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Please find below the postgraduate programmes offered by the School of Education.
Please note you may be eligible for a non-means tested PGT Loan of £11,570 if you do the full course part time or full time.
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The MA Education programme is designed for practising teachers, educators and others with an interest in the field of education. The programme aims to provide opportunities for engagement with the key theories, concepts and ideas in education.
The Interdisciplinary Masters in Education are designed to give students the opportunity to study across different disciplinary domains. Students will gain experience on distinctive perspectives on Education by choosing curriculum elements from the suite of research informed taught provision indicated below.
By studying at Liverpool Hope University, you will be joining an academic community with a strong record in educational research. You will study in a supportive learning environment and be encouraged to develop your own research profile.
The delivery pattern on the Master’s programme is flexible to suit the needs of our students. Normally our classes run in the evenings typically Mondays to Thursdays. The number of evenings you attend will depend on whether you choose to do the course full time or part time
Students on the MA Interdisciplinary Studies pathway will choose two of the 60 credit curriculum blocks from the list below and will also undertake a 60 credit dissertation component.
The Developmental Psychology block is designed for practising early years educators, teachers, early years professionals and others with a personal or professional interest in how infants and children learn and develop. The block aims to provide opportunities for engagement with key theories and contemporary research in the area of infant and child development. The first module covers a range of theories relating to cognitive development within infancy and childhood. The second module examines the biological, sociocognitive and socioemotional basis of development within infancy.
The Disability Studies block offers opportunities for engagement with key theories, concepts and ideas in this discipline. The first module of the block, Critical Disability Theory, focusses on critical theory from the modern and postmodern eras, and provides a basis for an interrogation of Disability Studies and Special Educational Needs. The second module of the block, Modelling Disability, takes a critical journey through religious, charity, medical, social, affirmative, cultural, and other models of disability.
The Early Childhood block is designed for practising early years educators, teachers, early years professionals and others with a personal or professional interest in the field. The block aims to provide opportunities for engagement with the key theories, concepts and ideas related to young children, with a specific focus on children’s rights and children’s learning in socio-cultural contexts. The module, The Development of Young Children’s Thinking and Learning in Socio-Cultural Context, focuses on a range of theories relating to young children’s learning. The module, Children’s Rights and Participation, examines contemporary understandings of children’s rights and participation to explore meaningful engagement informed by theory and practice.
With its focus on personal and professional development, an exploration of critical perspectives and with the involvement of several external guest speakers the course has been designed to challenge, inspire and support those developing their skills in leadership and management roles, within and across a range of different educational settings. The module, Education Leadership and Management 1: Perspectives on Leadership, explores the concepts of leadership and management within and across education organisations and considers some of the key challenges facing those in leadership roles. The module, Education Leadership and Management 2: Working Effectively with Others, has been designed to develop both functional knowledge and critical understanding of several key perspectives on human behaviour within organisations and on the nature and processes of leading, managing and organising human activity.
The Education (Interdisciplinary Studies) block is designed for practising teachers, educators and others with a personal or professional interest in the field of education. The block aims to provide opportunities for engagement with the key theories, concepts and ideas in education. The module, Education Policy, Governance, and Professionalism, examines who and what shapes educational policy at local, national, and international levels, including the role of social, technological, and political factors, and the influence of different stakeholders, such as international organisations, educators, researchers, and parents. The module, Learners and Learning in a Changing Landscape, explore different disciplinary perspectives to analyse developments in education and learning. This will involve investigation into psychological theories on how we learn, philosophical perspectives on the current discourse of learning, historical perspectives on where theories of learning come from and how they have shaped schooling, and sociological perspectives on the impact of economic and social trends on our understanding of learning.
This block consists of two 30-credit modules designed individually and collectively to provide a theoretical lens through which to explore a range of contemporary educational issues. There is an emphasis on the sharing of professional experience and opportunities for critical reflection and dialogue informed by relevant research. The module, Learning, Teaching and Assessment, critically explores key issues in teaching, learning and assessment. The module, Curriculum Theory and Development, explores the theoretical and practical dynamics of curriculum design and development within the context of professional practice.
The Special Educational Needs block offers opportunities for engagement with key theories, concepts and ideas in this discipline. The first module of the block, Critical Disability Theory, focusses on critical theory from the modern and postmodern eras, and provides a basis for an interrogation of Disability Studies and Special Educational Needs. The second module of this block, Segregation, Integration and Inclusion, maps out how learner’s differences have been conceptualised across time and examine the range of influences that have been significant to the changing landscape of what we now call SEN.
Some of the modules and 60 credits in the Masters can be taken as standalone courses. Please contact the PLD team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details
Accreditation of Prior Learning:
Accreditation of Prior Learning allows you to claim "credit" for previous learning on some of our Masters courses. The previous learning must be relevant to the programme for which you are applying, and if your application is successful, the credit will count towards your chosen programme of study.
The PGCE Early Years (3-7) course is particularly intensive. You can be timetabled from Monday morning until 6pm on a Friday. You will study across a number of areas including; initial professional development covering the principles of the teaching profession, the EYFS areas of learning including Prime and Specific areas such as Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional development, Literacy, Maths, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World. .
The PGCE Primary (5-11) course is a postgraduate qualification aimed at high-quality graduates wishing to pursue a career in primary teaching. It is an intensive, demanding yet very rewarding programme running from late August to July Tutors are dedicated to individual student support and to working closely with our partners in local schools. .
All our PGCE Secondary courses run within the context of the Liverpool Hope Partnership. This combines the best of the university training with high-quality professional placements in a range of schools, academies and colleges. Throughout, you will experience high quality training and learn the latest approaches and strategies to enable you to become an outstanding Hope Teacher, fully prepared to start your new career. .