Education MA

Course length: 18 months full-time, 2-3 years part-time

Overview

Newman has expanded its masters level provision aimed specifically at educational professionals teachers, lecturers and others working in educational settings in support roles in recognition of the importance of sustained professional development.

We offer a generic MA Education and also specialist routes:
MA Education (Leadership and Management),
MA Education (Learning and Teaching),
MA Education (Mentoring and Coaching),
MA Education (Inclusion and SEN),
MA Education (Catholic School Leadership),
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link to PG Cert Catholic School Leadership
MA Education (Early Childhood Education and Care)
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link to PG Cert ECEC  
MA Education (Safeguarding)
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link to PG Cert Safeguarding 
MA Education (Higher Education Practice)
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link to PG Cert (Higher Education Practice)

Course content

Newman offers you the opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge, understanding and skills by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and research.

You can also expect to further develop your knowledge, understanding, and skills in curriculum development. The course promotes critical engagement in a range of contemporary issues pertinent to specific interests and needs and you are encouraged to explore your own personal and professional interests and expertise. If you wish to progress your studies even further then the course provides an appropriate academic platform for progression to PhD/EdD study.

Attendance

Modules are based at Newman, usually delivered one evening per week. However, if there are significant numbers of staff in one institution wishing to undertake the programme we can deliver the programme on your site at times convenient to you.

Part-time students have a maximum period of study of 5 years to complete an MA. However, an MA is typically completed over 2-3 years and we recommend that part-time students take 60 credits per year (i.e. 2x30 credit modules across the year). Full-time students have a maximum period of study of 3 years to complete an MA, but typically complete an MA in 18 months.

Assessment

You will experience a range of work-based assessment formats including portfolios, presentations, written reports and essays, work-based studies and practical tasks. The course will recognise your needs as a learner and develop independent study skills that are transferable to a range of learning situations and assessment tasks.

Special features

You will have access to all facilities at Newman including the library, which stocks a wide range of books, journals and e-books. Previous level 7 masters credits may be transferred (free-of-charge) through the accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL). Also, you can gain credits for other sustained CPD programmes you have undertaken, such as National College Programmes, by writing up your reflections against the assessment criteria for a comparable module via the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). You may also gain national professional recognition through the Teaching and Learning Academy for your masters level work.

 

Postgraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care

If you choose the following three modules - Leading Early Years Practice, Safeguarding Children and Effective Early Years Pedagogy and Practice - you can gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (a stand-alone qualification), in addition to your MA Education

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice

This Postgraduate Certificate addresses the early career development needs of academics and HE professionals who have a role in supporting HE student learning. Its key aim is to grow course members as purposeful and effective HE practitioners who will make a positive difference to Higher Education, their students and wider society over the course of their working lives. It comprises two year-long modules; Supporting Student Learning in HE and an Introduction to Academic Practice.

Postgraduate Certificate in Safeguarding

Newman offers you the opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge, understanding and skills of professional practice by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and reflective practice around a range of concepts and theories relevant to working with children, young people and families. Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Safeguarding will enable you to continue onto a full MA via undertaking a further 30 credit module of your choice (from the MA Education (Safeguarding)   module choices) and the compulsory Research Methods module, followed by the final dissertation. The PG cert comprises of 2 modules with one module being taught each semester on one evening per week with approximately 10 sessions per module, Contemporary Issues in Safeguarding and Vulnerability  and Children’s Voices, Rights and Representations.

 

Postgraduate Loans

Loans of up to £10,000 for tuition fees and living costs are available for postgraduate study through the Student Loans Company for full taught or research master’s degrees. The loan is not means tested therefore your household income will not be taken into account when applying for the loan. You can apply from summer 2016 for the academic years 2016/2017.
For further information regarding a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Master's study click here

RELATED DOCUMENTS

pdf  Course Information
Last updated: 18 August 2016

pdf  Graduate Profile
Last updated: 20 June 2013

pdf  PG Certificate Catholic School Leadership
Last updated: 20 June 2016

pdf  PG Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care
Last updated: 29 February 2016

pdf  PG Certificate in Higher Education Practice
Last updated: 21 June 2016

pdf  Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Master's Study HEP Services - SLC partnering with colleges and universities
Last updated: 29 March 2016

pdf  Teaching and Learning Academy
Last updated: 20 June 2016

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree

Employability

Fees

Fees per 30 credit module
2016/17*

Home/EU students:  £850 
Overseas students: £1,733

N.B. The above fees are per individual 30 credit module. A minimum of 180 credits are required to complete the MA Education. * From 2017/18 tuition fees may rise in line with inflation.

Newman alumni are eligible for a 10% discount when enrolling onto a full masters degree programme. Staff employed in partner schools and colleges (which take our trainees on placement) are also eligible for a 10% discount on the MA Education programme. The 10% discount cannot be used in conjunction with each other.

Postgraduate Loans

Loans of up to £10,000 for tuition fees and living costs are available for postgraduate study through the Student Loans Company for full taught or research master’s degrees. The loan is not means tested therefore your household income will not be taken into account when applying for the loan. You can apply from summer 2016 for the academic years 2016/2017.

In order to be eligible for postgraduate loans you must meet the following criteria:

  • Studying a taught or research Master’s course,full-time, part-time or by distance learning,
  • your course can be one or two years long,
  • you have to be under the age 60 years at the start of the first academic year of your course,
  • You must normally be resident in England.
  • If you’re an EU national, but don’t normally live in England you may be able to get a Postgraduate Loan for a Master’s course at a university or college in England.
  • You must not already have a Master's level (or higher) qualification

Postgraduate loans are not available for PG cert or PG Dip qualifications.

For further information regarding a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Master's study click here
 

Course structure

Education MA

This is a modular programme in which the emphasis is on selecting elective modules to best suit your professional needs and interests:

Year 1:
60 credits at masters level

Year 2:
60 credits at masters level

Year 3:
60 credit dissertation at masters level

Core/compulsory modules
Research Methods (30 credits)
This is a compulsory module which must be taken by all students. As this is closely linked to the dissertation, you cannot claim accreditation of prior learning (APL) for this module

Dissertation (60 credits)
This is the final part of the MA Education and can only be started when students have completed 120 credits at level 7

Elective modules

Educational Leadership (30 credits)
This is particularly suitable for those with middle or senior leadership/management roles and for those with an interest in leadership and management. By also completing the Change Management module you can gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership (a stand-alone qualification), in addition to your MA Education

Change Management (30 credits)
This is particularly suitable for those with middle or senior leadership/ management roles and for those with an interest in change management. By also completing Leadership and Management you can gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management (a stand-alone qualification), in addition to your MA Education

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (30 credits)
This is suitable for anyone with a learning, teaching & assessment role. If you complete this module and the Learning via new Technologies module you can gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (a stand-alone qualification), in addition to your MA Education

Learning via new Technologies (30 credits)
This is a module for those interested in using new technologies. By also completing Learning, Teaching and Assessment you can gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (a stand-alone qualification), in addition to your MA Education

SEN and Inclusion (30 credits) Suitable for anyone with an interest/ role in SEN and Inclusion. By completing this module and ‘The Role of the SENCo’ first you gain a Postgraduate Certificate for SENCos (a stand-alone qualification) in addition to your MA Education/ MA Education (Inclusion and SEN).

The Role of the SENCo (30 credits) Suitable for anyone with an interest in developing their understanding of the SENCo role. By completing this module and the ‘SEN and Inclusion’ first you will gain a Postgraduate Certificate for SENCos, in addition to your MA Education/ MA Education (Inclusion and SEN).

An Introduction to Mentoring and Coaching* (30 credits)
This is free-of-charge to staff employed in our partnership schools and is suitable for those mentoring and coaching trainee teachers/NQTs/colleagues or supporting in the process of mentoring and coaching trainee teachers/NQTs/colleagues. If you complete this module and the Advanced Mentoring & Coaching module you can gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Mentoring & Coaching (a stand-alone qualification), in addition to your MA Education

Advanced Mentoring and Coaching* (30 credits)
This is suitable for those formally mentoring and coaching trainee teachers/colleagues. By completing An Introduction to Mentoring and Coaching module, and this module, you can gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Mentoring and Coaching (a stand-alone qualification), in addition to your MA Education

*The mentoring and coaching modules are open to those beyond their first year of professional practice

Educational Leadership in Catholic Schools (30 credits) The module explores the theoretical underpinnings of Catholic School Leadership and the distinctive nature of educational leadership within Catholic school settings.

Change Management in Catholic Schools (30 credits) The module develops knowledge and understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of change management and the distinctive nature of managing change within Catholic schools.

Contemporary Issues in Safeguarding and Vulnerability (30 credits)
This module seeks to develop students understanding of the context in which safeguarding takes place and links this to debates around the appropriateness and effectiveness of policy and practice. In doing this students will explore concepts of vulnerability and risk and how they affect working practices as well as critically evaluating the current policy context.

Children’s Voices, Rights and Representations (30 credits)
This module seeks to develop student understandings of the historical, philosophical, sociological, legal and political perspectives surrounding children, childhood and youth.  It will include an overview and critique of  dominant  perspectives both domestically and internationally, around Children’s Voices, Rights and Representations and use this as a basis for the evaluation  of policy and practice issues.

Reflective Practice (30 credits)
This is for anyone working within an educational setting to reflect on and improve their professional practice, and is particularly suitable for NQTs to support the induction process

International Education (30 credits)
This is suitable for students interested in comparing a UK educational issue with another country. Students may undertake a placement overseas.

Independent Study (30 credits)
This is a content-free module to allow students to follow areas of interest outside the other taught modules. There is one taught session and students then work with tutors who have a specialism in their focus area via tutorial sessions

Specialist Study (30 credits)
As for Independent Study

Please note elective modules will be offered on a rolling basis and will not be available every year. Modules can be taken independently (normally 20-30 credits). You may complete 60 credits of study to gain a Postgraduate Certificate (typically one year of part-time study), 120 credits to gain a Postgraduate Diploma (typically two years of part-time study), and completion of 180 credits leads to the award of a full MA (typically three years of part-time study).

The modules shown are for the current academic year and are indicative only for future academic years. The module options may change to reflect the teaching and research expertise of our staff and developments in the field of study.

Course code

Applications are made via Newman.

For all enquiries relating to admissions or entry requirements, email us at admissions@newman.ac.uk

 Humza asks: Hi, I am currently a university undergraduate who is looking into postgraduate study. I was wondering whether the Education MA degree is aimed at undergraduates and gives a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) after completing the course?

Answer: The MA Education is aimed at teachers, lecturers and others working in educational settings, so it does not provide QTS itself. For postgraduate courses providing QTS, please visit our PGCE course pages.

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