This programme involves workshops, independent study, action research, and active involvement in discussions.
Special Educational Needs and Disability: Inclusive Practice and Leadership
This module will develop students’ understanding of best practice in SEND and inclusive education provision. Students will develop an understanding of local and international SEND provision, strategy and policy. As part of this module, the student will develop an understanding of research and evidence in SEND practice, policy, and implementation. Finally, students will be encouraged to develop leadership and management skills related to SEND coordination, delivery, partnership and management.
Research Methodology in Education
The aim of this module is to provide a critical overview of research methods and approaches used for investigating various aspects of modern education. Students will be able to evaluate the strengths and limitations of various methodologies and different methodological approaches including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods, which underpin various approaches to knowledge generation in a range of education contexts. In addition, students will have the opportunity to explore philosophical, ethical, and methodological differences, which contribute to various approaches of knowledge generation that can inform educational research.
The dissertation is the culmination of a student’s work on the MA Education Programme. Having previously completed credits at Masters (M) level, the participants will appraise their knowledge and critically develop their independent research skills to demonstrate mastery of a complex and specialised area in education. Supported by their supervisor, the dissertation is an individual undertaking. The dissertation requires students to display their ability to propose, design, conduct, analyse, interpret, and evaluate an ethically sound practitioner research study that has the potential to improve professional practice in education.
Developing Effective Teaching and Learning
The Teaching and Learning module addresses the connection between teaching and learning and investigates various evidence-based pedagogical approached to connect the two. Students will critically examine selected theory and practice of aspects of teaching and learning which meet the professional needs of their contexts. This module will also encourage the development of educators as reflective practitioners and skilled self-managed learners.
Developing Effective Leadership and Management in Education
The aim of this module is to develop the necessary knowledge and skills for effective leadership and management in education. Students will highlight and examine current scholarship and ideas in the field of educational leadership and management globally. The module activities will promote the development of criticality, synthesis, deep reflection, and scholarly activities. Students will apply selected leadership and management strategies to their own professional practice and to an improvement project in the environment they operate.
Action Enquiry in Education
This module aims to improve practice and provide practical experience of planning a practitioner research project and analysing data. It is tailored to the subject specialism of students who can choose the focus of their enquiry based upon their own and institutional needs for improvement. Students will be encouraged to develop as investigative, action-oriented, and reflective practitioners.
Technology Integration Leadership and Practice
This module provides opportunities for participants to critically analyse and evaluate integration of technology within school and classroom environments. Students will examine barriers to technology integration in the schools and college context with implications for policy and professional development. Also, students will become innovative educational leaders who are able to identify future technology trends, evaluate digital tools, and lead system-wide change related to technology integration in schools. Innovations in disruptive and adaptive technology and the diffusion of ideas that foster and improve student learning outcomes in the digital classroom are analysed and evaluated.
Developing Effective Coaching and Mentoring
The aim of this module is to develop the necessary knowledge and skills for effective instructional as well as performance coaching and mentoring in education. Students will highlight and examine current scholarship and ideas in the field of educational coaching and mentoring globally. The module activities will promote the development of criticality, synthesis, deep reflection, and scholarly activities. Students will apply selected coaching and mentoring strategies to their own professional practice including reflections and professional development for their career.
Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.