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The MA in Education part time is an innovative and flexible course that caters to the needs of professionals working in the field of education. Read more
The MA in Education part time is an innovative and flexible course that caters to the needs of professionals working in the field of education. There are various pathways through it and it can therefore be closely tailored to your own professional development. The MA is built on a modular basis enabling you to build it around your personal and professional life.

The MA comprises of modules that can be studied one by one. The key element of many modules is the provision for ‘shared enquiry’, enabling participants to engage with other professional colleagues and researchers in developing critical approaches to enquiry within practical education (and education-related) contexts.

There are various pathways through this MA. However the final module taken by all students is a research thesis, via which you will have the opportunity to research and write about an area of practice, relevant to you, in great depth.

Distinctive approaches to learning and teaching

The course is taught through a series of seminars and workshops with additional small group and individual tutorials being provided for all students. All teaching takes place in small groups which enables students to engage in discussion and debate. In addition to the main programme, students will have opportunities to attend research seminars, day courses and other activities. All modules are taught by members of the university’s academic staff, all of whom are active as researchers and involved in publication and continuing professional development. Each module is co-ordinated by a module leader who has extensive experience and expertise in the area of the module content. The course also makes use of visiting lecturers from other academic institutions from within the UK and further afield.

Course content

The part time master’s programme is designed for professionals who want to extend their knowledge, skills and understanding of learning, teaching, leadership, assessment and other educational issues.

It typically takes three years to gain a master’s degree via this route. However, teachers who have studied with the University of Northampton before may well already be several steps along the journey towards gaining an MA in Education.

Whichever modules you choose you will engage in detailed analysis and evaluation of established and innovative theoretical perspectives and practice-based approaches to education. During your time at the University you will have an opportunity to study various aspects of education and engage with a wide range of teachers and researchers. Additionally modules will be available in teaching primary English and in leadership and management.

Within the overall framework of the Masters in Education, we also offer specialist pathways in Early Years and Mathematics.

As there are several routes through the MA Education part time, please feel free to contact James Underwood (Subject Leader Teachers’ CPD) directly on who can advise you on the best route for you.

Course modules (16/17)

-Young Children’s Rights and Participation
-Autism in the Early Years
-International Perspectives on Education
-School and Classroom Cultures
-Educational Leaderships
-Perspectives on BESD
-International Developments in Inclusive Practice
-Understanding Autistic Spectrum: Theoretical Perspectives
-Contemporary and international Issues in Early Years
-Supporting Parents and Developing Community
-Organisational based Project
-Research Methods
-Speech, Language and Communication needs
-Understanding Dyslexia: Identification, Curriculum and Teaching
-Principles and Practice in Action Research
-Key Concepts in Inclusion and Diversity
Investigating Individual Professional Practice 1 and 2
-Principles and Practice in Coaching and Mentoring
-Advanced Practice in Early Childhood Education
-Designing for the 21st Century Learning
-Research Thesis
-Dissertation
-Leading for Change
-Developing and Supporting Others

Methods of Learning

The course is taught through a series of seminars and workshops with additional small group and individual tutorials being provided for all students. All teaching takes place in small groups which enables students to engage in discussion and debate. In addition to the main programme, students will have opportunities to attend research seminars, day courses and other activities hosted by the Faculty of Education and Humanities.

The entire MA involves 140 hours of taught sessions, all of which are taught as interactive sessions involving activities and discussions. This means students will typically attend classes for 6 hours per week if studying full time, although this may vary depending on the modules taken. In addition full-time students will be expected to undertake a further 24 hours per week of private study and research. Part-time students taking the course over 3 years will be expected to do one third of this. You should however be aware that this is not consistently spread across the year and that at some points you may be working considerably more hours in a week. For all students there will also be the chance to attend additional optional sessions and presentations connected to the research undertaken within the Faculty of Education and Humanities.

Schedule

Part-time. Completion of the part-time MA usually takes three years. However, if master’s level (level 7 credits) have been attained on other courses including the PGCE, NPQH, or programmes run by the University of Northampton then it is possible to complete this MA in a shorter time.

Assessments

Depending on the route chosen, the course assessment involves essays, portfolios, presentations and small scale research projects. Your MA will always conclude with the production of a thesis or dissertation in which you will investigate, in depth, an aspect of your own practice.

Facilities and Special Features

-Modules relevant to those working in children’s and young people’s services.
-Recognised Postgraduate Professional Development for teachers.
-Modules for a range of professional and personal interests leading to named pathway awards in the future, including an MA in SEN & Inclusion.
-Modules can be taken ‘stand alone’ for professional development.
-Modules can build into three successive postgraduate awards from Certificate to Diploma and Masters.
-Modules relevant to those working in early years or children’s services.
-Modules designed to connect with different practitioners workplace context.
-A highly experienced and supportive tutor team all of whom are active researchers.
-Modules in Special Needs and Inclusion delivered by practitioners with a national reputation in the field.

Careers

Usually part-time students are already professionals in the field of education. However, this programme can open up opportunities for further development and promotion.

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This programme is designed for anyone wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of issues relating to special educational needs and inclusion at Master’s level, including practitioners working with children, young people and adults in a range of different contexts. Read more
This programme is designed for anyone wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of issues relating to special educational needs and inclusion at Master’s level, including practitioners working with children, young people and adults in a range of different contexts. However, some modules may require people to be working in practice. We can also offer bespoke training packages for a variety of settings.

Course content

All the modules are 30 CATs points each, apart from the final Dissertation which is 60 CATs points and is a compulsory module for those aiming for a MA award.

Students can choose from a range of optional modules which provide an opportunity to critically reflect on debates and controversies surrounding the development of inclusive practice in a variety of settings and contexts, national and international and in relation to various individual needs.

Course modules (16/17)

-Promoting Inclusive Practice
-Understanding Dyslexia: Identification, Curriculum & Teaching
-Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders
-Perspectives on Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
-Pupils with Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties 1 and 2
-Key Concepts in Inclusion and Diversity
-Leadership and Management in BESD
-Understanding Multi-Sensory Impairment
-Physical Disabilities: Contexts and Interventions
-Physical Disabilities: Curriculum Issues
-Evaluating Approaches for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
-Organisational based Project
-Research Methods
-Speech, Language and Communication needs
-Theoretical Perspectives on SpLD (Dyslexia) where are we now?
-The National Award for SEN Coordination 1 and 2
-Autism in the Early Years
-Using Standardised Assessments in Educational Settings: Theory and Practice
-Understanding Challenging Behaviour in People with Autism and/or Learning Disabilities
-Promoting EAL Practice (English Additional Learning and Bilingualism in Education)
-Research Thesis
-Dissertation

Students studying for a MA will have to complete a compulsory research project, either the Dissertation on its own, or a Research Thesis and the Research Methods module together.

Methods of Learning

Modules will be taught across three semesters per year through a combination of approaches such as lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, tutorials and independent enquiries. A key strength of our programme is our blended learning approach. This provides the opportunity to learn collaboratively both face to face and online.

Schedule

For this programme taught study would be a combination of lectures, seminars and online activities which is usually 3 hours per week, per module. We recommend students to spend 10 hours per week, per module in self-directed study time.

Students studying in India or Thailand will have block classes for 4-5 days with additional online support.

PG Certificate- one year full time or between one to two years part-time.
PG Diploma- one year full time or between two to three years part-time.
MA – one year full time or between two to four years part-time.

The programme has September and January in-takes for home students and September in-take only for international students.

Assessments

Assessment procedures are flexible and sensitive to either personal interests or existing professional workloads. Modules are assessed on the basis of essays, case studies, portfolios or reports and small-scale research projects.

Facilities and Special Features

Our integrated learning environment provides access to course materials and to a well-resourced library enabling students to access e-books and electronic journals from home.

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