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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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.
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