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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    10 January 2018

Course content

This programme is organised around your professional development and is flexible to meet your needs if you work, or intend to work in the education sector - in schools, universities, colleges and also a range of newer educational settings such as the uniformed services, the NHS and early years provision for children under school age, such as privately run day nurseries.

Course details

The content and delivery encourages you to think about your own professional role and how this is influenced by a variety of issues. Through reflection you look at the impact on your own work and those around you. 

You consider policies and practices, relate theory to practice and highlight how external drivers influence what you do. At the beginning of the programme you consider an aspect of professional practice that is relevant to you and explore this through a range of perspectives. You draw on various bodies of research, and national and international real-world examples.

What you study

This MA has a full-time and a part-time route. Whichever route you choose you will study the same modules which are all scheduled on a Tuesday evening to enable working professionals to attend. You study 180 level 7 credits made up of four modules plus a final dissertation. The core modules enable you to update your knowledge and skills and give you the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice whilst developing your understanding of theoretical models and current debates. There is a strong emphasis on the application of your studies to your professional context.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Combining Professional and Academic Practice
  • Contextualising Education
  • Dissertation
  • Educational Research: Practice and Planning
  • Using the Literature to Inform Educational Research

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

You are encouraged to share your experiences and perspectives on aspects of practice within taught sessions and through discussions on the University’s virtual learning environment. You study with students from a variety of educational settings and backgrounds – this sharing gives you the opportunity to develop a systematic and critical understanding of the breadth and depth of knowledge in educational research and practice. Peer-led discussions in workshop and seminar sessions on a range of research and educational practice issues, both home and international, provide you with the opportunity for interprofessional discussion and debate. You consider relevant issues from the perspective of other professional educational groups which, in turn, supports you to integrate and synthesise a diverse range of knowledge. If you are not a practitioner you have the opportunity for shared learning and peer support with experienced practitioners. Some of the modules share taught sessions with the Education Doctorate, enhancing the range and type of discussions held within your sessions as well as encouraging you to consider your progression after the programme.

How you are assessed

Staff have a wide range of educational backgrounds and specialist interests to support for your cross-disciplinary interests and multi-agency working. Another important element is how we support your transition to studying at level 7. You are offered academic support to help you understand the requirements of master’s level study; to develop your skills in academic writing and referencing, critical thinking and critical writing; and in the key IT skills such as literature searching. The assessment allows you to reflect on your own practice and context, and produce assessed work that benefits your working context. Student feedback on the programme has consistently highlighted the level of support from the staff as a major contributor to their success.


Visit the Education (MA) page on the Teesside University website for more details!

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