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Does the UK PGCE transfer to the US?

Old Oct 24th 2013, 11:16 am
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Hi all,

I have a degree in Psychology (BA) from America. Once I moved to the UK 10 years ago, I decided I wanted to teach. So, I did my Post Graduate Cert in Education (PGCE) to teach Further Education (college. not university) here in the UK.

My question is. Does anyone know if my PGCE will transfer to the US? I would like to teach in the states but unsure I will be qualified. How can I find out?

Thanks in advance!
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Old Jun 16th 2014, 9:51 pm
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it does, just need to get the docs attested by the state/area you are gonna teach.
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Old Jun 24th 2014, 4:00 pm
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I think these things vary by State. Do ALL states accept a British PGCE ?
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Old Oct 11th 2014, 3:18 pm
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Same here, how do I contact a state? What organisation? Any clue for Austin, Texas? Thanks
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Old Oct 12th 2014, 4:21 pm
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You have to do the 'hard miles' and speak to people directly.

I don't think anyone would give you a definitive 'silver bullet' so to speak. It is possible to do but you need to do a lot of work and send a lot of emails and get some luck along the way.

A PGCE is much more rigorous that the US equivalent (from what I have seen, and only my opinion) so I think you would be accepted and appointed on merit if you are a good teacher. However it is not as simple as getting a job at a state school. Getting here and getting a work visa is another area where you need to do the hard graft.

The only advice to anyone looking to do this is: It is possible but no one is going to give you it on a silver platter. Go and MAKE it happen by research and communication
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Old Oct 12th 2014, 4:35 pm
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Very useful piece of advice, many thanks for your time!
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Old May 27th 2015, 7:41 am
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I have this same question at the moment. I guess I'll go and contact the Washington state board of education myself to find out.
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Old May 27th 2015, 12:51 pm
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Trying to get in at an international school will be your easiest option unless you are already here and or married to a yank.

That is a good way in as you will have time to understand he state system which is very different to the UK system. Private schools are much more prevalent and state school is very hit and miss depending on where you go.

The subject you teach is also going to be a factor, if it is an area that they have a lot of teachers for then why would they bother to help you to get here and teach it if they have quality candidates queuing up out the door. They might hire you if you apply but they probably wont help you to travel and get a visa etc.

In the state system you aren't hired by a school either, you are hired by the equivalent of an LEA and then placed in a school, so there would be uncertainty on the quality of your school, the location, etc etc. Very different from ole blighty.

International section on TES. International Baccalauréat website. Search associates/international school services. Would be some good leads to chase up if you are looking into it.

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Old May 27th 2015, 1:54 pm
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Originally Posted by Dan_hals View Post
Trying to get in at an international school will be your easiest option unless you are already here and or married to a yank.

That is a good way in as you will have time to understand he state system which is very different to the UK system. Private schools are much more prevalent and state school is very hit and miss depending on where you go.

The subject you teach is also going to be a factor, if it is an area that they have a lot of teachers for then why would they bother to help you to get here and teach it if they have quality candidates queuing up out the door. They might hire you if you apply but they probably wont help you to travel and get a visa etc.

In the state system you aren't hired by a school either, you are hired by the equivalent of an LEA and then placed in a school, so there would be uncertainty on the quality of your school, the location, etc etc. Very different from ole blighty.

International section on TES. International Baccalauréat website. Search associates/international school services. Would be some good leads to chase up if you are looking into it.

Here to help if you need anything.

What goes around comes around.

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Old May 27th 2015, 3:33 pm
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'Trying to get in at an international school will be your easiest option unless you are already here and or married to a yank.'

Or A citizen...

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