek Mohan

Dean – Academic and Student Affairs

Dr. Vivek Mohan
Dr Vivek is an award-winning researcher with several years of experience leading the design, delivery and digital transformation of programs in higher education in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. He had previously taken up Faculty and Researcher positions at Sheffield Business School, UK, and Leeds Business School, UK. His corporate training and consulting portfolio includes firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, International Cricket Council, WJ Ground Water and Petrofac. Dr Vivek holds a PhD in Business Management and an MSc in International Business from the UK and is certified in education design for higher education from Sydney (UNSW), blockchain essentials (UCLA), blended learning essentials from the UK (UCL-Leeds), and in Project Management from CMI, UK. He is also a certified member of the British Academy of Management and served as the editorial board member of the International Journal of Family Business and Management in the US. He is also a sports enthusiast and plays competitive badminton and basketball.

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Entry Requirements

Candidates are required to meet the following criteria as a minimum:

  • Have a first degree - classification, usually a minimum of 2.2 Honours or equivalent, of a UK university or equivalent overseas qualification; ideally in a relevant subject, e.g. Education, Social Policy, Childhood, Community Development, Health or International Studies.
  • Or
  • For non-standard entry, applicants need to demonstrate a comparable academic standard through past studies and 12 months of relevant work experience, along with a genuine passion and interest in the critical study of education in its broadest sense.
  • IELTS score of 6.0 overall.

Applicants who have successfully completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) (PGCEi) with Unicaf as the approved Teaching Institution may be considered for advanced entry into the MA Education. The PGCEi would count as 60 credits towards the MA Education programme with exemptions for:

  • Competing Philosophies of Education (20 credits)
  • The Critically Reflective Practitioner (20 credits)
  • Education, Globalisation and Social Justice (20 credits)
  • Students will need to complete the following modules once they join the MA Education: Education, Society and Culture (20 credits)

Entry Requirements

  • Age 20+ and Gender is no bar. Be currently teaching and have access to a classroom (if not we will provide placement support).
  • Be committed to developing their teaching and learning skills through reflective practice in the field of education.
  • They should be graduates of an approved university or any other institution of higher education.
  • Applicants for whom English is not the medium of instruction of their first degree must have achieved a British Council IELTS average final score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in any element no more than two years prior to admission.
  • Applicants with lesser qualifications may be considered for ‘exceptional entry’. If you do not meet these criteria you may contact us about a non-standard entry

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As PGCEi is an international qualification for enhancing a teacher’s career, the accreditation of MoE, KHDA, or ADEK is not needed. To be eligible to work in UAE schools, you need to apply for the Teacher Licensing System (TLS). When you apply for jobs in an international curriculum school (American, British and IB curriculum), a western qualification like PGCEi is needed.

The duration of the qualification is six months

3 to 4 months after completion of the course.

It will be informed during the induction; generally, two weeks are given.

No hidden charges. But for late submission of assignments, there is a penalty. Additional cost will be there if you want us to courier your certificate and attestation of the certificate.

Three assignments are there. Additional details will be discussed during orientation.

Done locally on campus Done from an international University
Classes are daily Classes are once in a week
Cannot be done simultaneously with a job Can be done simultaneously with your job
Expensive Relatively affordable

As PGCEi is for international educators, Liverpool doesn’t offer PGCEi on campus.

Three intakes are there in a year – January, April, and September.

In case of postponement, there is a policy in place from the University. It is explained in detail in the orientation, or you may contact the administrator.

We have a diverse set of trainers. LJMU approves all to deliver the qualification.

Generally, the trainers review the first and second drafts, and the feedback is given individually. If you face any issues, you can always contact the academics team.

You cannot skip instalments; if you do so, the Accounts Department blocks your LMS and restricts your class entrance.

Attestation can be provided for the UAE and the UK only from the following bodies:

  • Certifications copy from Solicitor UK (on copy)
  • Apostille stamp from Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
  • Legalisation from UAE Embassy in London
  • Attestation from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dubai UAE (MOFA)

Yes, it is better to do so for a better understanding of the course, and it helps with the assignments. If you are not working and do not have any experience, you can volunteer.

We suggest volunteering for any student who is not working now. We will be delivering two support sessions for new/aspiring teachers. One would be before the second module, and the other would be before the third module.

Yes, you can volunteer at our university, depending on your availability. We have partnered with a few schools for volunteering, which depends on the availability.

Yes, we do. But it depends upon the availability.

Within two months from the date of registration.

You can get an attestation from MOFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) of any country and the UK.

The student is supposed to collect the certificate from our campus. But if you are an international student then we can courier your certificate. Courier charges to be borne by the student.

Classes are being delivered virtually until further notice

We are a free zone establishment, so we do not need any accreditation from the MOE.

In the western education system, full-time courses are completed within a short time, but classes will not be there every day. Part-time courses are for a longer duration. Hence, we deliver it in 6 months in full-time mode.

Due to confidentiality reasons, we do not share the contact details of our students.

We are all part of Westford Education Group. 

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PGCEi – Level 7 PGCTL – Level 6
Considered in job requirements and adds value as a western qualification to get jobs in international schools Not considered to get jobs, has no mention in any of the vacancies
Recognized globally Not recognized globally
Awarded from a reputable University From a local institution, just shown as regulated internationally

No, it is not equivalent to a master’s as it is a certification.

Yes, AED 500 per student.

Yes, you can. But you need to incur additional charges on that.

Westford Education Group’s mission is to deliver international qualifications at an affordable rate to all aspiring educators.

Yes, access to LJMU e-library is given. Details are explained during orientation.

No. To get the QTS/license of any particular country, you should be present in that country. Secondly, soon PGCEi will be awarded the iQTS, which is International Qualified Status, you can read more about it by clicking on this link –

The third module is relevant to the teaching license plus the support sessions would be of great help.

PGCEi is not delivered on campus as it is for international students.

Yes, you can join the course. Getting a job depends on your academic qualification and other requirements of the organization that you apply for.

PGCEi is a western qualification and helps you in getting jobs in international curriculum schools mostly. B. Ed is preferred in CBSE curriculum schools but a few of them do accept PGCEi as well.

Bachelor’s major subject + PGCEi makes you eligible to teach that subject, grades depend on your experience. With a bachelor’s, a person can reach up to secondary only. For higher levels, you should have at least a master’s degree + a teaching qualification.