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Education (MA)

Course Description

The MA Programme in Education is a unique opportunity for experienced professionals to gain a practice-focused higher degree. Specialisms in Autism and SEND are also available. Individual MA modules can also be taken as Continued Professional Development (CPD).

The MA engages with education across the age range from early years to adulthood and is relevant to a wide diversity of educational settings. Students will gain much from working with a diverse group of peers and tutors from a wide range of educational backgrounds. The close association between the Centre for Educational Research and the MA provides opportunities to work with like-minded research-active peers within a lively and supportive learning community. Opportunities for accreditation of prior learning are available to participants with an appropriate background and this should be discussed with the admissions tutor who will also explain the CPD processes on request.

Modes of study:
- Within a partnership school as part of a school cohort.
- As an independent student.

The programme's distinctive and innovative feature is its school-based character. For most participants their schools and colleges have always been the context of their study. This programme allows the work that participants do, as they write about issues of central concern to themselves and their institutions, to be properly valued. It places much importance upon the value of a professional practice approach to study at Masters level, allowing all aspects of this practice to inform and to be informed by critical reading of the literature, by theory and by relevant research.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/education-ma


Core modules:
- Teaching and learning
This module will focus on the implications of developments in teaching and learning and changing beliefs about curriculum and assessment -within the school and its local and national context - which have accompanied them. A central aim is that discussion, planning and development, both within the school and across related common modules, will be both encouraged and informed by a shared critical understanding of such changes in practice. Furthermore, this activity will take place within an agreed framework designed specifically to provide the support that participants need.

- Researching education
In this module you will reflect on the purpose of educational research and deepen the understanding of what we mean by knowledge. Also in this module you'll question the ways of producing knowledge and learn to critically evaluate published research. You'll practice formulating researchable questions and identifying appropriate methodologies to answer those questions. You'll also learn how to plan, implement and evaluate educational intervention. You'll write a research design for the Dissertation project.

- Dissertation

Optional modules:
- Equality and Achievement
This module focuses on problematic definitions and teachers' understandings of the words in a rapidly changing political climate. You'll explore issues of equality (and inequality), broadly in relation to social class, 'race' and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, disability and inclusion, as well as linguistic diversity. You'll also explore current debates as well as some of the historical antecedents. The context of the module is the UK, with comparisons where appropriate, and awareness of local influences as well as attitudes of and priorities for the young people, their parents/carers, and communities are reflected in the Module.

- Language and Literacy across the Curriculum
In this module you will focus on aspects of language use across the curriculum central to pupils' cognitive and social development, including consideration of pupils' writing, reading and speaking/listening. Exploration of the relationship between language, class, gender, culture, ethnicity and learning will underpin the whole module. You'll be encouraged to consider these theoretical frameworks in the context of your specific school and to identify potential areas for practical exploration at department/whole-school level.

- Leadership and Management
In this module you will critically examines the challenges of school leadership in the urban context. You will explore conceptions of leadership and considers the implications for participants working at different levels within your institution. Within the module a central aim is to examine theoretical conceptions of educational leadership situated in the political contexts within which we work.

- School Effectiveness and School Improvement
In this module you'll critically examine the contemporary interest in the claims of the School Effectiveness and School Improvement discourses and their influence on practice. A shared critical understanding of these influences on practice will inform discussion, development and planning within areas of the work of the school.

- Implementing Change in the School: Theories, Perspective, And Analysis

- Framework Module – this is a module negotiated with the school and tutors
You'll understand how to ensure that your research and development activity is rooted in teachers' professional practice and so be of value to the young people you work with, and to your school. This module provides you and your school with opportunities to research and develop your own educational practice, policy, and research skills through looking outwards, but in ways that can be specifically tailored to address your needs.


You'll be assessed by essays, portfolios of school-based work, critiques of research, action research studies, formal presentations, seminar presentations and annotated bibliographies.


The programme is designed to complement and support all current career and professional development initiatives and frameworks. It will naturally extend to the provision of evidence required for addressing the Professional Standards for teachers and hence progression throughout the teaching profession.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes. The course has been designed and developed in partnership with schools, Southwark Local Authority and other Educational stakeholders in the London area. The MA would provide an excellent pathway to the LSBU's Doctorate in Education (EdD), which has a special focus on equality, diversity and sustainability.

We are continually reviewing, in partnership with participating schools and students, the provision of units, developing the course to meet the ongoing needs of participants.

Colleagues from the School of Law and Social Sciences, in particular the Families and Social Capital Group, are regular contributors as guest lecturers. Speakers from a range of external organisations also contribute to units across the course. Recent guest lectures have been given by disabled academics and parents of pupils who have experienced special education.

The department has wide professional links within and beyond the university and the UK. Examples include:

- The Equality Challenge Unit
- The Alliance for Inclusive Education
- Equality and Diversity Forum Research Network
- The Leadership Foundation
- Research Autism
- Theorising Autism Project
- Teacher Education for Equality and Sustainability Network (TEESNet)
- National Association of Disability Practitioners
- Commonworks (for a just and sustainable world)


Access to the workplace (including voluntary work) is essential for most of the modules within the MA.

Teaching and learning

Students also have the opportunity of benefiting from engagement with the research profile of the Education Department, with its particular expertise in global citizenship and sustainable development education, equality and inclusion, and the personal and social development of young people in schools.

You'll benefit from an up to date Virtual Learning Environment via Moodle and be actively encouraged to make use of the extensive range of support services across the university. You'll have access to a supervisor during the dissertation phase.

Visit the Education (MA) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants are mostly practicing teachers across the age range from pre-school to post compulsory education. Our experience tells us that students benefit most when participants reflect the whole of the school community and we welcome applications from other suitably qualified education professionals, for example mentors or other support professionals. Applicants to the Education MA should have a good honours degree at 2.2 or above.

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