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Ranked number one in Wales for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2017), Education at Wrexham Glyndwr University is one of the institution's most successful courses, working closely with organisations in a wide group of sectors, notably FE, health and training. Read more

Ranked number one in Wales for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2017), Education at Wrexham Glyndwr University is one of the institution's most successful courses, working closely with organisations in a wide group of sectors, notably FE, health and training.

The department has had a successful period which included strong performances in the Sunday Times and Guardian league tables.

Our MA Education has been designed to provide content and context that relates directly to the work of educational professionals in their settings including schools, colleges, universities and public sector organisations. All content and assignments are work-related, enabling you to consider the latest theoretical underpinning for the subject area selected relating to your work.

You can select from the following named routes:

-MA Education (Learning & Teaching)

-MA Education (Leadership)

-MA Education (Additional Learning Needs)

-MA Education (Youth and Community Work)

-MA Education (Counselling Skills for Education)

-or make their own selection of modules to achieve the generic MA Education award.

The MA Education (Additional Learning Needs) has two pathways. There are generic SEN/ALN modules or, candidates may elect to study the specific British Dyslexia Association accredited modules to achieve the Approved Teacher Status (ATS) and then the Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) awards.

The MA Education has been designed to meet the requirements of the Welsh Government’s priorities for education and caters for a wide range of professionals who are involved in delivering education in a variety of organisations and related settings. Partners involved in the design of this programme included: local authorities; FE colleges; voluntary and community organisations, nurse educators; headteachers; teachers and current students.

Whatever setting you come from, you will be challenged to extend your thinking about the subjects you select, deepen your understanding of the content and theoretical foundations of the area and, be encouraged to reflect critically upon how this will impact on your practice. All assignments will be context related to enable you to implement many of the ideas discussed and to evaluate their success.

Key Course Features

  • A long-term reputation for the quality of undergraduate and postgraduate Education degree provision at WGU;
  • Excellent links with local schools and colleges that often employ WGU graduates;
  • Students experience significant transformational learning and associated changes to their practice whilst on the programme that can lead to promotion in their current role or a new enhanced role;
  • An opportunity to engage in a significant piece of work-based research of publishable quality;
  • The programme provides a study forum for professionals in similar roles but different settings, where they can safely express their academic skills in terms of theory and their own work-based practice.
  • The opportunity to join a professional learning community where significant insights can be gained into the dynamic and challenging fields of education represented by the course participants.

What Will You Study?

The programme is structured to develop your skills and concepts incrementally through the following stages:

 

Postgraduate Certificate stage: 1 core module: Mastering Professional Learning, and 1 option module.

Postgraduate Diploma stage: 1 core module: Research Methodology and Enquiry in Education, and 1 option module.

MA Education stage: A dissertation on an aspect of interest that you wish to explore.

 

A selection of the option modules available include (subject to numbers):

 

  • Overview of behaviour management
  • Supporting mathematical learning: pupils with specific learning difficulties
  • Supporting pupils with literacy difficulties and dyslexia
  • Inclusion
  • Poverty, Attainment and Education
  • Learning from Teaching
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Recognising, Respecting and Developing Individuality
  • Curriculum Design and Development
  • Learning and Assessment
  • Language and Literacy in Learning and Teaching
  • Effective Professional Learning Communities (60 credits)
  • Teaching Critical Thinking, Reasoning and Argument Skills
  • Teaching and Learning with Technology
  • Mentoring to Develop and Improve Professional Practice
  • Negotiated Learning
  • Leadership and Management in Education
  • Leading and Managing Professionals
  • Accountability, Evaluation and School Improvement
  • Strategic and Developmental Planning for School Improvement
  • Impact of Developmental Ages and Stages on the Counselling Relationship
  • Using Creative Resources in Counselling
  • Relationships in Schools: How to Use Counselling Skills to Support Pupils’ Well-being and Achievement
  • Therapeutic Play Skills

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment and Teaching

Assessments will reflect the professional context in which you work and reflect an enquiry-led approach to learning that comprises portfolios, presentations, reports, research projects, reports to seminar groups and essays.

Career Prospects

The Careers & Zone at Wrexham Glyndŵr University is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

This course provides a career-enhancing, internationally-recognised award that is valued by many professions.



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MA Education. Our MA Education is designed for graduates and aimed specifically at educational professionals (e.g. teachers, lecturers and others working in educational settings in support/administrative roles). Read more

MA Education

Our MA Education is designed for graduates and aimed specifically at educational professionals (e.g. teachers, lecturers and others working in educational settings in support/administrative roles). We offer a generic MA Education and also an MA Education with specialist routes:

MA Education (Catholic School Leadership),

MA Education (Leadership and Management),

MA Education (Learning and Teaching),

MA Education (mentoring and Coaching),

MA Education (Inclusion and SEN)

MA Education (Early Childhood Education and Care)

MA Education (Higher Education Practice),

MA Education (Safeguarding).

Postgraduate certificates for the above routes are also available as interim or stand-alone awards, including a Post Graduate Special Education Needs Coordinators.

Course content

Newman offers you the opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge, understanding and skills by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and research. The course promotes critical engagement in a range of contemporary issues pertinent to specific interests and needs and you are encouraged to explore your own personal and professional interests and expertise.

If you wish to progress your studies even further then the course provides an appropriate academic platform for progression to PhD/EdD study.

Selection of module

s

This is a modular programme in which the emphasis is on selecting elective modules to best suit your professional needs and interests:

• An Introduction to Mentoring and Coaching

• Advanced Mentoring and Coaching

• Learning, Teaching and Assessment

• Learning via new Technologies

• Educational Leadership

• Change Management

• Reflective Practice

• SEN and Inclusion

• The role of the SENCo

• International Education

• Professional Enquiry Skills

• Independent Study

• Specialist Study

Please note elective modules will be offered based on viable numbers each year.

Compulsory modules:

• Research Methods

• Dissertation

The MA Education is typically taken over 2-3 years part-time (over 12-18 months full-time). To gain an MA Education you must complete 180 credits at Masters level. The programme also provides a basis for progression to doctoral study in education. To gain an MA Education, you must successfully complete 180 credits – 90 of these are from elective modules and 90 are from core/compulsory modules. The Postgraduate Certificate comprises 2 elective modules typically taken over 6-9 months part-time (over 4 months full-time).

Attendance

If there are significant numbers of staff in one institution wishing to undertake the programme we can deliver the programme on your site at times convenient to you. please contact for currents times and days of when sessions are delivered.

Assessment

You will experience a range of assessment formats including portfolios, presentations and written assignments. The course will recognise your needs as a learner and develop independent study skills that are transferable to a range of learning situations and assessment tasks.

Special features

You will have access to all facilities at Newman including the library, which stocks a wide range of books, journals and e-books. Previous level 7 masters credits may be transferred through the accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL). Also, you can gain credits for other sustained CPD programmes you have undertaken, such as National College Programmes, by writing up your reflections against the assessment criteria for a comparable module via the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). You may also gain national professional recognition through the Teaching and Learning Academy for your Masters level work.



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Our course aims to. enable you to explore the theories, policies and practices that influence, change and enhance education in its broadest sense. Read more

Why choose this course:

Our course aims to:
• enable you to explore the theories, policies and practices that influence, change and enhance education in its broadest sense
• provide professional development opportunities for all with an interest in learners from early years through to secondary school, further education, higher education and the community
• provide an opportunity for you to achieve a broad based or specialist degree by undertaking a pathway, such as Leadership and Management, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Primary Mathematics, Lifelong Learning or TESOL.

About the course:

This course is for you if you are interested in the concept of education in its broadest sense, whether your interests lie in the practical application of education or the abstract theory of its mechanisms, purpose and rationale.

You will explore theories, policies and practices in order to engage with the pivotal role of education. You will choose modules to suit your particular interests and develop the skills and qualities to research and critique as your expertise grows.

The course will broaden your knowledge of education and develop your professional performance and confidence. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to network with other professionals from a wide range of educational backgrounds.

We encourage you to develop new ideas to take back to your workplace. Your assignments are contextualised to your educational practice and are directly relevant to your learners as well as your own professional practice and personal career development.
We encourage and support you to study at masters level, but you can choose to step off the course and receive an award according to the number of credits achieved:
University Certificate of Achievement (20 credits)
University Certificate of Continuing Professional Development in Education (40 credits)
Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
MA Education (180 credits)

Specialist pathways
We offer you the opportunity to focus your learning by specialising in one of eight specialist pathways to achieve a named MA Education:
MA Education: Primary Mathematics
MA Education: Early Years
MA Education: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
MA Education: Leadership and Management
MA Education: Leadership Coaching and Mentoring
MA Education: Lifelong Learning
MA Education: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

This course can be customised for in-house delivery for group cohorts at educational establishments.

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If your career involves educating other people and you'd like to improve your professional expertise or progress into a more senior role, our MA Education online degree is designed to help you. Read more

If your career involves educating other people and you'd like to improve your professional expertise or progress into a more senior role, our MA Education online degree is designed to help you.

You can tailor this course to your professional interests by studying specific modules, giving you a specialist pathway award at either Postgraduate Certificate or Masters level. You can choose from:

MA Education

• PG Cert/MA Education (Leadership and Management)

• PG Cert/MA Education (International Perspectives)

• PG Cert/MA Education (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Try this course for free

Visit our website where you can try this course for free! Our course taster allows you to access a selection of content from a module within this course and experience online learning first hand.

Enriching your career

Our MA Education is not a teaching qualification but previous students have benefited from this postgraduate degree, helping them to gain more senior roles, enriching their teaching, challenging their preconceptions and boosting their confidence.

This flexible course now offers two exit routes. If you are unable to commit to a full Masters but want to update your skills to complement your career aspirations, you can complete our 60 credit Postgraduate Certificate within a year in your preferred choice of specialist pathway. Once you've successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate, you may wish to continue to the full Masters.

Be inspired by others

Students frequently tell us that they most enjoy hearing the diverse mix of experiences, ideas and opinions brought by others taking the course, especially when that challenges their own thinking. Online discussion forums make this possible, and with such a wide variety of people on the course, from the UK and overseas, that’s not surprising. Our tutors have many years’ experience in the education sector themselves, so they understand your profession and are sympathetic to the pressures of balancing study with a busy teaching job.

You’re in control

Studying online gives you the flexibility to study at the most convenient time and place for you. The course is divided into modules which are scheduled over fixed trimesters so there will be deadlines to meet; however you can organise your study time around your work and personal commitments in order to complete each module within the set time parameters.

Online class discussions are largely focused on contextualisation of theory to practice, so it’s stimulating, engaging and highly relevant to your day-to-day, professional life.

You can start this course in September, January and May.



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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

- Study Centres

- 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.

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 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.



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International education is a complex and changing subject. Education professionals have the challenge of promoting economic growth and competition, while supporting the development of sustainable and cohesive societies to promote equity and social justice. Read more
International education is a complex and changing subject. Education professionals have the challenge of promoting economic growth and competition, while supporting the development of sustainable and cohesive societies to promote equity and social justice.

Attracting individuals across the UK and around the world, this course asks you to think deeply around questions relating to the economics, politics and social issues relating to education and development. We’ll equip you with a good grounding in statistical and qualitative research approaches, to prepare you for your dissertation module in the final trimester.

COURSE STRUCTURE

We’ll give you an in-depth understanding of the issues relating to educational development around the world. You’ll have opportunities work with, and learn from, students taking our other MA education programmes – Education Studies: Early Years; and Education: Leadership and Management. This can add breadth to your study, alongside your primary focus on international education.

We’ll equip you with a good grounding in statistical and qualitative research approaches. This will prepare you for writing your dissertation in the final trimester, in which you’ll develop your knowledge and understanding in a particular area of international education through in-depth research.

The course is structured over three trimesters and totals 180 credits.

MODULES

In your first trimester, you’ll study the MA Education core module Education: Economics, Politics and Society plus your award core module.

In the second trimester, you’ll study the core module Social Science Research, plus two 15-credit elective modules, one of which may be a shared elective from another MA award.

In your third trimester, you’ll research and write your Dissertation on a topic relevant to your award.

For more information on modules, please go to the website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-education-international/

TEACHING METHODS

You’ll benefit from a rich and stimulating learning environment. The course is taught by active researchers with up-to-date knowledge of International Education. All modules are taught through lectures, small-group seminars and individual tutorials.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

There are no written exams on this course; each module is assessed through coursework. This typically involves an essay of 2,500 words for a 15 credit module or 5,000 words for a 30 credit module. For some modules assessment may be by verbal presentation or online activity. The dissertation is 15,000 – 20,000 words and focuses on an area agreed with a specialist tutor, who will offer guidance on structure and academic writing.

For more information on teaching and assessment, please refer to the course handbook via the website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-education-international/

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Career opportunities include professional, leadership and management roles within learning institutions; professional, leadership and management roles within organisations involved in providing learning resources, opportunities and assessment; and policy roles at a range of levels in the education sectors.

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MA Education programme structure. The programme integrates four core themes and ideas which underpin the curriculum content within each module. Read more

MA Education programme structure

The programme integrates four core themes and ideas which underpin the curriculum content within each module.

·        Theory: Critically examine educational theory such as theories of learning and models of leadership

·        Practice: Connect theory to real-world practice

·        Research: Engage with current research in the field and develop your own skills as a researcher

·        Policy: Develop an understanding of the policies and regulations that shape education and learning in schools, communities, businesses, and other organisations

You will complete four core modules, each worth 30 credits, and can select two optional modules (30 credits each) to gain the 180 credits needed to complete your degree. You can also choose to follow a named programme, providing you complete the required number of credits in one of the following pathways:

·        Educational leadership

·        Language and literacy

·        Special Educational Needs

The MA Education is delivered 100 per cent online in a virtual learning environment and you can download free course materials at any time. Each module is delivered in a variety of interactive ways including lectures, discussions and written assignments, as well as individual and group projects.

As the programme is designed to suit students from a wide variety of backgrounds, you will be encouraged to select directed study tasks that relate to your particular context or area of interest. In this way, you can immediately apply theory to your professional practice. A Student Support Advisor will work with you throughout the programme to support you right through to graduation.


MA Education online curriculum

Core modules - 120 credits

Understanding education: global perspectives (30 credits)

The principal aim of this module is to enable you to develop a stronger theoretical understanding of current issues and debates within education in a global context and provide you with the opportunity to examine the implications of these for your own educational context. You will consider a variety of perspectives informed by research, theory, policy, and practice and examine key questions, such as:

·        What are the aims and purposes of education?

·        How do answers to these questions vary according to the educational context?

·        What is the relationship between educational policy, theory, research, and practice?

 

Understanding learning: global perspectives (30 credits)

The purpose of the module is to explore theory and practice related to learning in both formal and informal educational contexts. The module will introduce you to a wide range of issues relating to learning and will consider the theoretical basis, research, and global perspectives and how these inform educational policy and practice. You will also critically consider the applicability of theory and research to your own learning experiences and those of learners across the life course.

The principal aim is to facilitate critical examination of a range of issues related to learning in a global context. In relation to these issues, you will consider theories of learning, relevant research, individual and cultural differences, and how this informs learning in practice.

 

Preparing for educational enquiry (30 credits)

This module will provide you with an opportunity to develop your understanding of a range of methods of educational enquiry and the necessary theoretical background to carry out your own research inquiry.

 

Undertaking educational enquiry (30 credits)

This module will provide you with an opportunity to design and conduct your own educational enquiry on a topic of your choice and present your findings in the form of a dissertation. Please note, if you wish to emerge with an award in a particular pathway (eg SEN), you will need to complete your dissertation in that field. It will help you to:

·        Conduct a rigorous enquiry into a relevant and approved area of study within a particular field of education

·        Identify and develop an appropriate theoretical framework for the enquiry

·        Interpret evidence and discuss its relevance to existing theory

·        Develop a critical understanding of the ethical and other issues involved in the selected area of enquiry

·        Present your research in the form of a written report (dissertation)

 

Optional modules (select two from the following list of modules):

 

Educational leadership

Leadership: Fostering learning communities (30 credits)

Leadership: Coaching and mentoring as models of leadership (30 credits)

This pathway will enable you to explore concepts and issues underpinning effective leadership in a variety of educational contexts. It will introduce you to models of leadership and help you to critically examine these in the light of theory and practice. It will provide you with opportunities to explore what might be meant by effective learning communities, and how models of coaching and mentoring might contribute to an understanding of effective leadership. You will examine key questions such as:

 What does it mean to be an effective leader?

 Which skills are most associated with effective leadership?

 Which model(s) of leadership are most effective and why?

 

Language and literacy

Language and literacy: Writing matters (30 credits)

Language and literacy: Reading rights (30 credits)

 

This pathway will provide you with an opportunity to deepen your understanding of educational issues related to reading and writing, both the theoretical ideas which underpin being a writer and being a reader, and the pedagogical implications for the teaching of reading and writing. You will examine key questions such as:

 What are the theoretical models of reading?

 How do books written for children develop them as readers?

 What are the interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives on writing?

 

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

SEN: Learning, teaching and assessment (30 credits)

SEN: Critical international perspectives on special and inclusive education (30 credits)

This pathway will enable you to explore concepts, approaches, and issues relevant to the teaching and learning of students with special educational needs and disabilities around the world. You will critically examine:

Theory and practice – current thinking in relation to need, intervention, diagnosis, and assessment; models of learning; curriculum models; personalisation and differentiation; and design and evaluation of materials

Inclusive education – integration, segregation, exclusion, and inclusion

Teaching and learning – best practices depending on the needs of the learner

Systems and management of SEN – models of provision; the role of special schools; national agencies; voluntary groups



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*PLEASE NOTE. this course is subject to approval.*. This course enhances your knowledge, skills and understanding in specialist areas of education. Read more
*PLEASE NOTE: this course is subject to approval.*

This course enhances your knowledge, skills and understanding in specialist areas of education. It enables you to develop your critical engagement in specific areas of interest, such as Leadership, Special Educational Needs, Early Years and issues related to classroom studies.

The MA Education will allow you to gain further knowledge and understanding in areas of working with children and adults in a wide variety of local authority or social care settings as well as in nurseries, schools and colleges.

For those already in work, the part-time route will support promotion to leadership and management roles. Our names awards will enable students to progress to doctoral study in specific specialist areas.

Studying on this course will able you to apply your own area of interest or practice to specific areas of study and to develop in the direction which interests you. You will learn through a variety of ways including workshops, seminars, online learning and through tutorial support.

For those not working in educational settings, e.g. full-time home and international students, you will be given the opportunity to attend placements to support your learning. International students will be provided with additional supports in the first term of study with additional group sessional and tutorials.

For part-time students this blended learning course will allow you to study around your work commitments with a combination of face-to-face sessions as well as online support and activities.

On the MA Education courses you will be taught by experts in the fields of Education, Special Educational Needs, Diversity and Social Justice and Early Years. You will be supervised by staff who are publishing in current journals and have written books in these areas. Additionally you will meet staff who have had previous employment in Educational and Social Care settings and are able to relate theory to a practice context.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/education-leadership2#entry

Course detail

The MA in Education (Leadership) is part-time and aimed at developing your knowledge of leading change within organisations which have education as a key focus. This could include Schools, Early Years settings, FE colleges, local government, prisons, military and private training organisations.

The course provides a dedicated route to an MA in Education (Leadership) for those in management positions (or on a management career path). The course aims to develop both analytical and practical skills and will equip you to critically analyse current practices and processes as well as develop your ownapproaches to effective change.

The course is underpinned by staff research and capitalises on the expertise in education, leadership, management and our Institute for Educational Research (IRED). Over 50% of IRED publications have been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014).

Modules

• Dissertation In Education (Leadership) (EDC118-6) Compulsory
• Research Methods In The Workplace (EDC129-6) Compulsory

Assessment

Each unit in this course has its own assessment. Wherever possible, the specific focus of assignments is negotiated individually, in order to ensure that the assignment meets the personal and professional needs of the student. The course provides you with a carefully planned and coherent sequence of learning opportunities that facilitate your development through formative and summative assessments.

At this level the expectations, in terms of the quality of work produced, are high and you will need to take active control of your learning. At Masters level the expectation is that you are an autonomous and confident learner, that you will undertake assessments that are challenging and require mature argument developed from sustained research, and that you will demonstrate fluent and cogent presentation. You are encouraged in your assessments to draw upon an extensive range of sources to demonstrate a deep theoretical understanding and the ability to apply that to current issues and contexts.

The assessments test the ability to construct a reasoned, sustained and coherent argument, and to articulate it fluently, in a range of contexts. You are required to demonstrate an appropriate level of research, of independent argument, and to reference in an appropriate and accurate manner.

Through the assessments designed for individual units, you will practise and reinforce skills in researching, evaluating and synthesising materials with a critical eye; quantitative and qualitative data collection and handling, together with skills associated with conventional academic tasks. Unit assessment is based on specified learning outcomes and threshold standards.

The unit information forms state clearly the aims, objectives and learning outcomes of the unit, and delineate the criteria of assessment for each outcome. The unit assessment feedback offers detailed comment to the student on the assessment piece.

The taught stage of the course (stage 1) requires you to pass 120 credits before progressing to stage 2, the 60 credit dissertation. An alternative to this is if you already have a PG Certificate (60 credits) e.g. PGCE you would be able to complete your qualification with a further 2 x 30 credit units and our Applied Research Methods and Project for stage 2 of your study.

Careers

We aim to integrate examples from practice, up to date case studies and projects focussed on particular developments throughout the course. For existing professionals, a Masters level qualification will enhance your chances for promotion and for employment in other contexts. Masters study supports promotion to senior positions in the field of education, with this qualification acting as an important indicator of your ability and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a senior leader in educational settings.

The course is designed to help you engage with study and critique key issues in education as well as to be able to identify and justify recommendations for further action. As a masters graduate, therefore, you will have the confidence, knowledge and critical skills to prepare and present a strong application to senior posts in the field of education.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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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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This MA Education for Clinical Contexts has been specifically designed for doctors, dentists, senior nurses, allied health professionals and academics, involved in undergraduate or postgraduate teaching of clinicians. Read more
This MA Education for Clinical Contexts has been specifically designed for doctors, dentists, senior nurses, allied health professionals and academics, involved in undergraduate or postgraduate teaching of clinicians.

It aims to attract particularly committed educators working in and around clinical contexts, who seek to both improve teaching and learning and to understand more fully the educational potential of their working environment, i.e. the sort of person who asks these types of questions:-

Might there be better ways to motivate and engage learners in clinical education?
Do the clinical education programmes I am involved achieve all they could?
How might I improve my own practice as an educator, as well as the practice of my colleagues and/or teams?
If these questions resonate with you, then this MA Education for Clinical Contexts programme will be of particular appeal. Through this programme you will have opportunity to research and improve your teaching practice, as well as developing expertise to lead clinical education programmes in your workplace context.

The MA will give graduates a significant advantage in applying for leadership roles in education. For registrars, it will give them a competitive advantage when applying for positions as consultants.

Flexible study
The part time format of this Masters programme, over three years, allows you to maintain the other clinical and teaching commitments that you may have.


On this course you will:

- Engage with like-minded colleagues in a deep analysis of the nature and dynamics of teaching and learning in clinical education, drawing on a wide range of educational theories;
- Understand the important relationship between high quality education, effective team working and good patient care;
- Gain a deep understanding of how to evaluate and improve curriculum;
- Become an active researcher of clinical education in order to develop teaching and learning opportunities for students;
- Develop and hone skills as a leader and innovator in clinical education in their workplace setting.
- Be prepared to take up career opportunities in clinical education, including educational leadership roles in their local setting and beyond.

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The MA Education award at the University of South Wales offers students the maximum flexibility in terms of module choice. Lecturers will work with you to put together a course specifically tailored to meet your individual professional needs. Read more
The MA Education award at the University of South Wales offers students the maximum flexibility in terms of module choice.

Lecturers will work with you to put together a course specifically tailored to meet your individual professional needs. During your studies, if you decide to focus on one of the areas you have studied at module level, there is the possibility for you to transfer onto one of the specialist awards available.

The MA Education Programme consists of a number of specialist pathways and is for you if you are from any of a range of professional backgrounds including teachers, lecturers and managers in the further education sector, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, midwives and members of the armed forces and police service. If you are a non-graduate then you may qualify for the pathways with relevant experience.

On your chosen pathway within the programme, students at the University will have the opportunity to engage critically with the theories and practices of education with a view to applying your learning to your own practice.

The MA Education is well established and has been running since 1995 and is regularly updated in order to reflect the changing needs of participants and potential participants.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1226-ma-education-innovation-in-learning-and-teaching

What you study

On all pathways within the MA Education programme, you must take the core module Research Methodology. This module will equip you to carry out a small scale education enquiry ethically and effectively.

You are then free to choose three other modules from 55 modules that are built into the different pathways within the MA Education programme. MA Education pathways include:

- MA Child & Adolescent Mental Health
- MA Early Years
- MA Leadership and Management [Education]
- MA SEN
- MA SEN [ASD]
- MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages [TESOL]
- Postgraduate Diploma SEN Specific Learning Difficulties
- Postgraduate Certificate Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education

Awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level (after completion of two taught modules) and Postgraduate Diploma level (after completion of four taught modules). Full MA awards require you to complete a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word dissemination plan after the taught programmes.

Learning and teaching methods

Most students following the part-time programme spend 2 years on the taught modules (typically one evening per week) and undertake their dissertation in their third year. Participants are, however, allowed to take a maximum of 5 years to complete the whole programme.

Full-time students are able to complete the whole programme within 12 months, although some take a little longer to finish writing up their dissertation.

Assessment methods

In most cases modules are assessed through a 5,000 word written piece of coursework. Progress on to the dissertation is dependent upon successful completion of the taught modules.

Employment Prospects

A Masters degree is required for professional advancement in numerous occupations, and is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high level professional development. The broad award of MA Education indicates you have acquired skills and knowledge across a range of different areas.

If you are interested in the possibility of a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities for doing so here.

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Are you looking to get the edge in the world of education management? If so, our MA Education (Global Education Management) course is for you; it’s the only degree of its kind in the UK and is intended to meet the needs and changes the education system faces across the world. Read more

Are you looking to get the edge in the world of education management? If so, our MA Education (Global Education Management) course is for you; it’s the only degree of its kind in the UK and is intended to meet the needs and changes the education system faces across the world.

What's covered in the course?

It is relevant to anyone interested in working in education settings ranging from early years to higher education and training working as a school administrator, bursar or in an associated management role.

The programme of study is practice-based focusing on developing an understanding of leadership and management in education and other contexts, personnel and human resource management, financial management including procurement and an understanding of education policy, practice and developments within the UK and other countries.

By studying on this course, you’ll be equipped with the leadership, development and management skills required to face current and future educational priorities. You’ll study alongside educational practitioners and researchers, giving you valuable insight and the skills that will help you stand out in the education sector. We’ll help you develop high-level research and communication abilities, as well as your motivation and confidence so you graduate with the attributes needed to succeed.

We ensure the course reflects the changes and issues the education sector faces on a daily basis, which means you’ll be given relevant and cutting-edge information. You’ll be trained to meet the future educational needs of children, young people and adult learners in complex and increasingly globalised contexts.

Why choose us?

  • As well as developing knowledge in education management, this unique course will equip you with the transferrable skills that employers really value.
  • We are an active research centre, and the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014 report found that we’ve doubled the amount of staff producing internationally-recognised research.
  • We’re proud of our high employability rates, with 98 per cent of the School’s postgraduate students in employment or further study six months after their course (DLHE survey results 14/15)
  • You get the chance to study alongside people from other countries, helping you gain knowledge of the cultural implications around education and the business of education.
  • Our engaged, informative study sessions ensure you learn a range of vital skills needed for managerial positions.
  • Part of your time will be based in our cutting-edge facility, the Curzon Building, which opened in September 2015 at our City Centre campus and a hub for all of our student support services.
  • A programme of school visits to local primary and secondary schools.
  • Opportunities to undertake voluntary work shadowing in schools and other educational settings including the University's International Office
  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills and attributes.
  • A programme of social and cultural events.


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In a globally connected and rapidly changing world, education offers each individual the best chance of navigating an unknown future. Read more

In a globally connected and rapidly changing world, education offers each individual the best chance of navigating an unknown future. You’ll explore the opportunities and challenges that educational leaders face as they are given greater autonomy to have a positive impact on pupils and learners.

The MA Education: Leadership and Management is designed for those who aspire to, or are presently working as, a middle or senior leader in schools and other educational organisations in the UK and internationally. Drawing on theory and research this course offers a critical understanding of leadership as a culturally based, social and ethical practice.

COURSE STRUCTURE

We’ll help you develop and improve your expertise as an educational leader through practice based inquiry, in which you will relate theory and research to your own working environment. You’ll gain a critical understanding of the practices that characterise effective leadership and learn how to bring about change and improvement.

MODULE STRUCTURE

In the first trimester, you’ll gain a broad understanding of the ways economics, politics and society determine educational policy and the context in which leaders operate. We’ll introduce you to the key practices of effective leadership. You’ll use this knowledge to critically explore how leadership strategically brings about educational change through understanding theories of change and drawing on your own professional experience.

In the second trimester, you’ll undertake research within educational settings, exploring a range of different methodologies. In this trimester you'll also have the opportunity to study for two elective modules, one of which may be chosen from one of the other MA Education pathways.

In your final trimester, you’ll write a dissertation (15,000 - 20,000 words) on a aspect of educational leadership that particularly interests you. You’ll be supported by a tutor and benefit from one-to-one tutorials. You’ll also be able to attend optional research seminars.

For more information on modules, please go to the course website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-education-leadership-and-management/

TEACHING METHODS

All modules are taught through lectures, small-group seminars and individual tutorials. Lectures and seminars typically take place in the early evening, to accommodate students who may be working.

ASSESSMENT

There are no written exams on this course; each module is assessed through coursework. In some modules you may be assessed by presentations or online activity.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

You’ll graduate with practical and theoretical knowledge, that's well placed to apply for middle, senior or leadership roles in schools or other educational institutions. Many students on our educational leadership awards gain promotion within 12 months of completing the course. The grounding in academic work provides a foundation for further research at PhD level which can lead to employment in Higher Education.

For more information on opportunities, please go to the website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-education-leadership-and-management/



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This research-based course is designed for those working in the field of education at all levels. It is suitable for anyone working in the education sector, including teachers, lecturers and administrators working in schools, post-compulsory or university sectors. Read more
This research-based course is designed for those working in the field of education at all levels. It is suitable for anyone working in the education sector, including teachers, lecturers and administrators working in schools, post-compulsory or university sectors. Although it is not a teaching degree and does not provide QTS, it is ideal for those who have completed an accredited teacher-training programme or degree and wish to study the field of education further.

This is a demanding and exciting research-based programme. It requires you to immerse yourself in reading, thinking, discussion, reflection and writing, enabling you to take the next, critical step in your professional learning.

The course allows you to investigate a range of issues impacting on education in general and your own organisation in particular. We want you to challenge your thinking.

Each module has an assignment attached to it that is linked to your own experience, applying theory and practice and ensuring that your own working practices gain practical benefits from your study.

Specialist pathways

Your choice of modules will determine the name of the award you receive. For those wishing to gain an MA / MSc award, the Research Skills and Dissertation modules are mandatory.

The six named award pathways leading to MA / MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, or Postgraduate Diploma are:

MA Special and Inclusive Education
MA Educational Leadership and Management
MA Teaching and Learning
MA Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
MA Early Years
MSc Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. See the MSc STEM course pages to find out more about this award.

How will I learn?

You will study five modules. Research Skills and Education Policy and Practice are taught in a classroom environment. The other three modules are based around supported tutorials with tutors and peers. You will have an initial tutorial to discuss your direction and aims within the module. Further tutorials are available dependent on mutual need.

All modules, except for Reflection on Continuing Professional Development Experience, are research projects based on your area of professional interest. You will discuss your research proposal during your tutorials with your named supervisor and then be expected to study independently for around 300 hours over that 16 week module. Your final dissertation takes place over a longer period.

Study, by part-time attendance at our Clifton campus, is usually one evening a week. A full-time study mode is also available. See the MA Education, Full-time course pages for more details.

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Do you want to expand your understanding of international education in a fast-changing world? Are you looking to form the foundation of a future career in many different educational or training settings? If so our MA Education (International Education) course will broaden your existing knowledge and set you on the right track. Read more

Do you want to expand your understanding of international education in a fast-changing world? Are you looking to form the foundation of a future career in many different educational or training settings? If so our MA Education (International Education) course will broaden your existing knowledge and set you on the right track.

What's covered in the course?

You don’t need a teaching qualification for this course and you don’t have to intend become a teacher. We take a flexible approach and encourage you to explore educational issues within an international context, helped by working alongside the wide range of students from both the UK and overseas who study on this course.

You’ll explore how the English education system works by studying the quality of learning and teaching on offer to pupils today. You’ll also look at issues aimed at improving education, management of the sector and research opportunities. While the International Education pathway from the Education Master's framework draws on the English education system, you’ll also have the chance to compare this with the situation in a range of other international contexts.

Why Choose Us?

  • We’re proud of our high employability rates, with 98 per cent of the School’s postgraduate students in employment or further study six months after their course (DLHE survey results 2014/15)
  • Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university with a variety of campuses based in and around what the Rough Guide named “one of the top 10 cities in the world” in 2015.
  • Birmingham International Airport is nearby and we have excellent connections to London (as quick as 80 minutes by train) and the rest of the UK. 
  • We are regularly praised by external examiners for our focus on giving people transferable skills.


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