Fellowship in Teacher Education

Course Location


Next start date

June 2019

Study Level




Course Leader

Harry Fletcher-Wood

Course Length

2 Years

Study Mode


Application Window

Now open


Being a great teacher is a good foundation for becoming a teacher educator, but it’s only a foundation. Teaching teachers requires learning new knowledge and skills, but many teacher educators learn on the job and are left to improve through trial and error; models of best practice teacher education are often elusive and there are very few colleagues to call upon for advice.

Our Fellowship in Teacher Education course will set participants on a path towards expertise in teacher education and drive improvements in teacher training and development in their school or organisation.

Course outcomes

Participants will develop informed and intentional approaches to the most important components of teacher education. This course includes:

Models of effective teacher educator practice

Exposure to models of effective teacher education from the UK and abroad, helping you to develop your understanding of what’s possible and how it can be achieved.

Expertise in cognitive and behavioural psychology

Understanding the evidence about how people learn and improve, combined with support to prepare you to convey this clearly to your colleagues.

Deliberate practice in the skills of teacher education

Experience in honing the way you design and lead training, to ensure that every teacher is getting better, whether through changing their actions or their thinking.

Support from our faculty

Support to ensure you can effect change in your school/organisation, ensure your work is aligned with school/organisation wide approaches and policies and evaluate your work to understand its impact.

A community of like-minded teacher educators

Connecting you with other expert teacher educators locally and nationally, creating a network of peers to share ideas and receive feedback – a network which we hope you will sustain long after the course has finished.

Course structure

The course moves through logical stages across the two years.

Year 1 will provide you with the foundations needed to begin planning a series of structured enquiries to develop your skills in specific aspects of teacher education, and then support you to design and implement a major change in teaching and learning in your school or organisation.

  • Foundations – pinpointing the most productive developments to support student learning in the school, combining external evidence and internal need and identifying barriers and opportunities to change.
  • Content and contextualization – refreshes your knowledge of cognitive science, formative assessment and committed student classrooms.
  • Designing and delivering training – improves your planning and training delivery: from the highest-level design questions to moment-by-moment interactions with teachers.
  • Supporting and sustaining change – how to enlist support from leaders and colleagues and secure the time and resources needed for effective teacher development.
  • Project preparation – plan and prepare a project to influence teaching.

Year 2 will see you design and implement a project to influence teaching across the school. You will receive continued support from our faculty during this time alongside support from your peers. This will be followed by your final assessment.

Who should do this course?

This course is aimed at expert teachers who have taken on a teacher educator role within their school or organisation. The course is designed to align with their working lives.

This course is for you if you:

  • Want your work as a teacher educator to be informed by the best thinking and evidence from education systems around the world.

  • Want external support and challenge to improve.

  • Are hoping to become an example of teacher education expertise in your school or organisation.

  • Are looking to progress in your career as a teacher educator.

  • Work in a school or organisation that has an existing teaching and learning infrastructure and professional development approach but wants to develop it further.

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Teachers who have graduated from this course may wish to consider joining our faculty on a part-time basis as an Associate Fellow. This dual role will allow individuals to continue their role as a teacher within their school alongside teaching teachers on one of our courses.

They may also want to consider adding to their expertise in leading teacher development by gaining broader leadership skills through programmes provided by Ambition School Leadership, such as Future Leaders.

Selection process

This course has a two-stage selection process.

  1. Stage One – Online application.
  2. Stage Two – Call with Course Lead.

The next application window will be opening in September 2018 for April 2019 entry.

We prioritise applications from teacher educators working in schools which meet our Schools Partnership Criteria.

Selection criteria

  • Be a qualified, expert classroom teacher.

  • Hold a teacher educator post in a primary school, secondary school or teacher training and development organisation.

  • Care deeply about increasing the life chances of their pupils, be hungry to improve their work as a teacher educator, and be highly receptive to feedback.

Course fees

£4,000 over two years

  • £3,000 payable in year one and £1,000 in year two.
  • Typically our course fees are shared between a participant and their school. The size and nature of this fee-share is for a participant and their school to agree.
  • Bursaries are not currently available for this course.

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