The Education: International Perspectives (Technology in Education) MA allows you to study how the nature of teaching and learning is changing in a highly connected environment.
Learners are increasingly relying on each other and the Internet for their learning and metacognition resources. As an educator you need to understand your role in such an environment and how to use Information, Communication and Educational Technology effectively for achieving your objectives.
On the course you will cover:
-Self-organised learning environments
-Why pedagogy matters
-The impact of technology on education
-The latest innovations in educational technology
This course will be useful for educators. Through developing knowledge of this subject your teaching skills will be strengthened and employability will improve. The course will also be of interest to people with an IT background who are keen on developing or supporting technology enhanced learning.
The course builds on a strong research base in three research centres in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences:
-The Centre for Learning and Teaching
-The EG West Centre
The course also draws on the expertise of a number of highly regarded academics. These include:
-Professor Sugata Mitra
-Professor David Leat
The Education: International Perspectives (Technology in Education) MA is one of a suite of courses. You may also be interested in:
-Education: International Perspectives (Leadership and Management), MA
-Education: International Perspectives (Teaching and Learning), MA
These MAs are flexible in nature and you will have the option to study modules across the three different courses.
The majority of taught modules are offered in the first semester, including some sessions which are run in the early evening and on Saturdays. During the year there is a development to a greater element of self-study and semi-independent research and project work.
You complete the course with a research project focusing on a topic of interest to you.
There is an extended induction programme that provides you with support for advanced study, including assignment writing and information and communications and technology (ICT) training.
You will have the opportunity to carry out a placement as part of your taught modules. Your placement will be in an educational setting such as a local primary or secondary school. This is enjoyable and useful in contextualising your understanding of learning theory.
You also have the option of taking a longer placement outside the UK, adding to the international perspectives nature of the course.
As a student in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences you'll have access to facilities and a growing collection of online resources, including:
-A well-stocked Education Resource Centre
-Language Analysis Lab
-A phonetics lab
-An audio-video lab
-A recording studio.
The Secondary PGCE forms a practical introduction to teaching, providing student teachers with the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach secondary age children, including at post-16. The strong emphasis of the course is on learning from experience through reflection and enquiry.
The Secondary PGCE forms a practical introduction to teaching. You will develop the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach secondary age children. You will also gain experience of teaching at post-16 level.
The course has a strong focus on learning from experience, through reflection and enquiry. This process of reflective enquiry underpins the development of teaching skills. It also forms the basis for the written work submitted as part of your PGCE.
During the PGCE you will undertake 60 credits of master's-level modules. The course modules are rooted in school and classroom practice. They work to complement your experiences - enhancing outcomes and your professional development.
You will graduate with a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) if you:
-Complete these components
-Meet the Teachers’ Standards through your practical engagement in schools
An understanding of the relationship between theory, practice and research underpins the PGCE. Two thirds of your time (around 130 days) is spent on placements in partnership schools. This provides a firm practical and theoretical foundation for the professional journey towards becoming an outstanding practitioner.
During your training at Newcastle University you will:
-Develop the core knowledge, skills and understanding expected of newly qualified teachers
-Extend your awareness of effective teaching in your subject area through subject-based/curriculum studies
The course emphasis is on enhancing the learning, progress and welfare of young people. The research interests of our staff support these key interests.
The course starts in early September and continues until June. The course structure follows school term dates in opposed to university semesters.
Newcastle University sessions take place throughout the year. You will need to attend group sessions every Friday during the first half of the course. Other learning, training and discussion opportunities include:
You will spend at least two thirds of the PGCE on school placements. Placements include periods of teaching practice and observation. This allows school and university staff to supervise your progress towards Qualified Teacher Status. You may also undertake subject-specific school visits to observe good practice and work-related challenges.
Newcastle University has positive and long-standing relationships with partnership schools across the North East. This helps us to provide you with a range of experiences across a range of contexts.
Trainees are usually placed in two schools. Where possible, these will provide contrasting experiences in respect of academic and behavioural demand.
Postgraduates in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences have access to our:
On successful completion of the course you can continue your studies part time on our Practitioner Enquiry MEd. The MEd focuses on teaching and learning in school settings. It also draws on your day-to-day teaching experience.
Our PGCE graduates gain fast-track entry onto the course. This allows you to complete the Practitioner Enquiry MEd in two years.