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.
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):
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.
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.
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This course provides a career-enhancing, internationally-recognised award that is valued by many professions.
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.
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.
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.
• Research Methods
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).
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 [email protected] for currents times and days of when sessions are delivered.
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.
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.
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:
• PG Cert/MA Education (Leadership and Management)
• PG Cert/MA Education (International Perspectives)
• PG Cert/MA Education (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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/
You can choose one of the following Study Pathways as part of this programme:
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.
You can choose from a variety of ways to study this programme.
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.
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.
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.
Assessment consists of a written 5000 word assignment for each unit of study, together with a 15,000 word Dissertation.
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.
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.
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.
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):
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.