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Masters in Education in English in Switzerland?

Does anyone know where I can get a MA in Education in Switz (In English)? I've looked high and low w. no answers. I teach English as a Second Language and would one day like to be able to teach full-time in an International School. I have a BA, but not in Education, just an English teaching Cert. Has anyone done a local or online program that isn't too expensive? Any info welcome!

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Re: Masters in Education in English in Switzerland?

Would you be able to go to UK for one year to do a PGCE?
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Re: Masters in Education in English in Switzerland?

Well, I'm American and my husband is Swiss and I believe we need to live together for me to keep my B permit.
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Re: Masters in Education in English in Switzerland?

Have you checked the UK Open University site?
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Re: Masters in Education in English in Switzerland?

I met someone once who was doing a teaching qualification by distance through the University of Phoenix.

Also some Australian universities offer teaching qualifications by distance, or used to. Check Charles Sturt University and the University of New England. The qualification you are looking for is a Graduate Diploma in Education.
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Re: Masters in Education in English in Switzerland?

Usually, if you want to work in international schools worldwide, you need to have a teaching degree from one of the English-speaking countries (AU, US, CA, UK, ZA, NZ), and usually you would need to do at least some, if not all, of the practical teaching work within the country. (Note also, that the decent schools mostly require you to have 2 years experience teaching post-graduation.)

Whether Swiss international schools require the same, I do not know, but generally the English-speaking ones are going to follow a US or UK curriculum, so I imagine it would be an advantage to have a degree from there.

As mentioned above, some Australian universities offer a Grad Dip in Education by distance, but you'd still have to do some or all of the teaching in Australia. That might work out to something like 30 days teaching in Oz and 30 days elsewhere, in Switzerland for example. (Check out Monash, UNE, CSU, USQ, Murdoch and Deakin.) Perhaps the UK has something similar.

I don't think there would be any education studies in English in Switzerland though. I could be wrong. There is a course for young learners in Germany, but it doesn't lead to a formal teaching qualification. There is nothing on this list... http://www.crus.ch/information-progr...glish.html?L=2

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Re: Masters in Education in English in Switzerland?

Have a look here: http://www.swissuniversity.ch/master...isciplineId=14
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Re: Masters in Education in English in Switzerland?

At the moment the University of Sunderland does a distance PGCE course for overseas residents who have a Batchelors and want to teach in international schools. I don;t know if it's open to non British citizens though, but it might be worth giving them a ring. Teaching practice is done in a school local to you.
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Re: Masters in Education in English in Switzerland?

Thank you all for your help. As, I am not leaving Switzerland any time soon, I am looking for a program here or distance learning that gives a degree that is recognized in Switzerland and I could use if I ever go back to the US (doesn't look like it w. the current state of the economy;(

Currently, I work as an English Teacher at a Sprachschule. With my currently qualifications (B.A. Geography and TESOL) and 4 years teaching experience (S. Korea, US and Switz) I cannot get a full-time job teaching anywhere here. I've been applying for two years. All of the schools say I'm not qualified.

I am very interested in obtaining a Master's in International Education, but I haven't found anything, so now I'm looking for a Master's in Education.

I don't think a graduate certificate will work here....anyone know?
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Re: Masters in Education in English in Switzerland?

A British PGCE or an Australian Grad Dip Ed would definitely be accepted by international schools here as they are the standard teaching qualifications in those countries, whereas an MEd on its own doesn't qualify you to teach. Usually the international schools would be looking for more experience as well but you never know your luck. A school might be especially interested in your ESL background (although generally as you seem to have already found they are not that interested in language school experience), or you might be able to get in via substitute teaching.

If you want to keep open the option of teaching in the US eventually it might be better to have a US qualification though. I have no idea about recognition of foreign qualifications there.

It would take longer, but maybe intensive language courses followed by Swiss teacher training at a PH is another option?
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Re: Masters in Education in English in Switzerland?

You may not be aware of it, but some of the Swiss Gymnasia and Berufsschulen are teaching their pre-tertiary subjects in English more and more - particularly Science, Maths and History. The idea is that if they students go on to study these subjects at Uni they will have to deal with it in English anyway.

This might open up possibilities for Engish natives to teach in the Swiss system (which btw pays significantly better than any international school). The people you have to get in touch to see what international qualification is recognised are the guys from the EDK:

http://www.edk.ch/dyn/12933.php

Found them to be very helpful when I contacted them to find out about the requirements for Australian qualifications.
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Re: Masters in Education in English in Switzerland?

Does anyone know if Swiss schools will take degrees from distance learning programs, such as U of Phoenix or Open Univ.? Will have to check about the Gymnasiums, but I do believe you need a high German level to teach there.
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Re: Masters in Education in English in Switzerland?

Hi, I'm going to be doing a Certificate in Primary Education and later on an MA in Education with the College of New Jersey, which gives you a US state qualification if you have American citizenship. The international school where I work accepts it. You can do some courses online and two or three summers in Majorca, which for me is ideal. Plus you will need a practice teaching in a primary school over 13 weeks.

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http://offsitegrad.pages.tcnj.edu/pr...study/degrees/
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