University of Huddersfield

University of Huddersfield

Leadership in Education and Public Services

Part-time fees: £412 per 15 credit module and £824 per 30 credit module. If you're currently in a position of responsibility either in the education or public service sector and would like to take on more of a leadership role, then this course could be for you.You'll focus on developing your own effectiveness as a manager by considering wider theories, research and strategies whilst also developing your skills as a leader. A further key component is the ability to exchange and share learning with others - our course attracts students working in a wide range of disciplines and organisations.The course could help you to progress into middle and senior management roles. You'll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers; in fact we've been ranked in the top five in the Guardian Guide for Education for the sixth year running.You'll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree at 2.2 or above or professional equivalent and 2 years full-time experience in a professional role in education or a related area. An Honours degree at 2.2 or above in a directly relevant area. Applicants whose 1st language or language of instruction is not English will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

Course modules

On this course you'll have the opportunity to reflect upon your personal professional practice, considering current theories and research about learning and development through a variety of teaching and learning strategies, especially the exchange of ideas between participants. You'll be supported to enhance your understanding of the policy and practice context in which practitioners and managers are operating. Full-time course Our full-time MA course takes 12 months to complete. We offer 2 starting points each year; either September or January. Core modules: Developing Effective Leadership
This module will provide an opportunity to consider and reflect upon leadership within an organisational setting. You'll actively engage with such concepts as the role of the leader, how that role links to and differs from management and how leaders need to be developed within their organisations. The module will also help you to understand concepts of vision, values, culture, strategic planning, modelling behaviours and developiment of organisation sand individuals. Dissertation: This module will deepen your knowledge and understanding of educational research. You'll learn about traditions of educational research; positivism, interpretism and action research and the strengths and challenges of carrying out research in these traditions. This module will provide you with the opportunity to carry out a piece of research based on a contemporary or work-related issue or problem. In addition you'll choose 3 further modules from the list below, however the following module is recommended: Critical Social Policy in Education and Public Services. This module will help you examine the historical, political and legislative developments leading to current national and local policy agendas relevant to those working in education and other public services. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between theoretical perspectives and aspects of practice in a range of contexts such as early years, youth work, teaching, learning and development, health care, community work, family support and social care. Part-time course: Our part-time MA course typically takes 3 years to complete. However we recognise the pressures on busy part-time students and professionals so the course is flexible to allow you to completed within two years or over a longer period, up to 5 years. We also offer interim awards of Postgraduate Certificate upon the successful completion of Year 1 and Postgraduate Diploma at the end of Year 2. We offer 2 starting points each year; either September or January. 3 Year Route Year 1 Core module: Developing Effective Leadership. Plus choose 1 option module from the list below. Year 2 Choose two option modules from the list below, however the following one is recommended: Critical Social Policy in Education and Public Services. Year 3 Core module: Dissertation. 2 Year Route. Year 1 Core module: Developing Effective Leadership. Choose 2 option modules from the list below, however the following is recommended: Critical Social Policy in Education and Public Services. Year 2 Core module: Dissertation. Plus choose one option module from the list below. Option modules: Choose from a list which may include: International Approaches to Early Childhood Education. The module will help you to reflect on a range of international perspectives on early childhood education. It will emphasise the relationship between theoretical perspectives and aspects of practice in early childhood education. You 'll critically engage with debates about early childhood education and will focus on the education of children in a range of settings. Understanding E-Learning. You will be introduced to a range of ICT tools and techniques for innovation in teaching and learning. Emphasis is placed on the selection of approaches appropriate to the learners' needs. Alongside the practical aspects of using these tools you will consider how they can transform learning and develop a deeper, theoretical and analytical understanding. You 'lll also explore current debates in the field of e-learning. Education Society and Development: This module helps you examine the dominant patterns of education that have arisen in response to the pressures of globalisation and global institutions. You'll evaluate how the dominant (neo-liberal) systems are affecting education and leading to an increased focus on education as a preparation for the workplace. The module will help you understand the knowledge economy and global competition and the resulting policy formulation related to education, training and human resource development. (Only available to full-time students). Critical Social Policy in Education and Public Services. Managing Learning and Development in Organisations. This module will help you to develop an understanding of the links between learning and development, organisation goals and broader human resource policies and practice in a variety of organisational contexts. You'll explore how the learning and development agenda can be promoted by examining learning & development policies, roles, functions, as well as strategies, methods and techniques for establishing learning and development needs. Introduction to Action Research in Teaching and Learning. This module will help you to understand the principles and practices of action research. You'll develop an understanding of how action research leads to research-based improvement in teaching and learning, and an awareness of how personal professional development can contribute to the development of the teaching/training professions with a view to raising learner achievement. Methods of Enquiry: This module will develop and deepen your knowledge and understanding of research methods, in both academic and professional contexts. It considers some of the theories, methods and implication of research and the complex role of researchers and of practitioner-researchers. You'll explore a range of methods of enquiry in order to enable you to understand the significance and ethics of research.
Cross-cultural Learning: This module will help you explore the increasingly international nature of education. You'll examine different approaches to education and the ways different cultures define the key concepts of education. The module will help you to understand international perspectives on what is valuable knowledge and how it is learned. You'll explore how culture impacts on education, how it affects the structures and processes that take place in classrooms and you will use this knowledge to consider how this affects learners and ideas that travel across cultural boundaries. (Only available to full-time students). Developing Effective Leadership; Exploring Teaching and Learning. This module will develop your understanding of the ideas of curriculum: what is taught, how it is taught and why it is taught. You'll explore elements of the hidden curriculum, including hierarchy, power, values, confidence, stereotypes and labelling. The module will also help you to understand how a teachers' role is constructed. What are teacher identities and how do these shape the role of teachers? Is teaching a professional activity? What are the ideas around this aspect? What is a reflexive/reflective teacher and how does this enhance professional development. You'll also consider some learning theories and their practical application within your setting. Mentoring and Coaching: This module will help you to explore the role of mentoring and coaching. You'll have the opportunity to examine issues linked to implementing and managing mentoring/coaching schemes, the role of mentors and/or coaches, the strategies that could be used within a mentoring and/or coaching relationship and the ethical issues governing them. E-Tutoring:
This module will help you to develop understanding and skills in the area of online tutoring, facilitation, and in the design, planning and implementation of e-learning and blended learning courses.

Assessment methods

The course is taught predominantly predominantly through Saturday Day Schools and supported by weekday sessions. Although some optional modules are taught in weekly seminars and workshops. You will also use our virtual learning environment and online library facilities to provide access to a wide range of high quality learning materials. The course is assessed through course work: there are no timed tests or exams. The assessment on the course allows you to demonstrate your practical knowledge and skills alongside developing your critical and theoretical understanding of the subject. The assessment builds on your particular interests and context and is likely to have outcomes that will be of benefit to your professional life and to your employer. You will be provided with guidance to help you develop your assignment work by module tutors and specialist learning support staff. For international students, we provide a weekly academic study skills support workshop to help you get the most from the main modules. Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks - unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback is available after the publication of results.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
MA Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time January 2017 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time January 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH Yorkshire and the Humber

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School of Education and Professional Development
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01484 478249