MASTER OF EDUCATION (MEd) PASTORAL CARE

Entry Year
2020/2021
Entry requirements
2:2 (Hons) degree
Duration
Flexible: normally up to 5 years
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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.

How will I study?

Depending on the modules selected, teaching and learning is delivered through a blended approach of lectures, virtual learning activities, reflective, self-directed study. For your dissertation, you will be allocated a Personal Tutor who will guide and support you throughout your dissertation

Contact time

The majority of module sessions are in the evenings, although attendance at weekend workshops may occasionally be required. In some modules there is an online taught element. Modules are taught on-campus, with each module lasting approximately 10 weeks, with the equivalent of 30 hours of contact time per module.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught, assessed and supported by an exceptional team of internationally recognised, research-informed and experienced practitioners.

How will I be assessed?

There are no written examinations. Modules are assessed by coursework.

Entitlement

A MEd Pastoral Care is awarded to students who have completed 180 CAT points at M-level. Students who have accumulated 60 points may graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate and those who have accumulated 120 points may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.

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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, help develop a clear understanding of how schools can be proactive in safeguarding children more effectively and use the curriculum to preempt these issues sensitively and effectively. To be awarded an MEd Pastoral Care, you will need to complete 180 CATs, which will normally comprise of four 30 CAT point taught modules plus a 60 CAT point final dissertation. In addition to Research Methods, which is a compulsory module, the other three taught modules must include at least two of MEd Pastoral Care modules below.

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON BULLYING (30 CATs)

SEPTEMBER 2020 (FULLY ONLINE)

This module examines international research into best practice in tackling bullying in schools including physical and verbal bullying, cyberbullying, homophobic bullying and disablist bullying. In each case there will be a focus on the nature, extent and impact of bullying on children in primary and post-primary schools and on possible preventative and reactive interventions on a whole-school and individual classroom level. Students are encouraged to consider the relevance of the research for their own educational contexts.

SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (30 CATS)

JANUARY 2021 (FULLY ONLINE)

This module covers issues related to safeguarding and trauma-informed practice in schools and related professional settings and the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on learning and development e.g. child maltreatment, domestic violence, parental mental ill-health and substance abuse, social disadvantage etc. The module highlights how safeguarding practice contributes to improving outcomes for children from pre-school through post-primary and explores the importance of post pandemic nurture and attachment in classrooms and strategies to support transitions post lockdown. Other topics include the teacher/practitioner’s role, becoming a trauma-informed organisation and early intervention and prevention.

SAFEGUARDING IN THE DIGITAL WORLD (30 CATS)

OCTOBER 2021 (FULLY ONLINE)

This is an exciting new module to the programme for 2020/2021. In today’s increasingly online world, increased ownership of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets has resulted in 24/7 access to the internet.  Despite the many social and educational benefits that the internet has brought, access to online technology has also exposed children and young people to increased risk, with parents and educators often at a loss as to how best to keep them stay safe.

The module will examine a wide range of issues relating to safeguarding in a digital world.  Students will consider the balance between positive and negative technological experiences, and will examine recent national and international research into the online experiences of children and young people.  Students will also learn more about the legal and policy context of digital safeguarding in relation to the misuse of digital technologies, abusive images of children, and child sexual exploitation.  Attitudes of young people towards sexting will be explored along with relevant theoretical underpinnings.

Responses to digital safeguarding issues will be critically investigated including preventative strategies through the curriculum.  The module will be relevant to all those working with children and young people, as well as those with a broader interest in education and technology.

SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIOURAL DIFFICULTIES  (30 CATs)

SEPTEMBER 2021

Supporting pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties can often be challenging. The module considers a range of topics including Developmental Trauma and Attachment; Social and Emotional Learning; Mental Health and Well-being; Positive Behaviour Management; and ADHD. The aim is to help practitioners identify underlying issues and promote pupil emotional health and wellbeing.

HEALTHY MINDS, HEALTHY BODIES (30 CATs)

JANUARY 2022

The module explores the interplay between mental and physical health, the mental health needs of children and young people and the impact of mental ill-health on learning and development. Topics include: the neuroscientific links between adversity, mental health and wellbeing; bereavement, suicide and self-harm; childhood trauma, maltreatment and mental health; indicators of mental ill-health; and working with organisations to address psychological and physical wellbeing proactively and collaboratively.

RESEARCH METHODS (30 CATs)

SEPTEMBER 2021 & JANUARY 2021

Research Methods is normally required to be completed before a student starts their dissertation. The module covers the areas required for effective educational research including; qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques: the quasi-experimental approach; research method selection; questionnaire design and analysis; research and project preparation; and reporting the findings.

Click here for full course specification

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Applicants will normally hold a relevant 2:2 Honours degree or above in a related discipline, and 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.

Prior Accreditation

The degree recognises and supports existing professional development activities whether these are part of induction, early professional development, threshold assessments or programmes of staff development and performance management. All students who have successfully completed a PGCE at Master’s level will be eligible to apply for 30 M-level credit points towards a Master’s qualification. Candidates may also seek accreditation for completed school-based professional development activities. Application for credit transfer and exemption from module requirements must be made upon enrolment.

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How to Apply

Application for admission to all Masters Programmes should be made by downloading the application form and reference form (see ‘Apply Now’ link above) and returning the completed forms to masters@stran.ac.uk.

During the current climate please only send applications by email as the College is closed.

Applications are now closed for September 2020 . The next intake is January 2021.

All completed Masters applications require a payment of a £10 administration fee. Please click here to complete this payment via the Stran Eshop.

Tuition Fees

The module fees for 2020/2021 are:

NI/ EU £1023 (30 CATS) £2047 (60 CATS)

GB £1150 (30 CATS) £2300 (60 CATS)

International £2817  (30 CATS) £5633 (60 CATS)

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans

A Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan of up to £5,500 is available to eligible student for postgraduate study at Stranmillis University College: please contact your Education Authority for further loan information. Please note students who are applying for a postgraduate tuition fee loan must complete their Master’s study within 3 years. Other payment options are available such as payment in full or direct debit instalment plans Please contact the College Finance Office on studentfinance@stran.ac.uk for further information.

Additional Course Costs

There may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from the Library. However, If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the Library, prices per text typically range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

There may be costs associated with transport for field trips, transport and materials for your dissertation research project and additional costs for printing and binding.

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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.

How will I study?

Depending on the modules selected, teaching and learning is delivered through a blended approach of lectures, virtual learning activities, reflective, self-directed study. For your dissertation, you will be allocated a Personal Tutor who will guide and support you throughout your dissertation

Contact time

The majority of module sessions are in the evenings, although attendance at weekend workshops may occasionally be required. In some modules there is an online taught element. Modules are taught on-campus, with each module lasting approximately 10 weeks, with the equivalent of 30 hours of contact time per module.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught, assessed and supported by an exceptional team of internationally recognised, research-informed and experienced practitioners.

How will I be assessed?

There are no written examinations. Modules are assessed by coursework.

Entitlement

A MEd Pastoral Care is awarded to students who have completed 180 CAT points at M-level. Students who have accumulated 60 points may graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate and those who have accumulated 120 points may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.

Course image

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, help develop a clear understanding of how schools can be proactive in safeguarding children more effectively and use the curriculum to preempt these issues sensitively and effectively. To be awarded an MEd Pastoral Care, you will need to complete 180 CATs, which will normally comprise of four 30 CAT point taught modules plus a 60 CAT point final dissertation. In addition to Research Methods, which is a compulsory module, the other three taught modules must include at least two of MEd Pastoral Care modules below.

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON BULLYING (30 CATs)

SEPTEMBER 2020 (FULLY ONLINE)

This module examines international research into best practice in tackling bullying in schools including physical and verbal bullying, cyberbullying, homophobic bullying and disablist bullying. In each case there will be a focus on the nature, extent and impact of bullying on children in primary and post-primary schools and on possible preventative and reactive interventions on a whole-school and individual classroom level. Students are encouraged to consider the relevance of the research for their own educational contexts.

SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (30 CATS)

JANUARY 2021 (FULLY ONLINE)

This module covers issues related to safeguarding and trauma-informed practice in schools and related professional settings and the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on learning and development e.g. child maltreatment, domestic violence, parental mental ill-health and substance abuse, social disadvantage etc. The module highlights how safeguarding practice contributes to improving outcomes for children from pre-school through post-primary and explores the importance of post pandemic nurture and attachment in classrooms and strategies to support transitions post lockdown. Other topics include the teacher/practitioner’s role, becoming a trauma-informed organisation and early intervention and prevention.

SAFEGUARDING IN THE DIGITAL WORLD (30 CATS)

OCTOBER 2021 (FULLY ONLINE)

This is an exciting new module to the programme for 2020/2021. In today’s increasingly online world, increased ownership of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets has resulted in 24/7 access to the internet.  Despite the many social and educational benefits that the internet has brought, access to online technology has also exposed children and young people to increased risk, with parents and educators often at a loss as to how best to keep them stay safe.

The module will examine a wide range of issues relating to safeguarding in a digital world.  Students will consider the balance between positive and negative technological experiences, and will examine recent national and international research into the online experiences of children and young people.  Students will also learn more about the legal and policy context of digital safeguarding in relation to the misuse of digital technologies, abusive images of children, and child sexual exploitation.  Attitudes of young people towards sexting will be explored along with relevant theoretical underpinnings.

Responses to digital safeguarding issues will be critically investigated including preventative strategies through the curriculum.  The module will be relevant to all those working with children and young people, as well as those with a broader interest in education and technology.

SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIOURAL DIFFICULTIES  (30 CATs)

SEPTEMBER 2021

Supporting pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties can often be challenging. The module considers a range of topics including Developmental Trauma and Attachment; Social and Emotional Learning; Mental Health and Well-being; Positive Behaviour Management; and ADHD. The aim is to help practitioners identify underlying issues and promote pupil emotional health and wellbeing.

HEALTHY MINDS, HEALTHY BODIES (30 CATs)

JANUARY 2022

The module explores the interplay between mental and physical health, the mental health needs of children and young people and the impact of mental ill-health on learning and development. Topics include: the neuroscientific links between adversity, mental health and wellbeing; bereavement, suicide and self-harm; childhood trauma, maltreatment and mental health; indicators of mental ill-health; and working with organisations to address psychological and physical wellbeing proactively and collaboratively.

RESEARCH METHODS (30 CATs)

SEPTEMBER 2021 & JANUARY 2021

Research Methods is normally required to be completed before a student starts their dissertation. The module covers the areas required for effective educational research including; qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques: the quasi-experimental approach; research method selection; questionnaire design and analysis; research and project preparation; and reporting the findings.

Click here for full course specification

Course image

Applicants will normally hold a relevant 2:2 Honours degree or above in a related discipline, and 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.

Prior Accreditation

The degree recognises and supports existing professional development activities whether these are part of induction, early professional development, threshold assessments or programmes of staff development and performance management. All students who have successfully completed a PGCE at Master’s level will be eligible to apply for 30 M-level credit points towards a Master’s qualification. Candidates may also seek accreditation for completed school-based professional development activities. Application for credit transfer and exemption from module requirements must be made upon enrolment.

Course image

How to Apply

Application for admission to all Masters Programmes should be made by downloading the application form and reference form (see ‘Apply Now’ link above) and returning the completed forms to masters@stran.ac.uk.

During the current climate please only send applications by email as the College is closed.

Applications are now closed for September 2020 . The next intake is January 2021.

All completed Masters applications require a payment of a £10 administration fee. Please click here to complete this payment via the Stran Eshop.

Tuition Fees

The module fees for 2020/2021 are:

NI/ EU £1023 (30 CATS) £2047 (60 CATS)

GB £1150 (30 CATS) £2300 (60 CATS)

International £2817  (30 CATS) £5633 (60 CATS)

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans

A Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan of up to £5,500 is available to eligible student for postgraduate study at Stranmillis University College: please contact your Education Authority for further loan information. Please note students who are applying for a postgraduate tuition fee loan must complete their Master’s study within 3 years. Other payment options are available such as payment in full or direct debit instalment plans Please contact the College Finance Office on studentfinance@stran.ac.uk for further information.

Additional Course Costs

There may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from the Library. However, If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the Library, prices per text typically range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

There may be costs associated with transport for field trips, transport and materials for your dissertation research project and additional costs for printing and binding.

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