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Education - Pastoral Care

This M-level specialist option addresses a need among teachers and education professionals for high-quality professional development in the crucial, challenging and fast-evolving area of pastoral care in education. Students are introduced to local, national and international research and are challenged to respond critically, applying their learning to their own context. This specialist option is open to teachers and other professionals working with children from pre-school through to post-16.

The course will:

• Equip students with the understanding and skills required to respond effectively to a range of challenging pastoral situations such as children experiencing abuse, bullying or mental ill-health;

• Develop a clear understanding of how schools can be proactive in safeguarding children more effectively and in using the curriculum to pre-empt these issues sensitively and effectively.

Students who have completed a PGCE in the last 10 years, will be eligible to apply for 30 M-Level credit points towards a Master's qualification. Candidates may seek accreditation for other completed school-based professional development activities. Application for credit transfer and exemption from module requirements must be made upon enrolment.

Entitlement To The Award Of Master Of Education (MED)
The award of Master of Education is awarded to students who have completed 180 points at M-level (four taught modules and a research dissertation). The degree of Master of Education may be awarded with distinction on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners. Students who have accumulated 60 points on the MA may graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate and those who have accumulated 120 points may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.

To be awarded an MEd Pastoral Care students must complete at least two modules from the MEd Pastoral Care programme plus 2 further taught modules chosen from any specialist option for example Outdoor Learning, Shared Education or Interconnected and Collaborative Learning. One of these modules is normally Research Methods. In addition students must complete a dissertation.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold a relevant 2:2 Honours degree or above in a related discipline, and preferably a professional teaching qualification. Applicants who do not meet the requirements above may be considered on an individual basis, where there is evidence of relevant experience. Applicants may be required to attend an interview to determine their suitability
for entry.

Further enquiries

For further information please contact:
Louise O'Sullivan
Stranmillis University College
Stranmillis Road
T: +44 (0) 28 9038 4327

Subjects taught

EDC 9071 Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
EDC 9076 Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies
EDC 9075 International Perspectives on Bullying
EDC 9074 Safeguarding Children and Young People
EDC 7024 Research Methods

Application date

For further information on how to apply please
Academic Registry
Stranmillis University College
Belfast BT9 5DY
Tel: ++44 (0) 28 9038 4263

Course fee

The course fee for 2018-2019 will be £917 per taught module and £1834 for dissertation (UK/ Republic of Ireland and EU students only). International fees apply for international students.

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