MASTER OF TEACHING (MTeach)

Entry Year
2024/2025
Entry requirements
2:2 (Hons) degree
Duration
Flexible: normally 3 years
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The online Master of Teaching (MTeach) offers a blend of learning opportunities for the developing teacher or leader in education who aims to advance their practices while working. MTeach students will have access to a single studies advisor throughout the programme, offering one point of contact and continuous learning support.

How will I study?

Teaching and learning is delivered fully online via virtual learning activities and classes.  Students must ensure they have suitable technology to take part fully in the sessions – a home computer, headphones and microphone, web cam and Wi-Fi speed of at least 512 kbps.

Who will be teaching me?

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

How will I be assessed?

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

Entitlement

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

What Our Students Say

Listen to student Sally below:

Some current and past students share some insight on the course:

Adele: ‘I am currently completing my Masters at Stranmillis and I can’t recommend it enough. From the get go, the course offers you stimulating modules to really get you thinking. The guidance and support on offer from tutors has been fantastic and I couldn’t ask for a better experience. The collaboration with others through group work and weekly engagement tasks has opened up a whole new network for me that has really added to my Masters journey. Staff have been so accommodating and helpful and are always at hand to give support and guidance. A great programme for anyone wishing to embark on this journey’

Elaine:Completing my Masters at Stranmillis was a wonderful learning journey. The modules are relevant and highlight current issues within education. It is a great way of meeting and networking with other professionals and peers. Stranmillis offers fabulous support from all staff. If you are thinking about completing your Masters there really is only one place to consider and that is the MTeach at Stranmillis

Listen to student Sara below:

Programme Specification

For full programme specification click here

Download the Postgraduate Studies flyer here for more information on all programmes on offer.

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To be awarded an Master of Teaching, you will need to complete 180 CATs, which will normally comprise of four 30 CAT point taught modules plus a 60 CAT point final research study. Students who have accumulated 60 points on the MTeach may graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate and those who have accumulated 120 points may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma. All modules in the table below are 30 CATS unless otherwise noted.

STR7001 – TEACHER AS ACTION RESEARCHER

SEPTEMBER 2024

Action research is something that will help every practitioner make a difference to the quality of teaching and learning., for example to support a new curriculum project or change initiative, or simply learning about teaching strategies. Strategies for evidence-based practice, quality improvement and developing new and improved practice are the focus of this module.

STR7004 – COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE AND LEARNING PARTNERSHIPS

SEPTEMBER 2024

Schools and related organisations increasingly work as part of local, national or even international networks, forming strategic partnerships, sharing staff and delivering joint programmes for students. This module analyses existing models for collaborative and interconnected learning and facilitates the exploration of effective methods of working in practice.

STR7002  – ADVANCED TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT

SEPTEMBER 2024

This module focuses on improving practice in school or college at various levels, through effective instruction and the matching of teaching, learning and assessment strategies to learner needs.  It explores constructivist approaches, innovative teaching strategies, assessment as learning and highlights strategies to advance robust project and problem-based learning (PBL).

STR7009 – LEARNING LEADERSHIP

SEPTEMBER 2024

The module offers post-qualifying leadership support for those who are aspiring or current educational managers aiming to develop transformative competences in line with the new General Teaching Council of NI requirements (coming soon). Offering best practice examples from the practitioner team of current and past principals and middle managers who deliver the module, the programme of work will involve introductory skill development in areas such as: resilience and wellbeing strategies for schools/colleges, operational and strategic leadership, team and individual leadership through coach-mentoring and how to build communities of practice for shared and networked professional development at whole school/college level. A wide range of assessment methods will be employed including preparations for interviews and developmental tasks with a e third part of this module. Practitioners with leadership experience or aspiring leaders will benefit from developing new and enterprising ideas for classroom practices and/or projects. Some students will develop new ways to promote leadership within the curriculum, while others will develop a wider school-based strategy for enterprise education utilising effective leadership strategies and paradigms.

STR7013 Understanding the Process of Sensory Provision for Children’s Learning and Personal Development

SEPTEMBER 2024

he growth in the use of sensory supports in educational and non-educational settings has significantly risen since the Sensory Processing Difficulties was formally recognised as a feature of ASD in 2013. However, autistic children, young people and adults are not the only group impacted by sensory issues. A recent audit of sensory provision in NI (Beck et al.,2021) has highlighted a lack of practitioner confidence in evaluating sensory need and providing effective sensory provision in the schools.

This module, based on current cross-professional research, will explain sensory processing difficulties and their link with:

  • Cognition and Learning,
  • ADHD,
  • ASD,
  • Motor skill development,
  • SBEW – Anxiety, Depression and Trauma,

and aims to encourage and support your active application of this knowledge in your setting, on a daily basis, at the point of need.

STR7003 – ADDRESSING UNDERACHIEVEMENT AND DIVERSITY IN EDUCATION: POLICY AND PRACTICE

JUNE 2024, JUNE 2025

The module will consider the impact of diversity, difference, disadvantage and learning difficulty in schools. It will explore appropriate literature to allow acquisition of knowledge bases and develop critical conceptual skills to decode and deconstruct prejudice. It will help students to understand and work with the contradictions of cultural life and will address models of deficit and low expectation that characterise the gap between traditional classroom materials and those used to teach disadvantaged students.

EDC7024 – RESEARCH METHODS

JUNE 2024, SEPTEMBER 2024, JANUARY 2025

Research Methods support you as a developing learning leader, offering guidance and mentorship as practitioners commence their educational study or enquiry for the MTeach.
Studies and projects will be supported in the area of educational diversity and underachievement, policy developments, teaching innovation and trials (individually and/or with teams), technology enhanced learning, peer learning, curriculum development and enterprising education.

STR7010 – RESEARCH STUDY (60 CATS)

SEPTEMBER 2024 & JANAURY 2025

This module will provide students with an opportunity to apply their understanding of the steps involved in planning and conducting a research project, including models of best/next practice dissemination. This normally involves research into policy, teaching and learning and/or curriculum related projects.

All modules are 30 CATs unless otherwise started. 

All Modules are taught online.

Listen to student Johnny below for more information:

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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.

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 (within 10 years) 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 by email only to masters@stran.ac.uk

The MTeach has 3 intakes per year: September, January and June. The June 2024 intake is now closed for new applications.

The next intake for this programme is for September 2024. Applications will close on Friday 6th September 2024. 

Tuition Fees

Module fees for 2024/ 2025 are:

2024 - 25 Tuition Fees
MEd / MA ECS / MTeach
CATs PointsNI / ROIGBEU Other*International
Rate per module30£1,217£1,542£3,584£3,584
Dissertation module60£2,434£3,084£7,168£7,168
Full-time Course180£7,300£9,250£21,500£21,500

*EU Other – Students from the EU (excluding Republic of Ireland), other EEA and Swiss Nationals and their family members.

Tuition Fee loans are available for Postgraduate Study via Student Finance NI.

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 and materials for your dissertation research project and additional costs for printing and binding.

Course image

The online Master of Teaching (MTeach) offers a blend of learning opportunities for the developing teacher or leader in education who aims to advance their practices while working. MTeach students will have access to a single studies advisor throughout the programme, offering one point of contact and continuous learning support.

How will I study?

Teaching and learning is delivered fully online via virtual learning activities and classes.  Students must ensure they have suitable technology to take part fully in the sessions – a home computer, headphones and microphone, web cam and Wi-Fi speed of at least 512 kbps.

Who will be teaching me?

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

How will I be assessed?

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

Entitlement

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

What Our Students Say

Listen to student Sally below:

Some current and past students share some insight on the course:

Adele: ‘I am currently completing my Masters at Stranmillis and I can’t recommend it enough. From the get go, the course offers you stimulating modules to really get you thinking. The guidance and support on offer from tutors has been fantastic and I couldn’t ask for a better experience. The collaboration with others through group work and weekly engagement tasks has opened up a whole new network for me that has really added to my Masters journey. Staff have been so accommodating and helpful and are always at hand to give support and guidance. A great programme for anyone wishing to embark on this journey’

Elaine:Completing my Masters at Stranmillis was a wonderful learning journey. The modules are relevant and highlight current issues within education. It is a great way of meeting and networking with other professionals and peers. Stranmillis offers fabulous support from all staff. If you are thinking about completing your Masters there really is only one place to consider and that is the MTeach at Stranmillis

Listen to student Sara below:

Programme Specification

For full programme specification click here

Download the Postgraduate Studies flyer here for more information on all programmes on offer.

Course image

To be awarded an Master of Teaching, you will need to complete 180 CATs, which will normally comprise of four 30 CAT point taught modules plus a 60 CAT point final research study. Students who have accumulated 60 points on the MTeach may graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate and those who have accumulated 120 points may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma. All modules in the table below are 30 CATS unless otherwise noted.

STR7001 – TEACHER AS ACTION RESEARCHER

SEPTEMBER 2024

Action research is something that will help every practitioner make a difference to the quality of teaching and learning., for example to support a new curriculum project or change initiative, or simply learning about teaching strategies. Strategies for evidence-based practice, quality improvement and developing new and improved practice are the focus of this module.

STR7004 – COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE AND LEARNING PARTNERSHIPS

SEPTEMBER 2024

Schools and related organisations increasingly work as part of local, national or even international networks, forming strategic partnerships, sharing staff and delivering joint programmes for students. This module analyses existing models for collaborative and interconnected learning and facilitates the exploration of effective methods of working in practice.

STR7002  – ADVANCED TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT

SEPTEMBER 2024

This module focuses on improving practice in school or college at various levels, through effective instruction and the matching of teaching, learning and assessment strategies to learner needs.  It explores constructivist approaches, innovative teaching strategies, assessment as learning and highlights strategies to advance robust project and problem-based learning (PBL).

STR7009 – LEARNING LEADERSHIP

SEPTEMBER 2024

The module offers post-qualifying leadership support for those who are aspiring or current educational managers aiming to develop transformative competences in line with the new General Teaching Council of NI requirements (coming soon). Offering best practice examples from the practitioner team of current and past principals and middle managers who deliver the module, the programme of work will involve introductory skill development in areas such as: resilience and wellbeing strategies for schools/colleges, operational and strategic leadership, team and individual leadership through coach-mentoring and how to build communities of practice for shared and networked professional development at whole school/college level. A wide range of assessment methods will be employed including preparations for interviews and developmental tasks with a e third part of this module. Practitioners with leadership experience or aspiring leaders will benefit from developing new and enterprising ideas for classroom practices and/or projects. Some students will develop new ways to promote leadership within the curriculum, while others will develop a wider school-based strategy for enterprise education utilising effective leadership strategies and paradigms.

STR7013 Understanding the Process of Sensory Provision for Children’s Learning and Personal Development

SEPTEMBER 2024

he growth in the use of sensory supports in educational and non-educational settings has significantly risen since the Sensory Processing Difficulties was formally recognised as a feature of ASD in 2013. However, autistic children, young people and adults are not the only group impacted by sensory issues. A recent audit of sensory provision in NI (Beck et al.,2021) has highlighted a lack of practitioner confidence in evaluating sensory need and providing effective sensory provision in the schools.

This module, based on current cross-professional research, will explain sensory processing difficulties and their link with:

  • Cognition and Learning,
  • ADHD,
  • ASD,
  • Motor skill development,
  • SBEW – Anxiety, Depression and Trauma,

and aims to encourage and support your active application of this knowledge in your setting, on a daily basis, at the point of need.

STR7003 – ADDRESSING UNDERACHIEVEMENT AND DIVERSITY IN EDUCATION: POLICY AND PRACTICE

JUNE 2024, JUNE 2025

The module will consider the impact of diversity, difference, disadvantage and learning difficulty in schools. It will explore appropriate literature to allow acquisition of knowledge bases and develop critical conceptual skills to decode and deconstruct prejudice. It will help students to understand and work with the contradictions of cultural life and will address models of deficit and low expectation that characterise the gap between traditional classroom materials and those used to teach disadvantaged students.

EDC7024 – RESEARCH METHODS

JUNE 2024, SEPTEMBER 2024, JANUARY 2025

Research Methods support you as a developing learning leader, offering guidance and mentorship as practitioners commence their educational study or enquiry for the MTeach.
Studies and projects will be supported in the area of educational diversity and underachievement, policy developments, teaching innovation and trials (individually and/or with teams), technology enhanced learning, peer learning, curriculum development and enterprising education.

STR7010 – RESEARCH STUDY (60 CATS)

SEPTEMBER 2024 & JANAURY 2025

This module will provide students with an opportunity to apply their understanding of the steps involved in planning and conducting a research project, including models of best/next practice dissemination. This normally involves research into policy, teaching and learning and/or curriculum related projects.

All modules are 30 CATs unless otherwise started. 

All Modules are taught online.

Listen to student Johnny below for more information:

Course image

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.

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 (within 10 years) 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 by email only to masters@stran.ac.uk

The MTeach has 3 intakes per year: September, January and June. The June 2024 intake is now closed for new applications.

The next intake for this programme is for September 2024. Applications will close on Friday 6th September 2024. 

Tuition Fees

Module fees for 2024/ 2025 are:

2024 - 25 Tuition Fees
MEd / MA ECS / MTeach
CATs PointsNI / ROIGBEU Other*International
Rate per module30£1,217£1,542£3,584£3,584
Dissertation module60£2,434£3,084£7,168£7,168
Full-time Course180£7,300£9,250£21,500£21,500

*EU Other – Students from the EU (excluding Republic of Ireland), other EEA and Swiss Nationals and their family members.

Tuition Fee loans are available for Postgraduate Study via Student Finance NI.

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 and materials for your dissertation research project and additional costs for printing and binding.

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