MA Teaching (part-time)
This part-time programme will enable you to develop your professional practice, broaden your career opportunities and enhance your prospects of early promotion.
We guide you through the critical reflection practices and research methods that will help you judge which teaching and learning techniques are effective in your classroom.
You’ll learn how to assess the school and classroom contexts in which you work. You’ll then explore current educational research and theory, and discover how to adjust such findings so they work within your own specific teaching contexts.
We then introduce you to a range of classroom research tools so you can conduct your own classroom-based research and analysis.
You’ll also gain a critical understanding of how children learn, and how aspects of their development can affect their learning. You’ll explore key issues such as the importance of social learning, pupil behaviour and diversity in the classroom, and the role of assessment and feedback upon teaching and learning.
MA Teaching gives you the opportunity to build upon your PGCE by studying further postgraduate modules and completing a dissertation, allowing you to qualify for an MA award.
We recognise the demands put on teachers, so we designed MA Teaching to ensure that the workload in any one year is not excessive and you will be able to focus on issues that have specific interest and relevance to you.
The programme only requires your attendance at one Summer school and eight Saturday schools in the first two years of the programme, alongside private study. When you write your dissertation under the supervision of a research-active academic in your third year, you will be able to access this tutorial support either face-to-face, online or by telephone.
In your first year, you’ll develop the key skills of spontaneous noticing and systemic observation in the classroom, and consider their importance in reflecting upon your teaching practice and as a basic tool of classroom research. After analysing your own classroom contexts, you’ll consider three specific factors that may influence pupils’ learning: diversity, behaviour and collaborative work with other teachers.
You’ll build on this foundation in the following year when you’ll deepen your understanding of how children learn and explore how a range of developmental factors can influence their learning, considering these issues in the context of your own day-to-day work as a teacher. You’ll investigate key contemporary theories about children’s learning, and evaluate such theories alongside current research, new teaching initiatives, and your own working knowledge of how children learn.
This knowledge will inform your dissertation, which makes up your final year. You’ll conduct a small-scale research project that relates to your own interests in the field of education.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Noticing and Observing for Professional Practice and Learning 30 credits
- Promoting and Assessing Learning in the Classroom 30 credits
- Dissertation in Teaching 60 credits
Learning and teaching
We deliver this programme through one summer school and eight Saturday schools over a two year period, and a range of online learning materials to inform your own private study. The summer and Saturday schools use a mix of lectures and seminars, and offer you the opportunity to meet with other teachers to exchange experiences and ideas. You can also organise your dissertation supervision to be face-to-face, online or by telephone in the third year.
We assess your progress for the first two years through the submission of a 6000 word report each year; each report will be partly informed by your responses to reading and school-based tasks that we set through the year. You also submit a dissertation of 12,000 words by the end of your final year.
MA Teaching will help you develop your professional practice and gain confidence in the classroom. Developing your skills in educational research and analysis can lead to early promotion, and the programme also provides a pathway to study and research at doctoral level, either a PhD or the EdD.