Educational Practice MA

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Find out more about this course at one of our Open Evenings. Our next Open Evening events are on 18th July and 19th September.

Overview
Learning
Assessment
Careers
Entry Requirements

Overview

Learning activities will include delivery methods such as lectures, group discussions and learning conversations through the use of a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), and action research. Assessments are designed to encourage critical engagement with literature and reflect on professional practice.

About the course

Our MA Educational Practice course provides a coherent, personalised and progressive framework for the professional learning and career development of educational practitioners. You will use your experiences as a teaching professional to critically reflect on your own practice and develop confidence in sharing good practice and articulating new insights. Delivery is through taught sessions, which foster lively debate and deliberate and contest issues that are relevant and current. You will be given opportunities to assess up-to-date research findings and how they complement or challenge current approaches, as well as pursuing your own research, which will be fully supported. Your learning will be supported and extended through individual tutorials with lecturers in your chosen field of study ad through use of online resources on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Participants will study six modules plus a dissertation. Accreditation of prior learning can be applied for in relation to any of the non-core modules on the MA Educational Practice course (up to 60 credits).

 

For more information on course start date/s, please contact Jo Cowan: j.cowan@chester.ac.uk

Learning

Programme Structure:

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

Our MA Educational Practice course provides a coherent, personalised and progressive framework for the professional learning and career development of educational practitioners. You will use your experiences as a teaching professional to critically reflect on your own practice and develop confidence in sharing good practice and articulating new insights.

Progression through the course is tailored to individual requirements.

In Year 1 three taught modules are offered, one per term:

  • Teaching Learning and Assessment
  • Understanding Development
  • Learning; Practitioner Enquiry

In Year 2, modules offered include:

  • Research Design
  • Dissertation

You may be entitled to accreditation for work-based learning associated with your professional practice. Support is provided to assist with this and to enable students to progress more quickly to the dissertation stage.
 

Assessment

Assessments are designed to encourage critical engagement with literature and reflection on practice. The assessment formats are varied and are designed to focus on work-based learning. They include presentations, portfolios of work with reflective commentaries, case studies, video presentations and reflective sketchbooks. Assignments will usually be submitted electronically with some components submitted directly to tutors.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT)

Each module is worth 20 Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) points. CAT points are a nationally recognised system which ensures that there is parity across Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) in the way their modules and courses are organised

For postgraduate awards across the UK:

  • 60 credits = a postgraduate certificate
  • 120 credits = a postgraduate diploma
  • 180 credits = a Master's degree

These credits are transferrable and hence, if you have passed modules in other HEIs, you can use them towards your qualification with us, and vice versa.

Hence, a certificate requires the successful completion of three modules (or equivalent) a diploma requires the successful completion of six modules (or equivalent) and a Masters Degree requires the successful completion of nine modules (or equivalent).

Can I transfer credit from other Universities?

Yes through Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential learning (APEL). If you have credit that you think may be able to contribute to a qualification contact the CPD Co-ordinator and make an individual appointment to enable us to review your profile.

Study skills support

You will have access to a team dedicated to enhancing student academic and personal development, including study skills.

Careers

We aim for students to become reflective practitioners and critical thinkers who can articulate their views with confidence and conviction. You will have expert knowledge of the political arena of education, and will have read widely and engaged with theoretical frameworks which have challenged their values, beliefs and understanding. We aspire for you to become confident researchers, finding solutions to challenges in your professional setting and practice.

Your professional integrity will have been affirmed, and you will have become sufficiently professionally secure to confront and manage change and to lead others, should you choose.

Students may want to enrol on this course to develop their potential as outstanding teachers or future leaders in educational settings.

Entry Requirements

Extra Information

Minimum entry requirements is a first degree. A first degree and a recognised teaching qualification (QTS) will allow automatic entry. Other candidates will be asked to attend an interview.

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Jo Cowan

Administrator

  • Email: j.cowan@chester.ac.uk
  • Telephone: 01244 511579