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Full Time MA Degrees in Education, Northampton, United Kingdom

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Teachers, education professionals and recent graduates can take this opportunity to enhance their practice by reflecting on their own personal and professional experiences and developing further skills, knowledge and understanding of aspects of specific interest. Read more

Teachers, education professionals and recent graduates can take this opportunity to enhance their practice by reflecting on their own personal and professional experiences and developing further skills, knowledge and understanding of aspects of specific interest.

This course is available for full-time and part-time study. If you choose the full-time route, the course has a distinct international and comparative perspective, while the part-time option features optional additional modules relating to teacher-led research, mathematics and early years.

Distinctive approaches to learning and teaching

All of the teaching for this course is in small group format, such as seminars and workshops, enabling you to engage in discussion and debate. You will also be able to attend research seminars, day courses and other educational activities. Underpinning all of what we teach is the linking of theory and practice, allowing you to critically reflect on work-based issues, concerns and developments.

The MA in Education is available in various formats to suit your needs and what you are interested in. The full-time option is particularly targeted at international students, with a comparative flavour, while the part-time route has a self-reflective approach. For a more detailed subject focus, we also offer an Early Years pathwayEnglish Language Teaching pathwayManagement and Leadership pathwayMathematics pathway and an MA in SEN and Inclusion.

If you choose to take the full-time route, there are four modules that must usually be studied:

  • School and Classroom Cultures
  • Educational Leadership
  • International Perspectives on Education
  • Research methods

Throughout the course we encourage you to engage with other students and professional colleagues in order to develop critical approaches to your study of education and your practical teaching.



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We have a long standing reputation for high quality teaching and research and we are dedicated to transforming the lives of children and young people in the UK and around the world. Read more

We have a long standing reputation for high quality teaching and research and we are dedicated to transforming the lives of children and young people in the UK and around the world.

With a thriving community of practice, the Early Years department has a well-earned national reputation. Our tutors have all taught in schools and are experts in their own disciplines within the Early Years field.

Our MA Education Early Years Pathway offers opportunities for graduates who work in early years to extend their knowledge, understanding and skills in ways that are ‘inspiring and eye opening: it will change the way you think’ (MA Education Early Years Pathway student).

This course enables you to:

  • critically evaluate the impact of recent legislation and policy on Early Years provision
  • enhance your knowledge and understanding of children’s development in its widest sense
  • investigate and critique theoretical perspectives in early childhood and their applications to practice
  • engage with multi-disciplinary research and literature influencing developments in Early Years policy and practice
  • critically explore developments in the Early Years field, in the UK and internationally

Throughout the course we encourage you to engage with other professional colleagues and specialist tutors in order to develop a secure understanding of the issues and dynamics of Early Years teaching, ultimately informing your professional practice.

There are three levels of qualification available through the MA. If you study two specified modules, you will receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Early Years). If you study four specified modules, you will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Years). If you complete four modules and a dissertation or research thesis, you will receive the full MA in Education (Early Years).



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This programme is designed for managers and leaders in a variety of educational settings including. schools, government offices and NGO’s. Read more
This programme is designed for managers and leaders in a variety of educational settings including: schools, government offices and NGO’s. Through this course, students will explore the nature of leadership and management in educational settings. Study support groups will provide an opportunity for you to be given structured advice about your assignments and practical help with organising your work, conducting literature searches and managing your reading. These support groups will additionally afford you an opportunity to work in teams with other students on the course and with the support of experienced researchers.

Course content

Aspects of leadership and management that will be taught in this programme include: distributed leadership and communities of practice, school evaluation and school improvement, and leadership in an international context. There is a specific module on coaching and mentoring. Finally there is the flexibility to study an aspect of leadership in depth via the thesis.

Course modules (16/17)

-Perspectives on Leadership and Management
-Approaches to Leadership and Management
-Research Methods
-Research Thesis
-Developing and Supporting Others
-Investigating Professional Practice 1 and 2
-International Perspectives on Education
-Designing for the 21st Century Learning
-Dissertation

Methods of Learning

The entire MA involves up to 140 hours of taught sessions, all of which are taught as interactive sessions involving activities and discussions. This means students will typically attend classes for three hours per week if studying full time, although this may vary depending on the modules taken. In addition full-time students will be expected to undertake a further 24 hours per week of private study and research. Part-time students taking the course over three years will be expected to do one third of this. They should however be aware that this is not consistently spread across the year and that at some points they may be working considerably more hours in a week. There will also be the chance to attend additional optional sessions and presentations connected to the research undertaken at Faculty of Education and Humanities.

Schedule

For part-time students, the course is structured over three years. However, if master’s level (level 7 credits) have been attained on other courses including the PGCE, NPQH, or programmes run by University of Northampton then it is possible to complete this MA in just two years.

Assessments

The course assessment involves essays, portfolios, presentations and small scale research projects. Students will complete their final dissertation on a topic negotiated with a tutor.

Facilities and Special Features

The University of Northampton has a long standing reputation for high quality teaching, and is passionate about transforming the lives of children and young people in the UK and Internationally.

Careers

Often leads to job promotion within the field of education.

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This programme is aimed at people interested in developing their knowledge and skills in the field of autism spectrum, including Asperger syndrome. Read more
This programme is aimed at people interested in developing their knowledge and skills in the field of autism spectrum, including Asperger syndrome. This specialist pathway is ideal for professionals working in early years, primary or secondary schools, further and higher education, voluntary sector, advisory roles, and residential settings. It would also be available (subject to entry qualifications) to people with a personal interest, for example individuals on the autism spectrum and family members.

Course content

This programme provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of various aspects related to autism. The modules place specific emphasis on understanding autism from the individual and their family perspective. Theoretical perspectives related to autism and learning are explored in order to better understand the strengths and needs of individuals. A thorough analysis of evidence based approaches will be included in order to evaluate best practice in this field. The aim of the programme is to help participants to reduce the barriers that individuals with autism face in education and wider society. Participants will be encouraged to critically reflect and analyse their practice.

The modules undertaken will vary depending upon the selected exit award (PG certificate, diploma, MA). Each module is 30 level 7 CATs points, the final Dissertation is 60 CATs points. Students progressing to MA will undertake a Research Methods module and will complete a dissertation as part of their study.

Course modules (16/17)

-Understanding Autistic Spectrum Disorders
-Autism in the Early Years
-Understanding Challenging Behaviour in People with Autism and/or Learning Disabilities
-Evaluating Approaches for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
-Research Thesis
-Dissertation
-Research Methods

Students on PG Diploma or MA will study another optional module such as Key concepts in Inclusion or Understanding Severe and Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties. Students on the MA route will then complete an independent research project, either the Dissertation on its own, or the Research Thesis and Research Methods modules together.

Methods of Learning

Modules will be taught through a combination of approaches such as lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, tutorials and independent enquiries. A key strength of our programme is our blended learning approach. This provides the opportunity to learn collaboratively both face to face and online.

Schedule

For this programme taught study would be a combination of lectures, seminars and online activities which is usually 3 hours per week, per module. We recommend students to spend 10 hours per week, per module in self-directed study time.

PG Certificate– one year full time or between one to two years part-time.

PG Diploma– one year full time or between two to three years part-time.

MA – one year full time or between two to four years part-time.

September, 2016/ 2017, Full-time and Part-time.

Assessments

Assessment procedures are flexible and sensitive to either personal interests or existing professional workloads. Modules are assessed on the basis of essays, case studies, portfolios or reports and small-scale research projects.

Facilities and Special Features

Facilities available
-Virtual Learning environment.
-Fantastic library facilities.

Special features
The course is taught by senior lecturers who have extensive professional experience of working with individuals on the autism spectrum across the age and ability range. In addition, lecturers have an extensive research background.

Careers

If you are already working in the field of autism then the in-depth knowledge you will gain from this programme can help you to improve your practice or apply for management positions. A range of other career options in education, social care and voluntary sectors will be possible, such as being an advocate, learning mentor, or family adviser. For those who want to pursue further post-graduate research there is also a possibility of studying for a PhD.

Work Experience - For students who do not have any practical experience in the field, optional opportunities to visit settings can be arranged.

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This programme is designed for anyone wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of issues relating to special educational needs and inclusion at Master’s level, including practitioners working with children, young people and adults in a range of different contexts. Read more
This programme is designed for anyone wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of issues relating to special educational needs and inclusion at Master’s level, including practitioners working with children, young people and adults in a range of different contexts. However, some modules may require people to be working in practice. We can also offer bespoke training packages for a variety of settings.

Course content

All the modules are 30 CATs points each, apart from the final Dissertation which is 60 CATs points and is a compulsory module for those aiming for a MA award.

Students can choose from a range of optional modules which provide an opportunity to critically reflect on debates and controversies surrounding the development of inclusive practice in a variety of settings and contexts, national and international and in relation to various individual needs.

Course modules (16/17)

-Promoting Inclusive Practice
-Understanding Dyslexia: Identification, Curriculum & Teaching
-Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders
-Perspectives on Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
-Pupils with Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties 1 and 2
-Key Concepts in Inclusion and Diversity
-Leadership and Management in BESD
-Understanding Multi-Sensory Impairment
-Physical Disabilities: Contexts and Interventions
-Physical Disabilities: Curriculum Issues
-Evaluating Approaches for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
-Organisational based Project
-Research Methods
-Speech, Language and Communication needs
-Theoretical Perspectives on SpLD (Dyslexia) where are we now?
-The National Award for SEN Coordination 1 and 2
-Autism in the Early Years
-Using Standardised Assessments in Educational Settings: Theory and Practice
-Understanding Challenging Behaviour in People with Autism and/or Learning Disabilities
-Promoting EAL Practice (English Additional Learning and Bilingualism in Education)
-Research Thesis
-Dissertation

Students studying for a MA will have to complete a compulsory research project, either the Dissertation on its own, or a Research Thesis and the Research Methods module together.

Methods of Learning

Modules will be taught across three semesters per year through a combination of approaches such as lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, tutorials and independent enquiries. A key strength of our programme is our blended learning approach. This provides the opportunity to learn collaboratively both face to face and online.

Schedule

For this programme taught study would be a combination of lectures, seminars and online activities which is usually 3 hours per week, per module. We recommend students to spend 10 hours per week, per module in self-directed study time.

Students studying in India or Thailand will have block classes for 4-5 days with additional online support.

PG Certificate- one year full time or between one to two years part-time.
PG Diploma- one year full time or between two to three years part-time.
MA – one year full time or between two to four years part-time.

The programme has September and January in-takes for home students and September in-take only for international students.

Assessments

Assessment procedures are flexible and sensitive to either personal interests or existing professional workloads. Modules are assessed on the basis of essays, case studies, portfolios or reports and small-scale research projects.

Facilities and Special Features

Our integrated learning environment provides access to course materials and to a well-resourced library enabling students to access e-books and electronic journals from home.

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