MA Education and Professional Enquiry is a part-time programme for experienced teachers that enables you to develop the skills to become an informed practitioner researcher.
You’ll gain theoretical and practical perspectives on teaching and learning, and we’ll help you apply such ideas to your classroom practice. You’ll look at the language development and importance of classroom and teacher-pupil dialogue, while also examining barriers to learning that impede pupils’ progress.
We’ll introduce you to the action-enquiry practitioner research cycle and other methodological approaches so you can use a range of techniques to inform your own professional practice. You’ll learn how to create, interpret and communicate your findings, evaluate current research, and interpret attainment data.
And we’ll work with you to orientate your professional practice within a school, leadership, policy and national context. You’ll investigate various definitions of school culture and ethos, and examine influencing factors. You’ll consider how to lead teaching and learning in a classroom, and departmental and whole school contexts, and considering collaborative practice and exploring leadership skills.
We’ll also examine developments in the school curriculum, innovative teaching methods and current issues in assessment, while also helping you to manage effective group work in the classroom.
MA Education and Professional Enquiry gives you the opportunity to build upon your existing qualifications and professional and academic experiences, and use these as part of your accreditation by towards the programme. Studying further postgraduate modules and completing a dissertation in year three allows you to qualify for the full MA award. For details of the prior accreditation through M Level PGCE or a portfolio of experience, please contact the programme leader.
We recognise the demands put on all teachers working full-time, so we designed the MA Education and Professional Enquiry to ensure that the workload in any one year is not excessive and you will be able to focus on issues that have specific interest and relevance to you and your school.
The programme only requires your attendance at eight Saturday teaching days in the first two years of the programme, alongside private study. When you write your dissertation under the supervision of a research-active academic in your third year, you will be able to access tutorial support either face-to-face, online or by telephone.
In your first year, you'll examine key contemporary theories on how children learn, develop and use language in the classroom and discover how to use theory to critically analyse classroom practice and facilitate effective teaching.
You'll also develop a critical and practical understanding of how to use appropriate research methods in the classroom and with teachers and learners, and learn how these techniques can help you evaluate, reflect, and improve your professional practice.
You’ll build on this foundation in the following year when you'll examine the concept of school "cultures", consider developments in school curriculum, and explore innovative teaching techniques that can support children's motivation, engagement and learning. You'll also study the importance of teacher collaboration and effective leadership in a classroom and managerial context.
This knowledge will also inform your dissertation, which makes up your final year. You’ll conduct a small-scale research project that relates to your own interests in the field of education.
We deliver this programme through eight Saturday schools over a two year period and a range of online learning materials to inform your own private study. The Saturday schools use a mix of lectures and seminars, and offer you the opportunity to meet with other teachers to exchange experiences and ideas. You can also organise your dissertation supervision to be face-to-face, online or by telephone in the third year.
We assess your progress for the first two years through the submission of two 3000 word assignments each year. Before you submit your assignments, there are opportunities for formative assessment by tutors and your peers and you will receive constructive feedback on your assignment ideas. You also submit a dissertation of 12,000 words by the end of your final year.
As an established teacher, MA Education and Professional Enquiry will provide you with an opportunity to develop your professional practice to become a more effective teacher and a researcher-practitioner. Developing your skills in educational research and analysis can lead to promotion, and the programme also provides a pathway to study and research at doctoral level, either a PhD or the EdD.
The Secondary PGCE forms a practical introduction to teaching, providing student teachers with the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach secondary age children, including at post-sixteen enhancement. The strong emphasis of the course is on learning from experience through reflection and enquiry.
The Secondary PGCE forms a practical introduction to teaching. You will develop the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach secondary age children. You will also gain experience of teaching at post-16 level.
The course has a strong focus on learning from experience, through reflection and enquiry. This process of reflective enquiry underpins the development of teaching skills. It also forms the basis for the written work submitted as part of your PGCE.
During the PGCE you will undertake 60 credits of master's-level modules. The course modules are rooted in school and classroom practice. They work to complement your experiences - enhancing outcomes and your professional development.
You will graduate with a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) if you:
-Complete these components
-Meet the Teachers’ Standards through your practical engagement in schools
An understanding of the relationship between theory, practice and research underpins the PGCE. Two thirds of your time (around 130 days) is spent on placements in partnership schools. This provides a firm practical and theoretical foundation for the professional journey towards becoming an outstanding practitioner.
During your training at Newcastle University you will:
-Develop the core knowledge, skills and understanding expected of newly qualified teachers
-Extend your awareness of effective teaching in your subject area through subject-based/curriculum studies
The course emphasis is on enhancing the learning, progress and welfare of young people. The research interests of our staff support these key interests.
The course starts in early September and continues until June. The course structure follows school term dates in opposed to university semesters.
Newcastle University sessions take place throughout the year. You will need to attend group sessions every Friday during the first half of the course. Other learning, training and discussion opportunities include:
You will spend at least two thirds of the PGCE on school placements. Placements include periods of teaching practice and observation. This allows school and university staff to supervise your progress towards Qualified Teacher Status. You may also undertake subject-specific school visits to observe good practice and work-related challenges.
Newcastle University has positive and long-standing relationships with partnership schools across the North East. This helps us to provide you with a range of experiences across a range of contexts.
Trainees are usually placed in two schools. Where possible, these will provide contrasting experiences in respect of academic and behavioural demand.
Postgraduates in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences have access to our:
On successful completion of the course you can continue your studies part time on our Practitioner Enquiry MEd. The MEd focuses on teaching and learning in school settings. It also draws on your day-to-day teaching experience.
Our PGCE graduates gain fast-track entry onto the course. This allows you to complete the Practitioner Enquiry MEd in two years.
This Masters degree has been developed to address the needs of teachers and other professionals working in educational practices and contexts. If you are a practitioner in a setting such as a school, college, youth and community centre, voluntary service, or health and social care setting, this programme will enable you to enhance your professional learning and practice. You will develop skills in critical reflective practice, critical thinking and leadership. You will also investigate and critique contemporary policy, analyse the nature and status of evidence in educational settings, and explore and experience mutual ways of working. The course contains a mixture of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to develop a strong academic underpinning to your work, while also tailoring your studies to focus on areas of professional and/or personal interest.
In Year 1 you will focus on the nature of critically reflective practice and study two additional modules from a selection of options. You may wish to investigate education and social policy, participate in Action Learning Sets with your peers, engage with inclusive education and social justice, explore an aspect of professional practice through self-directed study, develop professional leadership skills, or immerse yourself in contemporary issues in evidence-informed practice.
In Year 2 you will study two further elective modules from the range of options, as well as develop your knowledge of research methods and methodologies in a dedicated project design module from which you will prepare a research proposal. This will form the foundation for a 15,000 word dissertation in Year 3.
The course is delivered through blended learning. Each module typically includes two or three face-to-face sessions at St James’ in central Manchester alongside online learning.
Assessment is through coursework focusing on a range of professional learning activities and projects. Opportunities for formative feedback will be scheduled throughout each module.
This programme is delivered by a team of research-active academic staff who have a range of areas of expertise. These include social justice, educational policy and practice, reflective practice, practice development, and research methods and methodologies.
On successful completion of this programme, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to make a significant and positive contribution to a range of practice development and enhancement initiatives. You will therefore be well placed to apply for more senior positions both within your current setting and at other providers.
The Master of Teaching (MTeach) is a higher degree for education practitioners which aims to enhance their professional learning. It provides intellectually challenging and sustained practice-based development opportunities. It includes university-based sessions and mandatory online components.
Using their own experience of everyday teaching and school activities students develop a critical understanding of research and scholarship in teaching and learning, and the changing policy contexts.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of both core and optional modules (120/150 credits), and a dissertation/report (60/30 credits). Students can also import up to 60 Master's-level credits from Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes.
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (90 credits) is offered.
Core Modules are dependent on your MTeach pathway. Pathways include:
* please see below for more information re Mandarin
Please contact us for more information about which pathway and core modules would be most suitable.
MTeach Mandarin is a new module which offers participants a platform with opportunities to reflect on their teaching and deepen their understanding of teaching Mandarin Chinese across the primary and secondary sectors.
Students may also select approved optional modules from other IOE programmes.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in either a report (9,000 words for Research and Practice Based Enquiry, or 10,000 words for the Practice Based Enquiry) or a Dissertation (18,000 words for the Research and Practice Based Enquiry, or 20,000 words for the Practice Based Enquiry)
Teaching and learning
Teaching is via a combination of face-to-face (including two or three sessions on Saturdays or evenings for most modules) and online learning. The MTeach pathways reflect students’ career stages and/or professional interest. Tutorial groups share and critically analyse professional practice. This process is central to the development of a deeper understanding of subject pedagogy and the ways young people learn. Assessment includes everyday teaching, portfolios, reflective journals and evidence studies.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Teaching MTeach
Graduates of this programme are currently working in a range of educational careers. Some are working as teachers, while others have roles in management or as senior leaders. Graduates have also found positions as local authority advisers and within universities.
The programme focuses on teachers' practice and leadership, and encourages teachers to learn from and with colleagues in other schools. At a time when the recruitment and retention of excellent teachers are key issues for many schools, award-bearing professional learning acts as an incentive for both schools and teachers.
UCL Institute of Education has been providing first-class teacher education, in partnership with schools and colleges in the London region for over 100 years. Centrally located in London, we are the preferred choice for Master's-level professional development for many classroom practitioners.
Participants are all current practitioners who are interested in the classroom as a focus for professional learning. The mixed-mode approach of the programme takes account of the demanding lives of teachers. This means that the MTeach will be comprised of evening and Saturday face-to-face sessions - an average of three per module - and ongoing online discussions.
The programme provides ongoing support through its tutorial group system. This interactive environment fosters the development of a 'learning community' based on pedagogical and evidence-based practice.