This course is distinctive because it provides a focused and critical examination of education practice, policy and research, through a variety of specialist modules that are extremely relevant to education and early childhood sectors.
You will study a variety of modules. Current modules include: Learning and Assessment; Educational Leadership and Management; Collaborative Working in Education and Education, Culture and Society, Contemporary issues in early years and International perspectives in early years.
We value the knowledge that you have already gained through your prior experience and you are encouraged to contribute your ideas and experiences from practice in class sessions.
Progression through the course Stage 1 You will usually complete two 30 credit modules at level 7 during the first stage of study. You will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education on successful completion of this stage. This stage is usually completed during one academic semester.
Stage 2 You will usually complete two further 30 credit modules at level 7 during the second stage of study. You will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Education on successful completion of this stage. This stage is usually completed during one academic semester.
Dissertation stage You will complete a two stage research dissertation. Each stage consists of 30 credits. Part 1 comprises a rationale, literature review and methodology chapter (7,000 words). Part 2 reflects on part 1, reports research findings, analyses those findings and makes recommendations relating to practice (8,500 words).
If you are studying on campus, you can select from a range of modules for the Certificate and Diploma levels of the award to meet organisational development needs.
Course content Candidates will typically complete two 30-credit modules (see optional module information) to achieve the Post Graduate Certificate in Education. A further two 30-credit modules are studied leading to the Post Graduate Diploma in Education. Candidates will then complete a two stage research dissertation. Each stage consists of 30 credits.
Compulsory Modules Dissertation Part 1: Literature Review and Research Design
Dissertation Part 2: Findings and Analysis
Core modules -Learning and Assessment -Collaborative Working in Education
Optional Modules -Education, Culture and Society -Educational Leadership and Management -Contemporary Issues in Early Years -International Perspectives in Early Years
Once you have your Masters degree, you will have the opportunity to progress to our PhD and EdD awards, Doctoral level programmes aimed at helping you develop your capabilities even further
Other admission requirements
If your first language is not English, you need to evidence: -A minimum score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing and listening modules) in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries OR -A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 213 in the computer-based test. TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the TWE (Test of Written English) OR Cambridge Proficiency Grade C
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An Honours Degree (Classification 2:2 or above). GCSE English grade C or above, or equivalent. For all stages of the course, it is necessary for you to be able to have access to the Internet (to allow Blackboard access and e-mail contact for communication with course tutors and administrators). Evidence of an Enhanced DBS check (The university can process this application. However, participants will be required to pay the standard fee). See course description for further admission details.
Recipient: Staffordshire University
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