Masters degrees in Secondary Education offer advanced training in the regulation, organisation and assessment of teaching and learning methods in secondary schools, high schools and some colleges.
Taught MA and MEd (Master of Education) degrees are typical for the field, though research-oriented MRes and MPhil programmes may be available at some institutions. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Education or Business Studies.
These courses aim to equip you with the skills and knowledge to critically engage with policy, curriculum standards and professional practices within secondary schools.
Training will cover the value, nature and purpose of education, particularly across contemporary international cultural perspectives. You will examine cultural diversity, social inclusivity and innovation within secondary education with means to improving current practices.
Careers may include working within a school as a subject leader or head teacher, working across schools providing education advice and consultancy services, or inspection and policymaking at both local and national levels.
Alternatively, you may work as a researcher, lecturers and teacher educator in higher education institutions, or educational services outside schools such as museums.
If this is a subject you’re knowledgeable and passionate about then our PGCE Secondary Religious Education course could open the door to a great career.
By teaching Religious Education in the 21st century you’ll draw together the history and teaching of world religions and the use and evaluation of philosophical, theological and ethical frameworks, while supporting pupils in their response to social and world issues.
You’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of teaching and learning, which will provide you with the tools to become an excellent teacher able to teach a rich and diverse curriculum.
You’ll engage in education, pedagogy and professional studies sessions and curriculum workshops. These will take place both at the University and in school settings, and will develop your expertise in generic educational and professional issues, and subject-specific teaching theory.
Assignments and school-centred activities are structured around the development of your School Experience Progress Journal (SEPJ) which demonstrates your progress against the nationally agreed competences (the Teachers’ Standards), which all teachers must meet throughout their career. A system of continuous review and assessment of progress in the SEPJ will support your growing ability to take responsibility for your own development.
In addition to the above, for entry onto a teaching course you will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.
Pre-Interview School Experience
For secondary teacher training there is an expectation that you will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting. In preparation for the selection interview you are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher.
As part of the selection procedure, the interview panel will expect you to demonstrate your subject knowledge and will assess personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching.
Applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for initial teacher training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Modules are assessed through a range of directed tasks and targeted assignments. Trainee teachers are also required to complete a profile of evidence towards the achievement of the Standards required by the National College for Teaching and Leadership for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Evidence for the Standards is verified by mentors.
All applications need to be made via the UCAS Teacher Training website.
Course code: 2N2F