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Shakhsiyah Teacher Education Course


This course leads to the Shakhsiyah Associate Teacher Qualification. Our long running successful ITEC course now known as STEC has now gained a level 5 accreditation by the College of Teachers.

“There is no doubt that ITEC is at the cutting edge of the Islamic education movement and that the team of teachers and educators lead by ISF is making a very valuable contribution towards establishing the best of Islamic perspectives on educational thinking today.”
– Akram Khan-Cheema OBE




The course aims to enable teachers/educators to understand and appreciate Islamic educational theory and principles and appreciate classical Islamic pedagogy whilst simultaneously considering contemporary educational theories and discourses both Islamic and mainstream. Teachers/Educators can develop their understanding of how to synthesize the two in order to achieve the vision of Islamic schooling and meet the needs of Muslim children in 21st Century Britain.



  • To develop teachers/educators who are motivated, knowledgeable and skilled in delivering education, catering for the needs of Muslims in the 21st Century.
  • To develop an understanding of the aims and objectives of education from an Islamic perspective.
  • To develop an understanding of Islamic concepts related to education.
  • To develop an understanding a range of non-Islamic concepts of pedagogy and educational theories.
  • To develop an understanding of the similarities and differences between Islamic and other educational theories, concepts and perspectives.
  • To develop an understanding of the responsibilities of the Muslim teacher as a role-model following the footsteps of the Prophets.
  • To develop a better understanding of the role and responsibility of an educator within a culturally plural community and a multi-faith society.
  • To generate professional discussion on issues related to contemporary and classical traditions of Islamic education.


Learning Outcomes:


Participants will be able to:

  • Design and deliver educational activities, ‘lessons’ and courses from an Islamic perspective.
  • Actively assist in analysing and reviewing curriculum/course content and develop all aspects of educational provision with Islamic perspectives.
  • Analyse and evaluate a range of educational theories and pedagogical perspectives including those from a non-Islamic tradition.
  • Review, monitor and evaluate teaching strategies and offer advice on how best to develop them in line with Islamic perspectives.
  • Use the knowledge and skills acquired during the course in order to make a significant contribution towards improving and developing Muslim schools and other community educational projects and/or develop appropriate strategies to cater for Muslim children in mainstream settings.
  • Use the knowledge and skills acquired during the course to make a significant contribution to inter-faith dialogue and partnerships in order to aid community cohesion.
  • Use the knowledge and skills acquired during the course to contribute to professional dialogue through writing articles or participating in forums and seminars.


The Course will consist of three modules spread over the school academic year, term time .




Module 1: Theories, Concepts and Perspectives of traditional Islamic education - Shakhsiyah Islamiyah,Tarbiyah, Ta’alim and Taadib


Module 2: Exploring Existing Islamic Education Projects – How theory translates into practice


Module 3: Principles of Shakhsiyah Education




All three Modules will be covered over the School academic year and each module will consist of 30 hours of teaching time consisting of keynote lectures, discussion based seminars, student-led workshops and one to one tutorials for guidance on written assignments. There is also a minimum requirement of 30 hours of private study including required reading in preparation for the teaching sessions and for completing written work. Thus students should expect to allocate a minimum of 3 hours per week of their time for private study. Students are expected to maintain a 90% attendance rate. All elements of the course will need to be completed to a satisfactory level for a certificate to be issued.




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“The training sessions were incredibly profound. I learnt the principles of what education is in Islam and it was beautiful, I hope my children are taught in this way. Islam is always quoted as being ‘a way of life’; this course puts Islam into the source of education.”
Ateeka Meer, Class Teacher Attended ITEC 2008-2009


“The course has helped me reflect upon my practice and integrate Islam into my work. I wish more teachers from my school could have attended as they could really benefit from what I have learnt”
Zohura Khanom, Head teacher, HeadStart Education Centre Attended ITEC 2009-2010


“Having been involved in Islamic Education for over ten years, the ITEC course has given me a new perspective on the objectives of Islamic Education. It has given me and my staff an opportunity to reflect on our practice and implement ideas from the course to the benefit of our pupils.”
Ashraf Patel, Head teacher, Ebrahim Academy Attended ITEC 2011-2012


“For me the most important thing I have gained from this course is that it has been thought provoking, asking challenging questions about theory, about teaching and learning.”
Shamim Sobur, Alimiyyah Programme Manager, Ebrahim College
Attended ITEC 2012-2013




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Course Name Location Date
Shakhsiyah Teacher Education Course Shakhsiyah School, London Branch 2015-09-04
Shakhsiyah Teacher Education Course Shakhsiyah School, Slough Branch 2014-08-29