The Masters in Christian Education and Leadership is a part-time programme which enables education practitioners to carry out M level study that is clearly linked to developing their professional practice in schools, academies or colleges in order to support their journey as Christian educators and school leaders. The programme will facilitate students in integrating Christian philosophy and theology of education with the principles and practices of school leadership and will provide the opportunity to research and improve their own practice by engaging with a range of specialist themes, concepts and issues to an advanced academic level.
Significant educational change has taken place in recent years and church schools and institutions are not immune from this change. Widespread debates around the nature, role, purpose and contribution of faith schooling in the UK challenge church schools and their leaders to adopt not only best policies and practices affecting teaching and learning, curriculum, leadership and governance but also to articulate the distinctiveness of what a church school can bring to the educational enterprise. This new postgraduate degree will equip current and future leaders in church schools with the conceptual and spiritual resources derived from the Christian tradition and provide an opportunity to discern and deploy these principles and resources in the ongoing Christian mission, ethos and priorities of their school.
The 180 credits curriculum is composed of the following components.
A 60 credit core block includes the following modules:
Key Elements in Christian Education will analyse the historical nature, purpose, role and provision of church schools and interrogate the vision and philosophy underlying their establishment with reference to principal guidance documents.
Theological Perspectives for Christian Educators interprets and applies insights from major theological themes and thinkers as conceptual resources to cast light on the responsibilities and practices of teaching and leadership in church schools.
An additional 60 credit block includes two further modules as follows. Education Leadership and Management I: Perspectives on Leadership recognises challenges faced by those in leadership roles and the need to support the development of leadership competencies at all levels. It explores the nature of leadership and management through a number of different thematic ‘lenses’ and considers the role leaders play within improvement and change programmes. It includes a focus on Christian ethos and mission on the functioning of a church school as an educational community, including the religious dimension of school/college life.
Education Leadership and Management II: Working Effectively with Others focuses on the need to develop positive and productive relationships with others. It develops functional knowledge and critical understanding of a number of key perspectives on human behaviour within organisations and the nature and processes of organising human activity. It includes a focus on spiritual leadership and faith development for church schools.
Completing the programme will depend on whether an MA or MEd route is followed. Students following the MA award are required to follow a 60 credit research dissertation phase, in which they need to integrate aspects of Christian Theology and Educational Leadership although the emphases in individual pieces of work will differ according to the topic and methodology chosen. Students following the professional MEd award are required to take another 60 credits taught modules chosen from either the MA in Biblical and Pastoral Theology or from the MA Education and Religious Education.
Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.
Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.
For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.
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This programme is designed to combine the needs of those involved in leadership in a Christian educational setting with an academic approach to M level study. Teaching takes place either in the evening or on Saturday sessions.
The students’ experience across Christian Education and Leadership consists of an interweaving of academic and work-related learning, together with critical reflection upon on-going personal and professional development. Studying for this award will require students to engage confidently with key debates across Christian education and leadership in order to develop their personal philosophy through appropriate reflection, analysis, and research. A key aspect of the award is the flexibility to pursue individual interests, phase specialisms and other professional and leadership concerns. There will also be the opportunity to study alongside learning environments and drawing on a wide range of staff specialisms and expertise.
Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2018/19 are:
We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.
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This programme is aimed primarily at those either already involved or emerging in leadership positions in Christian schools and organisations, or those interested in a future role in this area. At the same time, the types of skills developed through this programme will contribute to the employability of leaders across other sectors. Advanced research skills and hermeneutical awareness, as well as transferable skills, such as the ability to analyse policy and discuss written sources, engage in critical, interpretative thinking and present arguments clearly and accurately, will be greatly appreciated by employers in a variety of settings.
Studying for this award will enhance your personal interests, career specific opportunities and potential for promotion to senior management and leadership. It will enable you to articulate and evaluate what makes for effective Christian education and leadership through research and postgraduate study. For practising teachers it can be a good way to enhance your opportunities to move beyond threshold and to become an ‘outstanding’ practitioner in a church school or faith context.