Victoria University Wellington from New Zealand has launched post graduated courses in International Education: Issues and trends, in theory, policy and practice. A first of its kind online course can be taken as part of Victoria’s Masters in Education (180 points) with options to complete a post-graduate certificate (60 points) and Post graduate Diploma (120 points).
The first course will start from 16 November 2015 and finishes on 12 February, 2016. Course co-lecturer Chris Beard said, “The course is tailored for educators, officials and professionals whose work depends on, or it is shaped by international education. It is designed to aid critical enquiry and evidence-based practice in an emerging field that is of increasing relevance to schools and tertiary education providers.”
The course will assist international programme managers, principals, directors of study, ministry officials, teachers and lecturers who deal with significant numbers of international students and student support professionals. It provides an introduction to international developments in international education, key concepts with application to local contexts, fundamentals of intercultural communication and critical reflection on practice.
The online courses offered by the University can be taken alongside international education to complete these qualifications. The courses include Educational Leadership, research methods, teaching linguistically diverse students and effective mentoring and coaching.