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MA Learning and Teaching

Course Description

The MA Learning and Teaching course has been developed for postgraduates and professionals interested in specialised or advanced study within the field of education. The course enables teachers to formally engage in focused study, with meaning and purpose, and refine their goals in the profession and their work within their educational setting. Thus, the course has been designed so that professionals within education can focus on their continuing professional development alongside gaining a postgraduate qualification.

The MA Learning and Teaching course is aimed at all teachers and has been devised to meet the needs of those that teach across the early years, primary, secondary and post compulsory sectors, including NQTs and those in the early stages of their teaching career. Postgraduates not employed in the education sector will need to ensure that they fulfil the “access to practice” requirements.
Course Summary

Theory, practice and reflection are the key components of the course which allows participants in the programme to use their own experience and practice as a basis for critical reflection, problem-based learning and action research, with the support of tutors and other learners on the programme. Participants will be encouraged to explore current best practice and innovatory approaches in teaching and learning in relation to their specialist field and to relate these to the realities, pressures and challenges of their job in a rapidly changing world.

The MA Learning and Teaching course is a flexible modular qualification with a rich diversity of modules (see content and modules tab above) enabling students to study aspects of education appropriate to their own context and interests. The modules support student’s professional development through investigation of currently significant issues in the context of their own experience and appropriate literature.

There are a range of attendance and delivery options offered including CPD, School Partnership and School Based Delivery as well as individual teacher continuing professional development.

Course Structure

The MA Learning and Teaching course utilises a blended learning approach and adopts a wide variety of learning, teaching and assessment strategies. The programme may be undertaken at different levels: as a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), as a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) and at MA level (180 credits) with climb out awards. Most modules may also be undertaken on an individual basis for continuing professional development. The MA Learning and Teaching course includes mandatory and option modules allowing students to develop their own interests or study a specialist pathway within the fields of Literacy, SEN and Inclusion, Research or Leadership.

Modules Studied:

Research Methods
SEN and Inclusion
Learning and Teaching: Theory in Practice
Developing Educational Practice

Visit the MA Learning and Teaching page on the University of Suffolk website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

A background in education or related social science subject area through previous study (Bachelors honours degree 2:2 or equivalent) or have acquired qualified experience through professional employment that enables the candidate to study successfully at masters level. In addition applicants need to have access to practice opportunities and a ‘broad based’ view is employed here such that participants can be involved in a variety of teaching roles across a range of educational contexts including voluntary work.

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