ITESS (International Teacher Education for Secondary Schools)

Study overview ITESS



You may choose to specialise in any of the following subjects.


There is a huge demand for mathematics teachers at international schools. They are much-needed to help young people develop their skills of logical problem-solving. Ongoing technological developments mean we will need many scientists and mathematicians in the future, and you can be the one to help educate them. As a maths teacher at an international school, you will often use multimedia tools to bring the world of mathematics into your classroom. ITESS helps you to become a good mathematician, a fine teacher, and a source of inspiration to your students.


Technological and scientific discoveries are rapidly changing the world. To face the global challenges of the 21st century, we need citizens who have a basic understanding of science. ITESS makes sure that student teachers obtain a helicopter view of the main science concepts to teach pupils aged 11-14.


English is spoken as a first language in many countries and is used as an additional language by millions of people across the globe. English is the language of communication in most international schools. At ITESS you will learn about the English language and about the various cultures of speakers of English. You also focus on literature and arts, and developing teaching materials using these. After graduation, you will be ready to teach English as an additional language (EAL) and literature courses.

Social Studies: History

When studying History at ITESS, you are on your way to making young people aware of history’s influence on the world around them. You will become familiar with many topics such as ancient history, world history, war and peace, and historical research and methods, and discover links to social geography and other social studies as well. The didactics of teaching history will be covered thoroughly, and your teaching will help learners' understanding of what drives societies, past and present. It will enable them to think critically about created, historical myths.

Social Studies: Geography

Geography is all around you. The core of teaching Geography is helping students to give meaning to their nearby world while gaining insight into the physical, environmental and socio-cultural diversity of the wider world in which they learn to play an active role.

Course Catalogue

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Design-Based Education

With Design-Based Education (DBE), ideas are turned into practical solutions, often in an international context. You will work in small interdisciplinary groups on assignments from actual clients. This is the best way to prepare for your future field. DBE places a strong emphasis on the personal development of our students, and, guided by the academic staff, students take charge of their own learning path. Our educational concept is being increasingly used in all of our study programmes.