The Master of Education degree is a professional development course for teachers and other adult educators, who wish to update their knowledge and qualifications. The award has been developed in conjunction with the teaching community and is designed to ensure you will have the opportunity to explore contemporary issues in education which impact upon your own professional practice. The full master’s programme will normally take you up to 3 years to complete, but you can exit with the Postgraduate Certificate (normally after 1 year) or Postgraduate Diploma (normally after 2 years).
If you are currently working in a teaching or training environment and you wish to build on the qualifications and experience you already have, then this course is for you. You will enter at the Postgraduate Diploma level and undertake modules worth 120 credits for your Postgraduate Diploma award and a further 60 credits for your MEd award.
If, after completing 60 credits, you wish to exit the course, you can do so with a Postgraduate Certificate award.
This is summarised below:
Award: Postgraduate Certificate (exit award only)
Modules: 2 modules of 30 credits
Accumulated credits: 60
Award: Postgraduate Diploma
Modules: 2 modules of 30 credits
Accumulated credits: 120
Modules: 1 modules of 60 credits (Dissertation)
2 modules of 30 credits to include the Research Project module
Accumulated credits: 180
Please note that this award does not qualify you as a teacher.
It is possible to complete the course fully online so that your physical attendance is not required
Modules in the Educational Leadership Specialism are delivered face-to-face or are a mix of face-to-face and online delivery (i.e. blended delivery).
Although the course is administered through Jordanstown, no teaching takes place there. Face-to-face modules are delivered at Magee, and at Athlone, Carrick-on-Shannon and Monaghan Education Centres.
Attendance requirements will depend on the modules that you select.
In addition to improving your career portfolio, this course will allow you to develop higher level skills of argument and critical thinking as well as developing academic writing skills and research capability. Having a Masters level qualification should enhance potential career advancement, and is a useful preparation for Doctoral level study.
Past students who have taken the specialisms Learning and Teaching, Inclusive and Special Education and ICT have used the qualifications for career advancement, while several of those studying or having completed the Leadership and Management modules have been successful in gaining Vice-Principal and Principal posts both in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Other pathways have also led to enhanced professional practice and career advancement.
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