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Education with Specialisms

Master of Education with Specialisms.

The Master of Education degree is a professional development course for teachers and other adult educators, who wish to update their knowledge and qualifications. The award has been developed in conjunction with the teaching community and is designed to ensure you will have the opportunity to explore contemporary issues in education which impact upon your own professional practice. The full master's programme will normally take you up to 3 years to complete, but you can exit with the Postgraduate Certificate (normally after 1 year) or Postgraduate Diploma (normally after 2 years).

If you are currently working in a teaching or training environment and you wish to build on the qualifications and experience you already have, then this course is for you. You will enter at the Postgraduate Diploma level and undertake modules worth 120 credits for your Postgraduate Diploma award and a further 60 credits for your MEd award.

If, after completing 60 credits, you wish to exit the course, you can do so with a Postgraduate Certificate award.

This is summarised below:
Year 1
Award: Postgraduate Certificate (exit award only)
Modules: 2 modules of 30 credits
Accumulated credits: 60

Year 2
Award: Postgraduate Diploma
Modules: 2 modules of 30 credits
Accumulated credits: 120

Year 3
Award: MEd
Modules: 1 modules of 60 credits (Dissertation)
2 modules of 30 credits to include the Research Project module
Accumulated credits: 180

Please note that this award does not qualify you as a teacher.

Teaching and learning assessment

The variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods and approaches used throughout the course enable students to develop flexible, appropriate and creative and/or entrepreneurial approaches to the resolution of problems within their professional work roles and also in terms of their own personal professional development. The intentional building of communities of learning via synchronous and non-synchronous discussion boards, combined with an interactive approach to the face to face seminars, along with the use of guest lecture sessions facilitate this.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must normally:

(a) have gained

(i) a degree from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

(ii) an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma or an approved alternative qualification, e.g. a professional qualification; and

(b) be currently working in a teaching or training environment

(please note: the PGDip/MEd with Specialisms does not qualify you as a teacher).

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

The PGDip/MEd with Specialisms comprises six 30-credit point modules (180 credits in total).

You may be able to enter the course at a higher stage or claim exemptions from particular modules. We call this process the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). You can gain APL credits based on awards that you hold (certificated learning) or life experiences that you have accrued (experiential learning). In the case of certificated learning, awards must have been achieved within the last five years.

There is a limit to the number of APL credits that you can claim against our course. See the table below:

Award: Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Specialisms

Comprising: 120 credits

Maximum APL claim: 60 credits

MEd with Specialisms

Comprising: 180 credits

Maximum APL claim: 120 credits



It is possible to complete the course fully online so that your physical attendance is not required

Modules in the Educational Leadership Specialism are delivered face-to-face or are a mix of face-to-face and online delivery (i.e. blended delivery).

Although the course is administered through Jordanstown, no teaching takes place there. Face-to-face modules are delivered at Magee, and at Athlone, Carrick-on-Shannon and Monaghan Education Centres.

Attendance requirements will depend on the modules that you select.

Careers or further progression

Career options

In addition to improving your career portfolio, this course will allow you to develop higher level skills of argument and critical thinking as well as developing academic writing skills and research capability. Having a Masters level qualification should enhance potential career advancement, and is a useful preparation for Doctoral level study.

Past students who have taken the specialisms Learning and Teaching, Inclusive and Special Education and ICT have used the qualifications for career advancement, while several of those studying or having completed the Leadership and Management modules have been successful in gaining Vice-Principal and Principal posts both in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Other pathways have also led to enhanced professional practice and career advancement.

Further enquiries

Admissions Office
T:+44 (0)28 7012 3210
International Admissions Office

Subjects taught

Specialisms available (you must complete two modules in a Specialism to get that named on your parchment):

Educational Management Specialism (this is the one which is offered face to face in Magee) Modules 

EDU927 Building Teams and Managing Resources (Monaghan: Semester 1, year 1; Other Centres: Semester 2 Year 1)

EDU867 Leadership for Learning (Monaghan: Semester 2, Year 1; Other Centres: Semester 1, Year 2)

EDU912 Strategic Development Planning (Monaghan; Semester 1, Year 2)

Inclusive and Special Education Specialism (fully online) Modules 
EDU963 Inclusive and Special Education - developing and analysing practice (Fully online: Semester 1)
EDU964 Inclusive and Special Education - Leading and Managing (Fully online: Semester 2)

ICT Specialism (fully online) 
Modules 
EDU920 Leading, Managing and Assessing ICT(fully online: Semester 1)
EDU922 Collaborative Learning Online(Fully online: Semester 2)

Learning and Teaching Specialism (fully online) 
Modules 
EDU953 E-Portfolios: Personal Development Planning(Fully online: Semester 2)
EDU955 Children's Learning and Assessment(Fully online: Semester 2)

Children and Young People Specialism (fully online) 
Modules 
EDU705 Policy Development and Implementation(Fully online: Semester 1)
EDU 704 Introduction to Children's Rights (Fully online: Semester 2)

Conflict and Peace Building Specialism (fully online) 
Modules 
EDU707 Schooling in Conflict Affected Contexts(Fully online: Semester 1)
EDU706 Education, Conflict and Peace building: From Theory to Practice (Fully online: Semester 2)

TESOL Specialism (Blended) 
Modules 
EDU701 English Language Teaching Methodologies (Face-to-face/weekend/evening)
EDU956 English as an Additional Language(Face-to-face/weekend/evening)

A candidate who does not do two modules from the same specialism will get the Specialism of Professional Practice

Compulsory modules

Year 1 Semester 1: EDU957 The Reflective Professional(except for students studying for the Educational Leadership Specialism at Monaghan)

Year 2 Semester2: EDU958 Research Design and Initiation (preparing for personal research)

Year 3 Semester 1or 2: EDU969 Research Project (8000 word individual research, suppported by a supervising tutor)


Year 3 Semester 1and 2: EDU899 Dissertation (18000 word individual research, suppported by a supervising tutor)

Assessment method

Each module will have its own form of assessment tailored to the content being covered but, typically, these comprise two 2500 word assignments.

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: September 2019

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