Suggested routes to the degree
There are two options to studying this qualification:
the 3-year option described on this page, or
the 2-year fast-track option (no longer available you must have started your Stage 2 module in February 2018).
You'll choose ONE of four specialisms:
leadership and management
learning and teaching
And study 180 credits one 60-credit module at each stage:
This is the first stage of any route and introduces some of the big ideas in education and their specialist domain(s). You will engage with concepts, current debates and issues in the area of education relevant to your chosen route. It focuses on generic learning outcomes but retains a subject-specific focus. There is emphasis on collaborative learning and the development of digital information literacy. Course work encourages students to bring together their personal understanding of issues relating to specific aspects of education with the enduring and current body of professional and academic research publications relevant to their professional/personal agenda. It also provides for the development and consolidation of advanced scholarship through practice and refinement of independent learning inherent in the academic literacy and conventions of academic writing required for successful study at masters level.
This stage offers you the opportunity to progressively broaden your knowledge and understanding of your chosen aspects of education.. You'll explore the full range of educational research in current practice and develop an understanding of the role and limitations of research for informing educational practice. Part of the assessment will require you to conduct a literature review on a topic of your choice, culminating in a final paper that demonstrates your knowledge of the literature, ability to read and synthesize research, and write according to standard academic protocols. You will have opportunities to present your work to other members of the Masters and OU academic community through online seminars and poster days.
The final module is a one-year research enquiry or professional project which requires you to submit a 12,000-word dissertation/project report in a chosen area (based on what has been studied at Stage 2) which is situated in your practice and will contribute to organisational development and/or effectiveness.
To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:
Applied linguistics and English language (EE817)
Language, literacy and learning (EE818)
MA Ed dissertation: applied linguistics (EE819)
We strongly recommend you study this module if you intend to choose this specialism; however, you may choose any stage 1 module.
Addressing inequaility and difference in educational practice (EE814) 1
Understanding literacy: social justice and inclusive practice (EE815)
MA Ed dissertation: inclusive practice (EE816)
Leadership and management
Educational leadership: agency, professional learning and change (EE811) 1
Educational leadership: exploring strategy (EE812)
MA Ed dissertation: leadership and management (EE813)
Learning and teaching
Learning and teaching: educating the next generation (EE830)1
Learning and teaching: understanding practice (EE831)
MA Ed dissertation: learning and teaching (EE832)