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The Institute of Education at the University of Reading is one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK. The Institute moved to its new home in January 2012, the University's original, London Road campus, refurbished at a cost of £30 million providing it with the best and most attractive facilities in the UK.

In addition to those who achieve awards at Master's and PhD level, every year, close to 500 or our students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). The University has excellent partnership arrangements with over 300 local schools which employ the majority of our graduates. Graduates from the Institute have an excellent chance of finding employment - well over 90% of our NQTs found a teaching job last year. With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent teacher's pension and better work life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today.

We offer the PGCE Secondary and Primary, BA (Ed) and Primary and Secondary School Direct. All PGCE students also qualify for 60 Masters credits as part of their course. Our undergraduate courses include the unique BA in Theatre Arts Education and Deaf Studies (TAEDS) and the BA in Children's Development and Learning. Building on the success of our Foundation degree we have become established as a major provider for Early Years Professional status.

Reading; a world-class University
The University of Reading is ranked as one of UK's 20 most research-intensive universities and as one of the top 200 universities in the world. Established as an extension college of Christ Church, Oxford in 1892, the university received a Royal Charter in 1926. Students who attend the University have a vibrant and lively town on their doorstep with excellent shopping, transport and leisure facilities. Reading is also very close to London and Heathrow making it a one of the best places to study in the country. 

Research and higher degrees by research: a local and global perspective

Areas of research strength include: educational leadership and management, first and second language education, literacy, inclusion and special education needs, equity and diversity, curriculum development, early childhood and information technology. The Institute of Education is part of the University-wide Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism. Our work is designed to promote world leading research while preserving the professional mission of a teacher training institute with a local and regional role. We offer full and part time Masters and PhD programmes and the part-time Educational Doctorate [Ed.D], taught only at weekends and aimed at busy professionals working full time.

International focus

We have a wonderfully varied community of international students from over 100 countries, taking short courses [2 weeks to 3 months], Masters and PhDs. We host visiting international researchers and scholars and many staff are themselves international. We undertake consultancy and other projects around the world, in the last three years we have, for example, worked in China, Jamaica, Oman, Bahrain, Vietnam, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, and many European countries. We support all international students and visitors and run a special programme of social and cultural events, including educational visits.

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  • Institute of Education
    University of Reading
    London Road campus
    4 Redlands Road
    Reading RG1 5EX
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    +44 (0)118 378 2601
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