Working within education can be an extremely rewarding profession, giving you the opportunity to shape the lives of your students and provide them with the skills needed to realise their true potential. But how can you tell if your teaching methods are meeting the needs of your students? After all, people respond to different stimuli and learn in various ways.
This is where studying an online M.Ed. course can be so effective. Whether you currently work as a teacher, lecturer or educational manager at primary, secondary, further or higher education level, the course will help develop your critical reflection skills. It will also introduce you to various teaching approaches and technologies to inspire your students and transform their learning experience.
What is the course structure and what will I learn?
Our modern and flexible Master of Education (M.Ed.) programme explores approaches to teaching and learning and considers the use of Technology Enhanced Learning. It emphasises the significance of critical self-reflection in order to develop your practice in an innovative manner. You also have the option to choose from optional modules, tailoring your qualification to meet your career aspirations and specialise in your chosen area of education.
Irrespective of whether you are in your first teaching position or an experienced professional, the course will enable you to develop your teaching strategies and approaches to learning. You will explore a range of theoretical concepts and gain an insight into their application by interacting and learning from fellow professionals across the globe.
What do I learn first?
During your first module, you will study and develop answers to a range of fundamental questions within education. Topics will include: what we believe the purpose of education is; how cultural and societal issues impact on educational approaches; and what we understand the concepts of education and knowledge to entail. The module aims to help you understand some of the philosophical methods behind educational practices and nurture the skills to critically evaluate a range of pedagogical approaches.
You will then delve into the concepts and approaches around delivering effective teaching and learning. The course material will actively encourage you to consider your own approach to learning facilitation and how you can better tailor your approach meeting the needs of learners in various contexts. You will develop a wider knowledge and understanding of learning theories and practical pedagogy.
What are the benefits of online learning over campus-based?
All content for our Master of Education programme is delivered 100% online and part-time. As a result you have the flexibility to study where and when is best for you. You have the opportunity to work and learn at the same time, gaining a new qualification without the need for a career break as opposed to campus-based learning.
All course content, study materials, and assessment submissions are available and completed through our sophisticated online portal. This removes the need to visit the University library or purchase additional textbooks as these are all available through our extensive eLibrary.
Every one of your interactive lecturecasts are also available through this same portal, which also hosts live Q&A seminar sessions and immersive discussion forums. This gives you the option to fit studying around your other work and personal commitments. All you need to complete your studies is a good internet connection.
Can I tailor my studies?
Yes, you can! One of the benefits of this course is the option to focus your study on a specific application of your new knowledge. This could be content development, assessment development or management. These optional modules, combined with the core subject material will help support your career progression, deepening your understanding of teaching and your knowledge of a specialist area.
What if I want something shorter?
Then you’re in luck! Our PG Certificate Education (Educational Practice) and PG Diploma Education courses are both shorter: the PG Certificate has an indicative length of 8 months and the PG Diploma has an indicative length of 16 months. These are both highly reputable qualifications on their own, helping to enhance your CV, and can also make it easier to continue your studies once your course has been completed.
Will I be able to teach with a Masters in Education?
This course will not provide you with a teaching qualification – you need to study an additional qualification in order to achieve this. Instead, this programme is the perfect stepping stone to enable educational professionals to transition towards more senior and managerial roles. This could be within a teaching, lecturing, training, advisory or special educational context.
How does it differ from an M.A. in teaching?
The short answer is that it doesn’t particularly! Some institutions run an M.A., some run an M.Ed., and some even offer both. If you are hoping to progress into a leadership role, an M.Ed. may make more sense for you – but really it’s down to personal preference.
Is the PG Cert Education (Educational Practice) the same as a PGCE?
Although they sound similar, there are some key differences. A PGCE in the UK will provide training to allow you to qualify as a teacher after graduating, which is not the case with the education courses we offer. Our PG Cert is an award representing the first 60 credits of a Masters’ programme. It has an indicative study duration of 8 months, while a PGCE teacher training qualification normally takes 1-2 years to complete and will require practical teaching placements. There are also differences to the types of funding which are available for these courses, so please do research into whether the funding you are hoping to get is applicable to a non-PGCE course.