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This distance learning progamme is specifically designed for teachers in international schools.

Course overview

Are you a teacher in an international school who would like to develop your professional practice? The aim of this programme is to support your career development with a tight focus on the international school system and its challenges and opportunities.

In the final stage of the programme you will study topics such as ‘Leading and Managing in International Schools’ and ‘The International School Curriculum’. During these modules you will also carry out small-scale research projects into issues concerning management and the International School curriculum that are relevant to your current practice.

At Stage 1 of the programme you will complete two compulsory modules ‘Development of Learning: A Case Study’ and a Negotiated Individual Study in Education. At Stage 2 you will choose two modules from a list that covers areas such as advanced pedagogical practice, assessment theory and organisational effectiveness in education. Please note that there is no dissertation in this programme.

The content of the programme is informed by research by Sunderland’s Centre for Pedagogy whose specialisms include teaching styles, motivation, human relationships in learning and comparative education. This Masters programme does not lead to state registration such as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

If you would prefer a Masters programme with less focus on international schools, you may want to consider our distance learning Education MA which includes the completion of a dissertation in an area of particular interest to you.

Course content

The content of the programme is entirely delivered through distance learning, making it a very flexible way to achieve a Masters qualification.

Core modules:
-Development of Learning: A Case Study (30 Credits)
-Negotiated Individual Study in Education (30 Credits)
-The International School Curriculum (30 Credits)
-Leading and Managing in International Schools (30 Credits)

Plus choose two modules from the following list:
-Developing Reflective Practices (30 Credits)
-Advanced Pedagogical Practice in Subject Related Disciplines (30 Credits)
-Leading Organisational Effectiveness in Education and Training (30 Credits)
-Assessment Theory into Pedagogical Practice (30 Credits)
-The Nature of Teaching and Learning

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered using specially designed learning materials, e-books, e-journals, relevant websites and multimedia. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters programme requires a higher level of independent working.
Assessment methods include case studies, research proposals and written assignments.

Facilities & location

This programme can be studied anywhere in the world that has good internet access. The programme is delivered by the University's Virtual Learning Environment using specially designed learning materials, e-books, e-journals, relevant websites and multimedia.

You will have full access to our libraries and, as a distance learning student, you will particularly benefit from our web-based ‘Discover’ search tool. This helps you gain remote access to online journals, articles and e-books – whenever and wherever you happen to be studying. The library team offer real-time online help through ‘Live Chat’ at various periods throughout the day, and they also offer online tutorials on making the most of electronic resources.

Employment & careers

This programme prepares you for promotion and professional advancement in roles linked to teaching and educational management within an International School setting.

The programme is also relevant to roles in the following sectors:
-Government departments of education
-Education policy

A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.

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

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