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The MA Education Studies offers a choice of routes for practising professionals and managers in educational settings. Masters level study is viewed by many as being essential for career progression and supports professional development in education and related fields. This course provides the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the current landscape in education and engage with wider theories and issues. Students will develop critical thinking and hone higher level skills.
A 2:2 minimum classification or equivalent from undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, from a UK university or other recognised degree-awarding body, or a qualification at equivalent level.
Applicants without this qualification, but who have substantial relevant professional experience, may also be considered.
Have access to practice. Criteria are;
Access to teaching and/or supporting teaching and learning in a relevant statutory, private, voluntary and/or independent setting with a direct responsibility for learning within their educational setting;
Students will be required to complete at least 225 hours in practice while on the course.
I wanted to share a few thoughts I had, reflecting on my time in the MA program at Suffolk. I remember when I first signed up for my modules and then arriving to my first class- I was full of anxiety about what I may have gotten myself into. It had been between 2 and 3 years since my last formal involvement with higher education (as a student) and I wasn't entirely sure if I had perhaps endeavoured on something I wouldn't be able to necessarily complete successfully. I should also say that my previous experience in higher education was in the United States, so attempting to complete a program in the United Kingdom felt like an entirely greater (and more challenging) venture.
I am fully convinced that my experiences as a student in the MA program has made an immeasurable impact on my further academic (I'm now into my first year as a PhD. student in Curriculum & Instruction for Cultural Studies, International Education, and Multicultural Education) and professional career. In addition to having the opportunity to complete classes of genuine interest to my passions as an educator, the faculty in the MA program challenged me intellectually and consistently demonstrated their interest in me as a student. In addition to gaining confidence in my own abilities as a teacher, the support provided helped shape my understanding and experience of collegiality, professionalism, and camaraderie.
People often ask me what made me want to pursue an MA in Education Studies. The answer seems obvious to me, but the best way I can articulate it is that I didn't just want to "teach" in a classroom. I wanted to be a great teacher. I often hear academic faculty at my institution talk about how the majority of their instructors or professors are experts in their own discipline...but they aren't necessarily that great at teaching. It is an incredibly empowering feeling to know that I now have the theoretical foundations, tools to apply my knowledge, and a never-ending curiosity for how I can continue to "do better" within my own teaching practices- and that is something I would not carry with me had I not been part of the MA at Suffolk. Since completing the MA in Education studies Becky has started on a PhD programme at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV)
I chose to study a MA in Education Studies to further consolidate and enhance my knowledge of pedagogical theory and research, after teaching in further education for several years. The course has allowed me explore and extend my critical thinking, analytical skills and research skills, which in turn has deepened my pedagogy.
Not only has the course influenced and enhanced my teaching practice, it has opened up my career pathway allowing me to make the transition from further education into higher education. Being an allied healthcare professional (qualified Occupational Therapist), there are very few opportunities for teaching within higher education, other than in your own professional field. My MA has been paramount in assisting me to achieve a unique lecturing role outside of my own professional field.
The course has not only been essential for transitioning across educational fields, it has enabled my career progression within higher education too, such as, giving me the possibility to progress onto higher level study.
Since completing her MA in Education studies Alicia Smith has taken up a new role as a Lecturer in Health Apprenticeships at the University of Suffolk.
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