International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEPS)

International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEPS) course overview

The ITEPS degree at NHL Stenden teaches you how to think and work in a multicultural environment and from a cross-cultural perspective. You will become a creative professional able to teach in privately funded international primary schools or in another position in the field of international education. 


The programme for ITEPS 

The programme offers a diverse range of subjects and has a strong practical focus. You will gain extensive experience teaching at international primary schools in the Netherlands and abroad. There you will work on developing educational, pedagogical and teaching skills in the context of a multicultural classroom. 

Download the brochure to get a really useful one-page overview of the curriculum with a description of the modules and a list of subjects per year, the study load and the ECTS you can earn. Use it to compare the programme with other studies you’re interested in.

Minors and specialisations of ITEPS  

In the third & fourth year of ITEPS, you get to specialise by taking a number of minors.

  • Arts and Culture (Meppel, the Netherlands)  
    Give practical meaning to art & culture lessons and activities with this minor. You develop your own art & culture skills as well as your pedagogical skills and your understanding of why the arts are important in child development. 
  • Inclusive Education (Meppel, the Netherlands)  
    With this minor, you learn about the history of special education and inclusive education in different countries, and gain experience in planning and implementing education that fosters inclusion and accounts for different learning needs.  
  • Intercultural Understanding and Religion (Meppel, the Netherlands)  
    Offering a combination of theories on religion and philosophical approaches, this minor helps you to not only analyse current problems and events, but also understand the role intercultural understanding and religion plays in our globalised world. 
  • Science & Technology (Meppel, the Netherlands) 
    The minor in Science & Technology provides a basis for planning and developing science teaching in an international primary environment. You'll be able to explain phenomena scientifically and make links to the world around us. 
  • Education in South Africa (South Africa)  
    This minor gives you exposure to a different cultural environment in which teachers are operating, helping you to develop your people skills, and giving you a firmer knowledge of others. 

Course Catalogue

The course catalogue contains detailed information on the programme, so that you can compare different studies or get a more in-depth understanding of what the programme entails.

Practical approach of ITEPS

We aim to help you put theory into practice as quickly as possible. Through our educational concept, Design-Based Education (DBE), you work in small teams of students, teachers, researchers and industry professionals. You tackle current, real-life issues developing and adapting your visions and ideas to form a solid solution. And you gain yet more practical experience during your internship in your final year.  

International opportunities

We want to prepare you for an international, intercultural, and ever-changing environment, so that you can dive into the unknown and gain experience in an international context. It is possible with our Grand Tour, Exchange programme or one of our mobility options offered by RUN-EU. Or you can choose to do your internship abroad. You’ll be able to put together the right combination of courses and internships to develop both your professional and personal skills – and develop your own network for the future.

Is this the degree for you?

If you're confident this degree is the one for you, then why not apply online straightaway? Or pick one of the other options to help you take the next step.