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The MSc in Educational Leadership (with Specialist Qualification for Headship) is a work-based Master’s course designed to enable aspiring school leaders… Read more

The MSc in Educational Leadership (with Specialist Qualification for Headship) is a work-based Master’s course designed to enable aspiring school leaders and managers to gain a Master’s degree which contributes to the development of the knowledge, understanding and skills required to allow them to articulate and enact informed strategic vision, values and aims in relation to professional practice.

The MSc in Educational Leadership course has at its heart the Specialist Qualification for Headship (SQH) which is embedded in the Into Headship modules. This element of the programme will be accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and so this work-based Master’s course incorporates both a professional and academic award.

The development of the Into Headship modules is the result of an ongoing formal collaboration with the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL), Local Authorities, the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), Education Scotland, four other Universities and the highly successful SQH Western Consortium (Universities of Glasgow, Stirling and Strathclyde). Building on the success and impact of previous programmes, including the MSc in Educational Leadership (with Scottish Qualification for Headship), this new programme is designed to take account of current policy and the professional standards framework (GTCS, 2012) to offer participants an opportunity to develop strategic leadership and management competencies.

The programme, which is introduced for the first time in 2015, offers an opportunity for participants to further develop their professional learning and strategic leadership and management practices in a supportive, flexible, creative and challenging learning environment.

Accreditation

The Into Headship modules EDUP021 (Into Headship 1) and EDUP022 (Into Headship 2) will be accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

Structure and content

The MSc in Educational Leadership (with Specialist Qualification for Headship) programme will comprise three stages:

Middle Leadership

Into Headship

Extended Induction

Prior to 2018, candidates may undertake EDUP021 Into Headship 1 and EEDUP022 Into Headship 2 as a Postgraduate Certificate. After 2018 these modules will form the Diploma stage of this qualification.

Stage one: Middle Leadership

The aim of this stage is to develop an understanding of the principles underpinning middle leadership for those aspiring to lead and manage the improvement of educational practices which impact on outcomes for children and young people in their setting and/or wider educational community. During stage one students will undertake one of the core modules, either EDUP001 Engaging critically with professional practices (20 credits at SCQF level 11) or EDUP007 Examining Professional Practices: Work-Based Learning (20 credits at SCQF level 11), then complete the Postgraduate Certificate with EDUP003 Middle Leadership: principles and practices (40 credits at SCQF level 11).

Stage Two: Into Headship

The aim of this stage is to foster a future orientated strategic stance to initiate and lead change for improvement through engagement with the school community. This will be achieved through building and applying sound knowledge and understanding of strategic leadership and management theories and practices in the context of the role of the headteacher. The modules will enable participants to develop an understanding of the place of values in leading a school community and explore ways of addressing some of the challenges this poses as well as enhancing the interpersonal and personal skills, confidence and resilience for those preparing to move into headship. This stage will provide an opportunity to develop practice in the use of critical enquiry and reflection to enhance participants’ strategic leadership practices and to evaluate and strengthen the impact of these practices on the school community. This stage is designed to enable participants to develop the strategic leadership and management competences as specified by the by the appropriate professional standards provided by the GTCS in Scotland to facilitate their transition into headship.

Stage Three: Extended Induction

During stage three participants will complete the MSc in Educational Leadership (with Specialist Qualification for Headship) through undertaking the final two modules in the programme EDUP023 Extended Induction 1 (20 credits SCQF level 11) and EDUP024 Extended Induction 2 (40 credits SCQF level 11)

Delivery and assessment

This course is offered on a part-time basis only. The period of study is normally three years for the MSc, although this programme is unlikely to be taken over three consecutive years. Candidates must complete six modules for the MSc degree. The modules will be delivered through a blended learning format designed to facilitate both individual and collaborative work. The format is a mix of face-to-face seminar days, guided self-study, online and work-based learning.

Employability

The MSc in Educational Leadership (with SQH) develops knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance leadership and management practices and support career-long professional development.

http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/programme-information/prospectus/education/educationalleadershipwithsqh/#apply-proc



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This award is gained through taking an educational leadership focus for 50% of the study, including the Dissertation. Read more

This award is gained through taking an educational leadership focus for 50% of the study, including the Dissertation.

The programme is flexible to enable students to demonstrate an educational leadership focus in any of the 30 credit modules of interest which are studied, although study might include the Leadership and Management module. Students must have an educational leadership focus for the final dissertation. In order to gain this award students need to submit the Educational Leadership evidence log to demonstrate the 50% focus.

This award enables experienced professionals to build upon their interests and experience of educational leadership. Less experienced professionals are supported in developing their knowledge of issues relating to educational leadership.

The MA Educational Leadership is offered as part of a suite of awards available through the MA Education Framework.

Study routes

This programme is offered on a 1 year full-time basis, and part-time study for 2 or 3 years.

Why choose this course?

The programme supports you in developing your knowledge and understanding of issues and practice through enquiry and research. The programme provides a range of module choices, but you are encouraged to bring your own ideas and focus on your own particular professional interests.

Through this programme you will:

  • Develop and deepen your knowledge and understanding of issues relating to education practice through critical reflection, analysis and enquiry
  • Develop your ability to critically analyse educational theory and how it links to practice
  • Become a member of a supportive learning community and learn from professionals from a range of educational settings
  • Become a successful practitioner researcher

Teaching methods

Taught sessions are built around discussion, discovery, shared learning and peer review with tutor support and expertise immediately at hand. All modules are constructed so that the focus of the work should be upon your individual interests and professional requirements.  

  • For each 30 credit module, attendance at between 7/8 twilight sessions per module
  • A significant amount of private study and reading
  • Independent research
  • An assignment of 4,500 words or equivalent for 30 credit modules
  • A final 60 credit module over a year with a 12,000 word assignment
  • Full access to the University’s Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and virtual learning environment

Structure

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Exploring Approaches to Research - 30 Credits
  • Educational Leadership Dissertation - 60 Credits

Optional

  • Developing Subject and Professional Knowledge - 30 Credits
  • Creativity: You and Your Practice - 30 Credits
  • Early Childhood: Foundations for Life - 30 Credits
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - 30 Credits
  • Leadership and Management - 30 Credits
  • Education, Social Justice and Social Change - 30 Credits
  • Inclusive Perspectives on Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities - 30 Credits


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This route focuses on leadership and learning in the context of school improvement and with reference to practice, policy and theory. Read more
This route focuses on leadership and learning in the context of school improvement and with reference to practice, policy and theory. The concept of leadership is treated as problematic and examined as it applies to pupils, teachers and support staff as well as those with formal leadership responsibilities. The route is underpinned by the values and principles of "Leadership for Learning: the Cambridge Network" these beliefs include a democratic concept of leadership rather than a hierarchical one, and a view of learning as a shared enterprise crossing the traditional divisions between 'teachers' and 'learners'.

The route is aimed at a wide audience including practitioners studying part-time as well as full time students. It is of relevance and interest to teachers, middle leaders, headteachers/principals, advisers and others as well as to graduate students interested in the area of leadership and school improvement. We draw on participants' experiences, and students pursue their particular interest by undertaking an individual empirical research project.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/ededmpels

Course detail

The overall aims of this specialist route are to enable participants to develop:

- An advanced knowledge and understanding of educational leadership and school improvement
- A set of skills for analysing educational leadership and school improvement issues and practices
- The ability to bring together theoretical perspectives on educational leadership and school improvement and apply an informed critique of their inter-relationship
- The ability to contribute to informed development of policy and practice in educational contexts
- Familiarity with a range of frameworks for understanding pupil, professional and organisational learning

The route content is covered through eight interrelated themes:

1. Leadership for Learning
2. Policy, Structures and Change
3. School Effectiveness and School Improvement
4. Issues and Dilemmas
5. Perspectives on Leadership
6. Perspectives on Learning
7. Schools, Cultures and Communities
8. Education Evaluation

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Educational Leadership and School Improvment route, students are expected to be able to:

- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of literature and concepts relating to educational leadership, school improvement, and learning; 
- show abilities in the critical analysis of educational leadership and school improvement issues and practices; 
- apply knowledge and understanding of educational research to plan and implement enquiry into an issue related to the route; 
- communicate the outcomes of their study and research through extended writing conforming to stipulated academic expectations and conventions.

Format

The course is composed of two key elements: (i) the research methods training course and (ii) the 'Educational Leadership and School Improvement' thematic route. Teaching time is split between both elements, with 32 hours of teaching being provided in research methods and 64 hours in the thematic route. The elements are taught through a mixture of lectures, smaller group seminars and individual supervisions.

Each term, written work is submitted and formative feedback is provided. Informally, feedback will also be provided through regular supervisions (three times a term). At the end of each term, supervisors are required to provide a report on student progress which can be viewed by the student through CGSRS.

Assessment

- Thesis: Up to 20,000 words.
- Essay 1: 6,000-6,500 words.
- Essay 2: 6,000-6,500 words.

Continuing

Students wishing to continue from the MPhil in Education to PhD are required to achieve:

1) an average of 70 across both sections with the thesis counting as double-weighted (eg: (Essay 1 + Essay 2 + thesis + thesis) divided by 4 = 70 or above.

Or
2) a straight mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

The Faculty is pleased to say that, in general, education students are successful in most of the funding competitions, and, in a typical year, will host students who have been awarded funding from all of the major funding bodies.

In addition, a number of Colleges have their own scholarships/bursaries, but these will be restricted to College members. Finally, it is important to note that deadlines for scholarships and bursaries are early, so applicants are strongly encouraged to explore funding opportunities as soon as possible - at least a year in advance of the start of the course.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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This route focuses on leadership and learning in the context of school improvement and with reference to practice, policy and theory. Read more
This route focuses on leadership and learning in the context of school improvement and with reference to practice, policy and theory. The concept of leadership is treated as problematic and examined as it applies to pupils, teachers and support staff as well as those with formal leadership responsibilities. The route is underpinned by the values and principles of "Leadership for Learning: the Cambridge Network" these beliefs include a democratic concept of leadership rather than a hierarchical one, and a view of learning as a shared enterprise crossing the traditional divisions between 'teachers' and 'learners'.

The route is aimed at a wide audience including practitioners studying part-time as well as full time students. It is of relevance and interest to teachers, middle leaders, headteachers/principals, advisers and others as well as to graduate students interested in the area of leadership and school improvement. We draw on participants' experiences, and students pursue their particular interest by undertaking an individual empirical research project.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/ededmeels

Course detail

The overall aims of this specialist route are to enable participants to develop:

- An advanced knowledge and understanding of educational leadership and school improvement
- A set of skills for analysing educational leadership and school improvement issues and practices
- The ability to bring together theoretical perspectives on educational leadership and school improvement and apply an informed critique of their inter-relationship
- The ability to contribute to informed development of policy and practice in educational contexts
- Familiarity with a range of frameworks for understanding pupil, professional and organisational learning

The route content is covered through eight interrelated themes:

1. Leadership for Learning
2. Policy, Structures and Change
3. School Effectiveness and School Improvement
4. Issues and Dilemmas
5. Perspectives on Leadership
6. Perspectives on Learning
7. Schools, Cultures and Communities
8. Education Evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Educational Leadership and School Improvment route, students are expected to be able to:

- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of literature and concepts relating to educational leadership, school improvement, and learning; 
- show abilities in the critical analysis of educational leadership and school improvement issues and practices; 
- apply knowledge and understanding of educational research to plan and implement enquiry into an issue related to the route; 
- communicate the outcomes of their study and research through extended writing conforming to stipulated academic expectations and conventions.

Format

The course is composed of two key elements: (i) the research methods training course and (ii) the 'Educational Leadership and School Improvement' thematic route. Teaching time is split between the two elements, with 32 hours of teaching being given to research methods and 64 hours being given to the subject specific content. The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, smaller group seminars and individual supervisions.

Written feedback is provided on the thesis by two independent assessors. Informally, feedback will also be provided through regular supervisions. Supervisors are required to provide a report on student progress which can be viewed by the student through CGSRS.

Assessment

- Thesis: Up to 20,000 words.
- Essay 1: 6,000-6,500 words.
- Essay 2: 6,000-6,500 words.

Continuing

Students wishing to continue from the MEd in Education to PhD or Ed D are required to achieve:

1) an average of 70 across both sections with the thesis counting as double-weighted (eg: (Essay 1 + Essay 2 + thesis + thesis) divided by 4 = 70 or above.
Or
2) a straight mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

The Faculty is pleased to say that, in general, education students are successful in most of the funding competitions, and, in a typical year, will host students who have been awarded funding from all of the major funding bodies.

In addition, a number of Colleges have their own scholarships/bursaries, but these will be restricted to College members. Finally, it is important to note that deadlines for scholarships and bursaries are early, so applicants are strongly encouraged to explore funding opportunities as soon as possible - at least a year in advance of the start of the course.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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Work with academics who are internationally recognised for their leadership research and practice. Develop the skills, knowledge and dispositions to be an effective educational leader. Read more

Work with academics who are internationally recognised for their leadership research and practice. Develop the skills, knowledge and dispositions to be an effective educational leader.

Complete coursework at a pace that suits you – part-time while you work, or full-time over 18 months.

The Faculty of Education offers a postgraduate study award to associate teachers in recognition of their work in supporting the Faculty’s initial teacher education programmes and students. More information on Associate Teacher Postgraduate Study Award

Programme highlights:

  • Examine leadership systems and practices to support change and innovation in organisational contexts.
  • Inquire into personal leadership practice.
  • Understand, critique and contribute to the educational research that is shaping New Zealand's educational policy and practice
  • Locate leadership work in a framework of social justice and seek to make a difference for high-needs students.
  • Develop the skills, knowledge and dispositions to be an effective educational leader
  • Enhance leadership networks by contributing to a vibrant professional learning community
  • Flexible delivery (NET/Block course)

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 180 points and there are three options regarding how study can be planned. It is recommended to start with the two required content papers PROF500 & PROF502.

Required

One of the three Research Methods paper options, and at least 30 points of independent supervised research.

Research Methods / Research

OR

OR

And at least one from:

Optional

Choose remaining papers from:

30 points may be taken from outside the field of the degree. Master of Education Master of Disability and Inclusion Stud



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The Educational Leadership PGCert is for practising educators in any educational sector, particularly those in leadership roles or aspiring leaders. Read more
The Educational Leadership PGCert is for practising educators in any educational sector, particularly those in leadership roles or aspiring leaders. You will develop both 'know how' and 'know why' in relation to educational leadership.

On completing the course you will have a good, critical understanding of:
-Current thinking and key issues of leadership and strategic management of educational institutions
-Relevant leadership theories and their significance for educational leadership

The course will help you to use approaches of practitioner enquiry as a means for professional practice, educational effectiveness and improvement of educational organisations.

At the beginning of the course, you will be asked to complete a formatively assessed written task to tailor the teaching and reading list to your development needs. This personalised approach has been identified by previous students as a particular strength of the course.

Through the educational leadership enquiry task you will acquire a critical understanding of research methodologies, methods and theory of research, and practical experience in approaches to encourage educational effectiveness and improvement.

Course tutors are active scholars, have had or hold leadership roles within the education sector and all teach and supervise across a range of courses. This provides them with a wide knowledge base and a genuine concern for the challenges of educational contexts. The PGCert in Educational Leadership is led by the director of the North Leadership Centre, René Koglbauer.

The course draws on the expertise developed in the North Leadership Centre and the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching which are based in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences.

The North Leadership Centre is one of the seven founding partners of NETSP (North East Teaching Schools Partnership), which holds the license for the National Leadership Curriculum by the National College for Teaching and Leadership:
-National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)
-National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
-National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

Delivery

The course is made up of two modules. The first module is taught in evening sessions (from 4.30pm to 7pm) during the autumn term. The second module is taught in two full days and an evening session during the spring term. In addition, you will have the opportunity to attend tutorials with the module leaders.

Sessions are taught interactively. Weekly tasks are built into the course so that you actively contribute to each session. The learning from the modules extends into practical and reflective engagement with the workplace.

Modules can be combined with other Master's level credits (including the PGCE), to complete a full Master's with a dissertation.

Placements

You are expected to work or volunteer in a professional educational setting. This provides the context for much of your practitioner enquiry.

Facilities

You will be taught in the King George VI Building. You have access to the Education Resource Centre and associated borrowing rights.

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The Educational Leadership (International) MBA will meet the needs of senior educational leaders, developing the scholarship and academic skills to support their reflective practice. Read more

The Educational Leadership (International) MBA will meet the needs of senior educational leaders, developing the scholarship and academic skills to support their reflective practice. It will enable them to reflect on the key areas of theory, empirical research and values that underpin educational leadership, and allow them to analyse how policy can impact on educational leadership.

About this degree

This programme provides students the opportunity to develop as a strategic thinker, leader of learning and educational improvement, and manager of resources, exploring important national and international debates in and around educational reform, leadership, and teaching and learning.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (120 credits), and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Strategic Leadership and Resource Management
  • Leading People For Effective Learning
  • System Leadership
  • Leading in Diverse Communites and Cultures

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/research project

Students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 20,000 words.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, online materials and tutorial support involving module leaders and guest speakers. Assessment is through assignment submission and final dissertation. The programme is delivered through intensive two-day contact periods and tutorial support can be offered in person, via Skype or online.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Educational Leadership (International) MBA

Careers

Graduates of this Master's degree are currently working as:

  • Executive leaders of academies and multi-academy trusts
  • Headteachers/Principals
  • Heads of early childhood settings
  • Senior education consultants working within national and international contexts
  • Local authority leaders
  • Senior leaders in state, independent and international sector schools

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Head Teacher, Inclusive Learning Service (inner London)
  • Primary School Deputy Head Teacher, Unspecified London School
  • Secondary School Deputy Head Teacher, Unspecified Independent School, Surrey

Employability

This Master's degree provides the opportunity to:

  • develop as a strategic thinker, leader of learning and educational improvement, and manager of resources
  • explore important national and international debates in and around educational reform, leadership, and teaching and learning.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The quality, depth and breadth of research and development work carried out by the Department of Learning and Leadership at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has an outstanding reputation. The department is at the forefront of promoting new knowledge for and about leadership in London, nationally, and internationally.

The department supports educational and public sector leadership to improve the life chances of individuals and communities, working in partnership with practitioners and policymakers at the critical edge of research and practice.

The Educational Leadership (International) MBA provides a full overview of contemporary education leadership issues. This includes focusing on the role of schools within the wider community and how governmental policy makes its mark.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Learning & Leadership

78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The . School Improvement and Educational Leadership . programme is designed for you to make a difference in schools through leadership that is focused on learning. Read more

The School Improvement and Educational Leadership programme is designed for you to make a difference in schools through leadership that is focused on learning. The knowledge and experience you will gain from this programme will place you in an ideal position to inform the future improvement and make a difference to the overall performance of your school. It will help provide you with the foundations to become a leader in school improvement using evidence-based analysis and by challenging current practices.

Download a flier for the School Improvement and Educational Leadership programme (PDF)

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Course details

The School Improvement and Educational Leadership programme is designed for those who are aiming to make a difference in schools through leadership that is focused on learning. Leadership in schools takes many forms: through school and departmental leadership teams, but also through collaboration between teachers and schools on specific problems in teaching and learning. You will be part of a research-led community which uses and develops evidence-based practice to identify and share approaches which can be shown to make a difference in particular contexts.

There are three 'M' levels associated with the programme in School Improvement and Educational Leadership.

Masters - 180 credits which are achieved by passing all four core (compulsory) modules, two optional modules and a dissertation (which is worth 60 credits).

Postgraduate Diploma - 120 credits which are achieved by passing all four core (compulsory) modules and two optional modules.   

Postgraduate Certificate - 60 credits which are achieved by passing at least two of the core modules and one further optional modules.

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These are experienced postgraduates who have previously studied, or are currently studying, at the University of Birmingham, and they offer help and advice from a student perspective.

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Chile Scholarships

This is an international programme which recruits students from around the world as well as from the UK. We welcome applicants from Chile who are applying through CONICYT’s scholarship programme in which the University of Birmingham is participating. Application of the ideas and evidence about School Improvement and Educational Leadership in a Chilean context will be addressed in the programme.

Specific information for students who wish to apply from Chile may be found on our International Pages.

Learning and teaching

The programme is offered as part of the School of Education’s work with partner schools. There is a strong emphasis on relating theory and evidence to practice. The teaching includes workshops, seminars and tutorials. Classes use a variety of reflective, analytical and enquiry-based activities using journals, qualitative and quantitative evidence of practice in individual schools and school systems. Support is provided through webCT which includes research discussions and case studies which are used for preparation tasks as well in workshops. Assignment and dissertation topics reflect students’ individual interests and contexts.

Employability

This programme is designed to provide a firm basis in theory and evidence for new and aspiring leaders in education. This leadership may be exercised in schools, colleges or administrating authorities. Leadership may be in form of direct responsibility for organisational strategy and practice or it may come in form of leading professional development.



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Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, our MA in Educational Leadership is designed for leaders or aspiring leaders in all areas of education. Read more
Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, our MA in Educational Leadership is designed for leaders or aspiring leaders in all areas of education.

The course develops an individual’s professional knowledge in relation to their current context by building on the significant experience and expertise which students will bring with them to the course.

Why Study Educational Leadership with us?

Our philosophy of learning links to professional practice, theories of leadership and work-based enquiry for improvement. Most importantly, it acknowledges work undertaken in the workplace.

If you engage in the course you will:
- develop your critical thinking skills and become a reflective practitioner
- be able to articulate informed opinions with confidence
- become a confident researcher who will be aware of theoretical frameworks and current political agendas
- become a confident and effective leader.

You can enter the course by making a claim for previous learning through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process, for example holders of National College of Teaching and Leadership awards - and then undertake modules for the remainder of your course taking into account your setting and individual needs.

On successful completion of your MA in Educational Leadership you will also gain a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) award in Strategic Leadership.

What will I learn?

You will complete a series of modules which you will be able to select in order to meet your needs and interests. The modules will develop your understanding of leadership and your ability to respond to the variety of leadership situations that you will find yourself in.

Teachers working in a faith-based context may take Leading in Faith Schools and gain a named award: Educational Leadership (Faith Schools).

How will I be taught?

Our course is taught twice termly on Saturdays from 9am until 4pm at Riverside Campus. Each module equates to approximately 200 hours of study. You will study one module per term, and you should factor these hours into your existing work.

You will benefit from experienced tutors with recent relevant experience in a range of education settings.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments include; essays, portfolios of your own learning, academic posters, research-based projects. This course is assessed by 100% coursework only and the structure of the course means that you are only working on one assignment at any one time.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this courses we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please go to: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-visit-opportunities

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus at: http://prospectus.chester.ac.uk/form.php

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The MA Educational Leadership and Management is designed for those who are interested in or presently working as middle and senior managers and leaders in schools and other educational organisations in the UK and internationally. Read more
The MA Educational Leadership and Management is designed for those who are interested in or presently working as middle and senior managers and leaders in schools and other educational organisations in the UK and internationally. It will:

- improve understanding of leadership practices in national and international social, cultural, political and policy contexts
strengthen knowledge of leadership and change management
- utilise existing and emerging international research-informed knowledge of educational leadership
- engage in critical discussion of a range of practices in the leadership and management of other adults in organisations
- enable a deeper critical understanding of the organisation, and the environment in which course members operate
- promote the development of yourself, your colleagues and your organisation

A unique focus is the emphasis upon supporting practice based inquiry through which theories may be applied to practice in the workplace.

The programme is taught by experienced specialist staff with outstanding national and international reputations and teaching is informed by current research.

Course Content

The programme comprises four 30-credit modules, plus a dissertation.

• Leading Practice Based Inquiry
• Understanding Individual and Organisational Development
• Effective Leadership and Change in Education
• Issues in Educational leadership

Please note that all module details are subject to change

Part-time study - the programme can be taken through Summer School only, with additional virtual learning support. Normally two modules will be studied each year.

Full-time study - the programme can be taken full-time over one academic year, with additional seminar support.

Cohort applications
We welcome approaches from educational organisations who may wish to develop a bespoke cohort programme.

Schools/groups of schools may negotiate sequence, timings and locations for two of the modules, which may be provided off site.

Assessment

Unless otherwise stated, each 30-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 5,000-6,000 words.

The dissertation is an original piece of work and should be of 12,000-15,000 words (or their equivalent) related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Course Structure

The programme is normally a minimum of one year full-time study or two years’ part-time study, during which the participants attend sessions which may be in a range of patterns such as block weeks, weekdays, evenings, weekends or Summer School.

We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management.

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MA Educational Leadership is ideal if you're an educational professional currently working in, or aspiring to work in, a leadership position. Read more

MA Educational Leadership is ideal if you're an educational professional currently working in, or aspiring to work in, a leadership position.

The course is taught by leading academics in the field of leadership, management, school effectiveness and improvement. Senior educational experts also contribute, including head teachers, inspectors, local authority officers and policy-makers.

Teaching encourages student participation, shared experiences and opportunities for practical application. Depending on your background and experience, you may find the approach rather different from your previous experiences of university.

Aims

  • Provide an overview of current theories/frameworks for examining education policy and practice from a leadership perspective
  • Develop your understanding of key leadership issues that influence teachers' performance in primary and secondary schools and other educational settings.
  • Enable colleagues at all levels within educational institutions to identify issues and develop appropriate strategies to generate and sustain school improvement.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of practical approaches to school improvement and school effectiveness and of current theories, issues and debates in the field.
  • Develop a range of learning and transferrable skills which integrate current research and best practice in the areas of school leadership and school improvement applicable to different students on different programmes.

Special features

The programme is taught by leading academics in the field of leadership, management, school effectiveness and improvement. Senior educational experts also contribute, including head teachers, inspectors, local authority officers and policy-makers.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by world-leading researchers who focus on the realities of professional practice through using the social sciences. This includes Professor Mel Ainscow (an international expert in inclusive education), Professor Michael Apple (the world's leading critical educationalist), Steve Courtney (an expert on school restructuring, change and leadership), Professor Helen Gunter (known internationally for her work on policy and leadership), Professor David Hall (an expert in policy enactment and distributed leadership), Ruth McGinity (an expert on localised policymaking, change and leadership), Dr Susie Miles (known internationally for her specialist knowledge of inclusion and disability in developing country contexts), Professor Mel West (an international expert in school improvement and school effectiveness).

The course units are delivered through lectures, tutorials, group-work, case-based approaches, and enquiry-based learning, associated with school visits. Comprehensive training is provided in the use of electronic databases, library resources. We encourage both individual and co-operative learning and research and hope to foster an ethos of lifelong learning. We aim to build on the expertise of our students, many of whom are experienced leaders in education, and who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and practical experience from a wide range of different countries.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment for the full-time course is by 8 x 3000 word assignments and a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Course unit details

Typical course units include: Educational Leadership; Examining Educational Policy; Contemporary issue sin Educational Leadership and Policy Development; Research Methods in Education; Leading Educational Change and Development; International Perspectives on Equity and Inclusion; Inclusive Education.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

Over the past decade graduates of this course have returned to over 40 countries around the world. They have mainly either entered or returned to teaching, lecturing or educational administration, while others have proceeded to further advanced studies.



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The Applied Educational Leadership and Management MA is designed for education leaders or managers who work in a school or college, or work in an educational planning, development or inspection role for a national or regional organisation. Read more

The Applied Educational Leadership and Management MA is designed for education leaders or managers who work in a school or college, or work in an educational planning, development or inspection role for a national or regional organisation. It will enable students to contribute towards the improvement of educational systems and institutions, and to reflect on the quality of the learning and teaching they manage.

About this degree

As an applied programme, this MA will improve a student's understanding of educational management and leadership whilst enabling them to apply theory and research to their own working environment. It will foster a student's continuing professional development, allowing them to consider issues related to the policy context of education. It will also give them the chance to contribute towards the improvement of educational systems and institutions.

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).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) consisting of two core modules (60 credits) and two optional modules (60 credits) is also offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) consisting of two core modules is also offered.

Core modules

  • Leadership for the Learning Community
  • Learning and Managing Educational Change and Improvement

Optional modules

Students choose two of the following:

  • Developing Personal Leadership Skills
  • Exploring Educational Policy
  • Finance and Resource Management
  • Values, Vision and Moral Purpose

Dissertation/report

All students submit a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered via online learning, allowing you to study flexibly whilst balancing work and personal commitments. 

The learning strategy for this programme is collaborative in that students share their skills and experience with others. Students are supported by an online learning environment which incorporates focused conferencing and work spaces linked to specific activities for each module. There are also informal discussion areas and links to online resources including library support. Study materials and readings are provided. 

Study time is estimated at about 10-15 hours a week.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Applied Educational Leadership and Management MA

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as senior and middle leaders in education institutions worldwide, while others have jobs as government ministers and advisers. Graduates can also be found working as local government leaders and consultants.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Learning and Leadership's excellent reputation stems from the quality, depth and breadth of its research and development work, and from its promotion of educational leadership both nationally and internationally.

The department supports educational and public sector leadership to improve the life chances of individuals and communities, and works with practitioners and policymakers at the centre of research and practice.

The department is at the forefront of developing research, new knowledge and publications for and about leadership and learning.

Accreditation:

The MA AELM is administered by University of London International Programmes, and taught by the UCL Institute of Education. The awarding body is the University of London.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Learning & Leadership

78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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If you want to develop your leadership and management knowledge and skills in educational settings and organisations, you will find that this course provides you with that opportunity. Read more

Why take this course?

If you want to develop your leadership and management knowledge and skills in educational settings and organisations, you will find that this course provides you with that opportunity. The programme aims to support reflection and empowerment for the professional working in the field of education.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Use your current educational setting and workplace context, to ensure that your learning is meaningful and professionally relevant
Choose your method of study: full time; part-time (one evening a week over two years); or through flexible distance learning methods.
Stay connected to your lecturers through our online virtual learning environment

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course is intended for teachers, educational trainers, lecturers and instructors in a variety of educational settings and organisations (state, private, public, commercial or voluntary sectors of education who aspire to senior leadership and management positions. Many graduates of the course attain senior management positions in educational organisations.

STRUCTURE & TEACHING

All students must successfully complete a total of 7 assignments and submit a 12,000 - 15, 000 word Dissertation in order to attain the necessary 180 credits for the award of a Master of Science Degree. Students who have successfully submitted 4 assignments and attained 60 credits at MSc level may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management, or with a Diploma, providing they have successfully submitted a total of 7 assignments and attained 120 credits.

Curriculum

Education Policy, Strategy and Change (Campus-based only)
Leadership, Policy and Strategy (Distance learning only)
Management of People and Marketing in Public Organisations
Management of Resources, Finance and Information Systems
Research Methods in Education
Dissertation

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching methods include seminars, group work, lectures and student presentations. Students are encouraged to produce work related assignments, although this is not prescriptive if a student encounters difficulty in the work place or is a full time student.

All students are allocated a Personal Tutor who will be pleased to discuss particular issues or specific questions, and who will help each student plan an appropriate course of study and research, discuss progress of work and advise how to construct the dissertation in terms of aims, scope and presentation.

The Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) and the accompanying course handbook provides a general guide to the most frequent questions relating to the programme and you will be advised about how to study online and the assessment details for each unit, the marking criteria and the academic referencing conventions. At the start of each unit you will be able to access information about the unit including details of the learning outcomes, syllabus, assessment requirements and recommended reading lists.

You will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with your fellow students online through an online discussion forum and other digital media.

How are you assessed?

You will be guided through the assessment process for each unit by your tutors and there will be extensive online supporting materials. Assessments will include online tests and quizzes, reflective commentaries, case study work, article critiques, online discussions, research proposal and a dissertation. Many of the assessments will relate to analyses of your current (and possibly future) workplace contexts.

Exit levels

Students who exit with 60 credits at Msc Level will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management, and those who exit with 120 credits will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management.

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The master's program in Catholic Educational Leadership prepares graduates for effective leadership as administrators in Catholic elementary and secondary schools and for diocesan positions. Read more

The master's program in Catholic Educational Leadership prepares graduates for effective leadership as administrators in Catholic elementary and secondary schools and for diocesan positions. The program consists of 30 credits, 24 of which are core credits.

Program Delivery

To meet the needs of working professionals, the program follows a schedule of alternate weekend classes that convene nine times a semester (Friday evenings and all day Saturdays). See our Teaching Weekend schedule.

COURSE DETAILS

CORE CURRICULUM | 24 CREDITS

  • CEL 640 - History and Principles of Catholic Education (3)
  • CEL 641 - Private School Law (3)
  • CEL 642 - Moral Development (3)
  • CEL 644 - Curriculum and Instruction Leadership in Catholic Schools (3)
  • CEL 650 - Catholic Leadership and Educational Administration (3)
  • CEL 651 - Business and Finance for Catholic Schools (3)
  • CEL 653 - Personnel Leadership in Catholic Schools (3)
  • CEL 690 - M.A. Culminating Project (3)

ELECTIVES | 6 CREDITS

The remaining 6 credits are earned in elective courses selected from among those in Catholic Educational Leadership or those offered by other master's degree programs in the School of Education.

The program is offered during three semesters of the academic year: fall, spring, and summer. The summer CEL semester, referred to as the SummerWest program, includes a wide variety of course offerings; the summer faculty are from many parts of the country and bring expertise in theory and practice in elementary and secondary Catholic schools.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Catholic Educational Leadership Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to communicate the vision, mission, and values of Catholic education to the various stakeholders of their schools.
  • Students will engage self and others in spiritual discernment and the process of reflection and personal faith development
  • Students will be able to develop and evaluate school wide improvement plans rooted in current research and best practices in Catholic education that reflect transformational leadership with a personal and professional commitment to liberation, equity and inclusion.
  • Students will apply Gospel values with their school communities, demonstrate a knowledge of Catholic social teaching and the promotion of justice, and will integrate cura personalis (care for the person) in their relationships with stakeholders.
  • As leaders in Catholic institutions students will be able to engage current political and social reality as a core text. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of strategies for acting in solidarity with communities locally and globally, especially historically marginalized groups.


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Maynooth University, Department of Education are offering an exciting and innovative Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management (Future… Read more

Maynooth University, Department of Education are offering an exciting and innovative Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management (Future Leaders) for teachers who seek, or are currently in, leadership roles. The Future Leaders programme includes a combination of practical skills and theoretical foundations to support preparation for leadership and management positions at all levels.

The programme is designed and delivered by experienced leaders from a variety of professional education roles and has input from national and international academic/practitioner experts in the areas of educational leadership and management.

The diploma is offered at Level 9, with 60 credits and will be completed over one year on a part-time basis.

The programme will cost €2,900 & the current postgraduate student levy see link below:

https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships/fees

 

All fee payments and student levy queries should be referred to the Fee’s Office at Maynooth University: 

 

Location:

The course will be offered in the academic year (2018/2019) in the following venues (times & days) subject to sufficient numbers:

Maynooth University: Monday – 5.00-8.00pm

Tralee Education Centre: Monday – 5.00-8.00pm

North Dublin Centre (Drumcondra Area – Venue to be confirmed): Tuesday – 5.00-8.00pm

Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre – Wednesday – 5.00-8.00pm

Laois Education Centre (Portlaoise) : Thursday - 5.00-8.00pm

 

Information Sessions / Open Nights:

If you would like to find out more about the programme and meet members of the course staff, the following open nights/information sessions will provide full details.

(i)  Maynooth University, Education Lecture Theatre, Education House (located in Car Park 12, North Campus - 6.00-7.30pm on Monday 26th February 2018 – (suitable for Drumcondra area candidates also)

(ii)  Tralee Education Centre – Monday 19th February 2018 - 5.00 – 6.30pm.

(iii) Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre – Wednesday 21st February 2018 – 5.00-6.30pm

(iv) Laois Education Centre (Portlaoise) – Thursday 22nd February 2018 – 5.00-6.30pm

 

Please register your interest in attending the Information Session/Open Night of your choice by completing the following online form Please ensure that you select the centre you wish to attend.

Please note: Registering your interest for an Open Night/Information Session is not a guarantee of a place on the programme or application for same.

How to apply for the programme :                    

The PAC system is now open for applications to the Future Leaders Programme, Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management (PGDELM) and will close at 12.00 noon on 8th May 2018.

Application Process:

(i) Places on the course will be limited.

(ii) Fully completed eligible applications only will be considered.

In order to be prepared to make an official application via the Postgraduate Application Centre (PAC) http://www.pac.ie, please have the following documents ready:

  • Certified copies* of all official transcripts of results showing date of conferral or degree/diploma parchments (Primary Degree, Teaching Qualification or Concurrent Degree (including Teaching Qualification).
  • Certified copy* of birth certificate or valid passport.

Please note: A *certified copy is a copy of an original document that has been verified as being a true copy after the original document has been sighted by an authorized person (a member of An Garda Siochana, a Solicitor, or Commissioner for Oaths)

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Modules include:

  • Leading and Managing Educational Innovation
  • Leadership for Enhancing Cultures of Communication
  • Participative Research as Leadership Practice
  • The Person and The Professional: Who am I as Leader?
  • Legal Contexts, Policy and Practice
  • Coaching & Mentoring in & as Leadership Practice

Course Duration: 1 year part-time



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