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Education MA/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

Ranked number one in Wales for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2017), Education at Wrexham Glyndwr University is one of the institution's most successful courses, working closely with organisations in a wide group of sectors, notably FE, health and training.

The department has had a successful period which included strong performances in the Sunday Times and Guardian league tables.

Our MA Education has been designed to provide content and context that relates directly to the work of educational professionals in their settings including schools, colleges, universities and public sector organisations. All content and assignments are work-related, enabling you to consider the latest theoretical underpinning for the subject area selected relating to your work.

You can select from the following named routes:
-MA Education (Learning & Teaching)
-MA Education (Leadership)
-MA Education (Additional Learning Needs)
-MA Education (Youth and Community Work)
-MA Education (Counselling Skills for Education)
-or make their own selection of modules to achieve the generic MA Education award.

The MA Education (Additional Learning Needs) has two pathways. There are generic SEN/ALN modules or, candidates may elect to study the specific British Dyslexia Association accredited modules to achieve the Approved Teacher Status (ATS) and then the Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) awards.

The MA Education has been designed to meet the requirements of the Welsh Government’s priorities for education and caters for a wide range of professionals who are involved in delivering education in a variety of organisations and related settings. Partners involved in the design of this programme included: local authorities; FE colleges; voluntary and community organisations, nurse educators; headteachers; teachers and current students.

Whatever setting you come from, you will be challenged to extend your thinking about the subjects you select, deepen your understanding of the content and theoretical foundations of the area and, be encouraged to reflect critically upon how this will impact on your practice. All assignments will be context related to enable you to implement many of the ideas discussed and to evaluate their success.

Key Course Features

-The course is designed in partnership with LEAs, local further and higher education and training providers, professional agencies and leading consultants.
-The MA provides Continuing Professional Development for professionals working in schools, further education and training, higher education and community and voluntary sectors.
-The course provides progression opportunities from undergraduate level by offering a number of exit points: single module, postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma and MA Education.
-The programme is accredited by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA).

What Will You Study?

The programme is structured to develop your skills and concepts incrementally through the following stages:
-Postgraduate Certificate stage: 1 core module: Mastering Professional Learning, and 1 option module.
-Postgraduate Diploma stage: 1 core module: Research Methodology and Enquiry in Education, and 1 option module.
-MA Education stage: A dissertation on an aspect of interest that you wish to explore.

A selection of the option modules available include (subject to numbers):
-Overview of behaviour management
-Supporting mathematical learning: pupils with specific learning difficulties
-Supporting pupils with literacy difficulties and dyslexia
-Poverty, Attainment and Education
-Learning from Teaching
-Promoting Positive Behaviour
-Recognising, Respecting and Developing Individuality
-Curriculum Design and Development
-Learning and Assessment
-Language and Literacy in Learning and Teaching
-Effective Professional Learning Communities (60 credits)
-Teaching Critical Thinking, Reasoning and Argument Skills
-Teaching and Learning with Technology
-Mentoring to Develop and Improve Professional Practice
-Negotiated Learning
-Leadership and Management in Education
-Leading and Managing Professionals
-Accountability, Evaluation and School Improvement
-Strategic and Developmental Planning for School Improvement
-Impact of Developmental Ages and Stages on the Counselling Relationship
-Using Creative Resources in Counselling
-Relationships in Schools: How to Use Counselling Skills to Support Pupils’ Well-being and Achievement
-Therapeutic Play Skills

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment and Teaching

Assessments will reflect the professional context in which you work and reflect an enquiry-led approach to learning that comprises portfolios, presentations, reports, research projects, reports to seminar groups and essays.

Career Prospects

The Careers & Zone at Wrexham Glyndŵr University is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

This course provides a career-enhancing, internationally-recognised award that is valued by many professions.

Visit the Education MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the Wrexham Glyndwr University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree or appropriate professional qualification with experience in an educational setting. Many modules will require you to be working in, or have access to, an educational environment.

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