This part-time course will further develop your professional knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching and learning within the context of today’s schools and other educational facilities.
On the course you will explore education theories and cutting-edge research, and discuss how these can influence your teaching and the learning of your pupils. You will also develop your own research interests and expertise, building a strong foundation for your future career prospects.
This is a flexible course, so depending on where you are in your career, the modules that you take will reflect that. This course is suitable for:
You will leave the course with the skills to analyse your own teaching practice and to use the latest research to provide your pupils with a varied way of learning. You will be equipped to offer creative ways of accessing work, thus ensuring they have the best possible education.
The MA in Educational Practice is awarded upon the successful completion of 180 credits taught at Masters level. If you have a PGCE, subject to approval by the University, the course will allow you to transfer up to 60 credits which you already have earned towards this postgraduate course. This may shorten the length of study. If you qualified through the undergraduate route or you have QTS, you will need to take 3 additional modules or, alternatively, you can opt to study one of our Postgraduate Certificate courses to gain the 60 credits that those with a PGCE would normally have, which would also provide you with an emerging area of specialism in education.
If you are an NQT you will be encouraged to take the Supporting the Induction Year module which will provide theoretical support for thinking about teaching and learning and continuing the journey as a reflective practitioner.
If you are early in your career, you will begin the course with the Developing Classroom Practice through Enquiry module followed by optional modules which are targeted towards the initial years of teaching. You will develop your pedagogical knowledge and understanding of teaching and learn how to critique information and advice, as well as examine how research can play a part in your practice. If you have started taking on additional non-teaching responsibilities, you will be introduced to the core principles of educational leadership within a school setting and use case studies and current research to focus on early career leadership.
All routes provide key optional modules which could include exploring creative processes that enable learning and how these can assist you in the classroom. Developing alternative ways to access learning is an issue that has been highlighted in recent education initiatives and will be explored in detail in this course. With the number of pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL) rising, this course offers the opportunity to focus on teaching and learning approaches for these pupils.
If you progress to complete the MA, you will focus on the role that research has in teaching. You may address the best way to include research in your workload and how to undertake a research project. You may consider effective ways to include your knowledge gained from research in your teaching to enhance pupils’ learning experiences and outcomes. To complete the MA, you will undertake your own practice based research project in which you will be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that you have learnt in the course and reflect on your own practice.
2-3 years (part-time)
£329 per 10 credits
£752 per 10 credits