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Course content

This programme offers you the opportunity to study at postgraduate level on a flexible high quality online distance learning basis. Building on your professional and personal interests and experiences, the programme will deepen and broaden your knowledge and understanding of education. Participating in analysis, critique and discussion of cutting-edge research, current practices and relevant policies, you will study in an online learning community.

Why this programme

◾This fully online distance programme is ideal for mainstream education professionals working in schools or further and higher education, for those working with adults, in youth work or community development, and those wanting to enter the world of education.
◾It is high quality, fully supported online distance learning offering flexible part-time learning. The programme utilises a virtual learning environment incorporating wikis, blogs, RSS feeds and real-time interactive tools.
◾Choice of general or specialist pathways tailored to suit individual student needs.
◾You will be a member of an engaged, active international learning community that builds from your own context, drawing on your particular professional and personal experiences to construct learning that is relevant and intellectually challenging.
◾You will learn through and with international curricula, pedagogy and learning community.
◾You may be an experienced educational practitioner seeking a postgraduate programme to develop your practice or someone who now wishes to enter the exciting and diverse field of education.
◾You will work in cohorts across specialisms, educational sectors and geographical locations to learn from and with each other. These cohorts will use online and real-time discussion and information exchanges around milestone activities designed to both provide scaffolded but flexible support.

Programme structure

You will take four core and two optional courses in years 1 and 2. You will also complete a dissertation in year 3 which reflects your research interests.

In addition to the general degree programme you have the opportunity to study on one of five specialist named pathways.
◾Adult Education
◾Children’s Literature & Literacies
◾Curriculum, Assessment & Pedagogy (subject to approval)
◾Educational Leadership
◾Inclusive & Special Education
◾Religious Education (subject to approval)
◾TESOL (subject to approval)
◾Youth Studies.

If undertaking the general degree programme, you have an opportunity to select from the specialist optional courses available in your year of study. If undertaking a specialist pathway, you must take the courses outlined below.

Core courses

Year 1
◾Modern educational thinking
◾Policy and practice.

Year 2
◾Principles and practices of research
◾Research application.

Optional courses

Adult Education

◾Year 1: The psychology of adult learning
◾Year 2: International issues

Children’s Literature & Literacies

◾Year 1: Texts for children: From printing press to virtual reality
◾Year 2: Reframing language, literature and literacies for 21st century life

Curriculum, Assessment & Pedagogy

◾Year 1: Understanding learners
◾Year 2: International perspectives

Educational Leadership

◾Year 1: Developing as a leader: Ethics and praxis
◾Year 2: Leading people and organisations: Actions and accountabilities in practice

Inclusive & Special Education

◾Year 1: Education for all: Inclusive special education
◾Year 2: Working together creating inclusive learning environments

Religious Education

◾Year 1: Curriculum leadership in religious education
◾Year 2: Conceptual frameworks in contemporary religious education


◾Year 1: Language for TESOL
◾Year 2: Language learning for TESOL

Youth Studies

◾Year 1: Working with youth: Education and learning for change
◾Year 2: Perspectives on youth and young adulthood

Career prospects

Career opportunities may include work in and across different educational sectors including mainstream education, adult education, informal and community education and development, educational leadership, youth work, and in educational publishing and policy-making. You will also be qualified to proceed to study for a PhD or EdD.

Visit the Education (Distance Learning) - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!





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