A Master of Science in Developmental Disabilities is designed to prepare researchers, advocates, administrators and policy makers to be leaders in community-based or governmental agencies that address the confluence of issues associated with developmental disabilities throughout the life span. This degree program's body of knowledge will allow graduates of the M.S. program to pursue doctoral-level training in human services, counseling, and public policy, among others. In addition, this degree will provide professionals from disciplines such as nursing and education with the necessary skills to be effective leaders and advance in the field.
The successful graduate of the M.S. in Developmental Disabilities program is expected to:
This program is designed for individuals seeking a career in or as:
The master's program is offered entirely online. The online format allows for students to participate in courses from anywhere in the world where Internet access is available. In addition, it allows for the flexibility of completing your master's degree without interrupting your career.
Master's students are provided NSU computer accounts including email and Blackboard, but must obtain their own Internet service providers, use their own computer systems and have a usable web camera. Online students use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, distance library services, subscription library databases, and other information, and for interaction with faculty and fellow students. Online, interactive learning methods are based on the use of Blackboard as a course management system. Online activities facilitate frequent student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. They are supported by threaded discussion boards, white boards, chat rooms, email, and multimedia presentations. In addition, Blackboard enables students to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive their professors' reviews of assignments online in the same formats.
Students enrolled in the Masters of Science in Developmental Disabilities are required to complete 18 credit hours of foundational coursework, 9 credit hours in one of the Concentrations, and 3 credit hours of a Developmental Disabilities Master's Research Project.
On this part-time MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice course you will integrate your prior work and life experiences with the theoretical concepts underpinning coaching and mentoring. You will expand your knowledge and understanding of theories and then relate that understanding to the skills and approaches necessary to develop professionally as a coach or mentor. This will help to inform your models and modes of practice and lead to interesting and useful research. With the support of a unique blend of tutor input and individual coach-supervisor support, you will apply your knowledge to a variety of working contexts.
As well as an internationally recognised qualification from Oxford Brookes University, you can also gain fast track ‘Professional Member’ entry to theAssociation of Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision (APECS)
This course is aimed at internal or external coaches, consultants, mentor co-ordinators, coaching psychologists, counsellors, managers, human resources development or leadership professionals from the voluntary, public and private sectors. It is not always necessary to have a degree, as long as you have an appropriate level of experience.
This practice-based course has several unique elements, each designed to enhance your learning experience:
This part-time course consists of seven modules of study amounting to 180 credits. You will study the certificate stage (three 20-credit modules), through to the diploma stage (three further 20-credit modules) and finally a master's dissertation (60 credits). Should you wish, you are able to step off the programme at the end of the certificate or diploma stages and graduate with that award.
After successfully completing these three modules, you may leave the programme and graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Practice.
At the diploma stage, participants complete three further modules:
In addition, there are optional modules which fit your particular area of interest. You select two modules from the following:
After successfully completing these three modules, you may leave the programme and graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring Practice.Master's-level study consists of a 60-credit Dissertation module. It involves a piece of investigative research which focuses on a research problem of particular interest to you and is often work-based.
After successfully completing your dissertation, you will graduate with an MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice.
This programme is taught through a series of Friday or Saturday seminars and workshops (approximately one a month). We use a variety of teaching and learning methods designed to enable you to develop active learning techniques, reflect on practice and undertake independent research. You can choose Friday or Saturday as your preferred day of attendance.
Approximately 50% of the programme is delivered online in the Oxford Brookes virtual learning environment through which you can discuss, debate and support each other in your studies. You are encouraged to communicate electronically with your supervisor and tutors (eg by email, Skype, etc).
All teaching, learning and assessment activities draw on the professional backgrounds, experience and knowledge of all participants and encourage critical reflection. Teaching staff have research interests and expertise in coaching and mentoring and related fields. Visiting speakers from business and industry provide further input. You can attend events from the Oxford Brookes Coaching and Mentoring Society (OBCAMS), which meets monthly, and attracts outside speakers and presenters from all areas of coaching and mentoring.
All assessment is based on a variety of coursework assignments and a dissertation - there are no exams.
We're investing over £30m to create a modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Oxford Brookes Business School.
Set to be complete in 2017, you'll see:
Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.
The programme is taught through a series of Friday or Saturday seminars and workshops (approximately one a month).
You will study at two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Durham in the UK and the Upper Middle Rhine region in Germany. As the Durham-EBS Executive EMBA is delivered entirely in English in a classroom setting, you can continue to work full-time whilst studying as most teaching is delivered once each month in three-day blocks (Thursday through to Saturday).
The programme’s strong international focus is also reflected in the core and elective modules, with the International Business in Context elective module delivered at a top business destination. The business and alumni connections you gain will also support you in furthering your career.
This dual award draws on both UK-specific and European experience giving you an insight into leadership in today’s international business world.
Throughout the programme you will explore the operations of global markets, understand how to lead transnational business relations and further build your international network of contacts. You will also be working alongside a diverse group of experienced business professionals and academics from the UK, Germany and around the world.
The Durham-EBS Executive MBA programme commences each September with a seven-day residential stay in Durham, England. During the 18 month programme you will complete:
Note: Module instruction in Germany is held once a month from Thursday to Saturday. The cost of accommodation and some meals for each one-week residential stay in Durham is included in the programme fee.
The nine core modules of the programme will establish your foundational knowledge, understanding and research skills:
You will then choose the three elective modules most aligned to your personal career aspirations and goals from the following list to complete:
Note: Elective module choices may change year on year, depending on current faculty and relevance to business.
Following the completion of your elective modules, you will undertake a research-based Strategic Business Project. You may choose to pursue the project in two ways, either by working with your own company or a host organisation, or through an issue-led investigation which is not focused on a particular organisation but instead examines a specific management issue.
You will receive training in academic writing, as well as qualitative and quantitative business research methods throughout the programme as part of this module.
This is a great opportunity for you to apply your MBA skills and knowledge to address a practical question and help your own or another organisation tackle a current issue or challenge. Whilst undertaking the project you will further develop your research and management skills, building your network and, and in many instances, extending your international experience.
Past projects have been undertaken across a wide variety of organisations, such as multinational corporations in the manufacturing, service and finance sectors, family-owned businesses, the public sector and non-profit organisations.
Your first residential is a seven-day induction in the UK at the start of your Durham-EBS Executive MBA journey, which will launch you into the programme. It’s a great way to introduce you to the EMBA and enhance your key capabilities including team building, group work, reading and academic writing skills (supporting those who may have been away from academic education for some time).
Not only will you spend time at Durham University Business School and have the chance to explore the city of Durham, you will go on to discover another area in the UK. In previous years this has been the Lake District, a charming region in the Northwest of England.
Your induction will start on a Sunday in Durham, where you will meet your fellow students and members of the EMBA Programme Management Team. You will receive personal introductions, be provided with information to navigate your way through the programme, and learn out about support and administrative services.
On Monday you will familiarise yourself with Durham University and then on Tuesday you will receive academic writing training and attend your first module.
Following the completion of your module you will travel to another UK destination where you will engage in a variety of indoor and outdoor team-building experiences and develop various additional personal and team skills. This is a particularly memorable aspect of the EMBA and the relationships built here will last throughout the programme and beyond.
Your second residential week will take place the following year, probably in September. During this week you will complete another core module in Durham, UK, and experience further indoor and outdoor skills enhancement and team-building activities.
You can choose to be mentored by a certified coach at EBS as you consider your life and career choices, and select the coach based on common interest.
Career services support is available from EBS, and you can access the online careers platform provided by Durham University Business School which will provide you with supplementary skills to supporting you in advancing your career.
The Programme Director will keep in regular contact with you as well as tutors and programme teams at both sites.