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Education Practice MA/PG Dip/PG Cert

Develop your passion for teaching, learning and education by gaining in-depth knowledge of the education sector’s contemporary challenges, including managing educational change, educational technology, assessing learning and policy developments.

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Overview

Due to high application demand and COVID restrictions for teaching on campus, we have now closed applications for international student places onto our Postgraduate Taught 12 month programmes starting in September/October 2020, and are no longer accepting deposits for this intake. If you have already paid your deposit and requested (but not received) your CAS we will be in touch to clarify your individual situation. Many of our courses benefit from multiple intakes, including options to start in January 2021, please contact us for more information.


This course is designed for those wishing to pursue or develop their career in the education sector, specifically in relation to teaching, leadership and educational management.  

Aimed at teachers working in primary, secondary, further and higher education institutions, as well as graduates interested in pursuing teaching careers or other roles in the education sector, this programme helps to further develop any initial teacher training and is ideal for those looking to work and conduct research in the field of education studies.

By choosing this course, you can benefit from tutoring delivered by our practice and research-based academic team, which is recognised for excellence in teaching and curriculum design. You will benefit from working with colleagues who have developed professional partnerships with International Council on Education for Teaching and educational charities. Through access to our industry connections, you can also enhance your employability with placement and volunteering opportunities in local educational settings.

The course allows you to reflect upon the latest trends and developments in the field and consider how these apply to your own place of work, so we strongly recommend that all students undertake some paid or voluntary work experience in an education setting during their time on this course.

Key features

  • Our practice and research-based academic team is recognised for excellence in teaching, curriculum design and innovation.
  • Study a range of optional modules including Leading and Managing Educational Change, Current and Emergent Issues in Education Policy, Technology Enhanced Practice, and Assessment and the Curriculum.
  • Benefit from our industry connections, allowing you to enhance your employability with placement and volunteering opportunities in local educational settings.

“ 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

Start dates: September 2020

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:
For 2020/21 full-time tuition fees will be £5,550. Part-time fees will be £442 per 15 credit module

Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship:
Up to 50 per cent off tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU graduates who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Find out more about postgraduate course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

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

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

Start dates: September 2020

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

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
For 2020/21 full-time tuition fees will be £14,600

Find out more about postgraduate course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

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

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 a relevant degree, not necessarily in education, but a good practical knowledge of education is required
  • Evidence of prior practical experience of working directly with learners in an educational setting in either a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Clear interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence in the personal statement
  • Strong commitment to working in the broad field of education throughout the duration of the course and in the future
  • 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

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.

Work experience:

Course assessments require students to reflect on their experiences of working directly with learners within an education or learning environment.

It is therefore expected that students will join the course having already gained at least 200 hours of relevant work experience.

Also, it is compulsory for all students to obtain work – paid or voluntary – in a learning environment for at least one day per week for the duration of the course. If necessary, students will be assisted in sourcing a suitable volunteering opportunity through the university’s flagship Square Mile Project.

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 and the effectiveness of this regime on you, the teacher and the school. Alternative approaches to the curriculum and assessment will be identified to enhance your learning
  • Current and Emergent Issues in Education Policy - Reflects upon the latest developments in education and examines the policy trends underpinning these. You will explore policy issues in the context of your own educational setting and develop an informed critique of how policy links with practice
  • Technology Enhanced Practice - Considers the pitfalls and potentials of new technologies (e-safety, interactive whiteboards, virtual learning environments, Twitter, social networking, etc) for schooling, learning and teaching. You will also explore how such technology can be used effectively and what future education spaces/ possibilities are opened up
  • Negotiated Study - Provides students with the opportunity to pursue topics that are of direct and immediate relevance to their professional context. You will conduct an independent and individually negotiated study in an area of personal interest to you and your role in education.
  • Leading and Managing Educational Change - Enables students to critically engage with research on educational leadership and the management of change, with a view to applying their theoretical understanding to their practice. You will also critically reflect on your own position and opportunities as a leader within your educational workplace

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 facilities

Substantial investment has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you expand your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff to ensure that you develop a precise and accurate practical ability in the clinical skills suites.

Library services

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers

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Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship - up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

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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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How to apply

We welcome applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

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50% off selected PG courses
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50% off selected PG courses

If you’ve completed an undergraduate degree at DMU, then you can benefit from a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on our postgraduate courses. The discount is available on selected full-time, part-time and distance learning postgraduate courses running across multiple start dates. 

The discount, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK and EU students who are graduating this year or have graduated within the past two years and achieved a 2:1 (or equivalent) or above. Learn more here.

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The perfect way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our postgraduate open evenings or events. Here, you can speak with course academics and current students, discuss fees, learn about your career prospects and tour the campus.

You can also watch and ask questions in one of our postgraduate live streams.

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Case study

“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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