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Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL)

Course Description

The Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL) is principally designed to support professional learning entirely in a school, college or partnership context. The MTL approach involves individual and collaborative practice-based enquiry, guided by a tutor and linked to institutional development priorities.

• Based in the workplace, the MTL focuses on day-to-day practice.
• The programme is personalised, so you can choose areas to develop, research and study.
• Designed to support the development of teaching and learning skills, the MTL helps you to develop an open and questioning mind-set through an enquiry approach, enabling you to embrace change, challenges and opportunity.
• You will work collaboratively alongside colleagues with the support and guidance from an experienced tutor throughout the course.
• The MTL integrates with your current role and institutional professional development and can support promotion.
• The course will provide you with the opportunities to undertake academic study and prepare you for even higher study in the long term.
• It is possible to use evidence from previous study or experience relevant to the subject to claim for Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Please note that completion of this course does not lead to qualified teacher status (QTS).

STAGE 1: Leading to PGCert in Education.
Choose modules up to 60 credits from the below. These modules are optional, but highly recommended for those new to master’s level study. You may choose, with guidance, one of these modules at 30 credits, both modules at 15 credits or both modules at 30 credits, depending on their study needs and previous experience. In place of these modules, you may select one or two 30 credit modules from Stage 2. You may also choose a module from our MA Education at this point.

Reflecting on professional practice (15/30 credits)
Developing professional enquiry skills (15/30 credits)

STAGE 2: Leading to PGDip in Teaching and Learning.
Choose a further two 30 credit modules from:

Teaching and learning, personalisation and assessment for learning (30 credits)
Subject knowledge and curriculum development (30 credits)
Learner development and inclusion (30 credits)
Leadership and management, working with others (30 credits)

STAGE 3: Leading to Masters in Teaching and Learning

Professional Practice Enquiry (60 Credits) including proposal stage and dissemination to workplace colleagues.

An audit of professional practice leading to an action plan at the start of each module assignment, which will also be used with tutors to monitor and evaluate progress.

Assignments are designed to develop enquiry skills and critical reflection, through implementing actions, gathering workplace evidence and relating findings to relevant literature. Students are also expected to disseminate findings to colleagues in support of professional and organisational development, choosing an appropriate format.

Graduates of the course can apply to take further research study options. The faculty has a thriving research programme leading to MPhil and PhD. We welcome enquiries from teachers interested in undertaking research in any aspect of education practice or policy, from early years, via primary and secondary schools, academies and colleges, through to further and higher education, and lifelong learning.

This course affords the opportunity to fulfil continuous professional development requirements providing the opportunity for career enhancement.

Please apply direct to the faculty using our online application form http://www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/apply-online/lss

Visit the Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL) page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a degree or equivalent qualification, or professional experience that equates to degree level. In most cases, applicants will join the course as part of a workplace group and suitability to join the programme will be agreed between the University tutor and institutional leaders.Exemption from some modules may be granted for appropriate prior learning including credits gained on a PGCE course.

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