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The MA Education. International Education offers the opportunity to work with researchers who have developed leading perspectives in understanding comparative and international education policy and practice. Read more
The MA Education: International Education offers the opportunity to work with researchers who have developed leading perspectives in understanding comparative and international education policy and practice. The programme is particularly relevant to students from developed and developing countries who plan to work in professional, management, and education roles in both national education systems and internationally.

The programme situates the study of international education within a complex and changing world where education and education professionals are called upon to play equally complex and challenging roles in promoting economic growth and competition, while at the same time supporting the development of sustainable and cohesive societies and promoting equity and social justice.

Course structure

The course is structured over three trimesters and totals 180 credits (90 ECTS). It is available in campus-based mode, low-residency mode or online-only. You can start in September or February and will study for 60 credits per trimester. In your first trimester you will study the MA Education core module Education: Economics, Politics and Society (30 credits) plus your award core module (30 credits). In the second trimester you will study the core module Social Science Research (30 credits), plus two 15-credit elective modules, one of which may be a shared elective from another MA award. In your third trimester you will research and write your Dissertation (60 credits) on a topic relevant to your award. If you take the low residency option, the face-to-face teaching of all modules will take place during two 2-week intensive blocks (typically in September and February).

Modules

Trimester 1
In your first trimester you will study two compulsory core modules totalling 60 credits.
Core Module:
Education: Economics, Politics and Society (30 credits) explores how education can be understood in a complex and globalised world where it is seen by many governments as a significant factor in economic growth and competition. You will learn how to question the policies and organisations involved in defining the purposes, content and outcomes of education.
Award Core Module:
International Education and Globalisation (30 credits) looks at education within a global context and deals with issues such the role of international organisations, anti-globalisation critiques, cultural hegemony and the political economy of education within the global knowledge economy.
Trimester 2
In your second trimester you will study one compulsory core module, and two 15 credit elective modules, one of which may be a shared elective from another MA award. This will total 60 credits.
Compulsory Core Module:
Social Science Research (30 credits) sets educational research within the broader context of the social sciences and introduces a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and methods from which you can select the most appropriate for your dissertation.
Elective Modules:
Education and Development (option 15 credits) considers the relationship between education and international economic, social and human development. It focuses on patterns of international investment in education, key aspects of the discourses of education policy and key challenges to ensuring a quality education for all in both developed and developing countries.
Education, Conflict and Peace (option 15 credits) looks at the role of education in violent conflict before moving on to consider humanitarian and development initiatives to deliver education in conflict and emergencies. It explores issues of gender, displacement, children’s experience of conflict, and educational policy for peace and citizenship.
International Higher Education (shared option 15 credits) develops understanding of contemporary international higher education. Specific aspects of policy (widening participation; research, creativity and innovation; New Public Management) are explored through case studies of international Higher Education reform and management.
Trimester 3
In your third trimester you will research and write your Dissertation (60 credits) on a topic relevant to your award.
Dissertation (60 credits) enables you to study and research an aspect of education theory, policy or practice in depth, guided by an expert to arrive at your own synthesis of a topic to take forward into your career.

Teaching methods

For the campus-based mode of study, some lectures and seminars will take place during the day, whilst others may be in the evening or at weekends. For low-residency students the teaching will be concentrated into two 2-week blocks (typically around 6 hours per day). The course also makes extensive use of online teaching, particularly for the low-residency and online only modes. This will include a combination of individual and shared learning using the Bath Spa University virtual learning environment.

Staff / Tutors

-Dr Peter Jones: Senior Lecturer in International and Global Education: Peter has an extensive research and teaching background in International and Comparative Education. His research has addressed the role of the European Union in developing education policy for Higher Education, Early School Leaving and the Knowledge Economy. He is interested in Education in Post-Socialist and Transition Countries as well as the role of the EU in Central Asia.

-Dr. Julia Paulson: Lecturer in Education Studies: Julia’s research interests are in education and conflict and in education and development. She has worked on these issues with NGOs in Latin America, West Africa, the UK and Canada. She has also worked as an education consultant for international organisations like UNICEF, UNESCO and the World Bank. She has published on education and reconciliation, transitional justice, teaching about violent conflict and education in emergencies. She is editor of Education and Reconciliation published by Bloomsbury in 2012 and she completed her doctoral research at the University of Oxford on the role of Peru’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in educational reform in 2011.

Course assessment

There are no written exams on this course; each module is assessed through coursework. This typically involves an essay of 2,500 words for a 15-credit module or 5,000 words for a 30-credit module. For some modules assessment may be by verbal presentation or online activity. The dissertation is 15,000 – 20,000 words and focuses on an area agreed with a specialist tutor.

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University of Bath Department of Education
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This programme will give you an unparalleled opportunity to study international education and globalisation, as they intersect, at master’s level. Read more
This programme will give you an unparalleled opportunity to study international education and globalisation, as they intersect, at master’s level.

International education and globalisation are challenging and contested concepts; in this programme you will analyse the meaning, scope and dimensions of international education and globalisation (as they intersect). You will also consider relevant educational purposes, methods and approaches in international education.

Importantly, you will engage in the critical analysis of the assumptions and evidence that underpin change and reform to policy and practice in international education.

The programme will provide cutting edge knowledge, skills and understandings at the intersection between the two fields of study so that you can make a significant future contribution to international education. For example, you will explore the implications of a shifting global educational landscape such as how to prepare learners for an increasingly connected and mobile global society.

You will be equipped to:

- critically analyse and apply research in the fields of international education and globalisation (as they intersect)
- undertake small scale research yourself.

Your prior educational experience will be valued as a source of evidence. You will be encouraged to analyse, share and build on these experiences as a basis for collective learning. As such we welcome students with a diversity of experience and interests, including those with:

- professional experience in formal or informal education, charities, non-governmental organisations or governmental organisations
- aspirations to pursue a career or research in international education and globalisation
- aspirations for promotion in international and global education contexts.

Programme features

- unique amongst master’s programmes in education, with a focus on the interrelationships between international education and globalisation

- a distinctive focus on bridge building between practice and theory throughout all elements of the programme

- an excellent way to develop your research skills or progress to doctoral level study

- prepares you to make a significant future contribution to practice and policy in international education

- will help you to fast track your career; the international education sector increasingly requires master’s level qualifications for promoted posts (completing this in 12 months is an efficient way to progress your career)

- you will have access to cutting edge research and international experts in the fields of international education and globalisation.

You can find out more about this programme by viewing a recording of a webinar (https://vimeo.com/155981301).

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/ma-inter-edu-global/

Programme structure

This is a 90 credit programme, that follows a semester-based structure (one 12 credit core unit is provided across the two semesters, while two other 12 credit units are delivered per semester).

- Core Units
You must study all four units in addition to the Dissertation.

- Research Methods in International Education and Globalisation (12 credits) (Taught across Semester one and two)
- Education in an International and Global Context (12 credits) (Semester one)
- Education, Globalisation and Change for International Education and Globalisation (12 credits) (Semester one)
- Learning and Culture (12 credits) (Semester two)
- Dissertation: International Education and Globalisation (30 credits) (March-September)

Optional units:
You must select one of the following units (your choice will depend on your interests in either; leading educational innovation, or, education and development in low and middle income countries).

- Education and International Development (12 credits) (Semester two)
- Leading Educational Innovation in International Education and Globalisation (12 credits) (Semester two)

View Programme & Unit Catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/ed/THED-AFM44.html) for further information.

Learning and teaching

This programme is research-led but is also informed by professional perspectives in international education. Throughout the programme your prior (international) education experience will be valued as a source of evidence.

Learning and teaching takes place through lectures, workshops and seminars blended with on line learning opportunities and group/ individual study. You will become increasingly independent as the year progresses and as you work towards your Dissertation with the support of an expert supervisor.

Methods of assessment

A variety of formative assessment methods will be used throughout the programme to review your progress and support your further learning. You will have opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and skills using a range of assessment methods.

The Dissertation unit is assessed by a 15,000 word research report.

Assessment of other units will include:

- formal academic style writing tasks (5,000 words in total)
- tasks in which you communicate your learning via different media (such as webpages and podcasts) and in different styles depending on audience (disseminating to researchers, policymakers and practitioners for examples).

Careers

This programme will enable you to make a significant future contribution in the fields of international education and globalisation; we are committed to ensuring that you acquire a range of subject-specific and generic skills (including employability skills).

Our graduates will go on to work in a wide variety of education-related careers, such as:

- teaching or lecturing in international education contexts (such as international colleges and schools, English medium schools, schools in low and middle income countries)
- teacher education posts worldwide
- leadership roles in international education or globalisation
- administration in international education or globalisation
- research in universities or other organisations (government, business, voluntary and international)
- educational policy makers or analysts (at local, national, international levels)
- education roles in charities and NGOs.

About the department

The Department of Education is a thriving academic community focused on furthering our understanding of policy, culture, pedagogy and diversity within a global educational context. We hold a strong national and international reputation for our research.

We have an excellent network with a wide range of educational institutions including, schools, colleges, universities, local authorities and government departments, within the UK and also internationally.

Find out more about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/

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University of Bath Department of Education
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The MA Education programme will give you an unparalleled opportunity to study education at a master's level. Working independently within a challenging but supportive environment, you will be provided with the tools and resources to undertake and use educational research. Read more
The MA Education programme will give you an unparalleled opportunity to study education at a master's level. Working independently within a challenging but supportive environment, you will be provided with the tools and resources to undertake and use educational research. You will also be supported in researching and reflecting on your own practice.

The programme aims to:
- improve your research, analysis and critical thinking skills
- enhance your professional practice through greater theoretical understanding of current educational issues.

The MA Education is designed for teachers, lecturers, trainers, educational leaders, managers and administrators, and those aspiring to a career in education.

Programme features:
- Choose from one of four Study Pathways to focus your learning where you want to develop.
- Flexible study options include Summer Schools, Study Centres and distance learning.
- Undertake a small scale research project in the context of your own or your institution's policy and practice.
- Optional opportunity to study for the International Baccalaureate Educators’ Certificate alongside the MA Education.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/ma-in-educ/

Study Pathways

You can choose one of the following Study Pathways as part of this programme:

MA Education:
The MA Education is our most popular degree and allows you the greatest flexibility in choice of units and dissertation topic (with the exception of those opting to take the International Baccalaureate Educator Certificates who are required to take specific units).

MA Education (International Education):
This pathway is designed for those who wish to develop knowledge and an understanding of issues relating to education beyond the national context. Depending upon your interests, you can focus on issues relating to educational practices in different national systems, on international schools and/or on other issues cutting across national contexts.

MA Education (Learning and Teaching):
If you wish to develop the practice and your understanding of Learning and Teaching then this is the pathway for you. Core units draw on theory of learning and teaching processes (with children and adults) and the role of technology.

MA Education (Educational Leadership and Management):
This pathway is designed to meet the needs of experienced educational professionals who wish to inform their work as leaders and managers, or who aspire to a leadership role, through an in-depth understanding of current educational management practice, theory, research and policy.

Ways of studying - flexible study options

You can choose from a variety of ways to study this programme.

- Summer School (http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/postgraduate/ways-of-studying/summer-school/)
- Study Centres (http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/postgraduate/ways-of-studying/study-centres/)
- Distance Learning (http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/postgraduate/ways-of-studying/distance-learning/)

If you wish, you can complete the programme entirely though distance learning, however we recommend you try to attend at least one face-to-face unit as it is valuable to spent time in a study environment with tutors and other students.

Programme structure

For the 90 credits required for the MA Education, you acquire 60 credits through taught units and 30 credits by completing a dissertation. Typically, you complete five 12 credit taught units. One of the taught units must be the Research Methods in Education which is worth 12 credits, another of the taught units must be Understanding Learners and Learning or Education and Society (your choice may depend on which pathway you choose).

- Distance learning study commences at two fixed points in the year, 1st March and 1st September.
- Units taught at Summer School start in July
- Units are taught at Study Centres throughout the year.
- You can study units in any order, but you must complete each unit within six months.
- 175 study hours is expected for each unit.
- You can study up to two units at any one time and you have between two and five years to complete the programme.

View summary table (http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/images/ma-education-programme-table.jpg) or Programme & Unit Catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/ed/ed-proglist-pg.html#B) for further information.

Learning and teaching

Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed by assignment and dissertation. As you progress through the units and successfully pass the assignments, you will receive feedback and grades, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.

Teaching methods at Summer Schools and Study Centres include; lectures, student-led seminars, workshops, group work, tutorials, Moodle (virtual learning environment), and other electronic communications.

If there are less than six students enrolled on a unit scheduled at Summer School, the unit will still run, but it may be taught on a Directed Tutorial basis. You will be provided with resources to help your study and individual or group tutorials will be timetabled in order to make sure your learning needs are fully met.

Distance Learning takes place online; enabling you to study independently with the support of a tutor. The Wiki environment offers you a number of alternatives for working flexibly with your learning materials. In addition, there are opportunities to link up with other students and leave feedback about your experience.

Methods of assessment

Assessment consists of a written 5000 word assignment for each unit of study, together with a 15,000 word Dissertation.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you have studied, but not completed or received an award, for postgraduate Masters level units in education from another institution, you may be eligible to transfer credit for this prior learning.

- Depending on the programme of study, you may transfer up to 40% of the total credits required for the MA/Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

- Credit must have been obtained recently (less than 8 years ago at the time of the award of the qualification to which it contributes).

- Claims for APL will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

- If you obtain APL you will still be required to study Research Methods in Education and either Education and Society or Understanding Learners and Learning (unless your previous study has sufficient overlap with any of the units, in which case exemption may be considered).

- Use of APL credit may affect your options when selecting a study pathway.

Careers

This programme is ideal for those wishing to progress their career within an educational organisation.

Many of our graduates have gone on to be leaders and managers within educational settings; while others started their educational careers in teaching, lecturing or administration. This degree will also prepare you for further study at Doctoral level (PhD or EdD).

About the department

The Department of Education is a thriving academic community focused on furthering our understanding of policy, culture, pedagogy and diversity within a global educational context. We hold a strong national and international reputation for our research.

We have an excellent network with a wide range of educational institutions including, schools, colleges, universities, local authorities and government departments, within the UK and also internationally.

Find out more about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/

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Bath Spa University School of Education
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Our full-time Master’s in Education provides an opportunity to study educational issues in depth and the programme will cover policy, practice and education theory within an international context. Read more
Our full-time Master’s in Education provides an opportunity to study educational issues in depth and the programme will cover policy, practice and education theory within an international context. Education is much more than the study of teaching. It is designed to get you questioning the assumptions that lie beneath educational policy and practice.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

Education Studies forms part of the Professional Master’s Programme within the School of Education and offer a mixture of theory and practice with professional development within a global and international context.

Students come from a wide range of countries - from Cyprus, the Gambia, the United States, Germany, Indonesia, China, Japan, and so on, as well as the United Kingdom. They also come from many backgrounds. Some have educational studies as a first degree while others have been marine biologists, musicians or experts in fibre optics. We welcome this diversity. All come, however, with a good first degree and a thirst to know more about education:

• What is the nature of learning and teaching in different countries and cultures?
• What is the relationship between education and the economy?
• How is education changing as it enters the market place?
• How are education systems managed?
• Who takes decisions about the curriculum and teaching?
• How far do governments control education?
• How far should they go?
• What is the role of professional educators?
• What will be the role of schools and universities in the future?
• What is the future for education in the knowledge economy?
• Is education becoming an ‘instrument’ of capitalism?

COMPULSORY MODULES

There are four compulsory modules and a dissertation:

• Research and the Professional Part 1 will improve your awareness of how to do educational research, covering topics from e-Literacy and the application of research library skills, through to epistemological and ontological questions that underpin research. The module will help you find the direction you wish to take with your own dissertation and give you time to examine and question research undertaken by fellow students.

• Research and the Professional Part 2 (Research Project Preparation) further develops your understanding of research and of your ability to engage critically with theoretical texts. Flexible learning themes are used in contact sessions, but mostly freestanding materials are used to structure the communication between you and your specialist tutor and produce clarity and enthusiasm for your main area of enquiry through a negotiated project action plan.

• Education, Politics and Society explores how education can be understood in a complex and changing world where education is a significant factor in economic growth and competition. You will learn to question how governments attempt to control education processes and outcomes and examine the impact of recent policy initiatives.

• Learning and Knowledge Technology concentrates on linking pedagogical theory with ICT tools and applications across the curriculum. It examines how technological tools can be integrated into teaching and learning in all educational sectors.

OPTIONAL MODULES

You also take two additional optional modules that allow for further in-depth study. There is also other modules from the part-time programme that may be relevant to your intended career.

• International Education and Globalisation looks at education within a global context and deals with issues like ‘antiglobalisation’ ‘terrorism’ and ‘cultural resistance’. It examines the nature of the entrepreneurial university, the idea of the ‘knowledge economy’, and the way governments have systematically used the curriculum for nation building.

• Global Citizenship reflects a concern in the twenty-first century for a curriculum that is increasingly expected to be responsive to a range of social and political needs, e.g. citizenship education, and the need for pupils to acquire a global perspective. It examines history, principles, research and educational practice where these fields converge as global citizenship.

• Education Policy is about the politics of education. At its core is the examination of who makes policy and the comparison of the UK with other countries, making links with global issues.

• Language, Ideology and Education looks at the way language mediates and constructs educational matters. It draws from Foucault and Fairclough for its rationale, and uses wide ranging educational discourses to illustrate its theoretical stance.

• Education in the Social and Cultural Context of the UK is devised for overseas students who need a clearer awareness of the social and cultural backdrop to UK education. Tailored to student’s interests and needs, it can include school and cultural visits.

TEACHING METHODS AND RESOURCES

Modules are taught through lectures and small group seminars. There are also individual tutorials and good opportunities for extended discussion with tutors. Analysis of ideas through discussion is the key to teaching and learning in the programme. Some lectures and seminars occur during the day. Others take place from late afternoon.

EMPLOYABILITY

Many of our students seek new career paths to educational management, training or in related fields, maybe in their non-UK home. Some wish to continue their undergraduate expertise in Education Studies and gain a broader and deeper view of education. Others wish to gain employment in , say, a museum or gallery setting, while others start with the intention of taking their studies further – to PhD level – and seek eventual employment in an academic institution.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

There are no written exams and each module is assessed by coursework. This typically involves an essay of 2,500 words for a 15 credit module and 5,000 words for a 30 credit module. Sometimes assessment is by verbal presentation. The dissertation is 15,000–20,000 words and worth 60 credits. It focuses on an area mutually agreed with a specialist tutor who also offers guidance and support in the writing of the dissertation. To achieve the award you will need 180 credits in total.

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The Professional Practice in Higher Education (PPHE) programme is based upon a credit system that enables students to select modules and patterns of study to suit their individual needs and interests. Read more
The Professional Practice in Higher Education (PPHE) programme is based upon a credit system that enables students to select modules and patterns of study to suit their individual needs and interests. All modules are credit rated and lead to the following qualifications:

• MA degree: 180 credits; 120 acquired for the Diploma plus 60 for a Research Project/ Dissertation
• Postgraduate Diploma: 120 credits acquired from any combination of modules
• Postgraduate Certificate: 60 credits acquired from any combination of modules

Students may also take modules that lead to particular awards within the programme:

• Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Learning in Higher Education: 60 credits acquired from a set of three required modules. This qualification is designed primarily for participants who are in their early years of teaching in higher education, though it may also be taken by more experienced staff. Based upon the UK’s Professional Standards Framework for Higher Education, the award qualifies teachers for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

• Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision and Management: 60 credits acquired from a pair of 30-credit modules. This qualification is designed to meet the needs of teachers who are new to research degree supervision and management, though it may also be taken by experienced staff.

The programme enables participants to plan their course of study according to their own needs and interests. Most modules (subject to availability) can be taken in any order and in any combination, though we would advise new teachers to include the ‘Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’ module among their initial options. The Master’s Project or Dissertation should be taken on completion of the PG Diploma. Tutorials will be available to help participants plan their course of studies.

Modules may be selected to create various levels of part-time study. The minimum enrolment is for one 15-credit module per year. The maximum enrolment is for a full-time 180-credit Master’s degree.

Modules

• Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (30 credits)*
• Course Design and Assessment (15)*
• Using Learning Technology in Higher Education (15)*
• Research Degree Supervision (30)**
• Research Management (30)**
• Mentoring and Coaching in Higher Education (15)
• Curriculum Models and Curriculum Development in Higher Education (15)
• The Teacher Practitioner (15)
• Teaching and Supporting Academic Writing in Higher Education (15)
• Quality Management in Higher Education (15)
• Linking Teaching and Research (15)
• Sustainability in Higher Education (15)
• Delivering Effective Outcomes and Change through Teams (15)
• Enterprise and Higher Education (15)
• E-learning, Teaching and Assessment (15)
• E-learning: hardware and software (15)
• E-learning with Web 2.0 (15)
• Designing and Conducting a Pedagogical Research Project (15)
• The Role of Information Literacy in Students’ Learning and Research (15)
• Teaching and Learning within and beyond the Disciplines (15)
• Marketing Matters in Higher Education (15)
• Employability in Higher Education (15)
• Pedagogical Research Project (30)
• Master’s Project or Dissertation (60)

* Modules required for the PGCert, Professional Learning in Higher Education
** Modules required for the PGCert, Research Degree Supervision and Management

Teaching methods and resources

Most modules are delivered through two or three half-day sessions, including mini-lectures, seminars, workshops and presentations, supported where appropriate by online discussions and activities. Sessions are designed to promote the sharing of ideas, expertise and experiences within a professional community of practice, so we will encourage participation and contributions from everyone. One module (‘Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’, for new teachers) includes some teaching observation sessions, and some modules provide opportunities for peer mentoring. Project and Dissertation modules will be largely delivered by individual supervision, and E-learning modules will be held in ICT training rooms.

Throughout the programme, participants will be supported by individual and small-group tutorials, and will be invited to attend occasional professional development lectures and seminars organised by the Centre for Learning and Teaching Development each year.

Learning resources for the programme will be available through the university’s library and information services. Modules have been designed to make the most of the wide range of scholarly material that is now freely available online, and participants will have access to the online resources and learning opportunities afforded by the university’s virtual learning environment (Minerva) which will provide links to key resources for each module.

The teaching sessions for some modules will be delivered within a few weeks, some over a period of several months, and some throughout the academic year. Further information about the organisation, dates, times and location of the teaching sessions for each module can be found in the Programme Calendar, available from .

Assessment methods

Assessment for all modules is by coursework, based upon the completion of assignments designed to promote understanding, enhancement and/or application of professional practices in higher education. Each module has its own assessment tasks, usually one or two per module. Forms of assessment include work-based activities, action plans, reports, reflective logs, portfolios, presentations, reviews, case studies, business plans, short essays, action-research documents, and (for the Master’s degree) a dissertation/research project.

Career Opportunities

The PPHE programme is designed to support the development of all academic and professional staff, teaching, managing or supporting HE students, at a time when evidence of professional development is increasingly expected of all staff, not least for new appointments and promotions. A recognised certificate in teaching in higher education is becoming a requirement for all lecturing positions in the UK, and our certificate enables participants to become more effective and confident HE lecturers. The certificate is recognised by the Higher Education Academy: completion of the 'Teaching and Learning in HE' module (HE7001) leads automatically to Associate Fellowship, and completion of 3 modules (HE7001, 7002 and 7003) leads to Fellowship of the HEA. This means that the CPLHE qualification is recognised by other institutions as a teaching qualification for HE and is equivalent to other HEA-accredited postgraduate certificates in HE.

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This course will enable you to develop expertise in this growing area of education and become a specialist in promoting high quality practice in early years settings. Read more
This course will enable you to develop expertise in this growing area of education and become a specialist in promoting high quality practice in early years settings. Early Years Education is now recognised globally as crucial for laying the foundation for lifelong learning and development. Critical aspects of social, emotional and cognitive development are established in the first five years of life emphasising the importance of this phase of education.

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of how children develop and learn, along with the most effective ways to create an enabling learning environment. You will be introduced to different pedagogical approaches, including international perspectives, which will include a critical analysis of the role of the adult in supporting young childrens’ learning. The course incorporates various elective modules which will enhance your skills and insights into developing quality educational provision for young children.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course is structured over three trimesters (thirds) and totals 180 credits (90 ECTS). It is available in campus-based mode, low-residency mode or online-only. You can start in September or February and will study for 60 credits per trimester. In your first trimester you will study the MA Education core module Education: Economics, Politics and Society (30 credits) plus your award core module (30 credits). In the second trimester you will study the core module Social Science Research (30 credits), plus two 15-credit elective modules, one of which may be a shared elective from another MA award. In your third trimester you will research and write your Dissertation (60 credits) on a topic relevant to your award. If you take the low residency option, the face-to-face teaching of all modules will take place during two 2-week intensive blocks (typically in September and February).

MODULES

Trimester 1

In your first trimester you will study two compulsory core modules totalling 60 credits.

Core Module:
Education: Economics, Politics and Society (30 credits) explores how education can be understood in a complex and globalised world where it is seen by many governments as a significant factor in economic growth and competition. You will learn how to question the policies and organisations involved in defining the purposes, content and outcomes of education.

Award Core Module:
Early Childhood Care and Education (30 credits) updates and extends your critical knowledge and understanding of how young children develop and create a foundation for all future learning and will develop your skills and expertise in creating high quality learning environments.

Trimester 2

In your second trimester you will study one compulsory core module, and two 15 credit elective modules, one of which may be a shared elective from another MA award. This will total 60 credits.

Compulsory Core Module:
Social Science Research (30 credits) sets educational research within the broader context of the social sciences and introduces a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and methods from which you can select the most appropriate for your dissertation.

Elective Modules:
Outdoor Play and Learning (option 15 credits) supports you in leading and researching young children's learning and development in the context of outdoor play and the Forest School experience.
Including Vulnerable Learners (option 15 credits) explores the wider issues of vulnerability and the concept of ‘inclusion’, particularly noting the socio-cultural influences that might impact on children and young people’s engagement with education systems.
Leadership and Team Work (shared option 15 credits) extends your critical knowledge and understanding of the principles and theories of leadership in early childhood settings and will develop your skills and expertise in a range of leadership practices and effective ways of leading a pedagogical team.

Trimester 3

In your third trimester you will research and write your Dissertation (60 credits) on a topic relevant to your award.

Dissertation (60 credits) enables you to study and research an aspect of education theory, policy or practice in depth, guided by an expert to arrive at your own synthesis of a topic to take forward into your career.

TEACHING METHODS AND RESOURCES

All modules are taught through lectures, small-group seminars and individual tutorials. For the campus-based mode of study, some lectures and seminars will take place during the day, whilst others may be in the evening or at weekends. For low-residency students the teaching will be concentrated into two 2-week blocks (typically around 6 hours per day). The course also makes extensive use of online teaching, particularly for the low-residency and online only modes. This will include a combination of individual and shared learning using the Bath Spa University virtual learning environment.

STAFF / TUTORS

Dr Janet Rose: Senior Lecturer and the Early Years Award Leader.
Janet has over 20 years’ experience of working in this specialist area of education both in the UK and internationally. Her publications include The Role of the Adult in Early Years Settings (2012) and her research interests currently focus on supporting children’s well-being and resilience.

Several colleagues co-teach on various modules and are all early years specialists with particular expertise in a range of aspects of early years provision such as symbolic representation (Lone Hattingh), social and emotional development (Hilary Smith) and leadership (Sara Layan).

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Governments worldwide are now making early years education a priority and increasing their investment in early years provision. Therefore, you will acquire specialist expertise in an area of education that is rapidly expanding and opening up new career opportunities. You will be equipped to take on a leadership position or an advisory role in supporting the development of early years provision in your own country.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

There are no written exams on this course; each module is assessed through coursework. This typically involves an essay of 2,500 words for a 15 credit module or 5,000 words for a 30 credit module. For some modules assessment may be by verbal presentation or online activity. The dissertation is 15,000 – 20,000 words and focuses on an area agreed with a specialist tutor, who will offer guidance on structure and academic writing.

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In a globally connected and rapidly changing world the skills needed in the future are very different to those needed today. It is argued that education offers each individual and nation the best chance of navigating an unknown future. Read more
In a globally connected and rapidly changing world the skills needed in the future are very different to those needed today. It is argued that education offers each individual and nation the best chance of navigating an unknown future. This course explores the unique challenges facing educational leaders in the 21st century as they learn to cope with uncertainty and adapt to evolving conditions.

The MA Education: Leadership and Management is designed for those who are interested in becoming, or presently working as, middle and senior managers and leaders in schools and other educational organisations in the UK and internationally. Drawing on internationally based research this course offers a critical and culturally based understanding of leadership as a social and ethical practice.

This course promotes the development of leadership competencies through practice based inquiry in which theories may be applied, or developed, within the workplace. The course will develop individual leadership skills and competencies as well as the capacity to lead and manage change

The course is structured over three trimesters (thirds) and totals 180 credits (90 ECTS). It is available in campus-based mode, low-residency mode or online-only. You can start in September or February and will study for 60 credits per trimester. In your first trimester you will study the MA Education core module Education: Economics, Politics and Society (30 credits) plus your award core module (30 credits). In the second trimester you will study the core module Social Science Research (30 credits), plus two 15-credit elective modules, one of which may be a shared elective from another MA award. In your third trimester you will research and write your Dissertation (60 credits) on a topic relevant to your award. If you take the low residency option, the face-to-face teaching of all modules will take place during two 2-week intensive blocks (typically in September and February).

Modules

Trimester 1
In your first trimester you will study two compulsory core modules totalling 60 credits.
Core Module:
Education: Economics, Politics and Society (30 credits) explores how education can be understood in a complex and globalised world where it is seen by many governments as a significant factor in economic growth and competition. You will learn how to question the policies and organisations involved in defining the purposes, content and outcomes of education.
Award Core Module:
Leadership in Practice: part 1. (30 credits) explores how leadership is exercised in your own educational setting through analysing a specific example of improvement and change. Taught sessions will provide an understanding of the ways in which leadership impacts on the climate and culture of a school or educational setting you will explore theories of organizational change. You will then undertake a work-based action research project in order to critically evaluate a chnage initiative and your impact as a leader.
Trimester 2
In your second trimester you will study one compulsory core module, and two 15 credit elective modules, one of which may be a shared elective from another MA award. This will total 60 credits.
Compulsory Core Module:
Social Science Research (30 credits) sets educational research within the broader context of the social sciences and introduces a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and methods from which you can select the most appropriate for your dissertation.
Elective Modules:
Leadership in Practice: part 2. (option 15 credits). An important aspect of leadership development is concerned with the way that our life experiences influence our values, beliefs and practice as a leader. This module explores the narratives that we tell as leaders and how our educational vision is shaped by our past experiences. Drawing on research into ‘learning lives’ you will be supported to write a reflective case study of self that articulates the influences that have shaped your professional identity and will inform your future development.
Leadership principles: context and challenges. (option 15 credits). This module will develop your critical thinking and practical understanding of the principles of leadership. Time will be spent in sessions exploring current international research and thinking in order to challenge and develop an understanding of what consittutes effective leadership within particular contexts.
Leadership and coaching. (shared option 15 credits). Coaching is recognised as a significant, and distinctive, leadership style. This module will help you to gain an understanding of the differences between coaching, mentoring and leadership. You will have an opportunity to develop your coaching skills in your school or setting. These experiences will enable you to reflect critically on what constitutes effective coaching and its value as a leadership style.
Trimester 3
In your third trimester you will research and write your Dissertation (60 credits) on a topic relevant to your award.
Dissertation (60 credits) enables you to study and research an aspect of education theory, policy or practice in depth, guided by an expert to arrive at your own synthesis of a topic to take forward into your career.

Teaching methods

For the campus-based mode of study, some lectures and seminars will take place during the day, whilst others may be in the evening or at weekends. For low-residency students the teaching will be concentrated into two 2-week blocks (typically around 6 hours per day). The course also makes extensive use of online teaching, particularly for the low-residency and online only modes. This will include a combination of individual and shared learning using the Bath Spa University virtual learning environment.

Course assessment

There are no written exams on this course; each module is assessed through coursework. This typically involves an essay of 2,500 words for a 15 credit module or 5,000 words for a 30 credit module. For some modules assessment may be by verbal presentation or online activity. The dissertation is 15,000 – 20,000 words and focuses on an area agreed with a specialist tutor, who will offer guidance on structure and academic writing

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The MA TESOL is a specialist degree for aspiring professionals who wish to enhance their career prospects in the field of teaching of English as a second, foreign or additional language. Read more
The MA TESOL is a specialist degree for aspiring professionals who wish to enhance their career prospects in the field of teaching of English as a second, foreign or additional language.

It will provide you with the tools and resources you need in order to develop your teaching skills, reflect upon your professional practice and conduct your own research.

Our programme team all have doctorates in TESOL related areas and extensive international experience.

We place particular emphasis on helping you to develop appropriate methods and materials to suit your social and cultural context.

Upon graduating you will be able to:

- Demonstrate knowledge of the latest practice, theory and policy of international language education.

- Apply your knowledge to the teaching of English in a variety of contexts around the globe.

- Demonstrate an understanding of current issues in the English language teaching profession.

- Critically analyse the role of English as the world’s major international language.

- Use research to inform your daily practice and decision making as a language educator.

- Contribute professionally and academically to the rapidly changing world of international English language education.

Programme features

- A highly competitive programme that integrates the latest developments in TESOL research and practice.
- Suitable for pre- and post-experience participants.
- Opportunity to share experience with educators from a range of backgrounds and to establish an international network of professional contacts.
- Specialised academic writing and study skills courses for MA TESOL students.
- Credits equivalent to two MA units offered to students who already hold either a Cambridge ESOL Delta or a Trinity College London Diploma in TESOL (DipTESOL).

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/ma-in-teac-engl-to-spea-of-othe-lang-ma-in-teso/

Programme structure

Study commences in September, and lasts for one year.

Semester one:
- Research Methods for Second Language Education 1
- Second Language Acquisition
- Language Awareness

Semester two:
- Research Methods for Second Language Education 2
- Language Teaching Methodology and Curriculum
- Teaching and Assessing English as an International Language

You will also complete a 15,000-word Dissertation for the MA TESOL (you can choose your dissertation topic of research in semester two).

View Programme & Unit Catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/ed/ed-proglist-pg.html#G) for further information.

Learning and teaching

Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the examinations, you will receive credit for the units, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.

Teaching takes the form of lectures, classes and seminars. Lectures are quite formal, whereas classes and seminars involve interaction between the lecturer and a small number of students for study skills and discussion.

Methods of assessment

Assessment will be by written assignments. These will include language analysis, learner needs analysis, textbook and test design, and case studies of language learners in institutional settings.

- Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
If you have studied, but not completed or received an award, for postgraduate units from another institution, you may be eligible to transfer credit for this prior learning.

If you already hold either a Cambridge ESOL Delta or a Trinity College London Diploma in TESOL (DipTESOL) you can receive credits equivalent to two units of study of the MA TESOL programme. This credit must have been obtained within the previous five years.

Careers

Upon graduating, you will be able to contribute academically and professionally to the rapidly changing world of international English language education.

You will be able to apply your knowledge of the latest theory, policy, and practice of international English language education to a variety of global professions, such as:

- English language teacher / lecturer / instructor
- Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes
- Director of Studies / Assistant Director of Studies of a language school or department
- Language teacher trainer
- Trainer in intercultural communication and business communication skills

About the department

The Department of Education is a thriving academic community focused on furthering our understanding of policy, culture, pedagogy and diversity within a global educational context. We hold a strong national and international reputation for our research.

We have an excellent network with a wide range of educational institutions including, schools, colleges, universities, local authorities and government departments, within the UK and also internationally.

Find out more about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/

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Our postgraduate Professional Master’s Programme (PMP) has been designed to offer professional learning related to general and specialist fields of education and training. Read more
Our postgraduate Professional Master’s Programme (PMP) has been designed to offer professional learning related to general and specialist fields of education and training. We offer flexible study on a range of work-based, independent study, taught and core modules, leading to Grad Cert, PG Cert, PG Dip or Master’s degree qualifications.

PMP Awards

The PMP has a selection of both specialised and general professional learning awards, some of which can be studied as a full-time programme.

Specialised awards:
These awards include specific modules for study:
• Education Studies (full & part-time options)
• Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia (full & part-time options)
• Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice (part-time option)

General awards:
These flexible awards reflect the general focus of independent or work-based study undertaken. Participants undertaking general awards are initially registered to the 'Educational Practice' award. Based on the focus of their study, they may choose from a number of different titles for their final award.

The awards offered are:
• Early Childhood Studies
• Educational Practice
• Educational Leadership and Management
• Learning and Knowledge Technology
• Mentoring and Coaching
• Tertiary and Adult Education
• Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion

Qualifications within the programme

The range of qualifications offered have different requirements in terms of the number of module credits involved:

Graduate Certificate (Grad Cert)
This involves the study and completion of 60 credits at Level 6 (Honours).

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)
This involves the study and completion of 60 credits, a maximum of 15 at Level 6 (Honours) and a minimum of 45 credits at Level 7 (Master’s).

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)
This involves the completion of 120 credits. At least 90 credits must be at Level 7 with a maximum of 30 at Level 6.

Master of Arts or Teaching (MA/MTeach)
The MA or MTeach qualification is gained through the completion of 180 credits that includes a final dissertation of 60 credits. The final stage 60 credits dissertation research project is 15,000-20,000 words or equivalent.

The period of registration for part-time students is usually a minimum of two (maximum of six) whereas full-time this is generally from one year up to two years maximum.

Elective and Core Modules within the programme

Flexible and Distance Learning Modules for General and some Specialist Awards:
For students working at a distance from the Bath Spa campuses we offer several flexible and distance learning low residency modules for a range of credits: 15, 30, 45, 60 at either level 6 or 7. Students registered onto each module are allocated a personal supervisor with an allocated number of support hours and can gain up to 90 credits following this pathway. The flexible modules offered:

• Independent Study Module
• Work-based Action Enquiry

Elective Modules for General Awards:
These 30 credit modules are intended for new participants who need to gain 60 to 120 credits within the General Awards. They are independent study options, and generally involve four or more evening sessions. They are additionally supported by Educational Context Seminars. The elective modules offered cover the following areas of study:

• Coaching
• Introduction to Distributed Leadership
• Learning in Mathematics
• Special Education Studies
• Early Years
• Including Vulnerable Learners
• Leading & Coaching
• Learning & Knowledge Technology
• Education, Politics & Society

Note: The above elective modules may be added to on an ongoing basis

PMP Core Research Modules for Master’s Awards:
The core modules that all participants must complete to progress towards a Master’s dissertation are:
• Research and the Professional: Part 1 – Research Methodology (15 credits)
• Research and the Professional: Part 2 – Project Preparation (15 credits)

This then leads to:
• Master’s Research Project (60 credits)

Assessment methods

Assessment for most modules is based on completing assignments related to relevant professional learning tasks. An innovative range of assessment modes have been designed to reflect a diversity of professional needs and experience.

Valuing Previous Learning (APL)

Accreditation of Prior certificated Learning (APL) can be offered if you have successfully completed previous Level 6 or 7 modules at another university. We accept APL for our PGDip or Master’s qualifications. As a guide, up to a maximum of 90 credits may be credited towards a Master’s Degree and 75 credits towards a PGDip. We will require a full transcript from the awarding university.

It is also possible to gain accreditation for other kinds of professional development by compiling an independent study portfolio of professional development (APEL - Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning).

School-Based CPD and Consultancy

At Bath Spa University we offer a wide range of school-based CPD opportunities. We are keen to provide professional development which reflects the changing contexts and priorities of schools and our current involvement ranges from specific CPD programmes for individual schools, or networks and clusters, through to strategic partnerships with Local Authorities and/or Teaching School Alliances. Timings for bespoke school/LA centre based modules will be individually negotiated to meet the group’s needs. These development projects might typically include:

Learning and Teaching in the 21st Century
Your project focuses might include:
• Creative approaches to curriculum design
• The central role of talk and collaborative learning in the classroom
• Promoting and teaching learning to learn dispositions
• The place of Web 2.0 technologies to enhance learning

Mentoring and Coaching
Your mentoring and coaching project could include:
• Exploration of the similarities and differences between mentoring and coaching
• The place of mentoring and coaching in the workplace
• Development and consolidation of skills and knowledge associated with mentoring and coaching
• Strategies to support the development of a coaching culture in your school/ setting.

Leadership Development
Your leadership development module could include:
• Personal reflections on what informs your leadership aspirations and practice
• Understanding different leadership styles and their impact upon school climate
• The leadership of learning.
• Strategies to develop and support the leadership of change
• Critical understanding of building and leading effective teams

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The opportunity to combine an academic but practically oriented course alongside (on completion of the required professional practice). Read more
The opportunity to combine an academic but practically oriented course alongside (on completion of the required professional practice):

Gaining Approved Teacher Status (ATS) or Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA).
Applying for the Patoss Practising Assessor’s Certificate.
Bath Spa University offers a Professional Master’s Programme pathway in Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) / Dyslexia which focuses upon identification, assessment and practical support for learners of all ages with SpLD / Dyslexia.

Are you a teacher or teaching assistant who would like to develop specialist skills?
Do you have a minimum of two year's experience within an educational context and are you looking for a higher specialist qualification?
Does your work involve vulnerable learners?
Would you like to develop the skills to support learners with SPLD / Dyslexia?
Would you like the opportunity to apply to the British Dyslexia Association for their sought after Approved Teacher Status (ATS), Associate Membership (AMBDA) and Assessment Practising Certificate (APC)?
Would you like to be able to combine this with working towards a part or full-time PG Master’s Degree or PG Diploma?

Course structure

The course is offered in both full and part-time modes. It is normally one year duration in full-time mode or the master’s can be completed in up to six years in part-time mode.

The three SPLD/Dyslexia modules (TT7364, TT7365 and TT7369) comprise taught sessions and assessed projects.

Completion of the first 60 credit module on the course (TT7364 – Identifying and Supporting Learners with SpLD/Dyslexia) leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in SpLD/Dyslexia, and subsequent completion of the 30 credit second module (TT7365 – Assessment Methodology for SpLD/Dyslexia) alongside the taught module (TT7369 – Identifying and Overcoming Maths Difficulties) or a 30 credit Independent study, leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in SpLD/Dyslexia. Successful completion of modules TT7364 and TT7365 alongside successful submission of research training (PR7101 and PR7102) and a Dissertation (PR7120) in the final part of the course will lead to the award of a Master's in SpLD/Dyslexia.

The course combines theory and practice through workshops, case studies, research, analysis, assignments and the justification of your professional practice and experience through the application and evaluation of research.

Modules

The MA in SPLD/Dyslexia focuses upon identification, assessment and practical support for learners of all ages with SpLD/Dyslexia. The modules can combine direct academic teaching and study at master’s level at the University to obtain the academci awards of PG Cert/Dip or Masters in SpLD/Dyslexia with the optional development of practical competence required to obtain AMBDA accreditation from the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) through professional practice supervised by expert tutors.

Alongside research training modules (PR7101 and PR7102; 30 credits) and a supervised dissertation (PR7120: 60 credits), the full time programme includes:

Identifying and Supporting Learners with SpLD / Dyslexia (TT7364):
The first phase of the pathway provides 60 M-level credits on submission of the academic assignments. It develops the ability to carry out assessments to compile an individual learning profile to underpin the development and teaching of individualised programmes for learners with SpLD/Dyslexia across a range of contexts. Methods and strategies to develop the inclusive practices which can support learners across the curriculum are also explored. The module consists of two master’s level units of 30 M level credits, each, amounting to 60 hours face to face tuition, assignments plus a commitment to independent study time. The total of twenty 3 hour sessions (60 hours) will run as twilight sessions on Tuesdays from 5-8pm at the Newton Park campus.
Semester One – October to December 2012 – will focus upon the identification of the learning differences underpinning SpLD / Dyslexia and their impact upon the development of literacy.
Semester Two – January to March 2013 - will focus upon the experience and evaluation of programmes and methodologies to support the development of literacy and cross curricular study skills for learners with dyslexia.

Assessment Methodology for SpLD / Dyslexia (TT7365):
This module will develop the ability to undertake full diagnostic assessments for dyslexia to inform programmes and appropriate support, such as Examination Access Arrangements. This module comprises 36 hours face to face tuition, professional practice based assignments, plus a commitment to private study. It is likely to be delivered through three full day workshops (two Saturdays and one weekday TBC) and seven twilight sessions on Tuesdays between October 2012 and January 2013. Places on this module are strictly limited for 2012-13. Submission of the (optional) professional practice portfolio alongside academic practice-based assignments will obtain dual accreditation enabling suitably qualified teachers and speech and language therapist professionals to gain the sought after BDA Approved Teacher Status (ATS), on completion of TT7364, or AMBDA (TT7365). Tutor support for the portfolio will cost £360 for each of the two modules (Total £720).

Identifying and Overcoming Maths difficulties
TT7369-30: The focus is upon developing an understanding of the difficulties faced by primary or secondary students with SpLD/dyslexia or dyscalculia when learning mathematics and how to help students overcome these challenges. It will be led by Julie Kay an international expert in maths and dyslexia. You will use observation, discussion, standardised and informal testing, along with the research of other professionals to identify the difficulties and develop the skills and strategies needed to overcome them using a multi-sensory approach. You will be helped to select suitable written and concrete materials to be used when teaching pupils with these learning profiles. You will learn to develop, deliver and evaluate individualised structured, multi-sensory numeracy programmes based upon interpretation of assessment data.

Course assessment

There are no written exams and each module is assessed by coursework. This typically involves 5,000 words for a 30 credit module. The dissertation is 15,000–20,000 words and worth 60 credits. It focuses on an area linked with SpLD/dyslexia mutually agreed with a specialist tutor who also offers guidance and support in the writing of the dissertation. To achieve the award you will need 180 credits in total.

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The MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programme is for people who wish to teach English as a second or foreign language, or further develop their TESOL career prospects. Read more
The MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programme is for people who wish to teach English as a second or foreign language, or further develop their TESOL career prospects. The MA TESOL at Bath Spa University is one of the few TESOL programmes in the UK which incorporates a teaching practice component and is designed for both experienced teachers and those with little or no previous teaching experience.

The programme aims to develop confident, well informed, resourceful language teaching practitioners who are capable of designing and teaching comprehensive language programmes. At the same time you will extend your own knowledge base by engaging in independent research into your own practice and setting.

The programme recognises and values your professional, cultural and life experiences and you will develop and explore these experiences during the programme. This will enhance your professional knowledge and understanding through reflection, aided by theoretical input and practical application.

Context specific professional development is an important element in the programme as we prepare you to return to your home country with an adaptable knowledge base for your particular setting.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The MA TESOL is available both full and part-time, and for international students there is a low residency option.

The one year full-time route has taught modules (totalling 120 credits) being taken for the first two trimesters with the dissertation (60 credits) being completed in the third trimester. The part-time route is taken over two years, completing one module per trimester.

There are two modules in the first trimester, one covers the practical skills of language teaching and includes teaching practice in an appropriate school setting, the other analyses language from a discourse perspective and incorporates practical analysis tasks.

Suitably experienced teachers may choose an Independent Study module over the practical Theory and Practice of TESOL module in this trimester. The Independent Study module is negotiated with the award leader and allows for a more personalised learning experience.

The programme continues the practical and theoretical mix in trimester two while fostering independent study skills and culminates with the dissertation in the third trimester.

Throughout the programme the amount of independent study gradually increases, both within and across modules, in order to build your confidence and self-reliance. As your future continuing professional development is also important to us, reflection, as a key skill, is interwoven into all modules to nurture your ability to continue learning beyond the MA TESOL.

Low-residency
We offer a low-residency option for international students. You will attend Bath Spa University twice a year for one or two intensive weeks of teaching input (usually September and February). This is followed by a period of study in which assignments are completed and submitted before the next face-to-face teaching block. This route for the MA TESOL will take one or two years depending on the number of modules taken during the face-to-face blocks.

MODULES

Trimester 1
The first trimester begins with Theory and Practice of TESOL and Language Analysis for TESOL. These modules include theoretical knowledge and practical skills both for classroom practice and language analysis. Observed teaching placement runs throughout the trimester for module one, with the latter module focusing on practical language analysis tasks and reflection on language analysis approaches. Reflection, as a core knowledge area for the degree, is firmly set into the learning and assessment for both modules. For suitably experienced teachers the Independent Study module is an option to be discussed with the Award Leader.

Trimester 2
The second trimester builds on the first with a more critical and in-depth focus on TESOL theories of learning and teaching in Second Language Learning and Teaching. This module incorporates further observed teaching practice and reflection on theory and practice. The research module, Research Methods in Social Science, allows for an individual focus on research methods and begins the thinking for the dissertation. This is a key trimester for the dissertation where reflection and discussion on research ideas and core TESOL areas is encouraged.

Trimester 3
In your third trimester you will continue your studies through researching and writing your Dissertation (60 credits). Your dissertation topic is chosen in consultation with a nominated supervisor. This process begins in trimester two allowing for ideas to develop and time to explore alternative concepts and methodologies before fully embarking on your research. Trimester three is primarily independent study with support from your supervisor through various channels such as face-to-face and skype discussions, with online and/or email feedback.

TEACHING METHODS AND RESOURCES

Teaching and learning methods utilised include lectures, seminars, workshops, directed classroom-based activities and discussion to promote and enhance reflection. Peer-teaching opportunities, presentations and student led workshops are also employed throughout the programme. You are encouraged to keep a journal for teaching practice which enhances and supports reflection on your experience. This aids continuation of discussions linking theory to practice which begin in class and continue throughout the programme on an individual self-reflection and peer reflection basis.

Your fellow course participants are an important resource to draw on through shared experience and stories as you build a community of practice. The university offers many supportive resources including a virtual learning environment, which will support your online discussions and knowledge enhancement, and various library resources. There is also a Writing and Learning Centre offering academic support for writing and independent study skills.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Students who complete the MA TESOL will have many career opportunities including: English language teaching (general or specialised), language teacher trainer, materials writing, curriculum development, language textbook editor, Director of Studies/Assistant Director of Studies, PhD studies.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Both formative and summative assessment is built into each core module with no written exams utilised in any module. Summative assessment takes the form of a portfolio of tasks which may include oral presentations, reflection on module learning and teaching practice, essays and analysis tasks. All summative assessment is supported by formative work during the module which includes discussions with tutors and colleagues, feedback on presentations and assignment drafts, journal reflections and class activities.

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