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The WTP adds a number of extra elements to the Teaching Master.

Type of programme: plus programme involving approximately 100 extra hours of study above the regular Teaching Master programme (60 EC, full-time; see also option WTP for qualified teachers). 

Duration: 1 year

Start date: end of August

Degree: master degree, Dutch teaching qualification ‘eerstegraads onderwijsbevoegdheid’ and World Teachers Programme certificate


The four World Teacher Competences are integrated in all the modules. A WTP graduate should:

  • communicate effectivesly across languages and cultures;
  • embrace diversity;
  • support language development;
  • be ready to question and be questioned.

Learning & Instruction

In this module, you will learn about general educational theory and relate it to your practice.

Educational Theory*

Here, you will learn about adolescents’ social, cognitive and psychological development, and consider how this influences the role of the teacher.

Teaching Methodology

In your specific Teaching Methodology group, you will look at ways of tackling content and skills specific to your subject or discipline. Again, the link between theory and practice is key. For most subjects, this module will be taught and assessed in Dutch. For the subject English, it will be taught and assessed in English. For the modern foreign languages (English, French, German, Spanish and Mandarin), both Dutch and the target language will be used.

Innovations in Education (IE)*

Innovations in Education (IE) is the second semester general teaching methodology course and focuses on innovative practices. You will further develop your understanding of the relationship between teaching practice, student learning, school organization and educational policies, in relation to your own ambitions regarding educational change and your experiences during your international internship.

Subject-specific Research Project*

All Education Master students complete an educational research project. In the WTP, this project takes the form of Participatory Action Research (PAR), where learners are actively involved in helping teachers to investigate and improve a specific area of practice.

WTP Seminars*

The WTP Seminars address the content that is unique to the WTP. They will cover topics related specifically to 

  • bilingual and international education contexts;, 
  • content and language integrated learning (CLIL); 
  • and intercultural communicative competence (ICC). 

You will be asked to apply the concepts discussed in your own practice and to reflect on this experience, as well as on implications for education and your own development more broadly.

Practical Experience

Teaching Practice

During the programme, you will spend about 3 days a week at a bilingual or international school in the Netherlands. For most WTP students, this will be one of our established WTP partner schools. You will be expected to teach to a range of classes and for at least 50% of the time in international and/or bilingual classes.

Are you already teaching at a bilingual or international school but have no formal teaching qualification? It may be possible for you to carry out your teaching practice there. Please contact the admissions team to discuss the possibilities further.


Supervision is the ICLON part of your School Practice, meaning that the two subjects are assessed as one. During the Supervision seminars the focus is on your professional development as a teacher. You will be introduced to ways in which you can make use of theories covered in L&I and other elements of the ICLON WTP course to describe and analyse your practice. You will also learn how to steer your own development, in close cooperation with your fellow-students and your (school) supervisors.

International Internship

In the second semester, you will spend 3-4 weeks teaching and observing at a school in another country. Some students travel as far as China or Australia, but some stay as close to home as Germany, Luxembourg or the UK.

*For WTP students, this module will be taught and assessed in English.

More information 

Information about the start day and (digital) start course, education day (Monday) and schedule, school practice etcetera can be found here.

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