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Post Graduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching

For teachers to be able to create an effective environment for children to learn, they need to be leaders of learning themselves. Teachers need to continuously grow and evolve in order to help their students develop. Unfortunately, our existing education system has limited our capacity to be lifelong learners and in many ways dulled our spirit of inquiry; curiosity and inquisitiveness.

To develop competent and effective teachers, compelling changes need to be made in the teacher education programmes of our country. We feel that once teachers see themselves as learners and understand the importance of letting this natural capacity flourish, they will consciously create the same space for children in the classrooms.

The Post Graduate Diploma in Learning & Teaching (PGDLT) is a full time intensive, innovative, practice-based programme. Offered both in Delhi and Mumbai, the course begins in June and ends in March respectively. The concept of Post Graduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching (PGDLT) is rooted in five mutually reinforcing initiatives that support teacher growth and development. These are:

Core Features of PGDLT


A mindful outlook on education: being conscious of what we are doing, feeling and thinking and relating to people and practices.


A conscious attempt at helping student teachers make strong connections between theory and practice to build a reflective disposition.


An experiential model of learning rooted in practice that builds on students’ experiences and connections in real classroom situations.


Extensive support to student teachers through cognitive coaching and mentoring by experienced practicing teachers and teacher educators in the field.

These principles form the basis of the programme, that aims to help novice teachers understand how effective practice can be a powerful agent for change. In turn, the program provides teachers with the means to lead and make education transformational – for each and everyone involved.

This diploma is offered by ‘I am a Teacher’ and is not affiliated with any board or Indian University. We have no affiliation with the National Council for Teacher Education. This qualification is not recognized by Government or Government aided schools as basic teaching qualification. This programme is suitable for upgrading professional skills of existing B.Eds/ B.El.Eds as well as for graduates interested in entering education. We will help place our students in private schools and other institutions that support progressive practice.

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The IAAT Advantage

  • Learn with experienced faculty, who are academicians & practitioners from Universities such as Harvard, Columbia, JNU, Cambridge, University of Texas and TISS
  • Become an expert at designing and delivering 21st century curriculum, effectively facilitate classrooms with diverse learners and create strong learning communities
  • Gain valuable teaching experience at one of our collaborating schools - ASB, HXLS, Ascend & NEXT School
  • Specialize in designing and delivering 21st century curriculum.
  • Develop as a mindful educator who appreciates diversity in learners and creates strong learning community in classrooms.
  • Get full support in transitioning into becoming an educator through our placement services.
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The Journey of Personal Transformation

  • Self Awareness: The journey begins by making Resident Teachers tune inwards and connect with their inner self. They deeply introspect their notions about themselves, people, education and purpose of their life.
  • Development of Knowledge & skills: A combination of real classroom experience along with connections made to the existing body of knowledge helps acquire the required concepts and skills.
  • Constructing personal theory of education: A process of experimenting within their classrooms and learning from successes and failures helps them evolve their own theory of teaching and learning.
  • Building a repertoire of effective Practices: With a deeper and stronger understanding, a natural expansion of innovative and meaningful ideas occurs, enabling teachers to be sensitive to the needs of learners.

The rigorous and intensive nature of the programme focuses on building capacities of reflective thinking and collaborative learning in the Resident Teachers (Student Teachers). The conceptualization of a ‘Residency-based model’ comes from the need to have teachers whose learning is deeply rooted in classroom experiences. Knowledge, skills and dispositions are a result of seamless integration of theory and practice. Knowledge, skills and dispositions are a result of seamless integration of theory and practice.

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With a mission to create a collaborative community of teachers dedicated to transforming the lives of children one classroom at a time, IAAT conducts a robust placement event every year. Every graduating batch of teachers is sought-after, receiving multiple job offers, from many prestigious schools and educational institutions. We offer extensive placement support for every batch.

Avasara Academy

Ascend International

Azim Premji Foundation

BD Somani

Heritage Xperiential Learning Schools

Jodo Gyan

Kaivalya Education Foundation


Mount Litera School International

Nahar International School

Pathways Group of Schools

Playful Minds

Polymath International

Scottish High International School

Seth M.r. Jaipuria Schools

Shiv Nadar Schools

Singapore International


Step by Step

The Green Acres Academy

The HDFC School

The Next School

The Shri Ram Schools

Frequently Asked Questions

What does ‘I Am A Teacher’ do?

'I am a Teacher’, is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2014 by Harvard University Alumni with the primary purpose to serve the education space by building a model of excellence in teacher education. IAAT aims to build an alternative practice based model for teacher education. This model has the potential to transform and reinvent teacher education in the country and thus reform school education. It offers both pre-service and in-service programmes for aspiring and practicing teachers respectively.

Where are the centres for I Am A Teacher ?

IAAT functions out of two centres -

1- In Gurgaon IAAT operates out of Heritage Xperiential Learning School, sector 62.

2- In Mumbai it offers the PGDLT program in a hybrid mode where the theory sessions are online and the practice centers are at different school set ups.

Where is the IAAT faculty from?

IAAT faculty and mentors are highly competent and experienced practitioners and theorists from some of the leading universities such as Harvard and Cambridge University, IIT, TISS, University of Michigan, University of Texas, Columbia University and JNU. They bring to the table work experience from the World Bank, NCERT, Azim Premji Foundation, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Teach for India, to name a few. We also have international visiting faculty who routinely conduct intensive sessions, workshops and webinars with our students.

What is the eligibility criteria to apply to the Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching & Learning (PGDLT)?

The minimum requirement to apply for the PGDLT program is a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline. Undergraduate students appearing for their final examinations are also eligible to apply. If selected, provisional admission is offered, subject to successful graduation. There is no limitation on age or gender for enrolment.

This programme is suitable for upgrading professional skills of existing B.Eds/ B.El.Eds as well as for graduates interested in entering education. Many of our alumni have been from non-teaching backgrounds like Engineers, MBAs, CAs, lawyers, doctors, home-makers. Individuals wanting to make a mid-career switch from diverse backgrounds to teaching because of their belief in the power of education as a deeply meaningful enterprise, have found this programme of immense value.

How do I apply to PGDLT?

Admissions for PGDLT 2024-25 are now open. A complete application to the PGDLT program consists of the following:

You may fill up the application form online

Is there any selection criteria?

Yes, we have a selection process. Once an application is received, an initial screening is done, and applicants would be invited to participate in the selection process. A multi-step process is followed online.

The selection process is conducted to ensure fitment and readiness to succeed in the program and consists of an aptitude test, interview and other interactions.

What is the duration of the program? - Both year & fee amount is to be changed

The PGDLT is a 10 month, full-time programme. Mumbai and Gurgaon follow slightly different schedules since they need to be mapped to the academic calendar of the residency schools.

For the Academic year 2024-25, the program fee is Rs 2,36,780 plus taxes. This amount does not include the cost of any field trips, retreats, or other activities that may occur during the course.

*The fee may be paid in instalments as under –

Description Amount
Numerals Words
Registration Fee 36000 Rupees Thirty Six Thousand
Admission Fee 60850 Rupees Sixty Thousand Eight Hundred Fifty
1st Tuition Fee 60850 Rupees Sixty Thousand Eight Hundred Fifty
2nd Tuition Fee 60850 Rupees Sixty Thousand Eight Hundred Fifty
3rd Tuition Fee 60850 Rupees Sixty Thousand Eight Hundred Fifty
TOTAL 279400 Inclusive of taxes
* All amounts paid are non-refundable.

Is there any other component to the Program in addition to the theory and practice classes?

Yes, there is a mandatory 5-day retreat at the start of the Program that all are expected to attend. The exact date, location and duration will be informed closer to the start of the Program. There will be an additional cost applicable for the retreat.

Do you offer financial aid?

Financial aid and scholarships are offered to a limited number of students every year strictly on a need basis. Candidates seeking assistance may apply for aid by submitting the supporting documents. The documents required for consideration are -

Financial aid and scholarships are offered to a limited number of students every year strictly on a need basis. Candidates seeking assistance may apply for aid by submitting the supporting documents.

All applications are reviewed by a panel of 2 IAAT faculty and the final decision communicated to the candidate. Upon perusal of the Financial Aid application (further documentation may be asked for, if required). In case financial aid is offered to the candidate, the offer will be valid only for a specified period of time as would be mentioned in the offer.

What are the timings?

Classes (practice/ theory) are held on all five days with one or two Saturdays working in a month.

Class Schedule for Delhi-NCR:

The theory sessions are held on Monday and Friday between 8am and 4:30pm. The timings for working Saturdays are from 8am to 1:30pm.

The practice sessions are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8am to 3:15pm.

What does the residency model for the programme mean?

Based on the latest research and practices in teacher education from across the world, the PGDLT programme offers a unique synthesis of theory and practice. This model allows for the students to get substantial practice time in classrooms, working under the guidance of an experienced educator through the term, as they gain theoretical perspectives in the theory sessions during the course of this programme. This makes teacher preparation more rooted in classroom practices where the practice is supported by theoretical perspectives and knowledge gained in theory classes.

What are the prospects after completion of the course?

IAAT offers extensive placement support and conducts a robust placement event every year. PGDLT graduates from all the previous batches have been placed in some of the most credible schools and educational organizations. placement support is provided to all the resident teachers.

Is a child-care facility available?

Crèche and Day-care facilities are available for our resident teachers at the HXLS, Sector 62 campus, at a minimum added cost. However, child care facilities are not available in Mumbai.

Do you have any collaborations or partnerships?

Yes, we have partnered with many organisations and individuals, including the Government for various projects -

Academic & Thought Partners -

Centre Partners -

Residency Partners -

CSR Partners -

Portfolio is a record of the learning and presents the journey of our student teachers. It is their reflection about the professional and personal growth through the program. It is a collection of teacher’s work such as courses taken, practices observed, sample lesson plans, assignments, philosophy of teaching and learning and approaches to teaching. It showcases the work and the professional development path in an organised fashion. Some portfolios of our beginning teachers are shared here.

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