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Successfully completing our MA Education will enhance your employability skills and ability to move within the education sector. The award will strengthen your understanding of educational issues and the knowledge required for a number of professional roles.
The MA Education aims to meet the growing need for advanced academic and subject-specific training in a broad educational context. The option of specific pathways enables you to select areas of interest to support your future employment goals. The 20 month January start option is possible for entrants who already have obtained 60 level 7 credits in the past 5 years.
The course focuses on developing your practice in relation to the needs of your professional setting. All modules have been designed to support your teaching and associated educational leadership practice in a wide range of workplace environments. This might be in a school, college, local authority, public service or community setting.
On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Education
Although not compulsory, you’re encouraged to secure a placement in a relevant educational setting for approximately one day per week. This could be an early years setting, a primary or secondary school, a college or university, or another educational environment.
The placement could be linked to a potential employment opportunity in a sector that you wish to gain new experiences in. However, it can be purely voluntary. Completing a placement will enhance your professional development and help provide context to your studies. The MA Education does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status.
We have a good range of contacts across the education sector. Tutors will support you in finding suitable placement opportunities.
This course has been designed to enable you to qualify with a Master’s degree in just one year. During the first and second semesters you’ll complete four 30-credit modules (two per semester: one compulsory and one optional). In the final semester, you’ll complete a 60-credit dissertation.
Core modules cover Learning and Assessment, and Collaborative Working in Education. Option modules cover Education, Culture and Society; Educational Leadership and Management; International Perspectives in Early Years; and Contemporary Issues in Early Years.
The research dissertation reports on empirical research findings, analyses those findings and makes recommendations relating to professional practice.
The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.
The module will enhance your understanding of young children in contemporary society across the world. You will be encouraged to consider issues such as how children learn and are educated in the Western and the third world. You will examine how learning and pedagogy is organised across a range of cultures, indigenous communities and the majority poor countries.The focus of this module will be critical, analytical and international and non-ethnocentric. It aims to raise student awareness of current international trends, particularly economic and political and how this impacts upon young children and their families. Consideration will be given to the globalization of childhood and the influence this has on childrens rights in the wider world.The teaching will expand your understanding of themes and issues concerned with young children and families by relating them to circumstances worldwide, thereby challenging mainstream perspectives on childhood by analysing assumptions and bias.
Module code: EDUC70514
This module communicates the relationship between educational outcomes and social inequalities. It discusses sociological perspectives on education, with a particular emphasis on how experiences and outcomes of education are affected by social and cultural factors (such as family and community practices). Education plays a vital role in both shaping individual and collective identities and in reflecting and reinforcing dominant societal values, and this module will consider a variety of different perspectives on these critical issues. The module will encourage you to consider the place of education in society. How it relates to social inequality and to explore whether education systems provide opportunities for all, or do they reflect, or even reinforce, wider inequalities?
Module code: EDUC70509
This module presents the concept of learning, the developing theories of learning and explores ways in which learning can be measured and assessed. In discussing the relationship between learning and a range of theoretical positions, the module will highlight implications of these theories for supporting learning in practice. It will also consider aspects of recent neuroscience in relation to cognitive development. It will also present different approaches to the assessment of learning (including formative and summative assessment) and discuss effective learner feedback strategies.
Module code: EDUC70508
This module presents the core issues, strategies and techniques required to facilitate effective collaboration in education settings. It explores the reasons for and approaches to professional collaboration in education settings and how professionals are working together to extend learning opportunities for students. You will be supported to systematically reflect upon and assess organisational approaches to collaboration and partnership working in education contexts. It is suitable for new or experienced education participants who may be able to observe, take part in or lead collaborative working activities.
Module code: EDUC70511
This module discusses the complexities of leading and managing people and resources within an educational context. The module includes exploration and discussion of relevant theory and practice in relation to education settings:Leadership, behaviour and organisational theoryApproaches to leadership and managementThe leadership versus management debateTheories of teamworkApproaches to motivating individuals and teams
Module code: EDUC70512
This module presents approaches to research design in a professional education context. The following topics and issues will be explored: Research principles and paradigms; strategies for data collection. Data management, analysis, interpretation and presentation. Research Management: planning and organising a research project; identifying researchable issues; critically engaging with academic literature; time and task management; organising fieldwork. Ethical issues in education research, consent and confidentiality issues.
Module code: EDUC70513
This module will offer you a comprehensive overview of existing and current developments in the field of early childhood, offering a critical evaluation of contemporary and historical theory in the area. The module will explore contemporary and critical issues relating to young children and their families. It will consider multi agency working, policy formation and recent developments in work with children and their families.The module puts childrens learning, culture and identity at its hearty. The content of the module will be relevant to a range of contexts and professional situations thereby allowing a wide range of professionals and practitioners top share their perspectives, cultures and practices and to challenge each others assumptions and intolerances.
Module code: EDUC70510
If your first language is not English, you’ll need at least one of the following:
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You'll have access to a range of high quality placements. We work with 50 plus high performing early years settings and schools within the local area and in Birmingham, the Black Country, Shropshire, Manchester, Derbyshire and beyond.
This award is focused on professional development and is therefore suitable if you’re planning to work in various educational settings, such as galleries, museums, visitor centres and offender settings.
Once you’ve achieved your Master’s degree, you’ll have the opportunity to progress to our PhD and EdD awards – Doctoral-level programmes aimed at helping you develop your capabilities even further.
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All modules are assessed through a variety of formats, including: assignments, case studies, annotated bibliographies, contributions to online discussion forums and the dissertation.
All modules are assessed summatively by means of individual assessments. For students working in early years settings, optional modules can be taken which have a relevant focus.
Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:
If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.
You’ll receive constructive feedback on all work submitted for assessment. Feedback is intended to help you learn and develop and you’re encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
Feedback is normally provided within 20 working days following submission of work.
Your overall workload will consist of independent learning and assessment activity, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of approximately 10 hours. Your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules that you select.
When not in lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions, you’ll be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, preparing for assignments and classwork, and planning for your dissertation.
Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library and the learning zone. Self-instructional learning materials are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard.
You'll be taught by staff who have a range of academic and industry experience.
My main teaching areas and interests learning and assessment, collaborative working in education, culture and society, and research and study skills.
For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:
If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.
If you've previously completed a Staffordshire University undergraduate degree (excluding HND and foundation degrees) you may be entitled to a discount of up to 25% off your course fees for any subsequent postgraduate taught course (terms apply, see the alumni discount page for details). If you have any questions about how this relates to you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.
For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation
Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,222 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. Student loans are available for many of our postgraduate degrees and are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The loan can cover a wide range of postgraduate study options; part-time, full-time and distance learning.
For more information and how to apply visit masters loan.
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