Education MA

18 months full-time, 2-3 years part-time

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Overview

"… students are well-supported in their development, and the materials provided to students are clear, detailed and comprehensive."
External Examiner

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

We offer a generic MA Education and also an MA Education with specialist routes in Leadership and Management, Learning and Teaching, and Mentoring and Coaching.

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

National Scholarship Fund

The National College for Teaching & Leadership has launched a £1 million Scholarship Scheme for existing teachers and SEN support staff. The Fund aims to provide an opportunity for teachers and SEN support staff to deepen their specialist knowledge. This fourth round of the National Scholarship Fund focuses on a single priority area: special education needs and disabilities (SEN/D).
For further information please visit www.gov.uk/national-scholarships-for-teachers-and-send-support-staff

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pdf  PG Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care
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pdf  Teaching and Learning Academy
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Entry requirements

Good Honours degree

Employability

Fees

2014/15: Home/EU £4,800 

2014/15: International £10,000 

The above fees are the total for the course, with the fees being divided into instalments over the first 2 years of study.

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.

Course structure

Education

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
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

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

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

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

SEN, Inclusion and Diversity (30 credits)
This is suitable for anyone with an interest/role in SEN, Inclusion & Diversity

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.

Professional Enquiry Skills (30 credits)
This module is an excellent preparation for the dissertation and also for anyone who has an interest in reflecting critically on their professional knowledge and investigating a range of research approaches

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

These modules may be subject to change. 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).

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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Contact: Cherilyn Ward (Administrative Assistant)
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2408)
Email: info.maeducation@newman.ac.uk

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