What constitutes good education and how can it be delivered most effectively? This flexible course, taught by tutors possessing extensive experience in educational settings, explores how education defines and contributes to the world around us. In understanding that education is much more than simply teaching and learning, you will begin to question many of the assumptions that lie beneath both policy and practice.
The core focus of this innovative MA is exceptional education. Our part-time course meets the needs of those who wish to further their knowledge of the theory and processes of education, but cannot commit to full-time studies. The course may be undertaken on an individual or collective basis, with groups of teachers and education professionals both eligible to enrol.
Structured so that assignments can be built into your working practice, the course will maximise the effectiveness of your teaching, leadership and management. We encourage participants to evaluate existing practices, develop new approaches and become immersed in enquiry-based research.
Middlesex's extensive history of delivering leading education courses ensures that you will benefit from the guidance of outstanding tutors who bring a wealth of professional experience to their teaching. As research-leaders, our academics are widely published across disciplines such as multilingualism, diversity and childhood development.
Assessment includes assignments, portfolios of evidence and action research projects. The learning process involves a combination of selective inputs, workshop activities, school based work, self-directed enquiries and research, and online learning. The modules can be undertaken at a distance from the University.
We understand that our students work in very busy environments, therefore we look to provide support wherever possible. Our principle aim is to tailor assignments to your institutional and personal needs, then use practitioner action enquiry and reflective practice as a learning model. All students will be enrolled on the MA course but may opt out at the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma stage.
The course title can be negotiated with the Programme Leader - that is, the student may wish to choose what appears in brackets beside the award title 'MA Education' on their academic transcript.
For students undertaking the course as an 'individual' student, i.e. not part of a group, all students choose one of:
Developing Effective Teaching and Learning This innovative module looks at student learning and ways to improve classroom practice. There are regular portfolio tasks plus an action enquiry. The module is delivered via blended learning via web resources and materials and learning conversations. There are also optional face-to-face sessions. You will explore the pedagogy, systems an structures of learning in the classroom, and investigate current research into learning in order to improve practice. You'll reflect on your own practice and develop innovative approaches to learning.
Developing Effective Leadership and Management The module is suitable for teachers and those working in educational organisations that have a formal or informal leadership role. You'll develop effective leadership and management, and apply the leadership and management strategies you learn to an improvement project.
Developing Effective Coaching and Mentoring in Education This module enables you to become well grounded in coaching skills to use as a key leadership tool to support and develop colleagues, and build capacity within your organisation. You will develop theoretical understanding of mentoring and coaching models and apply these in your workplace, and develop and refine your personal mentoring-coaching skills with a focus on self-evaluation. The module is suitable for middle and senior leaders including head teachers, local authority advisers and consultants.
Developing Effective Foundation Stage Teaching and Learning The module is suitable for you if you are working and teaching in early years and foundation stage settings and have three years' experience. You'll critically examine selected theory and practice of teaching and learning in early years education. You'll develop and improve selected aspects of teaching and learning practice in order to improve educational outcomes, and experience professional development through practitioner action research.
Developing Professional Practice This module is suitable for anyone in education interested in developing practice. It provides high quality support, recognition and acknowledgement for teachers for you as your seek professional development and encourages you as a reflective practitioner and skilled self-managed learner.
For students undertaking the course as part of a group, you may, as agreed between your group leader and the University, choose one module from the list above, or specialist, subject or school-based modules as agreed with Middlesex University.
Subject specialist modules currently exist for Design and Technology, Global Dimension to the Curriculum, Physical education and Games, Primary Modern Foreign Languages, Foundation Stage, however generic module details may be adapted to meet other subject specialist requirements.
School-led modules are led by schools, focused upon their school priorities, and take place at the school. Some are open to teachers from other schools.
This is the step off point for the Postgraduate Certificate.
Postgraduate Diploma and MA students additionally take:
One of the modules above, or
Action Enquiry for Improvement This generic action research module is designed for you to select your own practice-based project and use the research and enquiry model to develop your practice and provide evidence of impact. The syllabus includes the process of collaborative action enquiry, the use of action enquiry within school Improvement initiatives, planning action enquiry for improvement, and undertaking and sustaining an action enquiry for improvement. You'll choose the focus of your enquiry based upon your own and institutional needs for improvement.
This is the step off point for the Postgraduate Diploma.
MA Students additionally complete:
Dissertation or independent school-based research project. You will develop mastery of complex and specialised area knowledge and demonstrate critical and analytical reference to your own field of criticism and enquiry. You will be required to plan and conduct small-scale research, preparation phase, and research methods. You will create a literature review and select the appropriate research methods and methodology to apply. You will demonstrate expertise in conducting specialised and advanced skills of research, presentations, interpretation and analysis. You will display the ability to bring research ideas, enquiry and analysis into synthesis in written dissertation. You will accept accountability for related decision-making including use of supervision.
You will work on practical, school-based assignments as well as attending classes and workshops, and doing your own independent reading, research, study and observation.
You will submit a dissertation and a reflective portfolio of work, as well as other project and research reports. We will be looking, among other things, for these skills:
Applicants should have a 2:2 or above from their Bachelor honours degree and would normally be working in education.
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country. For details of other equivalent requirements that Middlesex accepts see entry requirements. As this is a part-time programme we will only be able to accept international students who do not require a Tier 4 visa.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.
Please apply directly to the university for this course using the attached application form.
Tel: +44 (0)20 8411 4708
Teaching offers excellent progression and benefits and our graduates have a solid reputation within the profession. This course is designed to enable participants to enhance their career development. After completing the course, many past students have gained promotions, moving into management positions in mainstream and special education, as well as in advisory work. Students report a close connection between their studies and improved inclusive practice.
This programme is designed to enhance your effectiveness as a practitioner and to build on your existing qualifications, skills and knowledge. The programme has been specifically designed to further your career within the industry through enhancing existing professional practice through personal development and self-managed learning, as well as consolidating and expanding your professional network.
UK/EU Students: £36 per taught credit + £36 per dissertation credit (£2,160 per 60 credit module). Valid for entry for new students in September 2015 or January 2016.
International Students: £36 per taught credit + £36 per dissertation credit (£2,160 per 60 credit module). Valid for entry for new students in September 2015 or January 2016.