IH Director of Studies

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12 Feb - 07 May 2022
Online Training 100% Online PT £575
14 May - 06 Aug 2022
Online Training 100% Online PT £575
15 Oct - 14 Jan 2023
Online Training 100% Online PT £575

Prices

The full course price is £575, and if you will be taking this course in the UK, or your employer is a UK based company, there will be 20% VAT to pay ontop. 

The good news is there is a discount of 10% if you have completed an OTTI course in the last 12 months, and there is a special price of £300 for teachers working in an IH school. Just let us know on the application form if you would like to claim these discounts. 

Who is this course designed for

If you’re looking to become qualified as an academic manager, or if you have moved into this type of role and are looking for more support and knowledge in your new job, the IH Director of Studies Course is for you. Preferably, you will have a Diploma qualification.

If you’re more experienced already in the role of an academic manager, the course offers the chance to see what happens around the world, in other schools, where DOSes in different locations share how they deal with very similar situations to ones you experience. The course allows you to share ideas and to learn from different perspectives.

Other reasons people have taken this course include:

  • Running a small school and wanting to lead and implement a new managerial position;
  • Gaining more experience in an academic director role, analysing knowledge to put into a system for further information, and to learn more about school management in general;
  • Wanting to help the school and teachers through improvement of techniques, efficiency and skills;
  • Exploring in depth the theory and common practices for what makes a good Director of Studies;
  • Expanding knowledge to broaden career horizons for someone who does not have any management experience but would one day like to move into this kind of position.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you should be an experienced teacher, preferably with a diploma qualification. You do not need to have been an academic manager prior to starting this course.

Please note that your level of English should be C1 or above.

Please note that online applications close on the Wednesday before the course starts. But we sometimes have late availability, so please get in touch with the admissions team on ihotti@ihworld.com and we will see if there are any last minute spaces. 

Course objectives

The aim of this course is to prepare someone for the role of an academic manager or Director of Studies. You will learn about the tasks and responsibilities involved in this position and gain training in the core skills so that you gain confidence and knowledge in the role.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What time do I need to devote to studying? We recommend at least 5 hours each week reading, completing tasks, and joining in the discussion forums. 

Are there live sessions? No. This course is asynchronous meaning you can access materials and discussion forums whenever it suits you. 

Do I have to be working as a DOS now? No. But if you have some experience of managing teachers that would be helpful.

Do I have to read other books? No. We provide all the materials and links that you need. 

Can I join after the start date? Sorry, no. Your whole group learns together to discusses themes and topics, so you need to be there from the start.

How many people will be in my group? Usually between 8 and 12.

Will I get a certificate? Yes. See below!
 

FAQ

Course content

Over the 12 weeks of the course, there are 13 modules (of differing length) taught covering the following areas:

  1. Defining the Duties of an Academic Manager
  2. Communication
  3. How to Manage Change
  4. Time Management
  5. The Recruitment Process
  6. Induction
  7. Developing a Teacher Development Programme
  8. Conducting Observations
  9. Motivating Staff
  10. Conducting Appraisals
  11. Customer Satisfaction
  12. Financing


This course is asynchronous which means you can access the material online whenever it suits you. You do not need to log on at a certain time every week, so the course suits busy lifestyles, work and/or family commitments, and a variety of time differences.

Tasks are given individually, for you to complete on your own, and in groups, where you will work with others on the course. The discussion forums are a great way to share ideas and learn from your peers all over the world. Tutors will also log on frequently to monitor discussions and to give guidance as needed.

The discussion forums that create an online community are what participants really value about this course. You can share best practice tips, exchange ideas, and discuss experience with senior teachers and academic managers. There is a huge variety of ways to be successful in the role of a Director of Studies, and by logging on and discussing these multitudes with your peers during the course, you will gain a huge amount of insight, knowledge and experience which you can take on board throughout your professional career.

Duration

There are twelve weeks of tutor led input on this course. After this you will have two weeks to complete and submit your portfolio of work ready for assessment.

Your time commitment

The time commitment will vary depending on participant involvement in the online discussion forums, but as a minimum this should be five to seven hours per week. Study hours are flexible but there will be tasks that require group input and have set deadlines. The more time and effort you put into the course, the more you will get out of it.

Your fellow course participants and online community

The number of course participants will be at least eight (that is our minimum).

The discussion forums that create an online community are what participants really value about this course. You can share best practice tips, exchange ideas, and discuss experience with senior teachers and academic managers. There is a huge variety of ways to be successful in the role of a Director of Studies, and by logging on and discussing these multitudes with your peers during the course, you will gain a huge amount of insight, knowledge and experience which you can take on board throughout your professional career.

This course is not purely about self study all on your own - it's about making the most from these conversations and learning from each other as well as from the course material and your tutors.

Assessment

Tutors will mark your tasks and assess your progress throughout the course, offering the chance to resubmit if necessary. Participants are expected to submit a minimum of 60% of the 13 portfolio tasks. At the end of the course, you will reflect on what you have learnt for a final assignment. This, along with the other tasks you have completed, make up the portfolio which is submitted to and marked by the IHWO Assessment Unit.  

The final grade is either Pass or Fail.

Your verified digital certificate

On successful completion of this course you will receive a digital certificate. This is stored securely on a verified site, so everybody can be confident that it is authentic and real.

It will look like the image below:

DOS Certificate

You can share this with a prospective employer, client, or anybody else that you choose.

A digital certificate is more safe and secure for you than paper – it won’t get lost in the post, it won’t get damaged over time, and won’t get lost. It is always available, you can share in just one click, or you can print as many copies as you like whenever you would like. And, it’s better for the environment. Reducing paper, ink, and delivery means a lower carbon footprint.

Click here for a short video about verified digital certificates from our partner Accredible.

Tutors

The course is run by qualified online tutors who have experience both of academic management and teacher training.

Meet our IH OTTI tutors here

 

Accreditation

The IH DOS (Director of Studies) Course is delivered by IH OTTI (the IH Online Teacher Training Institute). IH OTTI courses are accredited by AQUEDUTO, the Association for Quality Education and Training Online. This is a charitable organisation dedicated to evaluating blended and online training courses against a quality assurance framework. Aqueduto accreditation helps language teaching professionals identify high quality course providers and enrol with confidence.

AQUEDUTO

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Whichever course you take you’ll have a dedicated tutor to guide and support you and a group of peers to have discussions and share ideas with, so you'll feel part of an online community.

And all courses are online and asynchronous so you can access the information whenever it suits you.

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