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The course offers you the chance to take your professional practice to the next level.

You’ll gain fresh new perspectives, learn new approaches and develop your knowledge around education, particularly in relation to research, policy and practice.

By offering a flexible choice of modules and pathway options, you can also align your studies to your professional interests.

Students can select from one of four Master of Education pathways; choosing Curriculum Development, Teaching and Learning, Leadership and Management or Special Educational Needs.

As part of your core modules, you’ll evaluate and develop a critical understanding of the relationships between research, policy, practice and data. You’ll also develop important reflective skills that will be invaluable as you progress in your career.

Your chosen pathway modules will positively build your skills and knowledge in your particular specialist area. Independent study will also help to tailor your learning experiences to your chosen specialist area of practice.

The course offers you the chance to take your professional practice to the next level.

You’ll gain fresh new perspectives, learn new approaches and develop your knowledge around education, particularly in relation to research, policy and practice.

By offering a flexible choice of modules and pathway options, you can also align your studies to your professional interests.

Students can select from one of four Master of Education pathways; choosing Curriculum Development, Teaching and Learning, Leadership and Management or Special Educational Needs.

As part of your core modules, you’ll evaluate and develop a critical understanding of the relationships between research, policy, practice and data. You’ll also develop important reflective skills that will be invaluable as you progress in your career.

Your chosen pathway modules will positively build your skills and knowledge in your particular specialist area. Independent study will also help to tailor your learning experiences to your chosen specialist area of practice.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department
Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location
Coach Lane Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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Before you begin this course, you’ll be given information on the range of pathway modules available and you’ll select which ones you wish to study, depending on the route you wish to take. You’ll need to complete one of two mandatory, core modules as well as selecting a dissertation subject.

You’ll then select three specialist modules aligned to either Curriculum Development;Teaching and Learning;Leadership and Management or Special Educational Needs.

Assessment is ongoing uses a variety of approaches including assignments, presentations, portfolios and reports. All tasks are clearly explained in advance and assessment criteria, grade descriptors and marking schemes will be available for every assignment and thoroughly discussed in class.

The majority of your work will involve independent reading and activities and your modules will be delivered via a range of lectures, seminars and workshops, supported by directed study.

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The staff who lead the modules on this course are all qualified teachers and practitioners with substantial experience in the education sector, and you can find out more about them here.

When you learn with us, you’ll have opportunity to work with a team who are recognised for the high quality of their work and you’ll learn within a department that has been rated as an ‘outstanding’ provider of both secondary and primary teacher training, by Ofsted.

Throughout the course you’ll be supported by your guidance tutor and receive extra support and supervision during your dissertation project.

The course is popular with international students because they can benefit from the support of language experts in our English Language Centre.

Staff Profiles / Master of Education

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Technology-enhanced learning is used extensively across the course and each module will have its own e-learning area.

This helps us to share learning materials with you in a flexible way and allows you to revisit learning materials in your own time. It also enables you to have online discussions with your fellow students to develop ideas.

As part of the course, you’ll be encouraged to challenge your personal development and access career advice through the UseMYAbility website.

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You’ll have the chance to work with a team who are recognised and respected for the high quality of their work.

The teaching and research areas of our staff are fascinating and span a diverse range of specialist areas.

Academic staff have extensive experience of leading, conducting and managing research in all areas of education, from early years and schools to post-compulsory and higher education. Areas of research strength within educational settings include school-to-school networking and collaboration, educational leadership in a variety of contexts, e.g. schools, colleges etc, curriculum innovation, and the impact of educational initiatives on marginalised and vulnerable groups. You’ll also benefit learning from researchers also have expertise in the leadership of school networks, 1:1 online tuition as well 1:1 face-to-face tutorials.

Research / Current Departmental Research Themes

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These programmes will offer you further qualification that will support you in your career development.

For example, if you choose to study a Masters in Education (Leadership and Management) this will not only provide you with a valuable specialism which will be recognised within your award title but also within the sector in which you are employed and will facilitate your career as leaders and managers within your organisations. Similarly, the Masters in Education (SEN/Inclusion) is a recognised specialism across all sectors, in all contexts and as such will support your career development.

In particular, your highly developed critical reflection skills will help you to consider, discuss, analyse and evaluate your practice in depth.

You’ll also really boost your abilities when it comes to working as part of a team, communication and self-awareness.

These are all vital skills to have if you’re looking to progress to senior leader or management level within the education sector.

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This course offers a great launch pad for the next step in your career, especially if you want to specialise in Curriculum Development;Teaching and Learning; Leadership and Management or Special Educational Needs.

Studying for this Master of Education qualification will demonstrate your real commitment to improving your professional practice, and your chosen pathway will equip you with specialist knowledge and skills.

You’ll also be able to reflect upon and challenge your own practice, which is a valuable skill to demonstrate to future employers.

You’ll leave with up-to-the-minute knowledge of the very latest in education research, policy and practice and with a whole new perspective on data and evaluation, all of which will help to put you at the forefront of your field.

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Fees and Funding 2018/19 Entry

Full UK Fee: £5,995

Full EU Fee: £5,995

Full International Fee: £13,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £6,990

Full EU Fee: £6,990

Full International Fee: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PP0724 -

The Empirical Project (Optional, 60 Credits)

You will be encouraged to critically explore a range of approaches to research however emphaisis will be placed on your understanding of the world view, design and meaning system that will drive your own research study. It is assumed that prior to the undertaking of this dissertation module you will have undertaken study that prepares you for engagement with a Masters dissertation process and that you will have constructed a robust research proposal that has gained or is in the process of gaining ethical approval from both the University and (if applicable) your employing organisation. In the module you will revisit and deepen your understandings of a range of key topic areas linked to the empirical research process, this will include discussion of world views and research paradigms, the research question, aim or hypothesis, research design, working with literature and theory, developing ethical codes, constructing the research sample, collecting robust research evidence, ensuring quality assurance within your research work, analysing both qualitative and quantitative evidence and writing and disseminating the research dissertation work. You will be invited to attend a series of research seminars during the module and you will have access to a named Higher Education supervisor for one to one tutorial work. Both the seminars and tutorials will encourage you to apply the key areas of learning within this module to your own professional context and field of expertise. This will enable you to critically examine how the empirical research process will work best for your research goals and design.

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RW7000 -

Academic Language Skills PG (Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing) (Optional, 0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

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TE7038 -

Research Methods in Education and Training (Optional, 30 Credits)

This module provides the underpinning skills and knowledge necessary to undertake independent research in education and training at Level 7. It will give you the opportunity to develop practical and theoretical skills in the use and understanding of different research paradigms, methodological approaches and their associated research methods. You will also develop an in-depth understanding of related issues, including but not restricted to, ethical concerns, data management and analysis, the use conceptual frameworks and how to engage critically with the literature. The module has a strong focus on practice, and you will be encouraged to take this as your starting point, to question and problematize professional concerns, and to develop those as research problems and questions.

This will provide you with a framework to critique and question research, policy and practice and their impact on Education and Training. Drawing on this, you will be able to develop a research proposal which addresses a professional concern, drawing on contemporary and relevant research literature in order to analyse and justify your methodological approach. You will also be supported to explore subject based literature in order to support your identification and exploration of a research problem.

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TE7039 -

Systematic Appraisal in Education and Training (Optional, 60 Credits)

In this module you will focus on the role of the practitioner as a research user. You will have the opportunity to make effective and systematic use of published research to inform education practice and/or policy. Through the process of the systematic appraisal, you will develop enhanced critical appraisal skills. The systematic appraisal project will address research questions which arise from your specific practice/field of expertise. These questions may address:
• Effectiveness of single/definable interventions in order to state and recommend best practice/provide evidence based guidelines for practice.
• Evaluation of appropriateness/acceptability/process/outcomes of educational provision in order to improve/develop/inform practice.
• The service user experience of education services.
• Relationships between practitioners and service users.
• Theoretical and ideological issues of relevance to education practice and/or policy.
Published work to be included in the appraisal may be either entirely quantitative, entirely qualitative or mixed method. The philosophical perspective of both the research question and the appraisal methodology must be examined.
The focus of this module is a small scale systematic review which students undertake with the support of an experienced academic research supervisor. Peer support is also encouraged through student led seminars.

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TE7040 -

Inclusive Practice/SEN - School Practitioner Perspective (Optional, 30 Credits)

This module gives you the opportunity to explore issues, understandings and knowledge of Inclusive practice in the school setting to include that of children with special educational needs. You will partake in critical discourse with regard to pertinent issues of the inclusive practice /SEN agenda.

Curricula and continuum of provision:
- Legislation and its impact;
- Notions of Education (Pedagogy) )or children with special educational needs;
-The potential of new technologies to support communication, teaching and learning for children with SEN and disability
- Notions of SEN/models of disability
-Professional Frameworks
- Key principles of inclusion, families, inter-professional working, collaboration, self-advocacy;
Appraisal of Recent Research
-Implications for Classroom/School Practice
- Key features of teaching and learning;
- A variety of approaches to delivery
–Developing an emerging philosophy

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TE7041 -

Educational Leadership and Management (Optional, 30 Credits)

This module considers what constitutes effective management and leadership within the national and cultural context of the UK educational system with reference to the cultural contexts of other educational systems. Students will explore theories and models of educational management and leadership and will apply these to critiques of examples of educational practice re management and leadership drawn from their own experiences and from current research.

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TE7042 -

Leading Learning (Optional, 30 Credits)

This module will provide you with an opportunity to analyse in depth what is meant by the concept of leading learning. This includes reflection on your role as a leader who creates a vision and climate in the school/ college/other educational establishment or setting, in which there is a strong focus on learning. It will involve you exploring new ideas about teaching, the curriculum and continuing staff development, together with a commitment to monitoring, evaluation and review of practice.

The module will provide you with a framework to examine your role as an educational leader and the influence and impact you have on institutional culture and climate. There will also be an opportunity to examine in detail how effectively you and other educational leaders engage the learning community in a rigorous process of monitoring, evaluation and review, linked to internal and external evaluation procedures. The module will also enable you to examine ways in which the role of parents and other stakeholders contributes to effective outcomes for learners, as well as enabling you to develop their personal knowledge, understanding and skills in these key areas of leadership.

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TE7043 -

Teaching and Learning (Optional, 30 Credits)

This module is intended to give students who are either professionals working within education or those who are intending to work in education an opportunity to develop their knowledge of both pedagogy and andragogy. The module will take the learner on a journey through the ideology that shapes the way in which education is both defined and organised and the theoretical dissonance between theories of learning and formal education. The focus is broad as you are encouraged to consider all aspects of teaching and learning in the statutory, further/higher and lifelong learning sectors.

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TE7044 -

Curriculum Development (Optional, 30 Credits)

In this module you will have the opportunity to analyse, in–depth, what is meant by the concept of curriculum development. This includes reflection on the curriculum leader’s role in creating a vision and climate in the school or other educational establishment, on which there is a strong focus on learning, where new ideas about teaching, the curriculum and continuing staff development are taken seriously, together with a commitment to monitoring, evaluation and review of practice.

The module will also provide you with a framework for examining the influence and impact on institutional culture and climate on curriculum development. You will have the opportunity for detailed consideration and examination of how an effective curriculum engages the learning community in a rigorous process of monitoring, evaluation and review, linked to internal and external procedures. You will also explore and examine ways in which the role of parents and other stakeholders contribute to effective curriculum development.

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TE7049 -

Education System in England (Optional, 30 Credits)

The aim of the module is to develop an understanding of the Education system in England; where it has come from and how it works in practice today. This will enable you to put all other education related modules into context. It will give you an understanding of the education system in England and allow you to critically appraise its many facets. You will be able to:

• Apply an appropriate perspective to a facet of education in terms of the system as a whole.
• Understand systematically the rationale for key features in the modern day education system
• Critically analyse and reflect upon key issues within the education system in England

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WB0715 -

Preparation for Project Management (Optional, 30 Credits)

This module is designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of a range of ideas, concepts and theories that will help you to become engaged in a well informed and meaningful work-based enquiry and project management. Through a combination of seminar and inter-session activities the module will help you to develop a critical awareness of a range of appropriate approaches to project planning, implementation and evaluation appropriate to your own organisational and professional context.

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WB0716 -

Work Based Dissertation (Optional, 60 Credits)

This module is designed to promote your personal development and a range of inter-personal, intellectual and practical (functional) skills based on and demonstrated through an individually negotiated real-time work-based dissertation that will be of benefit to your employing organisation. It seeks to raise your awareness of the workplace as a learning environment, extend your capability and enhance your individual effectiveness, employability and business competitiveness. It will focus on organisational-based issues and seek to develop your skills in the diagnosis of problems, research and analysis. You will develop strategies to address problems and techniques of presentation. You will demonstrate that appropriate ethical, commercial, confidentiality and data protection issues are taken into consideration. You will be expected to reflect on the learning derived from carrying out the dissertation.

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