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Academic Records

You must arrange for your university to send to the College the academic records for all the degrees and programs you listed on your application form. The College will base its evaluation on these records. See Academic Records and Transcripts for details.

Statement of Professional Standing

A Statement of Professional Standing is required from the country, province or state where you completed your teacher education program, and from any other country, province or state where you are or have been certified to teach.

See Wales: Statement of Professional Standing to learn what is required and an address for obtaining the document.

Teaching Certificate

You must send a photocopy of your teaching certificate from all jurisdictions where you are or have been authorized to teach. This applies even if you have never taught there.

If you were issued a registration card, a certificate of registration, or a certificate or letter showing that you have attained Qualified Teacher Status by the Education Workforce Council or one of its predecessors, please provide a photocopy of this certificate or card.

The College understands that not all teachers in Wales have been issued a teaching certificate or card. If you were not issued one of the above documents, please notify the College in writing and we will accept your Statement of Professional Standing as a teaching certificate.

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United Kingdom (England, Wales, Northern Ireland) – Education Overview

You will find below information on the education system in the United Kingdom as well as some general outcomes of the evaluation of teacher education programs completed in the United Kingdom.

While we have made every effort to ensure that the material on this site is accurate at the time of posting, there may be changes of which the College is not yet aware. The information provided is general and should not be considered as an individual assessment of your file.

The information below is organized in the following way:

  • description of teacher education in the United Kingdom
  • general credential assessment outcome for applicants who have completed teacher education programs in United Kingdom

Teacher Education

Primary and Secondary school teachers complete a three or four year Bachelor of Education or a Bachelor of Arts/Science with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

A one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) following the completion of a degree can also be completed.

The National Curriculum in the United Kingdom is divided into four Key Stages. The four Key Stages are:

  • Key Stage 1 (Ages 5-7) (Years 1 and 2)
  • Key Stage 2 (Ages 7-11) (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  • Key Stage 3 (Ages 11-14) (Years 7, 8 and 9)
  • Key Stage 4 (Ages 15-16)

Teacher education programs which are unacceptable to the College:

  • Post Compulsory Education and Training program
  • Employment based teacher preparation program, for example Graduate Teacher Program (GTP)
  • School based teacher preparation program.

Language Proficiency

Teacher education programs completed in the United Kingdom are completed in English.


Many applicants who have completed their teacher education programs in the United Kingdom meet the College’s registration requirements for certification. Some applicants may be required to complete additional teacher education coursework that will be listed as conditions on the certificate.

To be eligible for certification, you will still have to meet the academic, language proficiency, and suitability requirements for certification.

This is for information purposes only. Each application will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis

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