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For Whom?

Unqualified teachers currently employed in English curriculum pre-primary, primary, or secondary schools worldwide.

Individuals who:

  • Seek to be qualified to teach in any school that accepts a UK teaching qualification.
  • Hold a first (bachelor's) university degree.
  • Have and/or can meet all prerequisite and programme requirements.
  • Demonstrate the highest expectations of educators responsible for the education of young people and membership in the global teaching profession.


Earn Qualified Teacher Status (England) through an EA portfolio development support programme leading to enrolment on our partner university Assessment Only QTS (AOQTS) scheme and recommendation for QTS - the qualification required to teach in England.

Two Key Questions

  • What Qualification is Required to Teach in England?

    Teachers in England must hold a first (bachelors) university degree and have achieved Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to be recognized as having a valid teaching qualification and to be a certified teacher in England.

  • iPGCE, PGCE, and QTS - What is the Relationship?

    The International Post Graduate CERTIFICATE in Education (iPGCE), offered by universities in England to students around the world, is just that – an ACADEMIC course that results in a certificate of completion of the course.

    iPGCE courses offered outside of the UK do not, and cannot, include Qualified Teacher Status (the qualification required to teach in England). If your goal is to be a fully qualified teacher, and are considering enrolling in an iPGCE course, you are advised to ask the provider of the course whether you will be a QTS qualified teacher by completing their course. And, then decide if you want to enrol.

    The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is also an academic award. Teachers are not required, and it is not necessary, to have earned a PGCE to be qualified to teach in England.

    There are PGCE courses that include QTS and others that do not. A PGCE course that includes QTS offers a valid teaching qualification. A PGCE course that does not include QTS does not qualify a candidate as a teacher.

    PGCE courses with QTS are not available outside of England.

    QTS is offered without PGCE by selected schools in England through an employment based option.

    Graduates of the EA support and partner university assessment programme earn QTS without PGCE.


The primary focus of the AOQTS process is on the QTS characteristics of effective educators, and ability of candidates to model them in their teaching.

Candidates use the eight QTS standards associated with teaching and the standard of personal and professional conduct outlined in Teachers' Standards in England from September 2012 as the basis for demonstrating their abilities to:

  1. Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils
  2. Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils
  3. Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
  4. Plan and teach well structured lessons
  5. Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils
  6. Make accurate and productive use of assessment
  7. Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment
  8. Fulfill wider professional responsibilities

Teachers are also 'expected to demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct'.

Summary of AOQTS Requirements

Entry Criteria

  • Achieved GCSE or equivalent
    • Teaching age 3 – 11: English, Mathematics, science
    • Teaching all other ages: English, Mathematics
  • Hold first (bachelor's) university degree
  • Completed rigorous selection processes
    • EA interview/validation prior to admission to the EA support programme (suitability to teach, personal qualities of a teacher, completion of prerequisites, portfolio development plan)
    • University interview/validation after submission of the portfolio for assessment (suitability to teach, achievements as a teacher, review of mentor observations)
  • Have taught in at least two schools

Assessment Criteria

  • Demonstrated meeting all QTS standards
  • Demonstrated meeting QTS standards across two or more consecutive age ranges
  • Received positive assessment of practical teaching


Offer experienced teachers opportunity to earn Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through an assessment only portfolio development process enabling them to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales; under the regulations on equivalence of qualifications, across the European Union; and in independent and government schools in other geographic locations depending on school policies concerning acceptable qualifications of educators.

Become a recognized professional educator with opportunities for employment worldwide.


The EAAOQTS programme is brought to you in your school and integrated into your teaching responsibilities.

You will be supported by an EA supervisor through Skype, email, and phone communication throughout the portfolio development process. The EA supervisor, who will most likely visit you on site, works closely with a qualified school-based mentor/observer with the goal of ensuring your success in achieving QTS.

The DfE skills test requirement can currently only be completed in England, France, Germany or Spain. Until this requirement is changed, the university assessment of all AOQTS candidates will be completed in England during a two or three-week placement, unless special arrangements are agreed to by EA prior to admission to the AOQTS programme. This school placement will be arranged by EA in conjunction with the candidate and can include completion of the skills test, second school requirement, and university assessment.


The EA charge for this AOQTS programme is USD $7,500.00. This fee covers, a) EA portfolio development support through two school terms (up to three school terms through special arrangements) and preparation for the final assessment after registration with the university, and b) fees for the university assessment process that includes interview for entrance to the university (where required), AO programme, admission, portfolio review, observation/assessment, and recommendation for QTS if the candidate is successful.

On admission to the programme, AO candidates will receive an invoice for the USD $7,500.00 programme fee that can be made a) in one payment or b) in three instalments: $2,500.00 following review of the application and admission to the EA portfolio development support process,$2,500.00 on receipt of a progress report from the EA advisor/mentor (normally provided at the end of the first term of support), and $2,500.00 when the portfolio is ready for assessment and prior to application for admission to the university assessment process.

Candidates are responsible for all other expenses including those associated with:

  • Providing proof of qualifications.
  • Completion of all prerequisite and programme requirements.
  • Data gathering and submission of portfolio materials.
  • Cost for travel and accommodation associated with:
    • Completing the DfE required skills tests (England).
    • A two or possibly three-week school placement in England to fulfil the second school requirement (where required) and/or university assessment, unless alternative arrangements are made prior to admission to the AOQTS programme.
  • Charges for extra support by EA colleagues or additional visits by assessors, if required, to assure the portfolio is ready for assessment.


  • Payments are non-refundable.
  • The EA charge for this AOQTS programme is subject to change for new candidates.


This Assessment Only QTS programme (AOQTS) is offered by EducatorsAbroad Ltd. (EA) in cooperation with our partner universities in England.

As an organisation EA is committed to promoting teaching as a global profession. As a result, AOQTS candidates are expected to work effectively with students of different backgrounds, integrate experience and perspectives from instructional settings in other cultural contexts, and demonstrate ability to meet the unique needs of all students.


Candidates demonstrate that they meet the standards for the award of QTS by:

  1. compiling and submitting a portfolio of evidence of their abilities as a classroom teacher, and
  2. through direct observation and assessment of their teaching.

The portfolio development and candidate assessment process includes the following steps:

Prior to Enrolling

  • Review all information on this AOQTS site. If a question, concerning your particular circumstance, is not answered, please ask. EA colleagues will provide guidance on submitting materials to NARIC, if needed, prior to payment of the initial programme fee.
  • Prospective candidate determines whether to proceed following review of requirements and expectations outlined on all EA AOQTS www pages.
  • Prospective candidate completes and submits the EA AOQTS clearance/application form along with required materials.
  • EA faculty review the application, conduct an on-line or on-site interview with the applicant, assure pre-requisite requirements are/will be met, determine potential for successful completion, and with the partner university decide to either:
    1. Approve admission to the AOQTS programme.
    2. Describe qualifications that must be demonstrated prior to admission and approve admission if requirements are fulfilled.
    3. Reject the candidate's application.
  • When admission to the EA portfolio development support process is approved the candidate submits the first instalment of the programme fee to EA.

Upon Entry

  • EA confirms the school-based mentor/observer who will assist the candidate and make and report accurate judgments about the effectiveness of the candidate's teaching throughout the portfolio development process.
  • EA assigns an EA supervisor to support work of the school-based mentor/observer and candidate.
  • Candidate receives notice of having applied for the EA/partner university AOQTS programme. This notice is required to register for and to take the skills tests.
  • Candidate completes the Teacher Self-Assessment - UK form, shares with mentors, sets goals, and creates a plan for portfolio preparation.
  • Candidate accesses resources to develop understandings and abilities and collects evidence for the portfolio.
  • At approximately the mid-point of this process, the second instalment of the programme fee is submitted to EA.
  • An EA faculty member will, where feasible, travel to the candidate's school to validate information, observe teaching, and provide guidance for completion of the portfolio.
  • Candidate finalizes their portfolio providing evidence of their understandings, abilities, and performance in line with QTS standards for their level of experience.
  • Candidate revisits their Teacher Self-Assessment - UK form, reflects on progress, and shares current perspectives on their professional abilities with mentors.
  • When the school-based mentor/observer, EA advisor/mentor, and candidate agree that the portfolio is ready for assessment the portfolio is reviewed by the EA internal verifier.
  • On receipt of a positive internal review, the candidate applies for admission to the partner university AOQTS scheme.

Ready for Assessment

  • The university interviews and admits the candidate to their programme and appoints an assessor.
  • The assessor reviews the portfolio, and arranges an on-site visit to confirm the validity and accuracy of the portfolio, observes the candidate teaching, and determine whether the candidate should be recommended for QTS.
  • The examiner's decision is moderated by the university following its procedures for AOQTS candidates.

Recommendation for QTS or Reevaluation

  • Successful candidates are recommended by the university for the award of QTS. The formal letter awarding QTS status is issued to the candidate by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
  • If the candidate is not recommended for QTS, the EA supervisor and candidate agree any further steps to resolve issues raised by the assessor and submission of requested evidence within the 12-16 week time frame for the AOQTS process.
Note: No assurance is offered, and no presumption should be made, that a candidate who has been admitted to this AOQTS programme will satisfy requirements and be granted a QTS qualification.


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