MA Teaching (part-time)
This part-time programme for newly qualified primary and secondary teachers will allow you to improve your skills while deepening your understanding of how children learn.
You’ll focus on teaching, learning and assessment, with an emphasis on practical skills and school-based learning. Your classroom experience will inform your understanding of current theories and research in education – and vice versa. Our online community will also allow you to share ideas and insights with fellow teachers.
As well as key theories on how children learn, you’ll study how aspects of children’s development, pupil behaviour and collaboration between teachers can affect their learning, the importance of observation and how to conduct classroom research.
Taught by a mixture of distance learning and Saturday and summer schools, it’s a flexible programme for teachers who want to develop their practice, broaden their career opportunities and enhance their prospects of early promotion.
You’ll be guided through your studies by experienced practitioners and leading academics in an internationally recognised research environment. Our expertise is spread across academic teams which focus on Language, Childhood and Youth, and Teaching and Learning, giving you access to a diverse range of knowledge and experience to develop your skills as a teacher.
In your first year you’ll begin to develop your understanding of factors impacting on children’s learning, from gender and ethnicity to emotional intelligence and socio-economic factors. You’ll also work on classroom observation techniques and put them to the test with a small scale research project.
You’ll build on this foundation in the following year, when you’ll focus on promoting learning and assessment with an awareness of developmental factors. You’ll put current educational theories into the context of your practice, thinking about national priorities like assessment for learning as well as the alternative approaches identified by recent research.
This knowledge will inform your dissertation, which makes up your final year. You’ll conduct independent school-based research to showcase your skills and form a major part of your continuing professional development.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
You’ll take one compulsory module in each year of the programme.
|Year 1||Compulsory modules|
|- Noticing and Observing for Professional Practice and Learning|
|Year 2||Compulsory modules|
|- Promoting and Assessing Learning in the Classroom|
|Year 3||Compulsory modules|
|- Critical Study/Dissertation|
Learning and teaching
We use a mixture of teaching and learning methods to help you juggle your studies with your workload as a new teacher. You’ll attend summer and Saturday schools including a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials. In addition, you’ll be supported through distance learning materials and an online tutor, as well as an online community where you can discuss the programme with fellow students.
Your progress will mostly be assessed using reports, based on responses to reading tasks and school-based tasks you’ll submit throughout each module. You’ll also submit your dissertation of around 12,000 words by the end of the programme.
Every student on this programme is already established in teaching, and many receive sponsorship and support from their own schools as part of their continued professional development. You’ll develop your skills in research and analysis, and the insights gained from your studies may help to inform your teaching practice. Some students may also decide to pursue a professional doctorate such as the EdD qualification.