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MEd Leadership

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MEd (Leadership) deploy a broad concept of leadership that can be applied to teachers at different stages of their career within schools as organizations. Include some face-to-face sessions (typically on Saturdays to accommodate travel and attendance from all corners of the country).

Our experience is that the combination of on campus days and online teaching and learning provide a dynamic and transformative learning experience for all students

We are committed to developing our students’ critical voice through reading, discussion, peer learning, presentations and critical review. Furthermore, these participative learning experiences will ensure that high quality learning outcomes are achieved.

Vision and Values Statement

The Masters in Education (Leadership) is a designated stream in the existing Master in Education programme aimed at those who have already successfully completed the online/ blended Professional Diploma in Education Studies (Leadership). Prospective students will forfeit the 30-credit diploma qualification and move onto the Masters Programme and complete the remaining 60 credits. The programme is aimed at those with some teaching experience who would like to either move into a leadership position or challenge the way they think about their work in a variety of ways. Both the PDES and the Masters (year 2) deploy a broad concept of leadership that can be applied to teachers at different stages of their career within schools as organizations. Each of the programmes will include some face-to- face sessions (typically on Saturdays to accommodate travel and attendance from all corners of the country). Our experience is that the combination of on campus days and online teaching and learning provide a dynamic and transformative learning experience for all students. We are committed to developing our students’ critical voice through reading, discussion, peer learning, presentations and critical review. Furthermore, these participative learning experiences will ensure that high quality learning outcomes are achieved. The programme encourages students to become autonomous learners and critical thinkers who will contibute to school and system leadership in education. The programme employs a wide variety of teaching and learning approaches, including lectures, tutorials, collaborative groupwork and problem-based learning activities delivered in a blended /online format using a jusdicious mix of on-campus weekend end seminars and syncronous online tasks and activities. A range of assessment strategies are used including individual and group class presentations, group assignments, case study and applied analytical studies.

Programme Outcomes

Leadership and Development Theories: critically explore and interrogate prominent leadership theories and apply these theories in the course of addressing a variety of organisational issues and problems.

Critical Thinking and Analytical Approaches: 
 review and evaluate a range of policy measures and initiatives and critique these in the context of the school improvement and effectiveness

reflect purposefully and critically upon their own skills and limitations as leaders, evidenced by their performance in working with groups and their overall learning outcomes on the programme.

demonstrate a thorough understanding of key theories of organisational behaviour and change and how to apply these theories in an organizational setting.

Research skills and competence: engage in exploring a range of research methods within both quantitative and qualitative paradigms and critically evaluate these in the context of the work of school leadership in the development of research/ evidence informed practice for school development.

complete a leadership-focused study that will provide an opportunity for graduates to demonstrate with the ability to engage in primary research and consolidate the learning outcomes achieved in the other modules on the programme.

Demonstrate a well-developed understanding of the limits, contradictions and emerging issues related to leadership.

Evidence an enhanced aptitude for continued self-directed learning as well as collaborative learning in professional settings.

Demonstrate the skills of interrogating practice using theoretical perspectives, thus generating new ideas and/ or reformulating existing ideas and practises in relation to professional roles.

Evidence the significance of reflection in the development of expertise and innovative practice thus providing leadership within schools and the wider education community.

Indicate a more in-depth knowledge and more critical engagement with the foundational disciplines of education to enhance and enrich the expertise acquired in undergraduate studies and subsequent professional experience.

Make explicit connections between module content, coursework and professional practice.

Entry requirements

The Masters in Education (Leadership) is a designated stream in the existing Master in Education programme aimed at those who have already successfully completed the online/ blended Professional Diploma in Education Studies (Leadership). Prospective students will carry their 30-credits from the Diploma into the Masters Programme and complete the remaining 60 credits.

If you have any queries on the PDE/MEd Leadership, please do not hesitate to contact us at educationenquiries@ucd.ie.

Applicants to the MEd Leadership must have a recognised teaching qualification and have relevant teaching experience. Students who have already successfully completed the online/blended Professional Diploma in Education Studies (Leadership) may carry their 30-credits from the Diploma into the Masters Programme and complete the remaining 60 credits.

Duration

1 Year Part Time

Further enquiries

Contact Number:educationenquiries@ucd

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option

Leading a Learning Organisation
EDUC40410

Contemporary Issues
EDUC41620

School leadership and the quality of teaching and learning: actors, agency, activities
EDUC41640

School Transformation
EDUC41800

Thesis: School Leadership
EDUC42050

Research Design (Blended)
EDUC42890

Data Analysis (Blended)
EDUC42910

Application date

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The following entry routes are available:

MEd (Leadership) PT (W328)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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