The MA in Education: Leading Innovation and Change course aims to develop evidence-based innovative educational practice.
The well-established and popular MA in Education: Leading Innovation and Change programme is designed to meet the professional development needs of teachers and other education professionals. This includes school administrators, business managers, finance officers, librarians, data managers and ICT managers through all phases of schooling and other educational contexts, and at all stages of their careers.
The programme enables middle and senior leaders (and aspiring leaders) to engage in critical reflection on their experience and understanding of leadership as they develop their scholarly knowledge whilst linking theory with practice.
Students have the opportunity to explore an area of particular interest and relevance to their professional role as they undertake a small-scale practitioner research enquiry, leading to evidence-based innovation.
The programme that helps schools to develop a research culture supported by continuing professional learning with potential for high impact on school improvement.
A Student View
Headteacher, Secondary School
"St Mary’s MA in Education, with its focus on research-based enquiry, has been the best form of continuing professional learning that our school has been involved in."
Why St Mary's?
Building on our long tradition of excellent practice in teacher education, St Mary's provides a flexible approach to this professional Master’s degree.
In addition to being delivered at the university and as a distance programme, it is also taught in school-centres in partnership with individual schools and groups of schools. This offers the opportunity for busy professionals to study in small groups in their own context. The timing of taught sessions and tutorials can be arranged to meet the needs of the students.
The success of this course lies in the flexible structure, bespoke delivery and quality of teaching offered. Students apply their learning to practical situations within their own schools, using their knowledge to drive effective change. The MA is designed to facilitate reflection and inquiry into practice and supports the long-term career development of participants.
The course aims to:
-Help schools and staff develop so that learning improves.
-Enable schools and staff to advance their professional skills and expertise through the development of a research culture.
-Provide a framework of support for progressing school development priorities, offering planned feedback opportunities for research and development within schools.
-Provide support for staff actively engaged in change leadership and management initiatives.
-Support staff in generating evidence of their work in the curriculum to contribute to performance management and school self-evaluation.
-Enable schools to address recruitment and retention challenges by offering advanced qualifications at Master's level, in partnership with St Mary's University.
-Enhance career progression through participation in a quality professional development programme.
All modules can be viewed on our website: https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses-london/leading-innovation-and-change-education
The MA in Leading Innovation and Change programme is aimed at teachers and other education professionals at any stage of their careers, those in senior and middle leadership roles and those aspiring to leadership positions in the early years, primary, secondary and post-sixteen sectors and in other educational establishments. The programme will offer you the opportunity to be at the forefront of leading and managing school initiatives and enable you to make a positive difference to the quality of learning and teaching within your educational setting.
What the course can lead to:
-The development of teacher expertise in a chosen field of enquiry
-High impact on practice (school improvement and professional understanding)
-Knowledge of change leadership and management dynamics
-Skills in presenting work/research findings
-Experience in writing for professional and academic audiences
-Career-long teacher development at various levels
-An ongoing engagement with practitioner research
Applicants are required to hold a good first degree (2.2 or above) and be working in an educational setting.