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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September, February

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, part time option available

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    20 August 2018

Course content

Teachers, education professionals and recent graduates can take this opportunity to enhance their practice by reflecting on their own personal and professional experiences and developing further skills, knowledge and understanding of aspects of specific interest.

This course is available for full-time and part-time study. If you choose the full-time route, the course has a distinct international and comparative perspective, while the part-time option features optional additional modules relating to teacher-led research, mathematics and early years.

Distinctive approaches to learning and teaching

All of the teaching for this course is in small group format, such as seminars and workshops, enabling you to engage in discussion and debate. You will also be able to attend research seminars, day courses and other educational activities. Underpinning all of what we teach is the linking of theory and practice, allowing you to critically reflect on work-based issues, concerns and developments.

The MA in Education is available in various formats to suit your needs and what you are interested in. The full-time option is particularly targeted at international students, with a comparative flavour, while the part-time route has a self-reflective approach. For a more detailed subject focus, we also offer an Early Years pathway, English Language Teaching pathway, Management and Leadership pathway, Mathematics pathway and an MA in SEN and Inclusion.

If you choose to take the full-time route, there are four modules that must usually be studied:

  • School and Classroom Cultures
  • Educational Leadership
  • International Perspectives on Education
  • Research methods

Throughout the course we encourage you to engage with other students and professional colleagues in order to develop critical approaches to your study of education and your practical teaching.

Course content

The MA comprises of modules that can be studied one by one. A key element of many modules is the provision for ‘shared enquiry’, enabling participants to engage with other professional colleagues and researchers in developing critical approaches to enquiry within practical education (and education-related) contexts.

Assessment procedures are flexible and sensitive to existing professional workloads, and are usually based on aspects of work currently ongoing in the participant’s own school or setting.

There is a full time pathway through this MA. This is particularly targeted at international students and has a strong international and comparative flavour, although UK students are very welcome to apply. It consists of four compulsory modules and a thesis.

The four modules that must be taken on the full-time pathway are:

  • School and Classroom Cultures
  • Educational Leadership
  • International Perspectives on Education
  • Research methods

In addition to this the University now has pathways within the course which reflect two specific areas of professional and theoretical interest:

There is also an MA Education Special Educational Needs and Inclusion which is run on a full and part-time basis.

There are also a range of modules which enable teachers to engage with reflective, teacher-led research.

Please see the modules listing page for further information about modules.

Careers

Career Opportunities

Postgraduate qualifications can give you the opportunity for higher level responsibility and senior posts within education, children’s services and Further Education.

This course addresses the needs of local authorities in the East Midlands as well as the government agenda for continuing professional development and the development of teaching as a research based profession.


Visit the Education - MA page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

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