MA Education Professional Practice (with pathways)

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Duration Part-time, 2-4 Years
Start date January, May, September 2021
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Investigate a wide range of educational issues through high quality, online learning resources.  Control your pace of study through negotiated learning packages at whatever stage in your career.

The MA Education Professional Practice programme offers a focused menu of modules that allows you to choose research areas relevant to your own practice and interests.  This route also provides you with the opportunity to apply current experience in the continued development of your professional strengths:

  • Enhance your current professional learning
  • Experience high standards in teaching, learning and assessment
  • Achieve a specialist named pathway in education
  • Enjoy a wide range of module choices for learning and leadership
  • Bring existing PGCE/M Level credits with you from prior learning

Completion of the full MA (180 credits) can include opportunities to gain credits for prior masters level qualifications.  There are also opportunities for accreditation of single modules, ranging from 10-30 credits, or to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits).

Specialist pathways can lead to enhanced career opportunities in Early Years Education, Higher Education, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, Inclusionary Practice and Faith School Leadership.

Student testimonials about the course

“It is a wonderful, friendly place where you feel welcome as part of a family. The staff are supportive and encouraging in everything they do. They often go above and beyond what would be expected of them”.

“It is giving me the skills to evaluate my own professional practice and the courage to approach senior members of staff to give my evidence and recommendations. It allows me to think 'is my teaching good enough?' and make changes to it”.

“It is distance learning so it can be difficult at times to feel as though you are part of a group. However, the university offers workshops at weekends and writing retreats to enable us to meet and discuss ideas. It is also branching out to webinars so no matter where you live, you can participate in these workshops”.

“This is a professional course and is designed for people who are working within the educational field.  We do not have time during normal working hours to have meetings, but the staff here respond to emails quickly and will make time to meet you if you need them to”.

Students described the MAEPP programme and overall being ‘great value for money’.

Graduate destinations

Completion of the full MA (180 credits) can include opportunities to gain credits for prior masters level qualifications.  There are also opportunities for accreditation of single modules, ranging from 10-30 credits, or to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Specialist pathways can lead to enhanced career opportunities in Early Years Education, Higher Education, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, Inclusionary Practice and Faith School Leadership.

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