Professional Development in Education – MEd
The MEd Professional Development is an advanced and flexible course. It meets the professional development needs of experienced educationalists, in particular the need to be able to engage in informed, sustained and integrated change-focused action based on sound theoretical principles and appropriate and evaluated practices.
You have the option to choose from a range of named awards within the MEd Professional Development scheme depending on your choice of modules and the subject you research during your dissertation. These named awards are: MA Educational Management, MA Inclusive Education, MA E-Learning for Educationalists, MA Technical and Vocational Education and MEd Technical and Vocational Education.
If you are interested in one of the named awards you should apply in the first instance for the MEd Professional Development.
All advanced courses in education at the University of Bolton focus on clear principles: learners and learning, professional practice in education and training, and quality and excellence in professional development.
About the course
This exciting and demanding masters course gives you the opportunity to develop a range of in-depth skills which are applicable in a number of management and senior roles in education and learning.
You will be taught by educational professionals and assessed using techniques including group and individual projects and assignments, research, presentations, tutorials, reports and essays.
At all times the course is relevant and focused, preparing you for additional responsibilities in your current and future career.
- This course is designed to address real professional development needs. The pathways and modules are flexible, enabling you to decide the route and modules to suit your needs.
- The University of Bolton has a long-standing and excellent reputation for the teaching of education courses, and professional development in particular.
- We understand that studying for a masters degree takes commitment and an investment of time, money and effort. You will be taught by experienced educational professionals and receive one-to-one tutor support throughout your postgraduate studies.
- The University of Bolton has excellent libraries and learning facilities including 24/7 IT facilities and campus-wide WiFi for all students.
What you will learn
This course enables rigorous academic investigation into education, with the objective of supporting your professional development in the field. At its heart is how, as an educational professional, you put advanced theories into practice. You will learn how to explore educational research and make informed comment on the applicability, relevance and usefulness of theories, concepts, models, methodologies and techniques applied to practice.
You will acquire a range of advanced skills and abilities necessary for you to pursue the demands of your chosen programme successfully and apply your skills and learning in the workplace.
As a practitioner and a reader you will develop advanced skills in the handling of educational research. You will learn how to apply the knowledge, skills and abilities you gain in your own professional context; enabling you to address areas of concern and any development needs in an informed and justifiable manner.
You will learn to evaluate, review and reflect upon your assignment/project work, and identify those areas requiring further development via action planning and target setting as part of the process of personal development planning (PDP).
What you will study
The MEd Professional Development award requires 180 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Development is an exit award and worth 120 credits. The Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development is also an exit award and worth 60 credits.
To obtain the MEd Professional Development you will undertake three core modules, three option modules and a dissertation.
Core modules (60 credits)
Research Awareness and Support Skills (20 credits) or, where more appropriate, Research Methods - Field Studies (20 credits); Organisational Management (20 credits); Curriculum Studies (20 credits).
Option modules (60 credits)
You will choose a total of three modules from the following.
(Note: to receive one of the named awards you must choose two specialist modules from the appropriate group).
Stand-alone modules: Work-Based Module A – Developments; Work-Based Module B – Case Study; Educational Finance and Planning.
Educational management modules: Human Resource Management; Marketing.
E-Learning for educationalists modules: ICT in Education; Computer-supported Collaborative Learning and E-tutoring.
Inclusive education modules: The Struggle for Inclusive Education; Transformative Education in an Inclusive Context.
Technical and vocational education modules: Research Methods – Field Studies; Vocational Education and Development; The Concept and Implementation of Design and Technology; Competency-based Training in Vocational Education; Staff Development and Appraisal in Vocational Education; Information Technology – the Impact on Technical Education.
Dissertation (60 credits)
If you are seeking a named MA Award you must undertake a dissertation in a subject consistent with the specialist modules required for that award. For advice please speak to the programme leader.
Normally, you should have at least an upper second class (2.1) honours degree and a PGCE (or equivalent).
If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent).
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