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This Master’s degree is a unique opportunity to study the theory and practice of online and distance education, putting you at the forefront of the latest developments in the field. Read more
This Master’s degree is a unique opportunity to study the theory and practice of online and distance education, putting you at the forefront of the latest developments in the field.

The program includes a postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma in Online and Distance Education, presented by The Open University's renowned Institute of Educational Technology.

The course is open to students in nearly all countries in the world, so you will work with colleagues of a diverse range of backgrounds, completing modules designed by experts from the institute known for reinventing open and digital learning.

Key features of the course

• Explore research and practice literature in technology-enhanced learning, and the implications of learning technology choices made in a wide range of contexts
• Investigate the use of open educational resources, learning analytics, social media and open content by students and teachers
• Improve your ability to select, design, implement and critique technology-enhanced learning, as well as your understanding of how technologies engage learners and how they can be continually evaluated and developed
• Use your new skills in a wide range of occupations. Previous alumni include librarians, media professionals, project managers, consultants, entrepreneurs, practice educators in nursing, and web developers.

Postgraduate loans

This qualification is eligible for a Postgraduate Loan available from Student Finance England.

Course details

Compulsory module

• Technology-enhanced learning: practices and debates (H800)

Plus 60 credits from List A:

List A: Core optional modules

• Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students (H810)
• Openness and innovation in e-learning (H817)
• The networked practitioner (H818)
• The critical researcher: educational technology in practice (H819)

Plus a further 60 points from List A or list B:

List B: Optional module

• Understanding children’s development and learning (ED841)

The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.

Credit transfer

If you’ve successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count it towards this qualification, reducing the number of modules you need to study. You should apply as soon as possible, before you register for your first module.

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The MA Education programme will give you an unparalleled opportunity to study education at a master's level. Working independently within a challenging but supportive environment, you will be provided with the tools and resources to undertake and use educational research. Read more
The MA Education programme will give you an unparalleled opportunity to study education at a master's level. Working independently within a challenging but supportive environment, you will be provided with the tools and resources to undertake and use educational research. You will also be supported in researching and reflecting on your own practice.

The programme aims to:
- improve your research, analysis and critical thinking skills
- enhance your professional practice through greater theoretical understanding of current educational issues.

The MA Education is designed for teachers, lecturers, trainers, educational leaders, managers and administrators, and those aspiring to a career in education.

Programme features:
- Choose from one of four Study Pathways to focus your learning where you want to develop.
- Flexible study options include Summer Schools, Study Centres and distance learning.
- Undertake a small scale research project in the context of your own or your institution's policy and practice.
- Optional opportunity to study for the International Baccalaureate Educators’ Certificate alongside the MA Education.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/ma-in-educ/

Study Pathways

You can choose one of the following Study Pathways as part of this programme:

MA Education:
The MA Education is our most popular degree and allows you the greatest flexibility in choice of units and dissertation topic (with the exception of those opting to take the International Baccalaureate Educator Certificates who are required to take specific units).

MA Education (International Education):
This pathway is designed for those who wish to develop knowledge and an understanding of issues relating to education beyond the national context. Depending upon your interests, you can focus on issues relating to educational practices in different national systems, on international schools and/or on other issues cutting across national contexts.

MA Education (Learning and Teaching):
If you wish to develop the practice and your understanding of Learning and Teaching then this is the pathway for you. Core units draw on theory of learning and teaching processes (with children and adults) and the role of technology.

MA Education (Educational Leadership and Management):
This pathway is designed to meet the needs of experienced educational professionals who wish to inform their work as leaders and managers, or who aspire to a leadership role, through an in-depth understanding of current educational management practice, theory, research and policy.

Ways of studying - flexible study options

You can choose from a variety of ways to study this programme.

- Summer School (http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/postgraduate/ways-of-studying/summer-school/)
- Study Centres (http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/postgraduate/ways-of-studying/study-centres/)
- Distance Learning (http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/postgraduate/ways-of-studying/distance-learning/)

If you wish, you can complete the programme entirely though distance learning, however we recommend you try to attend at least one face-to-face unit as it is valuable to spent time in a study environment with tutors and other students.

Programme structure

For the 90 credits required for the MA Education, you acquire 60 credits through taught units and 30 credits by completing a dissertation. Typically, you complete five 12 credit taught units. One of the taught units must be the Research Methods in Education which is worth 12 credits, another of the taught units must be Understanding Learners and Learning or Education and Society (your choice may depend on which pathway you choose).

- Distance learning study commences at two fixed points in the year, 1st March and 1st September.
- Units taught at Summer School start in July
- Units are taught at Study Centres throughout the year.
- You can study units in any order, but you must complete each unit within six months.
- 175 study hours is expected for each unit.
- You can study up to two units at any one time and you have between two and five years to complete the programme.

View summary table (http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/images/ma-education-programme-table.jpg) or Programme & Unit Catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/ed/ed-proglist-pg.html#B) for further information.

Learning and teaching

Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed by assignment and dissertation. As you progress through the units and successfully pass the assignments, you will receive feedback and grades, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.

Teaching methods at Summer Schools and Study Centres include; lectures, student-led seminars, workshops, group work, tutorials, Moodle (virtual learning environment), and other electronic communications.

If there are less than six students enrolled on a unit scheduled at Summer School, the unit will still run, but it may be taught on a Directed Tutorial basis. You will be provided with resources to help your study and individual or group tutorials will be timetabled in order to make sure your learning needs are fully met.

Distance Learning takes place online; enabling you to study independently with the support of a tutor. The Wiki environment offers you a number of alternatives for working flexibly with your learning materials. In addition, there are opportunities to link up with other students and leave feedback about your experience.

Methods of assessment

Assessment consists of a written 5000 word assignment for each unit of study, together with a 15,000 word Dissertation.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you have studied, but not completed or received an award, for postgraduate Masters level units in education from another institution, you may be eligible to transfer credit for this prior learning.

- Depending on the programme of study, you may transfer up to 40% of the total credits required for the MA/Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

- Credit must have been obtained recently (less than 8 years ago at the time of the award of the qualification to which it contributes).

- Claims for APL will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

- If you obtain APL you will still be required to study Research Methods in Education and either Education and Society or Understanding Learners and Learning (unless your previous study has sufficient overlap with any of the units, in which case exemption may be considered).

- Use of APL credit may affect your options when selecting a study pathway.

Careers

This programme is ideal for those wishing to progress their career within an educational organisation.

Many of our graduates have gone on to be leaders and managers within educational settings; while others started their educational careers in teaching, lecturing or administration. This degree will also prepare you for further study at Doctoral level (PhD or EdD).

About the department

The Department of Education is a thriving academic community focused on furthering our understanding of policy, culture, pedagogy and diversity within a global educational context. We hold a strong national and international reputation for our research.

We have an excellent network with a wide range of educational institutions including, schools, colleges, universities, local authorities and government departments, within the UK and also internationally.

Find out more about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/

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This distance learning programme is a way to build on your professional skills and educational leadership at a time and place that suits your circumstances. Read more
This distance learning programme is a way to build on your professional skills and educational leadership at a time and place that suits your circumstances.

Course overview

Are you a teacher or educationalist who would like to develop your professional practice? This distance learning programme is an opportunity to continue your professional development and acquire advanced research and study skills whether you are in the UK or Overseas.

This distance learning programme is spread over two to three years, which allows you to combine it with flexible paid work and other commitments. We also offer the programme on-campus at our Sunderland campus as a full-time Education MA and part-time Education MA, all three modes of the programme have identical content. It is also possibel to opt for Stage 2 of the programme to be studied on-campus during one semester (October to January or March to June) in order to meet the requirements of some Ministries of Education that require that at least one-third of a programme is studying in a face-to-face mode.

There are four titles for the MA available, depending upon the modules chosen for study. The titles available are:
-MA Education (Generic), both on-campus and in distance learning mode
-MA Education (Advanced Professional Practice - Secondary), on-campus only
-MA Education (Advanced Professional Practice - Primary), on-campus only
-MA Education (Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion), on-campus only

The content of the distance learning programme can be tailored to your particular interests, with a range of modules available from our MA suite. Options include ‘Advanced Pedagogical Practice’, ‘Assessment Theory into Pedagogical Practice’, ‘Leading Organisational Effectiveness in Education’ and ‘The Nature of Teaching and Learning‘. You can also choose to undertake a negotiated individual study in education. For those who are returning to higher education, we provide plenty of support including classes to assist with academic writing.

The research element of the programme is excellent preparation if you decide to go on to a higher degree such as a PhD. The research element is supported by the University’s Centre for Pedagogy whose specialisms include teaching styles, motivation, human relationships in learning and comparative education. You will also receive training in rigorous research methodologies and undertake a Masters dissertation on a topic that reflects your personal interests.

If you would prefer not to write a dissertation and teach in an International School overseas, you may want to consider our distance learning International Education MA which replaces the dissertation with taught modules that are particularly relevant to international schools.

Course content

The content of the course is entirely delivered through distance learning, making it a very flexible way to achieve a Masters qualification. Modules on this course include:
You will choose three of the following modules
-Mentoring and Coaching (30 Credits)
-Leading Organisational Effectiveness in Education and Training (30 Credits)
-Assessment: Theory into Pedagogic Practice (30 Credits)
-The Nature of Teaching and Learning (30 Credits)
-Negotiated Individual Study in Education (30 Credits)
-Barriers to Learning (30 Credits)
-Advanced Pedagogic Practice (30 Credits)

Plus you will undertake two core modules
-Research Methods in Education (30 Credits)
-Masters Thesis (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

This programme is taught using web-based materials. Many modules have quite open content so that you have the flexibility to pursue your personal interests.

Compared to an undergraduate programme, you will find that this Masters programme requires a higher level of independent working.

Assessment methods include written assignments and the Masters dissertation of 20,000 words.

Facilities & location

This programme can be studied anywhere in the world that has good internet access. The programme is delivered by the University's Virtual Learning Environment using learning reading packs, e-books, e-journals, relevant websites and multimedia.

You will have full access to our libraries and, as a distance learning student, you will particularly benefit from our web-based ‘Discover’ search tool. This helps you gain remote access to online journals, articles and e-books – whenever and wherever you happen to be studying. The library team offer real-time online help through ‘Live Chat’ at various periods throughout the day, and they also offer online tutorials on making the most of electronic resources.

Employment & careers

On completing this course your skills and understanding will be enhanced for roles in teaching, educational management and other educational settings.

Higher salaries are available for teachers who take on additional responsibilities, if teaching in the UK, such as the co-ordination of provision for those with Special Educational Needs.

Higher salaries are available for those who develop their professionalism and achieve the status of Excellent Teacher or Advanced Skills Teacher. The salary for an Advanced Skills Teacher can be in the region of £57,000. For those who take on additional management responsibility, the salary for a head teacher can be over £100,000 a year.

A Masters qualification will also give you broader career options including possible roles in lecturing, journalism, the media and arts administration.

Past graduates from this course have gained employment in roles such as the following:
-Special needs and inclusion
-Senior management in education
-Special Educational Needs teacher

A Masters degree will also open the way to further study towards a PhD and university teaching roles.

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This programme offers you the opportunity to study at postgraduate level on a flexible high quality online distance learning basis. Read more
This programme offers you the opportunity to study at postgraduate level on a flexible high quality online distance learning basis. Building on your professional and personal interests and experiences, the programme will deepen and broaden your knowledge and understanding of education. Participating in analysis, critique and discussion of cutting-edge research, current practices and relevant policies, you will study in an online learning community.

Why this programme

◾This fully online distance programme is ideal for mainstream education professionals working in schools or further and higher education, for those working with adults, in youth work or community development, and those wanting to enter the world of education.
◾It is high quality, fully supported online distance learning offering flexible part-time learning. The programme utilises a virtual learning environment incorporating wikis, blogs, RSS feeds and real-time interactive tools.
◾Choice of general or specialist pathways tailored to suit individual student needs.
◾You will be a member of an engaged, active international learning community that builds from your own context, drawing on your particular professional and personal experiences to construct learning that is relevant and intellectually challenging.
◾You will learn through and with international curricula, pedagogy and learning community.
◾You may be an experienced educational practitioner seeking a postgraduate programme to develop your practice or someone who now wishes to enter the exciting and diverse field of education.
◾You will work in cohorts across specialisms, educational sectors and geographical locations to learn from and with each other. These cohorts will use online and real-time discussion and information exchanges around milestone activities designed to both provide scaffolded but flexible support.

Programme structure

You will take four core and two optional courses in years 1 and 2. You will also complete a dissertation in year 3 which reflects your research interests.

In addition to the general degree programme you have the opportunity to study on one of five specialist named pathways.
◾Adult Education
◾Children’s Literature & Literacies
◾Curriculum, Assessment & Pedagogy (subject to approval)
◾Educational Leadership
◾Inclusive & Special Education
◾Religious Education (subject to approval)
◾TESOL (subject to approval)
◾Youth Studies.

If undertaking the general degree programme, you have an opportunity to select from the specialist optional courses available in your year of study. If undertaking a specialist pathway, you must take the courses outlined below.

Core courses


Year 1
◾Modern educational thinking
◾Policy and practice.

Year 2
◾Principles and practices of research
◾Research application.

Optional courses

Adult Education

◾Year 1: The psychology of adult learning
◾Year 2: International issues

Children’s Literature & Literacies

◾Year 1: Texts for children: From printing press to virtual reality
◾Year 2: Reframing language, literature and literacies for 21st century life


Curriculum, Assessment & Pedagogy

◾Year 1: Understanding learners
◾Year 2: International perspectives

Educational Leadership

◾Year 1: Developing as a leader: Ethics and praxis
◾Year 2: Leading people and organisations: Actions and accountabilities in practice

Inclusive & Special Education

◾Year 1: Education for all: Inclusive special education
◾Year 2: Working together creating inclusive learning environments


Religious Education

◾Year 1: Curriculum leadership in religious education
◾Year 2: Conceptual frameworks in contemporary religious education


TESOL

◾Year 1: Language for TESOL
◾Year 2: Language learning for TESOL

Youth Studies

◾Year 1: Working with youth: Education and learning for change
◾Year 2: Perspectives on youth and young adulthood

Career prospects

Career opportunities may include work in and across different educational sectors including mainstream education, adult education, informal and community education and development, educational leadership, youth work, and in educational publishing and policy-making. You will also be qualified to proceed to study for a PhD or EdD.

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This stimulating programme takes a broad view of education, covering themes such as. curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, the relationship between education and society, and the importance of education research. Read more
This stimulating programme takes a broad view of education, covering themes such as: curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, the relationship between education and society, and the importance of education research. It is ideal for those working in teaching, education management or policy, who wish to increase their understanding of current education issues and enhance their career.

Degree information

This programme is designed for participants across the world, and explores the global forces that influence education, encouraging students to relate their learning to their contexts. Optional modules from specialist fields are available and students can customise their studies to their interests. Students have excellent levels of support, including access to a personal tutor for the duration of the programme and an online learning environment which has discussion areas and links to online resources and library support.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-What is Education?
-Understanding Research

Optional modules
Students choose from over 50 modules from across the IOE, representing an extensive range of specialisms, interests and modes of delivery. For examples of the optional modules on offer, see below.
-Assessment: Issues and Practice
-Critical Perspectives on Teaching and Learning
-Curriculum, Policy and Practice
-Early Childhood Education
-Education and Development in Asia
-Education and Technology: Key Issues and Debates
-Education and International Developments: Concepts, Theories and Issues
-Educational Traditions and Systems in Europe
-Gender, Education and Development
-Leading and Managing Change and Improvement
-Learning and Teaching with Technologies
-Materials Development for Language Teaching
-Philosophy of Education: Knowledge, Mind and Understanding
-Philosophy of Religion
-Planning for Education and Development
-Principles and Practice of Development Education
-Religion and School Life
-Second Language Acquisition
-Sociology of Education
-Technology and Education: Beyond the Classroom

Dissertation/report
All students submit a written dissertation.

Teaching and learning
Modules are available as distance learning, face-to-face and mixed-mode. The programme is flexible, so you can take one or two modules a year, or maybe more, and spread your studies out as you see fit.

Careers

Graduates from the Education MA have gone on to be successful in a variety of fields related to education. Graduates who are already in teaching positions have reported that they have been promoted, often to senior leadership positions. Other graduates have gone on to find new jobs in their related fields, which has included education at all phases (from early years through to higher education), and policy and research contexts. Many of our graduates work in international contexts, and some are working on plans to open their own schools, or are working with NGOs on education and development projects. Some have also gone on to undertake further research on PhD programmes.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Department at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a world-leading centre for geography, business, mathematics, history, religious education, citizenship and science education.

The department provides an impressive range of cutting-edge MA and CPD programmes, variously presented in face-to-face, distance learning or mixed-mode formats. In addition we offer a first-class PhD programme and staff are actively involved in an extensive range of innovative, nationally and internationally acclaimed, research and development projects.

The department's student population is very diverse: students on initial teacher education programmes, practising teachers, and a rich and diverse range of international students.

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Diploma MSc is an award-winning provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diploma and Masters courses. We are now pleased to add the Medical Education Postgraduate Diploma and Masters online courses to our growing range. Read more
Diploma MSc is an award-winning provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diploma and Masters courses. We are now pleased to add the Medical Education Postgraduate Diploma and Masters online courses to our growing range. Our Medical Education courses are offered in conjunction with our partner, the University of South Wales, who have developed a strong reputation for delivering innovative learning.

Delivered over one year, the online part time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education course is specially developed for busy healthcare professionals who may be expected to teach. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises of 6 modules, each of 6 weeks duration. The course aims to enable graduates to develop a critical knowledge and understanding, and application of medical education.

Our medical education courses will appeal to Doctors, GPs, Healthcare Professionals and those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Pharmacists) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience. Students may apply for the MSc in Medical Education as a two-year course, firstly completing the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), followed by the MSc (60 credits).

Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education

Delivered over one year, the online part time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education course is specially developed for busy healthcare professionals who may be expected to teach. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises of 6 modules, each of 6 weeks duration. The course aims to enable graduates to develop a critical knowledge and understanding, and application of medical education.

On completion of the Medical Education Diploma, you will be able to:
- demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of specific issues at the forefront of theory and practice in medical education.
- critically evaluate medical education theories and principles to inform educational practice.
- demonstrate awareness of advanced knowledge in educational methods and practice
- display a critical understanding of the intricacies of adult pedagogy.

Course Structure

Our 1 year course consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

Module 1 - The practice of medical education
Module 2 - Assessment
Module 3 - Evaluation
Module 4 - Media
Module 5 - Leadership
Module 6 - Curriculum

Assessment

The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).

Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
Individual learning portfolio - 10%
Group/individual activity - 20%
Case based examination - 30%

Teaching Methods

Each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-15 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on clinically rich case scenarios. Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective portfolio to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice. Teaching starts with 1 day of introductory lectures. Students may attend these lectures in the UK (Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales). The lecture series are delivered by the faculty and tutors, they are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as:

Scientific writing.
Levels of evidence.
Harvard referencing.
Reflective writing.

The lectures series give an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course.

MSc Medical Education

The MSc in Medical Education course offers progression from the Postgraduate Diploma for individuals who are interested in developing a critical knowledge and understanding and application of medical education.

Entry to the 1 year MSc in Medical Education will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

The MSc Medical Education course is the only one of its title that is accessible online and is not offered by any other institution.

On completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate:
- an in-depth knowledge and understanding of specific issues at the forefront of theory and practice in medical education.
- a critical understanding of medical education theories and principles to inform educational practice.
- an advanced knowledge of educational methods and practice.
- a critical understanding of the intricacies of adult pedagogy.

Course Structure

Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal in Medical Education.
Professional Project: Medical Education.

Teaching Methods

Module 1: Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal - MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules, however it is run over 12 weeks.
Module 2: Professional Project - To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.

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This course is a way to build on your professional skills and educational leadership. Are you a teacher or educationalist who would like to develop your professional practice? The aim of this course is to support your career development while also enabling you to develop advanced research and study skills. Read more
This course is a way to build on your professional skills and educational leadership.

Course overview

Are you a teacher or educationalist who would like to develop your professional practice? The aim of this course is to support your career development while also enabling you to develop advanced research and study skills.

This full-time course develops your professional practice as a teacher or educationalist. You will learn advanced research and study skills while acquiring Masters-level knowledge that is shaped by your personal interests and career aspirations.

We also offer a part-time Education MA and a distance learning Education MA, which may suit you if you need more flexible studying options.

There are four titles for the MA available, depending upon the modules chosen for study. The titles available are:
-MA Education (Generic)
-MA Education (Advanced Professional Practice - Secondary)
-MA Education (Advanced Professional Practice - Primary)
-MA Education (Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion)

The content of the course can be tailored to your particular interests, with a range of modules available from our MA suite. Options may include ‘Advanced Pedagogical Practice’, ‘Assessment Theory into Pedagogical Practice’ and ‘Leading Organisational Effectiveness in Education’. You can also choose to undertake a negotiated individual study in education. For those who are returning to higher education, we provide plenty of support including classes to assist with academic writing.

MA Education (Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion): This specialism is designed for professionals who are involved with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). The course equips you to develop SEND provision, allowing young people to reach their full potential in school and to make a successful transition into adulthood while continuing your broader professional development and also the opportunity to acquire Masters-level skills in research and analysis.

The research element of the course is excellent preparation if you decide to go on to a higher degree such as a PhD. The research element is supported by the University’s Centre for Pedagogy whose specialisms include teaching styles, motivation, human relationships in learning and comparative education.

Most people who join the course already have a PGCE or another teaching qualification. Your written outputs, together with the experiences and activities of the course, will provide a portfolio of evidence that can open up new opportunities and a fresh stage in your career.

For more information on the part time version of this course, please view this web-page: http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/courses/educationandsociety/postgraduate/education-generic-part-time/

Course content

This course offers considerable flexibility over the choice of modules from our MA suite. At Masters level, responsibility for learning lies as much with the student as with the lecturer. The course is structured as follows:
-You will choose three option modules from the MA suite (30 Credits each)
-You will complete the core module ‘Research Methods in Education’ (30 Credits)
-You will also undertake a Masters project/dissertation (60 Credits)

Modules in the MA suite may include the following:
-Development of Learning: A Case Study (30 Credits)
-Negotiated Individual Study in Education (30 Credits)
-Advanced Pedagogical Practice (30 Credits)
-Leading Organisational Effectiveness in Education and Training (30 Credits)
-Assessment Theory into Pedagogical Practice (30 Credits)
-Approaches to Teaching and Learning for Learners with Special or Additional Needs (30 Credits)
-Barriers to Learning (30 Credits)
-Inclusive Education (30 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include tutor input, seminars, workshops, support sessions, collaborative group work and discussion, tutorials, presentations, interactive practical sessions and directed private study.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment methods include written assignments including the dissertation and oral and written presentations.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has been a centre for training in education since 1908.

Course location
The course is based at our Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Campus is on the banks of the River Wear and is less than a mile from the seaside. It’s a vibrant learning environment with strong links to educational institutions and a constant exchange of ideas and people.

The campus also includes the Prospect Building – which mirrors our City Campus Gateway style in the main reception area. It also is home to the main campus library as well as several catering areas, which look out onto the river. Prospect Building underwent a recent 1.25m re-development to ensure it continues to meet the needs of the modern day student.

University Library Services
We have got thousands of books and e-books on education topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

Some of the most important sources for your course include:
-EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals, including full-text education journals dating back to 1965
-British Education Index, which contains information on research, policy and practice in education and training in the UK
-Australian Education Index, which covers more than 130,000 documents relating to educational research, policy and practice
-Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), which is a comprehensive, searchable bibliographic and full-text database of research and information. Over 650 journals are indexed
-JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
-Lexis, which provides access to legal information as well as full-text newspaper articles

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Employment & careers

On completing this course, your skills and understanding will be enhanced for roles in teaching, educational management and other educational settings.

Higher salaries are available for those who develop their professionalism and achieve the status of Excellent Teacher or Advanced Skills Teacher.

Teachers who take on additional responsibilities such as the co-ordination of provision for those with Special Education Needs can also expect to command a higher salary.

Past graduates from this course have gained employment in roles such as the following:
-Special needs and inclusion
-Senior management in education
-Special Educational Needs teacher

A Masters qualification also gives you broader career options including possible roles in lecturing, journalism, the media and arts administration. The research elements of a Masters course prepare you for further postgraduate studies at doctoral level.

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The Master of Education is a suite of postgraduate modules in professional development for teachers and professionals who work, or have experience of working, in an educational setting. Read more
The Master of Education is a suite of postgraduate modules in professional development for teachers and professionals who work, or have experience of working, in an educational setting.

Why study for Master of Education at Dundee?

The Master of Education programme is essential for all professionals who work in an educational setting and wish to enhance their professional learning and improve career progression prospects. Students can tailor the educational experience to suit their individual experience, needs and interests. The programme can be accessed entirely at a distance via the University virtual learning environment. There are both workplace based and non-workplace based routes through the programme.

The programme is the first in Scotland to be accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organisation and by successfully completing the programme participants can register for an IB advanced certificate in teaching and learning research affording the opportunity of pursuing a career in public, private or international schools across the world.

Professional Accreditation

The course is fully recognised and accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

Flexible Degrees

Most students study part-time completing one module per semester. In certain circumstances students can undertake more than one module per semester.

MEd 1800 hours of part-time study (6x 30M modules in total)
PGDiploma 1200 hours of part-time study (4x30M modules in total)
PGCertificate 600 hours of part-time study (2 x 30M modules in total)

Degree Combinations

Education (including IB Certificate) MEd
Education (Leading Learning and Teaching) MEd
Education (Inclusion and Learner Support) MEd
Education (Nursery/Early Education) MEd
Education (Pupil Care and Support) MEd
Education (Childhood Practice) MEd
Education (International Education) MEd
Education (Developing Mathematical Thinking) MEd
Education (Into Headship) MEd

Who should study this course?

Entry to the programme is open to teachers and professionals with experience of working in educational settings who have a degree or equivalent and relevant experience. Applicants do not have to be currently employed in an educational setting. There is option for a non-workplace based route through the MEd programme as some modules do not require students to be in a workplace-based setting.

What are the aims of the programme?

The programme is designed to develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and professional values necessary to enhance international professional practice and builds upon competences developed through experience.

The MEd is inquiry-based and provides flexible routes in:
- Leading Learning and Teaching
- Inclusion and Learning
- Nursery/Early Education
- Pupil Care and Support
- International Education
- Developing Mathematical Thinking
- Adult Literacies

How you will be taught

The start date for this course is either September or March each year.

The Programme can take 2 to 3 years depending on a student's circumstances with modules being delivered by blended and distance learning and are supported by the use of the University's virtual learning environment. Study support is offered through our growing network of learning and study centres. Currently these are based at the University of Dundee but shortly will also be available through our collaboration with the Hellenic Association for Education in Athens, Greece.

Recognition for prior learning (RPL) is available for the MEd Programme. Claims for RPL must match to existing modules o the programme with equivalent content and be at the required SCQF level and SCOTCAT credits. Claims can be made, in exceptional circumstances, for up to 50% of the programme. If you have any questions about RPL

What you will study

Participants undertake two core and two optional modules, and either 1 x 60 credit, or 2 x 30 credit workplace projects at the final stage of the programme. There are modules available by distance learning or mixed mode delivery. The Master of Education is characterised by progression through Certificate, Diploma to Masters with exit points at each level.

These awards aim to build on professionals’ initial training and professionalism which has developed throughout their work experience. Because of the considerable distance learning element in the programme, significant individual support is offered through:
- On-line
- Study guides
- Telephone or video conference tutorials
- Face to face tutorials
- E-mail
- Written feedback (electronic)
- Virtual learning environments

Core modules
Reflecting upon Practice
Research Methods for Professional Inquiry
Optional Modules

International Education
Working Supportively with Learners
Working Towards Inclusion
Continuity of Children’s Development : Birth To Eight
Developing Mathematical Thinking
Innovation in the Curriculum
Leadership, Change and Organisational Development
Enquiry into Collaborative Teaching and Learning
Negotiated Study
Leadership and Management of Childhood Practice
Leading Effective Transitions
Leading Learning through Play
Meeting the Needs of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder / Complex Social Communication Needs
Employability

How you will be assessed

Individual modules have assessment tailored to aims and content of each module. Most module culminate with a written assignment based around content covered, or research completed, during the module.

Formative and summative assessments are designed to arise naturally from study and work. Major assessments focus directly on application in the workplace. Students are assessed on 4 x 30 credit modules plus a Workplace Based Project (60 credits).

Careers

A majority of students studying for Masters in Education at the University of Dundee are already in full time employment. In addition a number of students either already hold senior management positions or have moved into senior management positions during their time studying on the programme. By engaging with the MEd Programme students are able to influence their own Professional Learning journeys and take control of their own CPD.

As the Master of Education programme is for professionals with some teaching or educational experience the programme will not qualify you to teach in Scotland.

Flexible Degrees

Most students study part-time completing one module per semester. In certain circumstances students can undertake more than one module per semester.

Degree Length of study
Distance learning (2 optional contact days per module)
MEd 1800 hours of part-time study ( 6 x 30M modules in total)
PGDiploma 1200 hours of part-time study (4 x 30M modules in total)
PGCertificate 600 hours of part-time study (2 x 30M modules in total)

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This part time distance learning award aims to enhance your skills in the facilitation of the learning of others within your own workplace setting. Read more
This part time distance learning award aims to enhance your skills in the facilitation of the learning of others within your own workplace setting. Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate stage provides the opportunity for accreditation as Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

The award will enable you to:
-Examine, reflect upon and improve your teaching skills.
-Consider the strengths, drawbacks and practical implications of different teaching methods and relate these to your own workplace setting.
-Deepen your knowledge of the evidence base for some of the underpinning theory of education.

The course is aimed at all medical educators, clinical and postgraduate tutors, nurses, health visitors and therapists, general practice course organisers and trainers, undergraduate tutors and all others involved in teaching in a health or social care setting. It is suitable for experienced teachers who wish to up-date or re-assess their skills as well as novice teachers looking for a ‘teaching tool-box’ of new skills and knowledge.

You will expect to complete the MSc between three and five years, however you may also choose to exit this course with one of the three awards, each stage being worth 60 credits of study (please see module information below) and will normally take 12 -15 months to achieve.

In order to fit in with your work commitments this is a distance learning course and you can join at any point in the academic year. Whilst you can study at your own pace, the modules run over a 12 week period. All course material necessary for the modules is available on line through Staffordshire University’s virtual learning environment, ‘Blackboard’. This approach to learning offers you choice and flexibility about when you access your learning materials and you are able to study at a pace that suits you.

You are expected to engage with all on-line activities in a timely manner and you should be prepared to allocate around 150 hours of independent study per module including engagement with on-line resources, reading time, and assignment preparation.

The Postgraduate Certificate stage of study comprises of 4 x 15 credit modules (see below) which provide an underpinning knowledge of educational theory, aiming to improve your teaching and learning skills with your learners / trainees in your workplace. You will consider all aspects of teaching and learning from devising a lesson plan to assessing a learner at the end of their period of study. You will consider how students learn and how you can adapt your teaching style to optimise learning; you will evaluate the effectiveness of various teaching methods and how you use the resources available to you in your own teaching practice; you will reflect upon the effectiveness of your teaching style and will analyse the assessment methods utilised in the teaching and learning process.

Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate stage provides the opportunity for accreditation as Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

The Postgraduate Diploma stage of study also comprises of 4 x 15 credit modules (see below) although it is designed to give you more flexibility in what you learn. You will consider your own workplace as a learning environment and contemplate the current practice within health education and the impact this has on your own learners / trainees. You will have the opportunity to develop your own module around an area of interest to you in relation to medical education and you will undertake a research methods module to equip you with the essential skills prior to starting your Masters stage of the award.

The final year of the MSc in Medical Education consists of a single 60 credit piece of work that may be a dissertation (desk based or empirical) or a project based change. The topic should be one that is relevant and interesting to you both personally and professionally and, in order to meet the requirements of the award, should be within the broad topic area of ‘medical education’. There will be opportunity within your programme to discuss the possible focus of this stage of your study with tutors, although to help give you some ideas for a subject area, previous topics studied by students on the medical education award have included mentoring, medical students with dyslexia, e-learning, roles of staff, evaluation of training programmes, and use of students as patients in training.

You will be allocated a dissertation / project based change supervisor to guide you through this stage of your study.

Course content

You will undertake a total of 180 credits to achieve the Masters in Medical Education. Each stage of the award is worth 60 credits, therefore to achieve the:
Postgraduate Certificate Medical Education you will study:
-Introduction to Educational Theory (15 credits)
-Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Healthcare (15 credits)
-Assessment and Appraisal in Healthcare Education (15 credits)
-Observation and Reflection on Healthcare Teaching (15 credits)
-Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate will lead to accreditation as Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Postgraduate Diploma Medical Education you will go on to study:
-The Culture of Education in Healthcare (15 credits)
-Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Education (15 credits)
-Negotiated Module (15 credits)
-Research Methods and Methodologies (15 credits)

Masters in Medical Education you will go on to study:
-Project Based Change (60 Credits)
OR
-Masters Dissertation (60 Credits)

Employment opportunities

This award will provide an opportunity for career progression and completion of the Postgraduate Certificate stage enables registration as an Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy.

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The MA Education is designed to enhance your professional practice and help you make improvements which will make a positive difference either within the classroom or your particular work environment. Read more

Overview

The MA Education is designed to enhance your professional practice and help you make improvements which will make a positive difference either within the classroom or your particular work environment.

Highly flexible, it caters for educators with a diverse range of experience, development needs, and study requirements. It is suitable for teachers, those in leadership or policy-making roles, and other practitioners working in education or related settings.

You may choose an individually constructed programme, or follow a specialist route which may be reflected in your degree title. You may study full-time or part-time, and choose to study on campus or via blended or distance learning. You may also study single modules through our Professional Development in Education programme (http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/education/graduatestudies/masters/professionaldevelopmentineducation/ ) .

Whichever route you choose, you will be taught by academics with considerable experience as practitioners, and whose research sets the agenda, influences policy and leads to innovation in the classroom.

Programme structure

The modules you take will depend on whether you are undertaking an individually constructed programme or wish to graduate with a named specialism within your degree title.

Learning and teaching

Delivery: campus-based/distance learning/blended learning:

As a Masters level student you will become part of the research-intensive Graduate School of Education, studying with some of the leading scholars in their disciplines. Depending on the modules you choose, the following options are available:
- Campus-based (entirely at our St Luke’s Campus)
- Distance learning (online only)
- Blended learning (mixture of campus-based, mostly Saturdays, and online learning)

Learning methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, peer-led activity, and online resources and interaction. Some modules also involve studio and classroom work, field trips, and school visits. Visit the web pages for each specialism to find out more.

Specialist pathways include:

- Individually constructed programme
- Creative Arts in Education
- Language and Literacy
- Mathematics Education
- Science Education
- Special Educational Needs
- Technology, Creativity and Thinking

Individually constructed programme

The main reason our students undertake postgraduate study is because they want to become better teachers and practitioners so they can help their students realise their potential. This programme gives you the flexibility to improve various aspects of your professional practice and to choose a course of study most suitable to your role, employer’s priorities, career-stage or interests (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/individual/ ).

Creative Arts in Education

The creative arts provide opportunities for developing creative and aesthetic understanding, finding a personal and communal voice within different cultural contexts, and are linked to improvements in academic achievement.
This specialism will help you encourage creativity via the arts, understand the variety of roles the arts in education might take, and consider how arts teaching can benefit other areas of the curriculum and promote inclusion. Unique in integrating approaches to drama, music, dance and visual art, this MA includes visits to schools and venues such as galleries, as well as interactions with key cultural organisations. You may also specialise in a particular art form. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/creativearts/ )

Language and Literacy

The ability to read and write well is fundamental to a learner’s prospects and ultimate career ambitions. This specialism will help you better understand the requirements of your students and to develop strategies to improve their language and literacy skills and assessment outcomes. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/languageliteracy/ )

Mathematics Education

Many learners struggle with mathematics, and yet numerical ability is essential both in the workplace and every day life. This specialism will give you the tools to improve your own professional practice and adopt the latest innovations to help your students excel. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/mathematics/ )

Science Education

Students with good scientific knowledge and related skills such as problem-solving, are not only equipped to better understand the world around them but also to excel in the jobs market. So why is it so difficult to get some students engaged? This specialism will help you develop strategies to get learners excited by science, and to improve your teaching techniques to get better results in the classroom. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/science/ )

Special Educational Needs

This MA will enable you to explore concepts, approaches and issues relevant to the teaching and learning of students with special educational needs and disabilities. It is suitable for educators working with learners of all ages in specialist or mainstream education. One module includes practical school visits and a two-week experiential placement. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/sen/ )

Technology, Creativity and Thinking

Digital technology offers teachers new opportunities to help students learn and work together more effectively. Investigate how the teaching and learning needs to adapt to meet the needs of future learners. Explore new digital technologies and current approaches to teach creativity and thinking skills. This programme can be studied on campus or via distance learning. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/tct/ )

Careers

The flexibility of this programme means it is ideal for students from a range of subject, professional and career backgrounds including teachers, lecturers, administrators, education advisors, or other related professions. This degree also offers excellent progression to a professional doctorate.

Graduate destinations

The University has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students compete very successfully in the employment market. Our graduates have gone on to a range of careers in the UK and overseas.

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The Masters of Science in Human Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in Human Nutrition is a 30 credit-hour program designed to prepare nutrition professionals to practice dietetics at an advanced level and/or to pursue doctoral study. Read more
The Masters of Science in Human Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in Human Nutrition is a 30 credit-hour program designed to prepare nutrition professionals to practice dietetics at an advanced level and/or to pursue doctoral study. The program develops research skills, stimulates independent thought, and provides up-to-date knowledge in food and nutrition. There are three tracks available: Generalist, Community, or Clinical. The program tracks outlined below are designed for the registered dietitian but can be completed by a dietetic intern or student with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition or another discipline who has met the listed prerequisites.

Visit the website http://www.nhm.ches.ua.edu/human-nutrition.html

ELECTIVES

Electives must be approved by the student′s academic advisor. Examples of 3-hour courses the student may choose include:

NHM 530 – Advanced Nutrition Counseling
HHE 520 – Health Behavior
HHE 530 – Health Promotion Techniques
NUR 510 – Basic Concepts of Teaching Diabetes Self-Management Techniques
NHM 625 – Nutritional Epidemiology
CHS 520 – Basic Epidemiology
CSM 537 – Developing the Leader Within
CSM 575 – Entrepreneurship in HES
NUR 516 – Advanced Diabetes Management

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Click the link below that best describes your situation to determine your eligibility for the MS in Human Environmental Sciences with an Emphasis in Human Nutrition. Information on how and when to apply to the program is contained in these documents.

- I am a registered dietitian or dietetic intern. (http://www.nhm.ches.ua.edu/uploads/3/7/4/5/37456821/hun-rd-2016.pdf)

- I have completed a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. (http://www.nhm.ches.ua.edu/uploads/3/7/4/5/37456821/hun-bs-nutr-2016.pdf)

- I have a bachelor’s degree in another field. (http://www.nhm.ches.ua.edu/uploads/3/7/4/5/37456821/hun-bs-other-2016.pdf)

- I do not have a bachelor’s degree. (http://www.nhm.ches.ua.edu/food-and-nutrition.html)

DISTANCE EDUCATION

The masters degree is available through distance education. The degree requirements and course content are the same regardless of where it is completed—on campus or through distance education. The program is completely available by distance.

For more information, contact .

Find out how to apply here - http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

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The Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology is offered at our Indiana main campus and at IUP’s Monroeville Graduate and Professional Center. Read more
The Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology is offered at our Indiana main campus and at IUP’s Monroeville Graduate and Professional Center. The program can be completed either full or part time at both locations.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

The IUP Master’s Degree in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) is a new program built on over 40 years of experience in adult education and 20 years of experience in instructional design. The IDT program employs a theory-to-practice approach that encourages students to relate course content to their careers and specific areas of interest.

BLENDED FORMAT TO FIT YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE

Designed for the working professional, there are limited course meeting times. Most of the work can be completed online. Online work engages students not only with projects, but with other students and the instructors for a rich rewarding learning experience. The entire master’s program can be completed in two years attending part time.

GAIN THE KNOWLEDGE AND CREDENTIALS TO DESIGN AND TEACH ONLINE

No other program prepares you better to be an instructional designer, trainer, and educator in today’s technological world.

Prepare for a career in instructional design, distance education, and the development of online courses for business and industry, higher education, health care, government, and many other professional settings.

Choose whether you want to complete the thesis or non-thesis option.

Acquire a balance of academic courses and practical field experience.

Develop knowledge and skills in a variety of topics, including:
-Instructional design
-Learning management systems
-Distance education technology
-Adult learning and development
-Program planning
-Leadership
-Distance education pedagogy
-Program evaluation
-Website design

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Our next intake of the MAEdi for 2016/7, will now start in August 2016, when we will offer the taught modules on a residential basis at Keele University in the UK. Read more

Overview

Our next intake of the MAEdi for 2016/7, will now start in August 2016, when we will offer the taught modules on a residential basis at Keele University in the UK.

The MA Education (International) (MEdi) is a flexible, part-time, semi-distance learning programme. It is accredited, validated, taught and assessed by Keele University, UK. The course is designed for those working in international schools and similar organisations. The aim is to broaden teachers’ knowledge, understanding and skills within their own professional setting. The programme has a clear practical focus, underpinned by theory and which provides participants with an opportunity to develop their professional comptence and enhance their capacity to engage in critically reflective practice as advanced educational professionals.

The MA Ed (Int) is particularly innovative because it links different modes of study, which comprise:
- modularised coursework undertaken on a part-time, distance-learning basis.
- work-based research related to experience and professional interests.
- content suitable for all curriculums (Including IB, AP, and the National Curriculum of England and Wales).
- residential programme sessions (in the UK) which provide opportunities for participants to review, discuss and challenge ideas but
also to share good practice.

This prestigious MAEdi can be accessed by any international school teacher working in any country. The only attendance requirement for Year 2 Entry applicants will be a five-day residential held at Keele University, UK in early August. The remainder of the programm is by distance learning. The programme is also suitable for British state school teachers seeking a qualification directly relevant to international schooling and education.

OVERVIEW OF KEY FEATURES:

• All units are delivered by Keele University staff, experienced in international schooling/ education and educational research.

• Taught elements hosted at Keele University (UK) in early August (5 day residential). Remainder of the programme delivered by distance learning with tutor support.

• Direct access to Year 2 (and reduced fees) for experienced practitioners who hold a PGCE or equivalent.

• Flexibility to focus module assessment submissions on Kindergarten, Primary, Secondary or Post-Compulsory Education Sectors, including Language Schools, Bilingual Schools, State Schools, and all major curriculum (including IB, AP and the National Curriculum of England and Wales).

• Opportunity to progress to Keele University EdD (taught doctorate).

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/sspp/postgraduatetaught/education/international/maei/

Course Aims

The educational aims of the programme are to support the development of critically reflective practitioners, whose work is based on scholarship, professionalism and ethical practice. It will enable participants to critically examine a wide range of contemporary educational issues and those that relate more directly to their own practice as educators. A key aim is to provide opportunities for participants to examine their own professional contexts and interests in the light of theory and practical experience.

By the end of the programme participants will demonstrate systematic knowledge and critical awareness of a range of educational theories and issues that are relevant to the specific pathway, which could include creativity, critical pedagogy, leadership and management and pedagogical content knowledge; they will demonstrate that they can critically examine these theories in the light of practice and vice versa. Participants will show how, through this critically reflective approach, they have developed their own practice as educators and managed personal and professional change. They will be able to communicate effectively through use of higher level writing skills, aimed at specialist and non-specialist audiences, with appropriate use of academic referencing

They will develop critical awareness of the philosophies and practices underpinning Educational research and demonstrate that they can design and undertake an independent research study into aspects of their own practice or professional context and report the findings of that study to a range of audiences.

Opportunities:
The opportunities that this MAEdi offers for career progression in the rapidly expanding world of international education are many. Most of our Asia Programme graduates go on to be appointed to higher levels of management and leadership in international education and schooling and we can provide numerous personal testimonies as to the value of the Keele Programmes from our alumni. With international schools becoming increasingly corporatized and commercially orientated, those educationalists awarded the Keele MEdi can look forward to enhanced careers; equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful practitioners in international education.

Course Content

The MA Education (international) programme is a part-time, semi distance learning programme:

Year 1 entry: PGCEi (60 MA credits)
Modules: Learners, Learning and Assessment; International Educational Practice; Creative Practice.

Year 2 entry: Postgraduate Diploma in International Education (60 MA credits)
Modules: Towards a Personalised Curriculum; Global Educational Issues; Research Methods.

Year 3 entry: MA Education (International) (60 MA credits – dissertation only).

Taught Modules:
- Towards a Personalised Curriculum (15 credits): UK residential
This module will undertake a critical examination of the construction of the curriculum. What are the purposes of the school curriculum? Who is it for? What is it for? Who designs it? It will also examine issues of power and control, and contrast these ideas with concepts of emancipation/liberation. The sociology of the curriculum will also be examined.

- Global Educational Issues (15 credits): UK residential
This module explores the changing world of international education, especially the expansion and corporatisation of international schools in Asia. It reflects on the ‘nature’ of international identity, both for teachers and students, and critically explores what it means to be ‘international’ in an educational context.

- Research Methods (30 credits): distance learning
This module is a necessary introduction to research and deals with research methods, concepts and issues, offering guidance about how to approach research so as to maximise benefits while minimising problems.

Teaching

The Masters in Education International is a post experience, semi-distance learning programme. The UK based residentials comprise a mixture of lectures, workshops, and small group tasks that are key parts of the course, which not only provide opportunities for participants to review, discuss and challenge ideas but also to share good practice. All subsequent modules are via semi-distance learning.

Further support is provided through modular self-study materials, which comprise both traditional text based and digital resources that are accessed through the KLE; this latter resource is also used to enhance student support and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and discussion of issues that arise.

A particularly innovative feature of the programme is the opportunity that is provided through the Postgraduate certificate phase of the programme to obtain an award that confirms teaching competence.

To obtain this award participants must complete a 12-week teaching placement module in the international school in which they are employed.

The programme team includes very experienced teacher educators who have responsibility for the provision of the suite of postgraduate education programmes in the School of Public Policy and Professional Practice. They all have formal teaching qualifications and extensive teaching experience in secondary schools across the UK and internationally; they also have substantial experience of teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Assessment

The academic programme is assessed through written work in the form of essays, case studies and critical reflective reviews; the use of these forms of assessment enables judgements to be made about participants knowledge and understanding of module content and their capacity to critically examine theory in the light of practice and vice versa.

The research proposal and dissertation, which comprise the Masters phase of the programme, enable the assessment of participants’ ability to select, apply and evaluate appropriate research methodologies for their chosen individual study.

The assessment of the Teaching Placement module is structured around an adapted version of the Teaching Standards for England. To satisfy these standards participants must provide evidence of their ability to plan, deliver and assess lessons that are focused on student learning. They also need to compile a portfolio of evidence that supports their case for achieving the standards and complete a critically reflective commentary that draws on the evidence in the portfolio.

Formative assessment in the programme takes a variety of forms, it includes the completion of preparatory tasks for the taught sessions that are used as the basis for discussion, on-line tasks that are used to consolidate or extend the work that has been undertaken in the taught sessions and short presentations that are developed either as individual tasks or from small group discussions.

These activities provide module tutors with opportunities to assess participants level of understanding and engagement, evidence that can subsequently be used during taught sessions to adapt or revise session plans or as the basis for tutorial discussions.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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Many clinical health professionals are involved in teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students and increased recruitment to the NHS produces even greater demands for teachers. Read more

Overview

Many clinical health professionals are involved in teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students and increased recruitment to the NHS produces even greater demands for teachers. There is a need for greater professionalism and accountability as clinical teachers and this course is designed to meet this need by providing a sound theoretical and practical basis for good teaching practice. It complements the established Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Programme at Keele by emphasising small group teaching in clinical settings and education for clinical competence.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education is accredited by the Higher Education Academy. The programme is aligned with Standard Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education and successful completion of the programme entitles participants to recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Students from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health should look at course content for details and then apply via the Keele University and Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health Postgraduate Course in Medical Education link above.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/medicaleducation/

Course Aims

The overall aim of the course is to improve the quality and effectiveness of clinical teaching and medical education through:

- Understanding and fostering a learner-centred approach

- Relating this to the requirements of professional education for clinical competence

- Developing practical, generic skills in teaching and assessment, underpinned by an understanding of educational theory

- Promoting reflective practice in education and clinical practice, using work-based assignments and a portfolio

- Promoting evidence-based education

The programme’s aims and values embody those of the Higher Education Academy and will develop participants’ understanding of the HEA areas of learning and teaching activity, core knowledge and adherence to the professional values.

Course Director: Dr Clive Gibson ()

Course Content

The Masters in Medical Education programme consists of a three year programme of study. The structure of this is as detailed below. There are different levels of accreditation to enable flexibility for students who wish to study medical education but may not be in a position to complete the full Masters programme. Students may study the first two modules (30 credits) and receive a transcript to this effect. Students who complete the first four modules (60 credits) will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate and those who complete 8 modules (120 credits) will be awarded the Diploma. Students who wish to complete the full Masters programme will then go on to submit a dissertation (60 credits) therefore giving them the full 180 credits required for the award of the Masters in Medical Education. The taught components of the programme are available part time over the academic year and most students will complete 4 modules per year.

Students wishing to receive accreditation for training for the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health should select the Keele University and Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health Postgraduate Course in Medical Education when applying.

- Course Modules:

Year One Modules (comprising the Postgraduate Certificate)

1. Introduction to medical education (15 credits)
2. Teaching methods and theories of learning (15 credits)
3. Assessment in medical education (15 credits)
4. Curriculum design and session planning (15 credits)

Year Two Modules (with the PG Certificate modules, comprising the Postgraduate Diploma)
Modules will aim at developing expertise and a specialist knowledge base in chosen areas of medical education. Participants can select four from the following:

• Developing Professional Skills and Attitudes
• Introduction to e-teaching
• Introduction to Research in Medical Education
• Problem Based Learning
• Independent Study Module
• Media Design

The course will include a variety of teaching methods including small group teaching, peer observations of teaching practice, completion of a portfolio and personal study. Some course elements will be in distance learning format.

The overall structure will be flexible to allow you to complete individual course units at different times, using the portfolio as a personal planner and record of achievement.

Teaching & Assessment

Module 1 of the Certificate will be assessed by a portfolio of evidence, relating to your prior experience, taught courses, reflection and observation of your teaching. Remaining modules will be assessed by assignments, generally in written format, and with a choice of subject areas, along with specific project work associated with some modules.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.

Career Information

A Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education is becoming a national standard for health professionals involved in teaching and is expected of new clinical teachers in the Keele University School of Medicine. Postgraduate Diploma and Masters level is appropriate to those who will be responsible for curriculum development and educational management within universities and NHS trusts.

Application Procedure

Application details are given on the postgraduate website at http://www.keele.ac.uk/postgraduate. If you are unable to access this then an application form and prospectus can be requested via email, telephone or post:
Email:
Tel: 01782 734472
The Postgraduate Office, Keele University, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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MA Deaf Education is taught over two years through a combination of face-to-face and online learning. Read more

MA Deaf Education is taught over two years through a combination of face-to-face and online learning. Approved by the Department for Education (DFE) to offer the Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of the Deaf, the programme integrates cutting-edge research knowledge with practitioner expertise to develop skilled, knowledgeable and critical practitioners. All students are enrolled on the MA Deaf Education (ToD) programme but they may choose to graduate with a Post Graduate Diploma (PG Dip) Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf). It is also possible to complete an MA Deaf Education without the teacher of the deaf qualification.

Central to the programme is an understanding that the establishment of language fluency and effective communication as a basis for cognitive development, social development and access to the curriculum must be the educational priority for all deaf learners. Individual auditory potential must be carefully evaluated and regularly reappraised in relation to the communicative and educational demands of the context, so that advances in personal and assistive hearing technologies combined with the latest thinking on optimal classroom management can be put into practice.

Unique to this programme is recognition of the plural and diverse linguistic contexts of deaf children’s lives. Through consideration of the roles of spoken and signed languages and increasingly sophisticated hearing technologies in deaf children’s lives and education, you will develop a broad language base and the skills to respond flexibly to deaf children’s dynamic and changing communication needs.

We welcome suitably qualified deaf and hearing applicants, and provide appropriate access and support arrangements for all students. Bursaries are offered to UK Deaf Education schools or services funding more than one student per school or service in a single year.

Course content

MA Deaf Education comprises four core modules delivered across two years. Your first module will be either Deafness and Development or Educational Audiology, depending on when you commence your studies.

If you are working towards the Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) award, you will also build a Professional Skills Portfolio throughout the two years. This applied aspect of the programme allows you to acquire and demonstrate the mandatory teaching, communication and audiological skills required of a ToD.

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Educational Audiology 30 credits
  • Learning and Teaching in Deaf Education 30 credits
  • Professional Skills Portfolio (Teacher of the Deaf award only)

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Deafness and Development 30 credits
  • The Context of Deaf Education 30 credits
  • Dissertation in Deaf Education (not required for PGDip) 60 credits
  • Professional Skills Portfolio (Teacher of the Deaf) 30 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf Qualification) MA in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Each core module comprises a study day or a short residential in Leeds, followed by twelve online taught sessions, two online tutorials and a regional tutorial. Bespoke online meetings, phone, email and Skype support is also available from tutors.

We expect you to commit the equivalent of a study day per week to this programme -- to be negotiated with your employer at the application stage. Some practical requirements of the programme are difficult to fulfil without this allocated time. We also ask you to identify someone in your school or service who will act as a mentor for you throughout the training.

Assessment

We assess the four core modules and dissertation through written assignments. The Professional Skills Portfolio is practically assessed and includes a minimum of a four-week supervised teaching placement.

Professional Skills Portfolio

The Professional Skills Portfolio module is compulsory if you are working towards the ToD qualification. The modules allows you to acquire and demonstrate the range of practical and practice based skills that you need as a Teacher of the Deaf. We outline the four strands to be completed below.

Audiology.

This strand provides guidance for developing practical skills with audiological technology and its management within different educational settings.

Communication

This strand focuses on the development of communication skills through reflective practice with both pupils and parents. It includes recording and analysing a pupil’s language use, evaluation of personal language use when teaching a pupil or group of pupils, and a reflective and critical review of a home visit.

Placement

This strand entails either one or two four-week teaching placements, depending on current and previous professional experience. At least one placement will be undertaken in an unfamiliar setting and be supported by a regional tutor.

Professional Competencies

This portfolio contains details of the ToD competencies against which you will track your progress throughout the two year course. It will also provide the means through which to identify objectives for continued professional development.

Career opportunities

MA Deaf Education provides Teachers of the Deaf with the specialist knowledge and skills they need to work across a range of settings in deaf education and provides the mandatory qualification required for England and Wales.

Graduates from the course have taken up a range of positions in specialist support services and schools. Many have subsequently progressed to management and leadership roles.

The programme also provides a route to further research and study at post graduate level via an EdD or PhD route. 



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