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The MA International Education (DL) degree is a distance learning course, allowing you to gain a well-respected masters degree from anywhere in the world.
This course is ideal for teachers or other educational professionals working in international schools who want to develop their professional practice.
Your career development will be supported with a tight focus on the international school system and its challenges and opportunities. You will enhance your employability whilst working towards a valuable masters qualification.
If you're studying for the MA International Education (DL) degree, 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 a 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.
Gain an introduction to research methods, focusing on school policy and practice to address the individual learning needs of pupils. Use the knowledge you have gained from your experience in a school setting where you have identified the way in which the school addresses the educational needs of a particular group of individual pupils, and show how learning is developed over time or what could be done to enhance development.
Examine the concept of gender and diversity in relation to inclusive and representative education for all pupils, including transgender and cisgender children. Learn about gender and diversity in a way that develops your reflective and analytical ability to be adaptive and flexible in response to a dynamic and fast-evolving field. Develop contemporary knowledge as well as the skills to foster an inclusive, representative, and supportive pedagogical approach and learning environment for all students.
Undertake a piece of independent academic study related to your vocational/professional development and engage in intellectual challenge and dialogue. Develop both general and specific knowledge and skills, identifying the key skills that will enhance your ability to transfer learning to further study and to the workplace.
Gain an understanding of the importance of critical thinking as the basis of your study, located in the belief that critical thinking and analysis in the broader context of education is the model for educating critical professionals. Develop your skills in self-assessment, mental flexibility, creativity, interpretation, and argument.
Explore the influence of culture, government regulation and educational philosophy on the curriculum in your own school. Examine issues concerning the relationship between the school organisation and the curriculum, such as who decides what is taught, who sets the standards and how pupil learning and achievement is monitored. Critically examine your own teaching, comparing teaching styles and effectiveness in the classroom, and how this is matched to the context in which you are working and to the needs of your students.
Critically examine the management of institutions, curriculum areas, staff, and pupils within your context. Consider in depth issues relating to that management such as the itinerant nature of staff. Explore the implications of the eclectic range of cultures with which you engage daily and examine the various types of international school philosophies. Consider how the differing social, economic, and global positions of such schools determine leadership and management styles and to what extend ‘leadership’ is culturally determined.
Explore the principles, concepts, theories and models relating to the development of coaching, guidance and mentoring skills. Evaluate the impact these might have on teaching and learning. Demonstrate the development of related skills, the personal qualities that underpin effective learning relationships and the ability to integrate these skills into your professional practice. Develop supportive relationships, both personal and professional, as well as awareness of the potential of all learners.
Develop a critical understanding of how an aspect of your specialist subject can be further enhanced through pedagogical practice and theoretical research. Critically examine your subject within a professional context and seek to analyse existing provision, improving that provision through theory, research, and practice. Carry out substantial practitioner research which will be further enhanced by in depth analysis of practice in relation to existing research and critical evaluation.
Examine the issues relating to the human elements within the audit, planning and implementation of organisational change in an educational establishment. Explore topics such as the complexities of the principles of leadership, leadership roles and responsibilities, when determining the need for change in an educational establishment. Investigate the issues relating to effective human and material resourcing, the implications of human resistance to change and the influence of motivational skills when attempting to resolve under-performance.
Examine educational assessment theory in relation to the practice which you are involved in your own educational setting. Consider current assessment theories and trends, as well as the construction and development of assessment policy around these theories and trends. Design, implement and evaluate specific assessment instruments within your own context.
Gain knowledge of current research around children’s learning and associated modes of teaching. Reflect upon your own professional practice and consider the potential of introducing alternative teaching and learning experiences. Consider the nature and contribution of different types of assessment and explore major psychological theories of learning with reference to the social foundations of cognitive development.
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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 £8,219.
A £250 deposit must be paid prior to the start of the course. This deposit is refundable up until the point of enrolment.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This MA International Education (DL) 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. Read more about possible career opportunities with an MA International Education degree.
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