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MA International Education is a distance-learning course, allowing you to gain a very well-respected masters degree from anywhere in the world.
This degree is ideal for teachers or other educational professionals working in international schools who want to develop their careers.
Over the coming year our on-campus students will be taught in a hybrid manner, taking advantage of both online and face-to-face teaching.
I would like to reassure all of you who are joining or thinking of joining the MA International Education (Independent Distance Learning) programme, that it will follow the structure that has always been in place. This structure is detailed in the ‘Optional module and duration choice form’ which you sign and return as part of the application process.
All modules will continue to be taught asynchronously and online via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Learning materials will be provided in your module learning space in the form of pdfs, video presentations, discussion boards and online library resources. Contact with tutors will be via University email, Microsoft Teams and other online platforms. Although we envisage that you will be teaching face to face in your schools around the world, to meet all eventualities we have put alternative assignments in place for those who find themselves not in school and unable to complete the expected assignments.
You can learn from anywhere in the world that has good internet access, as learning materials will be e-books, online journal papers and other online resources.
Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters degree requires a higher level of independent working. You'll have one-to-one support from staff throughout your degree.
Your progress will be assessed with case studies, research proposals and written assignments.
You will identify an intervention used in the classroom or the wider school and explore its use, impact and influence on the learning of one or more pupils. Your research outcomes will be written up in a 4,000 word report.
You will carry out a small-scale piece of research, which is relevant to your professional practice and chosen in consultation with your tutor and colleagues.
You will learn the importance of critical thinking as the basis of your study. Develop skills in self-assessment, mental flexibility, creativity interpretation and argument.
You will consider curricular drivers and influences such as culture, government regulation and educational philosophy to justify multiple modes of teaching and learning.
You will engage with a range of management issues in international schools. You will consider issues such as staff development, retention and motivation, and the expectations and needs of pupils and parents.
You will develop your professional skills and understanding to become accountable for what goes on in your classroom. You will develop the ability to use self-reflection skills to critically appraise your teaching experience, as well as that of others.
You will consider aspects of curriculum development and implementation related to your chosen subject. The focus is on improving practice, but a number of different theoretical models of curriculum will be considered. You will also engage in practitioner research.
You will study topics that include principles of leadership, responsibilities of leadership in an educational establishment, tackling under-performance and auditing performance.
You will examine educational assessment theory in relation to the current practice in your own educational setting.
You will explore a range of issues relating to how learning takes place, how teaching is practised and what some of the major influences are on both learning and teaching.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree (usually a 2:1) or equivalent.
You will also usually need a recognised teaching qualification.
If your first language isn’t English, you must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, and at least 6 in Reading, Speaking and Listening.
Fees for this course are £7,455.
Please note, if you are a UK home student or EU student residing in the UK, you can apply for SLC funding if you choose to study the part-time course, on campus, over two years or the full-time course over one year. If you elect to take longer to complete the course or bring any Level 7 credits from prior study with you, you are likely to be ineligible for SLC funding.
Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This degree is ideal for teachers and other people working within international education institutions who want to quickly progress their careers. It will qualify you for more senior positions in teaching and educational management in international schools.
The knowledge and skills you develop will also transfer to many other sectors, particularly education policy and government.
Please note that this course does not qualify you as a teacher.
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