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Education Practice

Focusing on contemporary issues such as learners and learning and managing educational change, Education Practice is for teachers employed in primary, secondary and further education as well as DMU graduates interested in teaching, or related careers. You will be encouraged to use your own workplace and experience as the basis for your assignments.

Overview

Reasons to study Education Practice at DMU:

  • Enhance your employability with placements and voluntary opportunities in local educational settings
  • Reflect upon the latest trends and developments in the field and consider how these apply to your own place of work
  • Course content fits with the latest demands of the Department for Education and National College in helping to prepare and build on the demands of National Professional Qualification for Headship and Middle Leadership
  • Our practice- and research-based academic team is recognised for excellence in teaching, curriculum design and innovation
  • Benefit from our strong partnerships with universities, schools, professional organisations such as the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET) , education charities and government agencies worldwide

“ The course has opened up my mind to new theories and pedagogical practices. In comparison to other MAs in education, this course offered more choice. It allowed me to make the MA my own, furthering my knowledge in areas that interested me and, most importantly, applied to my vocation as a teacher. ”
Leanne Holmes, graduate

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Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time

Attendance:
Full-time two taught sessions for two evenings per week
Part-time one taught session per week

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
Full-time £4,980
Part-time
15 credits £415
60 credit dissertation £1,660

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time

Attendance:
Full-time two taught sessions for two evenings per week

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
Full-time £12,200

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Entry criteria

  • 2:1 Hons in relevant degree
  • The course can offer accreditation of prior learning (APL) of up to 60 credits to candidates with appropriate experience and qualifications such as a PGCE
  • You will be expected to be work in a learning environment, paid or unpaid, for a minimum of one day per week throughout the duration of the course
  • We welcome applications from a wide sector and all non-standard applications will be carefully considered

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise

 

Course modules

  • Researching Education (30 credits) - Introduces research methodologies and their implications to in forma research proposal for the dissertation element
  • Major project/dissertation (60 credits) - In consultation with the course leader, you will be encouraged to undertake research in an area that speaks to your own interests/experience. Assessment may include a continuing professional development event with your employer.

You will select from the following 30 credit optional modules:

  • Assessment and the Curriculum - Examines the ways in which a content-led curriculum focuses classroom encounters upon assessment rather than learning. It also considers the ways in which you are tested; the effectiveness of this regime on you, the teacher and the school. Alternative approacheS to curriculum and assessment will be identified to enhance your learning
  • Current and Emergent Issues - Reflects upon the subject matter using appropriate social science tools. Issues are subject to change but may include: teacher as manager in the classroom; performance and inspection; education and the learning society
  • Technology Enhanced Learning - Looks at the dangers and potentials of new technologies (internet, interactive whiteboards, multimedia, search engines etc) for schooling, learning and teaching. How can such technology be used effectively and what future education spaces/possibilities are opened up
  • Learners and Learning - Looks at the changing nature of the learner today. What does this mean for the role of the teacher and the nature of schooling? How do people learn today and what interventions and strategies might enrich the learning environment
  • Managing Educational Change - Looks at the ways in which you, as teachers, can actively engage with such issues above in your own working life and what the practical impacts of policy are

Teaching and assessment

The Education Practice course uses a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and group work during evening teaching sessions. You will also be expected to undertake self-directed study.

If you study full-time, you will attend taught sessions for two evenings per week and complete the course in one academic year. If you study part-time, you will attend taught sessions for one evening per week and complete the course in two academic years.

Academic expertise

Our experienced practice and research-based course team are all qualified teachers and lecturers, and have been recognised for excellence in teaching, curriculum design and innovation.

Members of the team are currently involved in active research, which shapes and informs our teaching.

Areas of research include;
  • Academic practice
  • Arts education
  • Assessment
  • Change management
  • Communities of practice
  • Excellence and good practice
  • Inclusion and equality
  • Leadership
  • Learning, including online learning
  • Pedagogy
  • Philosophy of education
  • Psychology of education
  • Policy implementation
  • Professional development
  • Research methods
  • Technology

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilties

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Scholarships

As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >

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Graduate careers

This course is ideal if you wish to further your career in teaching, leadership and school management, and other careers related to the education system. This will also help prepare and build on the demands of National Professional Qualification for Headship.

The course is also an ideal vehicle for those wishing to work and research in the academic discipline of Education Studies.

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