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The course offers you the chance to take your professional practice to the next level.

You’ll gain fresh new perspectives, learn new approaches and develop your knowledge around education, particularly in relation to research, policy and practice.

By offering a flexible choice of modules and pathway options, you can also align your studies to your professional interests.

Students can select from one of four Master of Education pathways; choosing Curriculum Development, Teaching and Learning, Leadership and Management or Special Educational Needs.

As part of your core modules, you’ll evaluate and develop a critical understanding of the relationships between research, policy, practice and data. You’ll also develop important reflective skills that will be invaluable as you progress in your career.

Your chosen pathway modules will positively build your skills and knowledge in your particular specialist area.

Independent study will also help to tailor your learning experiences to your chosen specialist area of practice.

Learn From The Best

The staff who lead the modules on this course are all qualified teachers and practitioners with substantial experience in the education sector, and you can find out more about them here.

When you learn with us, you’ll have opportunity to work with a team who are recognised for the high quality of their work and you’ll learn within a department that has been rated as an ‘outstanding’ provider of both secondary and primary teacher training, by Ofsted.

Throughout the course you’ll be supported by your guidance tutor and receive extra support and supervision during your dissertation project.

The course is popular with international students because they can benefit from the support of language experts in our English Language Centre.

Teaching And Assessment

Before you begin this course, you’ll be given information on the range of pathway modules available and you’ll select which ones you wish to study, depending on the route you wish to take. You’ll need to complete one of two mandatory, core modules as well as selecting a dissertation subject.

You’ll then select three specialist modules aligned to either Curriculum Development;Teaching and Learning;Leadership and Management or Special Educational Needs.

Assessment is ongoing uses a variety of approaches including assignments, presentations, portfolios and reports. All tasks are clearly explained in advance and assessment criteria, grade descriptors and marking schemes will be available for every assignment and thoroughly discussed in class.

The majority of your work will involve independent reading and activities and your modules will be delivered via a range of lectures, seminars and workshops, supported by directed study.

Module Overview
PP0724 - The Empirical Project (Optional, 60 Credits)
TE7039 - Systematic Appraisal in Education and Training (Optional, 60 Credits)
WB0716 - Work Based Dissertation (Optional, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

Technology-enhanced learning is used extensively across the course and each module will have its own e-learning area.

This helps us to share learning materials with you in a flexible way and allows you to revisit learning materials in your own time. It also enables you to have online discussions with your fellow students to develop ideas.

As part of the course, you’ll be encouraged to challenge your personal development and access career advice through the UseMYAbility website.

Research-Rich Learning

You’ll have the chance to work with a team who are recognised and respected for the high quality of their work.

The teaching and research areas of our staff are fascinating and span a diverse range of specialist areas.

Academic staff have extensive experience of leading, conducting and managing research in all areas of education, from early years and schools to post-compulsory and higher education. Areas of research strength within educational settings include school-to-school networking and collaboration, educational leadership in a variety of contexts, e.g. schools, colleges etc, curriculum innovation, and the impact of educational initiatives on marginalised and vulnerable groups. You’ll also benefit learning from researchers also have expertise in the leadership of school networks, 1:1 online tuition as well 1:1 face-to-face tutorials.

Give Your Career An Edge

These programmes will offer you further qualification that will support you in your career development. For example, if you choose to study a Masters in Education (Leadership and Management) this will not only provide you with a valuable specialism which will be recognised within your award title but also within the sector in which you are employed and will facilitate your career as leaders and managers within your organisations. Similarly, the Masters in Education (SEN/Inclusion) is a recognised specialism across all sectors, in all contexts and as such will support your career development.

In particular, your highly developed critical reflection skills will help you to consider, discuss, analyse and evaluate your practice in depth.

You’ll also really boost your abilities when it comes to working as part of a team, communication and self-awareness.

These are all vital skills to have if you’re looking to progress to senior leader or management level within the education sector.

Your Future

This course offers a great launch pad for the next step in your career, especially if you want to specialise in Curriculum Development;Teaching and Learning; Leadership and Management or Special Educational Needs.

Studying for this Master of Education qualification will demonstrate your real commitment to improving your professional practice, and your chosen pathway will equip you with specialist knowledge and skills.

You’ll also be able to reflect upon and challenge your own practice, which is a valuable skill to demonstrate to future employers.

You’ll leave with up-to-the-minute knowledge of the very latest in education research, policy and practice and with a whole new perspective on data and evaluation, all of which will help to put you at the forefront of your field.

Visit the Master of Education page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

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