The following themes run through the whole course:
- Education research, theory and professional knowledge;
- Education policy and its implications for practice;
- Reflective practice and professional development;
- Enquiry and evidence-based practice;
- Creativity and innovation in education;
- Leadership, advocacy and action research;
- Values, nature and purpose of education;
- Contemporary international perspectives and cultural diversity;
- Sustainability, inclusion and globalisation.
In the part-time course, you will normally study three 20 credit modules per year for two years, followed by the 60 credit dissertation in Year 3, to comprise the full MA Education. In the full-time course you will normally study two 20 credit modules per term with the dissertation alongside. International students normally study the full-time course.
The module titles are listed below.
All of the modules carry Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) recognition.
- Critical reflection in professional practice (MTLA) (20 credits);
- Enquiry and evidence in professional practice (MTLA) (20 credits);
- Reading the changing policy landscape (MTLA) (20 credits);
- Learning theories (MTLA) (20 credits);
- Issues in mentoring, coaching and critical friendship (MTLA) (20 credits);
- Critical theory and evidence informed practice (MTLA) (20 credits);
- Negotiated module – on a focus of your choice (MTLA) (20 credits);
- Evaluation and research methods and dissertation (MTLA) (60 credits).
The sessions are held at our Canterbury campus. For the part-time course the sessions are run in the evenings from 6-9pm. Each module consists of six taught sessions and the dissertation is individually supervised following three taught sessions on research methods.
All MA Education Modules carry the additional award of membership of the Teaching and Learning Academy (MTLA). You will be entitled to use the suffix MTLA after your name and will have personal use of the Teaching and Learning Academy’s logo. When you successfully accumulate MTLA awards you are awarded a Fellowship of the Teaching and Learning Academy (FTLA). Although you will have to register online with the TLA, there are no additional costs for the award of MTLA as this is part of the Canterbury offer and built into the selected credits awarded for each module.
NQT ACCREDITATION SCHEME
The NQT Accreditation Scheme is aimed at all Newly Qualified Teachers beginning their induction year and continuing their early professional development. Linking closely to the core standards, the scheme enables active involvement and opportunities to continue improving professional knowledge and practice alongside critical reflective analysis.
Newly Qualified / early career teachers can use our NQT / early career module to start Master’s level study or to add to existing Level 7 credits. This single module normally runs from November to June, to allow plenty of time to support critical reflection and development of your professional practice.
You will attend three Saturday sessions spaced throughout the induction year, at a gentler pace than our other modules to take into account the challenges of your first year in teaching. Successful completion leads to 20 Level 7 credits. You can then continue with Masters study, with opportunities to build in other recent and relevant credits awarded within the last 5 years (e.g. from PGCE).