IH Director of Studies Skills Certificate Course (IHDOS)

  • Experienced teachers, preferably with a Diploma qualification.
  • Teachers that are about to start, or recently took on, an academic manager’s post
  • Experienced teachers that are new to International House and looking to take on a Director of Studies role
  • Experienced International House teachers that are preparing to take on a Director of Studies role.

To give an overview of what can be expected in a DOS’s job and the variety of tasks and responsibilities involved. Interactive sessions are designed to help participants experience being in the role of an International House DOS.

13 modules covered over a 12  to 16-week period. Participants are expected to dedicate a minimum of 5 hours per week to the tasks. The course covers the following areas: Defining The Duties Of An Academic Manager, Communication, How To Manage Change, Time Management, The Recruitment Process, Induction, Developing A Teacher Development Programme, Conducting Observations, Motivating Staff, Conducting Appraisals, Customer Satisfaction, Financing courses.

The course is run entirely online and assessed by qualified tutors with experience of academic management and teacher training. Assessment is via an end of course reflective essay and an electronic portfolio made up of homework tasks from each module, all of which is moderated by the IH Assessment Unit. Participants are expected to submit a minimum of 60% of the tasks to their portfolio.

The course is paced at one module per week. We anticipate participants spending a minimum of 7 hours per week online and doing tasks. In addition time is needed to do the pre-module reading and to complete each portfolio task.

Firstly, to be considered you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants need to be qualified teachers with various years of full-time experience in different contexts.
  • Applicants will usually possess an in-service qualification at Delta Module level.
  • Applicants will usually be considering applying for a post in academic management or have recently begun such a post.
  • Applicants require regular / daily access to the internet with a good connection.
  • Applicants need to be able to dedicate 5 hours a week to the course for fifteen weeks.

Secondly, you need to complete the application form and email, post or fax it to us.  If your initial application is successful then you will be invited for interview.  In some cases we may request additional information before your application can be considered further.  Overseas applicants will be interviewed by Skype.

Successful candidates will receive a formal acceptance email, together with details for payment.  We can only reserve places on courses for applicants who have made an initial deposit.  Full payment must be made four weeks before the course starts.

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£660 (including VAT)


  • May 27th 2017 to August 19th 2017 plus two weeks for the final assessment
  • October 21st 2017 to January 20th 2018 plus two weeks for the final assessment
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