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The MA 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.

  • This programme may be delivered at other Staffordshire University campus locations (dependent on sufficient demand).
  • If you already have some Masters level credits (from your NPQH, PGCE or other education courses at level 7 for example) you may be able to fast track part of the award.
  • Our on-campus groups comprise practitioners from a diverse range of educational settings and students are encouraged to share practice and knowledge across different educational settings.
  • Sessions are interactive and employ a range of learning strategies. These include group-discussion and reflection, and student contributions to on-line discussion boards/academic blogs.
  • Students are supported in their learning and academic development through tutorial support and developmental feedback.

Entry requirements

An Honours Degree (Level 6) or equivalent professional qualification from an institution of Higher Education, or its equivalent from overseas.

A contractual role (full-time or fractional) or long-term voluntary placement that sees you working as an education practitioner in an education organisation, for a minimum of 4 hours per week (or equivalent), whilst enrolled on the programme.

Course modules

You will study a variety of modules. Current modules include: Learning and Assessment; Educational Leadership and Management; Collaborative Working in Education and Education, Culture and Society.

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 year.

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 year.

Dissertation stage

You will complete a two stage research dissertation. Each stage consists of 30 credits. The dissertation year begins in the June following completion of the Diploma Stage. You will submit stage 1 of the dissertation in the following January, and stage 2 in the September of that year. Part 1 comprises a rationale, literature review and methodology chapter (7000 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.

Course content

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

Compulsory Modules

Dissertation Part 1: 
Literature Review and Research Design

Part 1 comprises a rationale, literative review and methodology chapter (7000 words)

Dissertation Part 2: 
Findings and Analysis

Part 2 reflects on part 1, reports research findings, analyses those findings and makes recommendations relating to practice (8,500 words)

Optional Modules

Learning and Assessment

Education, Culture and Society

Educational Leadership and Management

Collaborative Working in Education

Fees

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 60 credits in your second year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £2,040 for your first year in 2017/18. The fee for your second year of study will be broadly the same, except that an inflationary uplift may apply.* You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PgDip Part-time £ 2,040 (Academic year) Home/EU 2 Years
PgDip Part-time £ 2,040 (Academic year) International 2 Years
PgCert Part-time £ 2,040 (Academic year) Home/EU 1 Years
PgCert Part-time £ 2,040 (Academic year) International 1 Years

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