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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 development of subject literacy;
  • 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.

Adolescent development**

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

Subject 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) focuses on innovative practices. For WTP, we give this course our own twist by focusing on an aspect of bilingual and/or international education at your placement schools. After an introduction to both bilingual and international education and initial exploration of what this means in your school context, you will work in a group to explore a specific area relevant in several schools from multiple perspectives.

WTP Action Research*

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 within the bilingual or international school context.

WTP Seminars*

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

  • content and language integrated learning (CLIL);
  • intercultural competence and global citizenship;
  • multicultural education.

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.

**Depending on the size of the WTP group, the Adolescent Development/Pedagogiek curse will be taught in either English or Dutch.

More information 

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

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