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Initial Teacher Education

ICLON provides various programmes leading to a teaching qualification for secondary education valid in the Netherlands. The teaching programmes are offered for the following school subjects: 

  • Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Classics (Greek and Latin), Chinese Language and Culture;
  • Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics;
  • History and Civics, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Social Studies, Art History and Cultural and Art Education, Business economics and Economics.

All programmes are taught in Dutch. Therefore, detailed information about the programmes is only available in Dutch. An overview of all programmes can be found at our website.

Please note: because all programmes are taught in Dutch and students receive a teaching qualification which allows to teach at a Dutch school, one of the entry requirements for all programmes is a good command of Dutch. If you have not achieved a Secondary Education qualification in the Netherlands, you have to prove your proficiency in Dutch (reading, listening, speaking, writing and grammar) through an advanced Dutch language exam (see ‘Nederlandse taal’).

Teaching Master (60 EC) 

In order to acquire a teaching qualification for secondary education, students need to enroll in a one year master teacher training programme. The entry requirement for the programme is a bachelor degree in the school subject and a master degree. Students who have successfully completed this master programme are qualified to teach in lower and higher secondary education. 
The Teaching Master does not only attract recent graduates but also those who are looking for a career in teaching following years of experience in another field.

World Teachers Programme (plus programme of the Teaching Master)

For teaching in bilingual and international schools the World Teachers Programme  has been developed in close cooperation with one of the partner schools. The World Teachers Programme is a plus programme of the Teaching Master.

Minor programme (30 EC)  

Most faculties of Leiden University offer the possibility to opt for an educational minor within the third year of various bachelor programmes. Students who have successfully completed this minor and their bachelor are qualified to teach in lower secondary education. These minor programmes are provided by ICLON.

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