International Teacher Education for Secondary Schools (ITESS)
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International Teacher Education for Secondary Schools (ITESS)

Embrace the world of international education and work with young people in a meaningful job that can take you across the globe.

Course duration
4 years
Starts in
September
Location
Meppel
Diploma
Bachelor of Education

With our teacher training degree, International Teacher Education for Secondary Schools you become an inclusive and skilled teacher able to work with young people in schools across the world. Combine your creativity and adaptability to teach your specialist subject to a diversity of learners with different backgrounds, needs and language levels. 

  • Top rated programme according to the Keuzegids Hbo 2024
  • Gain extensive teaching experience in each year of your study in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond 
  • Learn to teach holistically and become an experienced, inclusive and skilled teacher 
  • Draw on NHL Stenden's extensive experience in international teacher education 
  • Benefit from the personal approach on our campus in Meppel and its lively community 
  • Get the skills needed to teach at privately funded international secondary schools 
  • Enjoy outstanding job prospects through a high demand for qualified international teachers worldwide 
  • Spend a semester studying abroad at a partner university 
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9 March 2024, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (CET)

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NEW: From now on ITESS is offered in Meppel at the new ITE campus

From September 2023 onwards, campus Meppel will be a special campus for International Teacher Education. Students of ITESS and ITEPS benefit from the facilities: a fab lab (a lab for learning and innovation), available and affordable student housing, parties and other events, a cozy canteen and modern classrooms.

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Top rated programme

International Teacher education for Secondary Schools is Top rated programme according to Keuzegids Hbo 2024.

Overview

Diploma
Bachelor of Education
Starts in
September
Location
Meppel
Language
English
Course duration
4 years
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What International Teacher Education for Secondary Schools offers

ITESS is a unique, four-year programme aimed specifically at international secondary education. The strong practical focus enables you to gain extensive teaching experience at international secondary schools in the Netherlands and abroad. You will develop your educational, pedagogical and teaching skills at a pace that suits you and in a way that enables you to demonstrate your personal skills and potential. This teaching degree has a holistic approach so students learn to integrate the academic, social, emotional and ethical needs of their pupils into their lessons. The programme offers five main subject fields, namely Mathematics, Science, English, Social Studies: History, and Social Studies: Geography. 

Outside the classroom, ITESS offers an international, open-minded community to students and staff, with students taking an active role in organising extracurricular activities. From book clubs and pub quizzes, to a football team and mindfulness club, the activities give the students a sense of belonging.  

International Teacher Education in practice   

You work on assignments covering real-life challenges from the classroom in each year of the course, collaborating in small groups and drawing on the skills and experience of lecturers and professionals in the field. You could be designing lessons, integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into learning, or developing lessons to maximise student participation. This method of working (Design-Based Education) means you learn to draw on feedback to adapt your ideas and become more flexible, while also developing your teamwork and leadership skills. It means you get hands-on experience of what it’s like to research and understand a problem or situation, develop solutions based on educational insights and revise your ideas and prototypes through testing and feedback.

Gain international experience  

Studying International Teacher Education for Secondary Schools at NHL Stenden means combining intercultural skills, didactics, developmental psychology and world citizenship. You spend part of your degree doing teaching practice in an international secondary school that is part of NHL Stenden's global network. And you get the chance to study abroad by taking a minor subject at the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences Grand Tour location in South Africa or go on an exchange to a partner institution and delve into a totally new way of studying. With over 100 different minors on offer through NHL Stenden and held at locations all over the world, you're sure to find the perfect specialisation, whether it's Inclusive Education, Social Studies or Education in South Africa.  

Shorter programmes abroad are offered through RUN-EU, giving you the chance to delve into a subject for a short period of time working with students from different disciplines and different countries. 

The #6 reasons to study at NHL Stenden

Have you seen our #6 reasons why you should most definitely, without a doubt, come study at NHL Stenden? Read about how our students and alumni not only value NHL Stenden’s top quality education and the amazing global network, but also feel that what they learn is really relevant thanks to our educational concept and the work opportunities we offer – and they get to enjoy a great, affordable student life while they’re at it.

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“I decided to come to the Netherlands as the programme at NHL Stenden is so unique in focusing on teaching in international education”
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Leonard Wallstein
ITESS student

Is this the degree for you?

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