This course aims to further develop professional knowledge and understanding in specific areas of educational practice, applicable to a wide range of practice-based settings.
You will study with other professionals from a range of educational organisations including schools, local authority organisations, the lifelong learning sector and universities.
The course is part time and alongside the recommended units/pathway, there are a range of optional units with broad themes allowing you to focus on one areas of study within the units in order to personalise these appropriate to your interests and needs. In this way you will be able to make a deeper, more specialist analysis in one particular core theme, or appropriate to one area of your own practice or experience.
Alongside the taught units, you will study research methods in preparation for your dissertation (or you will take the Applied research methods and project unit if you enter the programme with 60 credits at level 7).
The MA Education (Practice) aims to: • Increase awareness of and access to a range of ideas and research findings in Educational topics • Promote personalisation of broad themes to meet the needs and interests of students while providing a focused line of study • Promote vocationally relevant and varied assessment formats with a negotiated focus to support individual and organisational needs (as applicable to different situations) • Promote engagement with key issues in education, involving critical examination of a wide range of key education sources and texts, leading to the identification and justification of recommendations for further action. • As applicable to context, encourage evidence-based practice or practice-based understandings
• Enhancing Practice in Educational Settings • Leading change in Education • Meeting Diverse Needs • Research Methods in the Workplace and Dissertation (Practice) or Applied Research Methods and Project • Educational Leadership in Context • Partnership working • Exploring Coaching and Mentoring • Early Years Education and Care
You will receive guidance on the units that are most appropriate for your career aspirations and interests.
You will complete a range of assessments, many of which you can tailor to your existing or developing interests and experience.
You will do a number of oral presentations, which not only improve your ability to present information in a professional and coherent way but also enable the sharing of research and experience amongst the group.
Written assessments include portfolios, case studies, essays and literature reviews.
You will develop your research skills throughout the course and apply them to a final applied project or dissertation.
This Master’s qualification will enhance your chances for promotion and for employment in other contexts. Master’s study supports promotion to senior positions in the field of education.
The course is designed to help you engage, study and critique key issues in education as well as to be able to identify and justify recommendations for further action.
As a Master’s graduate, therefore, you will have the confidence, knowledge and critical skills to prepare and present a strong application to senior posts in the field of education.
Previous graduates have gone on to take up enhanced roles within their organisation; some have undertaken PhD study.