Masters degrees in Further Education allow postgraduates to specialise in post-compulsory schooling in sixth forms, colleges and other environments.
Courses range from taught MA and MSc degrees, to research-based MRes and MPhil programmes. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Education, Communication or Management Studies.
Courses in this field gear you towards a career in Further Education, by training you in the processes, governance and standards applied within this part of the secondary school and college sector. These courses are often interdisciplinary in nature, combining concepts from a range of disciplines including communications, management, psychology and anthropology.
You may explore pedagogical approaches both nationally and internationally, including differences in curriculum style and professional practise. Economic processes within the sector are also given keen consideration, particularly regarding funding and legislation, professional identity, and the role of technology in teaching.
Careers in the field are highly varied, but may include further education management in a local or national institution, special needs and disability teaching, or even public policy and roles in local government.
If you are about to start teaching in a College in Scotland you may need a teaching qualification alongside your specialist degree and experience in order to teach at further education level. The qualification is intended to improve your teaching experience in the class room whether you are teaching post school students or adult education in colleges. The TQFE is approved by the Scottish Government and General Teaching Council for Scotland. You are taught three courses at level 9 if you are coming from degree or 11 if you are coming from a master''s degree. You study flexibly on site whilst you teach. The online route allows for a small number of participants from different colleges to work together.
There is also a route into this qualification for you if you have a HND or HNC to study the qualification. The programme allows you to critically assess your teaching and evaluation methods and to reflect and ensure peer review in your teaching and research to enhance your practice. The programme is available to you wherever you teach in Scotland from the Western Isles, to Shetland down to Jedburgh and Dumfries. It is an idea course if you work freelance or in contract positions across Scotland within your area of expertise to secure work quickly and it is an important qualification to acquire in a new teaching role within FE.
Positions can be anything from Full time teacher or lecturer up to HE level within colleges, part time associate teacher or lecturer, freelance and cover support teaching to adult education and community education. This qualification is an important asset to your employability within the profession.
Developing Professional Practice in Further Education
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This course is a follow-on programme for those who have successfully completed the Certificate in Teaching. For acceptance onto the course students must meet the entry requirements as set out and must liaise with their employer in order to provide evidence that they are employed in an FE College or in the work based learning sector.
Advanced teaching skills will be covered on the course. Your classroom practice will be observed and you will be required to draw upon reaserch and academic literature to complete your assignments.
Days and times to be confirmed but duration is part-time for one year.
This course is aimed at individuals already working in the FE or adult teaching sectors.
Learn to develop and manage inclusive provision for learners with autistic spectrum disorders on this flexible Advanced Educational Practice: Autism Masters course from Liverpool John Moores University.
•Study part time over three years on a course designed to support effective practice in the school
•Develop your professional practice through an inquiry based approach
•Enjoy flexible course delivery and fit studying around your work commitments
•Follow a curriculum closely linked to your professional practice needs
We recognise that our students are busy professionals and have taken this into account in the design of our programmes and assessments. Study on this programme is on a part time basis which allows you to integrate your learning with your full time professional role.
The course is delivered around school/college term times, with 20 credits being studied per term for the first two years.
During your first year you will study three compulsory (core) modules specialising in key teaching and learning themes. Your second year will involve selection of two optional modules from an identified suite, and the core module in Researching Professional Practice. Your final year will involve 60 credits of research-based study through completion of the Dissertation or Professional Enquiry modules. University-based study includes taught sessions scheduled late afternoon (4pm to 7pm) and occasional conference style days scheduled on Saturdays.
A blended learning approach ensures you can usually study at a time to suit you and all modules are supported by online study resources with additional guidance available through face-to-face or virtual tutorials.
To keep on top of your study, you should be prepared to work between five and 10 hours per week (evenings and weekends). The practical applications of the course will involve the integration of study with your professional activity in school or college.
During your studies you will have access to LJMU learning resources including our libraries for independent study. You will be allocated a personal tutor to support your academic and professional development and will also receive guidance via email.
Taught sessions mostly take place at the IM Marsh campus, four miles outside Liverpool centre, although some sessions may take place in the city. The IM Marsh campus has independent study spaces with IT facilities, a library with relevant stock and study spaces, access to student welfare and support, a gym and other sports facilities, a cafeteria and shop. The campus library, open 8am to 11pm, houses the main collections linked to this course and you will also have access to the 24 hour, city centre Aldham Robarts and Avril Robarts libraries.
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
The Autistic Spectrum (core)
Investigates current research relating to the features of the Autistic Spectrum and explore its implications for practice.
Autistic Spectrum Disorder: from Theory to Practice (core)
Considers current research regarding the causal theories of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and develops deeper understanding of effective support techniques and interventions used nationally and internationally.
Autistic Spectrum Disorder in the Mainstream Context (core)
Develops critical professional practice in supporting learners with ASD through analysis of and engagement with current educational theory, research, policy and practice and its implications for your professional setting.
Researching Professional Practice (core)
Provides an introduction to a range of research methods applicable to educational contexts, with a focus on practitioner enquiry, and how to develop a research project proposal and plan.
Teaching Young People with Special Educational Needs (option)
Develops understanding of special educational needs and disability through engagement with current theory, research, policy and practice and their application in your professional setting.
Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties (option)
Explores current educational theory, research and policy relating to SEMHD implications for professional settings.
Specific Learning Difficulties (option)
Investigates current educational theory, research and policy relating to ADHD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia and the implications for professional practice.
Identifying Dyslexia (option)
Develops knowledge and understanding of the characteristics, complex nature and issues related to the identification of dyslexia
Teac hing Learners with Dyslexia (option)
Investigates recent research relating to the teaching of learners with dyslexia and the implications for critical professional practice.
Involves the development and implementation of a major research project relevant to your subject area, with the support of an experienced academic tutor.
Professional Inquiry (option)
Involves the development and implementation of several linked, practice-based research projects relevant to professional practice in your subject area with the support of an experienced academic tutor.
Further guidance on modules The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers. Please email [email protected] if you require further guidance or clarification