During the programme

You learn what it is to be a teacher and how to teach English language and literature to young people, with a work placement at a training school starting halfway through your first year.

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Content of the Teacher Education in English programme

Teacher Education in English covers three components:

  • The English Language – Grammar, Phonetics, Literature and such
  • Methodological Practice – How to teach a second language through the communicative approach
  • Pedagogical Practice – the ess ence of being a teacher: child development psychology and such

As part of these components you will also do a 3,5 year internship and engage in practical research at your internship school.

Your first year is focused on the teaching profession, and it includes two projects on themes relating to the English language and culture as part of your preparation for a study trip to Britain.


During the main phase of the programme you will study literature (including youth literature), teaching methodology, British and American culture, dialectology, linguistics, second language acquisition and language proficiency.

You will spend ten weeks doing a work placement abroad to develop your English language proficiency.

During the third year of the Teacher Education in English programme, you continue to deepen your knowledge, and undertake further internships. You are now able to design a lesson plan and teach a class on your own, getting feedback from your school supervisor.

During the final phase, you teach (almost) completely independently. Half of your time is devoted to your work placement at a school, having regular teaching duties three days a week, combined with working on a research project for the school. The other half consists of optional subjects, study-work supervision, weekly meetings reflecting on classroom sessions and your experiences at the internship school, as well as preparing for your final assessment.

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Hours a week
  • 20%Practice
  • 80%Theory
  • 70%Individual work
  • 30%Groupwork


Hours a week
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    Want to know more about this programme?

    Are you ambitious? Do you want more from your degree? You can follow our Honours programme alongside your regular coursework. Once you have completed your coursework and a final graduation project, you will be awarded the Honours Certificate.

    Unique to this course is that talented and ambitious students can opt for a five-year course that leads to a double Bachelor’s degree. For example, one in German and one in English. You will have an additional workload of around eight to ten hours a week.

    Contact hours per week: average 16 in year 1 and 12 from year 2 onwards.

    Hours of self-study per week: 24 hours in year 1 and 28 hours from year 2 onwards

    Courses conclude with exams, tests, assignments, essays or portfolios. Exams may also be broken down into partial exams (or partial tests). Exams are held at the end of each term and are posted on the examination timetable.

    At the end of your first year, you will receive study advice. For example whether the programme is suitable for you or not, or that you may need to draw up a study plan with the study career counsellor. This advice is not binding. Of course, we assume that you will weigh the advice carefully and take it into account in your choice of study.

    During the programme you work in learning teams: small groups of students who learn and study together: a fun way to get to know people and build language skills too! A team has more or less twelve students, guided by a coach and lecturers.

    As our Teacher Education in English programme trains you to become a teacher, work placements and teaching practice are a key part of the programme from day one.

    aleksandra kostrzewa

    "The programme allows for a lot of practical experience, you are assigned to an internship already in your first year and get to observe real-life lessons."

    Aleksandra Kostrzewa (20) Student Teacher Education in English and French (double degree)
    Maria Popescu, Teacher Education in English programme, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

    "The lessons adequately prepare you for real-life situations that you might encounter as a teacher"

    Maria Popescu (Romania) Second year student

    Why study Teacher in English at HU?

    • The English-language programme

      Our programme immerses you in the English language from day one, so your confidence will grow if you are not a native speaker.

    • Double Degree

      Graduating with two degrees gives you an edge over other job candidates, boosting your prospects of finding a teaching position. It also makes you more flexible as a teacher.

    • Career perspective

      English is a global language and the demand for English teachers is high - in the Netherlands and abroad.

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    Interested in the Bachelor's programme Teacher Education in English?