Staffordshire University

Education

The MA in Education will allow you to develop and enhance your own professional practice in education. It focuses on developing your practice in relation to the needs of your professional setting. All of the modules are designed to support your teaching and associated educational leadership practice in a wide range of work-place settings. This might be in a school, college, local authority, public service or community setting. It provides a programme that will inspire you and develop your passion for working in education, whilst extending and enhancing your own educational development. We welcome applications from individuals who wish to enhance their continuing professional development portfolios through engagement with single modules.

We value the knowledge that you have already gained through your prior experience and you are encouraged to contribute your ideas and experiences from practice in class sessions.

Progression through the course

Stage 1

You will usually complete two 30 credit modules at level 7 during the first stage of study. You will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education on successful completion of this stage. This stage is usually completed during one academic semester.

Stage 2

You will usually complete two further 30 credit modules at level 7 during the second stage of study. You will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Education on successful completion of this stage. This stage is usually completed during one academic semester.

Dissertation stage

You will complete a two stage research dissertation. Each stage consists of 30 credits. Part 1 comprises a rationale, literature review and methodology chapter (7,000 words). Part 2 reflects on part 1, reports research findings, analyses those findings and makes recommendations relating to practice (8,500 words).

If you are studying on campus, you can select from a range of modules for the Certificate and Diploma levels of the award to meet organisational development needs.

Entry requirements

  1. An Honours Degree (Classification 2:2 or above).
  2. GCSE English grade C or above, or equivalent.
  3. For all stages of the course, it is necessary for you to be able to have access to the Internet (to allow Blackboard access and e-mail contact for communication with course tutors and administrators)
  4. Evidence of an Enhanced DBS check (The university can process this application. However, participants will be required to pay the standard fee).

If your first language is not English, you need to evidence at least one of the following:

  • a minimum score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing and listening modules) in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries
  • a minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 213 in the computer-based test. TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the TWE (Test of Written English)
  • Cambridge Proficiency Grade C

 

Course modules

You will typically complete two 30-credit modules (see option modules information) to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate in Education. A further two 30-credit modules are studied leading to the Postgraduate Diploma in Education. You will then complete a two stage research dissertation. Each stage consists of 30 credits.

Semester 1

CORE Modules

  • Learning and Assessment (30 credits)

Option Modules

  • Education, Culture and Society (30 credits)

or

  • Contemporary Issues in Early Years (30 credits)

Semester 2

CORE Modules

  • Collaborative Working in Education (30 credits)

Option Modules

  • International Perspectives in Early Years (30 credits)

or

  • Educational Leadership and Management (30 credits)

Semester 3

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment methods

All modules are assessed through a variety of formats. These include:

  • assignments
  • case studies
  • annotated bibliographies
  • contributions to online discussion forums
  • dissertation.

Although group-work is strongly supported as a learning strategy in the majority of modules throughout the course, all modules are assessed summatively by means of individual assessments.

For those working in early years settings, optional modules can be taken which have an early years focus.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,200 (Academic year) Home/EU 1 Years
MA Full-time £ 12,300 (Academic year) International 1 Years
MA Part-time £ 2,040 (Academic year) Home/EU 3 Years
MA Part-time £ 2,040 (Academic year) International 3 Years

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