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 from year one.

What will you do?

Our Teacher Education in English covers five disciplines:

  • The English language: Literature, grammar, linguistics and the English-speaking world
  • Methodology: acquiring a second language
  • Research: practice-based research at a school
  • Profession: pedagogics, child development, development psychology
  • Internship/work placement

You will spend ten weeks abroad in an English-speaking country to immerse yourself in the language and culture, and to work on your fluency.

Programme content

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.

Teacher education in English: study in figures


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


Hours a week
Study in figures

More information

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: one in German and one in English. You will have an additional workload of around eight to ten hours a week.

From day one, you are allocated a personal study career coach (SCC), who supports you during your time with us. Your SCC helps you with all study-related issues, from time management to study methods and career planning.

Teaching hours per week: 3-4

Contact hours per week: avg 16 (year 1) and 12 (year 2 onwards)

Hours of self-study per week: 24 hours in year 1; 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 receive a binding recommendation on whether you may continue your studies with us. To continue your course, you need to have earned at least 50 out of the possible 60 ECTS. If you fail to do so, you will be asked to leave the programme.

You will work in learning teams: small groups of students who learn together to build their knowledge and skills collectively and individually. A learning team consists of five to seven students, guided by a professional development 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.

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
Andrea Laura Romero Oros, Teacher Education in English programme, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

"I have a wonderful study coach who is always willing to help me and is available at all times."

Andrea Laura Romero Oros (Bolivia)

Why choose HU?

  • The English-language programme

    Our programme immerses you in the English language from day one, so you will become confident rapidly.

  • Double Degree English-German Teacher

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

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Interested in the bachelor Teacher Education in English?