- Maximum flexibility in transferring credits from prior professionally-oriented level 7 education programmes (such as the PGCE award or the PGC NASENCO award), up to a maximum of 120 credits.
- You will use current research to enhance your professional development.
- Each module relates to your workplace context and allows you to underpin practice with theoretical knowledge and reflection.
- You will examine issues relevant to your professional role via optional modules drawn from other MA courses, for example, MA Early Childhood Studies, MA SEND & Inclusive education and MA Leadership and Management.
- We are ranked as the top university in London for Education (Complete University Guide 2020).
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 those who are qualified professional practitioners in education, who have significant experience of working in educational practice contexts.
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.
Throughout this course you will develop your pedagogical knowledge and understanding of teaching. You will learn how to critique information and advice, as well as examine how research can play a part in your practice.
You will undertake a compulsory research module ‘Understanding Practitioner Research’ designed to develop your understanding of teacher practitioner research approaches and its methods. The compulsory research module will also provide you with the knowledge and skillset to excel in your final module, a practice-based research project.
You will also be have the opportunity to study practice-focused modules from our array of MA programmes available at the School of Education. Examples of topics available to study include the Tavistock Observation Method in relation to the wellbeing of young children, core theories of dyslexia and how their practical implications in classroom contexts, leadership and its role in enhancing organizational learning, pedagogical principles and practices of teaching inclusively within classrooms, key pedagogic issues related to the importance of relationships and children’s learning, and more.
The final module, the ‘Practice-Based Research Project’ requires you to plan and independently undertake a practitioner research project, to develop a critical understanding of and enable change in educational practice in your own practice context. This process is supported by a project supervisor.
Classes are generally scheduled for study in the evenings or occasionally at weekends. We endeavour to provide choice for students but inevitably, your choices may be limited by when your personal schedule permits you to attend university. If you are very keen to study a particular module, please check with us first to ensure that it will be running at a time you can attend the class.
Other optional modules (cross-listed from other MA programmes in Education)
Emotion and the Roots of Wellbeing
Early Childhood Pedagogy and Practice
Current Perspectives on Child Development
Leading Teaching, Improving Learning
Dyslexia as a Specific Learning Difficulty
Teaching, Learning and Social Pedagogy: working with difference, difficulty and individuality
Autism: Principles, Practices and Perspectives
Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)
Applicants should discuss APEL opportunities with the Programme Convener.
This module is intended to provide an opportunity for students to study in a specific area of Education, relevant to their MA, if no appropriate taught modules are available. This can be taken in the Autumn, Spring or Summer. Please note that this module can only be taken in consultation with the Programme Convener.
Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Practice (exit award) will be awarded to a participant who leaves the programme having gained a minimum of 60 credits from the optional modules above.
Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Practice (exit award) will be awarded to a participant who leaves the programme having gained a minimum of 120 credits from the optional modules above.
Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
On completion of this course you will be able to offer advanced teaching and leadership in schools, and go on to further practice-related academic study such as EdD or professional doctorates.