Bachelor in International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEPS)

Stenden University of Applied Sciences

Program Description

Bachelor in International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEPS)

Stenden University of Applied Sciences

Do you enjoy working with children, do you like to lead by example and would you like to contribute to children’s education? If this sounds just like you, and if you also like the idea of working in an international environment, enrolling in ITEPS may be the smartest career choice you will ever make!

  • Outstanding job prospects, with the demand for primary teachers in the Netherlands and international schools set to increase from 2016.
  • You will be trained to teach at international schools throughout the world.
  • Perfectly prepared for a competative jobmarket.
  • Classes with a high level of personal attention.
  • Extensive teaching experience in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond.


On completing the International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEPS) programme, you will be a fully qualified primary school teacher to teach in Dutch and international schools and may choose to work in education, but you will find that your degree is also a highly valued commodity in a range of other fields.

Inspiring job

Your job as a teacher will be as inspiring and creative as any job can be, but of course it also comes with its share of responsibilities. You will learn how to apply your professional skills and knowledge to support children of different ages, nationalities and cultures and with different sets of talents. You will be expected to work independently, as well as alongside parents, your colleagues and other education professionals.


Careers open to you after graduation include:

  • International Primary School Teacher
  • Primary School Teacher in the Netherlands
  • Educational Assistant
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Principal or Deputy Principal

About the course

ITEPS offers a diverse range of subjects and a strong practical focus. You will gain extensive experience teaching at primary schools in the Netherlands and abroad, where you will work on developing educational, pedagogical and teaching skills .

First Year

Introduction to teaching and education

The first year focuses on improving your knowledge of the English and Dutch language and on providing you with the skills you need to live and work anywhere in the world. You will learn about and experience all facets of the teaching profession, with an emphasis on educational theory. What does it mean to educate? How do children think? How do you communicate with them? You will teach children in schools and will become aware of the dynamics of a classroom setting.

Year 2 and 3

More in-depth study

During your second and third year, you will develop a broad understanding of educational theory: how do you get children to focus on their work, and what makes the classes you teach successful? You will have teaching practice at primary schools in the Netherlands and abroad and learn to conduct practical research. During this stage, you also have the option to choose from a number of specialised courses.

Fourth Year

Final stage

In the fourth year, you will be given more responsibilities, spend more time teaching and work increasingly on your own. You will complete this stage with a challenging teaching practice in which you will be expected to conduct practical research.


In your second and third year, you choose two specialised subjects, attending classes either at Stenden’s ‘home campus’ in the Netherlands and at one of our partner schools in Denmark or Norway. These subjects include:

  • Art and Culture (Netherlands and Denmark)
  • Mathematics (Netherlands and Norway)
  • Special Education (Denmark and Netherlands)
  • History and Sociology (Denmark and Norway)
  • Religion and Ideology (Norway and Netherlands)
  • Science and Technology (Norway and Denmark)
  • Physical Education and Health (Denmark)

Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

To be admitted to one of the Bachelor programs you have to meet certain admission requirements. Stenden University of Applied Sciences recognizes the following general international qualifications:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or European Baccalaureate Diploma
  • High School diploma from an accredited institution
  • Four GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level passes plus two ‘A’ level passes
  • Associate, Bachelor or Master Degree

Language Requirements

All non-EER applicants are required to submit an English proficiency test with their application. Exceptions are made for students, who have had their preparatory education in a country where English is the official working and educational language. The language requirements for EER students are the same as for Dutch students. If your diploma is mentioned in this list the additional English language test is not required.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences accepts three kinds of official language tests: IELTS, TOEFL and the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 for each skill).
  • TOEFL 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based) and 80 (internet based). Original test results must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Stenden. The TOEFL institution code for Stenden is 9215.
  • Cambridge ESOL score CAE-C.
This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Dutch

Last updated August 17, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
4 years
Full time
1,984 EUR
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EU students. Non-EU students: 31. May.
Start date Sept. 2017
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Duration 4 years
Price 1,984 EUR
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