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UWTSD has a long standing history in the field of Education, first offering the MA Ed programme in 1984.  The programme's content is regularly reviewed to ensure that it is relevant to today's educational professionals.  

In addition to the generalist pathway, you can also choose to study on one of 5 specialist pathways: 

MA Ed Additional Learning Needs 
MA Ed Language and Literacy 
MA Ed Leadership 
MA Ed Equity in Education 
MA Ed Learning and Teaching

Key Facts

Institution Code: S96
Course Length:
Up to five years part time

Location:
Swansea
School/Faculty:
Continuing Professional Learning and Development
Contact Name:
Junnine Thomas-Walters
Contact Email:
junnine.thomas-walters@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English  



The programme has evolved and developed over the last twenty eight years. It has long been a successful and popular programme with teachers and educationalists. Productive and strong collaborative links have been developed between UWTSD, ERW, local authorities, schools and outside agencies.

Following a review and in line with current thinking, the programme team decided to design and offer a range of specialised pathways in addition to the generic Post Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Education and MA (Ed) being offered.

 The full MA (Ed) is a modular programme comprising six modules.

Part One of the programme requires the student to take four ‘taught’ modules; (120 credit units at Master’s level). Part Two of the programme comprises the dissertation, equivalent to two full modules (60 credit units at Master’s level). It requires the student to complete a dissertation following a period of independent study on a topic of interest and relevance to themselves. Students following named award pathways must complete the dissertation (Part Two) within their specialist area.

During Part One of the programme, students will attend modules led by a tutor. In addition, students will undertake directed and independent study and will work towards the submission of an assignment for each module.

During Part Two of the programme students will be allocated a one-to-one supervisor to support them through their dissertation and will also attend dissertation support sessions.

The Post Graduate Certificate is a modular programme comprising two 30-credit modules.

The Post Graduate Diploma is a modular programme comprising four 30-credit modules.

Generic Pathway MA(Ed)

Research Methods in Education (Core Module 30 level 7 credits)

+ 3 modules of choice

+ part two Dissertation (60 level 7 credits) with choice of focus

All modules in Part One  = 30 Level 7 credits 

  • Research Methods in Education
  • Social and Emotional Behavioural Difficulties in Practice
  • Dyslexia in an Inclusive Environment
  • Exploring Additional Learning Needs
  • Language and Learning
  • Language and Literacy and Learning in the Classroom
  • Language Needs and Delays
  • Leading the Learning
  • Learning Leaders: the role of Continuing Professional Development in Leadership and Management
  • School Leadership at all levels: a critical perspective
  • Professional learning in Context: leadership
  • Securing Quality and Accountability 
  • Leading Effective Learning and Teaching (Pedagogy)
  • Leading Effective Learning and Teaching (Curriculum)
  • Leading Learning and Teaching (Cross- curriculum)
  • Assessment for Learning and Developing Thinking
  • Professional Learning in Context: learning and Teaching 
  • Professional Learning in Context : Equity in Education
  • Securing Equity in Education
  • Strengthening Community Engagement 
  • Mentoring and Coaching Educational and Professional Contexts
  • Early Childhood Education and the Foundation Phase
  • Developing Pedagogical Strategies for Digital Literacy
  • Critical Reflection on Professional Development
  • Independent Study
  • Dissertation (Double module)

 

MA(Ed) (Additional Learning Needs) 

Research Methods in Education

+ 3 modules of choice (from list below)

+ Part two Dissertation (60 level 7 credits) with choice of ALN focus

  • Social Emotional Behavioural Difficulties in Practice 
  • Dyslexia in an Inclusive Learning Environment 
  • Exploring Additional Learning Needs
  • Critical Reflection on Professional Development (Portfolio must reflect an ALN focus)
  • Independent Study (This must reflect an ALN focus)

 

MA(Ed) (Language and Literacy) 

Research Methods in Education 

+ 3 modules of choice (from list below)

+Part Two Dissertation (60 level 7 credits) with choice of language and literacy focus)

  • Language and Learning
  • Language, Literacy and Learning in the Classroom
  • Language Needs and Delays
  • Critical Reflection on Professional Development (Portfolio must reflect a Language and Literacy focus)
  • Independent Study (This must reflect a Language and Literacy focus)

 

MA (Ed) (Leadership)

Research Methods in Education 

+ 3 modules of choice (from list below)

+ Part Two Dissertation (60 level 7 credits) with choice of leadership focus

  • Leading the Learning
  • Learning Leaders: the role of Professional Learning Leadership
  • School Leadership at all levels: a critical perspective
  • Professional Learning in Context: Leadership
  • Securing Quality and Accountability
  • Critical Reflection on Professional Development (Portfolio must reflect a Leadership focus)
  • Independent Study (This must reflect a Leadership focus)  

 

MA(Ed) (Learning and Teaching)

Research Methods in Education 

+ 3 modules of choice (from list below)

+ Part Two Dissertation (60 level 7 credits) with choice of Learning and Teaching focus

  • Language and Learning
  • Leading effective Learning and Teaching (pedagogy)
  • Leading Effective Learning  and Teaching (curriculum)
  • Leading Learning and Teaching (Cross curriculum responsibilities)
  • Assessment for Learning and Developing Thinking
  • Professional Learning in Context:  Learning and Teaching
  • Critical Reflection on Professional Development (Portfolio must reflect a Learning and Teaching focus)
  • Independent  Study ( Learning and Teaching focus)   


MA(Ed) (Equity in Education)

Research Methods in Education 

+ 3 modules of choice (from list below)

+ Part Two Dissertation (60 level 7 credits) with choice of Equity in Education focus 

  • Professional Learning in Context:Equity in Education
  • Securing Equity in Education
  • Strengthening Community Engagement
  • Critical Reflection on Professional Development (Portfolio must reflect an equity in education focus)
  • Independent Study (Equity in education focus)

The MA (Ed), Postgraduate Diploma/ Postgraduate Certificate is a part-time programme of study for teachers and other educational professionals who wish to extend their academic and professional development. It is therefore conceptualised and delivered in ways that will enhance the intellectual development of participants as individuals (personal development), enable participants to reflect on and act on issues and priorities which are relevant to them in their educational establishments (staff development) and provide them with insight into developments within education taking place outside their own schools and institutions which may have an impact directly or indirectly on themselves as practitioners (professional development).

The programme as a whole is designed to support teaching as a research-based profession. We believe that practice is improved through reflection-on-action and that practitioner research must play a fundamental part of school improvement and professional development.

The purpose of the MA (Ed) is not to detach theory from practice but to enable theory to inform practice.  The degree is designed to build on the realities of educational practice and support individual teachers in their professional development and/ or career objectives. The MA (Ed) presents an opportunity for teachers to create communities of learning and teaching networks that will outline the time spent studying on the programme.

The primary function of the MA (Ed) programme team is to assure academic standards, the quality of the programme, the student experience and the assessment procedures, taking full regard of the precepts or, “key matters of principle that the higher education community has identified as important for the assurance of quality and academic standards”. (QAA 2004). Quality assurance is paramount and the programme team has striven to ensure the quality and relevance of the programme is maintained through new effective and stringent systems that have been introduced.

The Learning Outcomes will be assessed through a mixture of different assignments, portfolios of work and a dissertation. The learning, teaching and assessment strategy devised for the modules will ensure that the specialist skills are developed and clearly assessed.

A first degree is required to apply for the MA(Ed). If you have any further enquires please contact the Programme Director/ Admissions Tutor directly on
junnine.thomas-walters@uwtsd.ac.uk

Most students engaging in this programme are employed in educational settings. The experience of the MA(Ed) is often transformative, leading to an enhancement of learning and teaching and often leading to promotion within the profession.

For further information please contact lesley.morgan@uwtsd.ac.uk