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Education (MA)

Course Description

This course helps teachers and other educationalists deepen their understanding of teaching and learning, by reflecting on and improving existing educational practices.

You can examine the broader philosophical issues underpinning education, sociological and psychological aspects of learning and issues to do with improving the effectiveness of teaching and learning. This aim is achieved by exploring a range of theoretical perspectives and by subjecting you to critical scrutiny, drawing where appropriate on your own practical knowledge.

We welcome applications from those with an educational background or an interest in working in an educational context. We also offer exit awards at PG Dip and PG Cert levels.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/education-pg/ma-education.aspx

You can choose from a number of pathways:

- Leadership and Management
This pathway is aimed at national and international current and future leaders from all education sectors, including administrators. You will critically analyse key concepts in educational leadership and management theory and practice within the context of an ever-changing political climate and an increasing culture of both market and government accountability. Modules include Key Concepts in Educational Leadership; Leading and Managing Educational Change; and Educational Leadership and Management Independent Study.

- English Language Teaching
If you are a teacher of English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) in primary, secondary or tertiary education or a new graduate who aspires to be an English Teacher, this is the ideal pathway for you. You will acquire knowledge and skills in the areas of second language acquisition, ELT methodology, educational studies and academic skills. You will also reflect on your own pedagogical practices and/or learning experiences in ESL/EFL. Modules include English and Language: Study Skills and Research Methods; Second Language Teaching and Learning; Investigating Education; Developing Expertise in Teaching; and Assessment and Measurement.

- Inclusive Education
Widen your understanding of teaching and learning for all pupils, examine individual difference and explore ways to meet that difference through appropriate educational provision. Through this pathway you can deepen your insights into different types of disabilities and ways to meet the needs of these groups. You will have the opportunity to explore the theoretical perspectives and practical applications of these in a written dissertation. Modules include: Learners with Special Educational Needs; Child Development and Education; and Supporting Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder

- Early Years
You will explore issues in early childhood education and care at a postgraduate level. This pathway is ideal if you already have some experience of working with young children and an intention to work in this profession in a leadership capacity. There is a distinctive focus on applying cutting-edge research in child development and theories of professional ethics and leadership. Modules include Child Development and The Professional Self in Early Years Leadership.

- Music Education
This pathway enables those with experience of music education to deepen their understanding of the theoretical and contextual issues related to their work, and to undertake extended reflective evaluation of aspects of their practice. Modules include Music in Education, Conceptual Issues in Music Education, Music Making: Leadership in School and Community and Musical Development: Appraisal and Assessment.

- Mathematics teaching
The course enables you to develop deep subject and pedagogical knowledge within key themed areas of primary mathematics. You will gain cutting-edge knowledge of a government priority area in primary education. Participants will leave the course with a deeper insight into the complex nature of the teaching and learning of primary mathematics. Potential students do not need a background in mathematics to join this course. Modules include Improving Primary Mathematics and Leading Primary Mathematics.

What career can you have?

In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.


We are one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK.

Our Institute of Education is committed to providing quality postgraduate courses for teachers to enable them to meet their personal career aspirations and to have a direct positive impact on the lives of the children and young people in their care.

We have a flexible range of courses to suit your interests. As well as our teacher training courses, you can also study for a Master’s in Education or choose one of our pathways, which will give you a more specialised qualification.

We also have excellent partnership arrangements with over 300 local schools. These partnerships ensure that we can offer first-rate placement opportunities to our students, many of which lead to roles once they graduate.

Our work extends around the globe with consultancy work and other projects taking us to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, USA and Singapore to name but a few. We also have a wonderfully varied community of international students from over 100 countries, taking short courses, master’s degrees and PhDs with us.

Visit the Education (MA) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Apart from the standard University entry requirements, we normally expect students to have a professional background in education with experience of teaching. Ideally we would like students to have had at least two years' experience of teaching but will consider applications from good students with less experience. If you have a slightly lower degree qualification than usual, this can be compensated for by good teaching experience.

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