MASTER OF TEACHING (MTeach)

Entry Year
2022/2023
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

OCTOBER 2022

The module compares and contrasts conceptualisations of teacher professionalism. It reviews research into teacher growth, learning, continuing education and professional development. It introduces a range of frameworks for a teacher’s self-assessment and professional development planning. The module considers contexts of teacher professional development and teacher’s ownership of their professional growth. The module supports individual and collaborative explorations of professional learning and development priorities.

STR7004 – COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE AND LEARNING PARTNERSHIPS

OCTOBER  2022

Schools and other related organisations increasingly work less in isolation and more in local, national or even international networks, forming strategic partnerships, sharing staff and delivering joint programmes for pupils. This module will analyse existing models for collaborative and interconnected learning and facilitate the exploration of effective methods of working in practice.

STR7013 – UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS OF SENSORY PROVISION FOR CHILDREN’S LEARNING AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

 SEPTEMBER 2022

This module will address the neuroscience, vocabulary and concepts relating to sensory processing and its impact on cognition, social, emotional and academic development. Sensory processing difficulties and ASD, ADHD, Specific Learning Difficulties, Speech and Language Difficulties and Dyspraxia, Behavioural Disorders and issues will all be discussed.  The use of sensory resources and strategies for responding to children’s needs in learning environments will be investigated.

(This module will have one session on campus. It will also be recorded for those who can not attend or wish to join online)

STR7002  – ADVANCED TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT

 JANUARY 2023

The module will address the improvement of achievement in a class of students through effective instruction and the matching of instructional strategies to school and learner needs. The module will identify forms of instructional practice linked through research to improved student achievement at various levels and in a range of subject areas. It will explore various dimensions of improved instruction including time management, resource development, teaching strategies, performance monitoring, student feedback, and classroom management. The module will explore concepts such as the thinking classroom, teaching for understanding and education through new technologies.

STR7009 – LEARNING LEADERSHIP

JANUARY 2023

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.

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

JUNE 2023

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

SEPTEMBER 2022,  JANUARY 2023 & JUNE 2023

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 2022 AND JANUARY 2023

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.

Applications are now closed for a September 2022 intake.

The next intake is January 2023. The closing date for applications is Friday 6th January 2023.

Please indicate on your application email which intake you are applying for.

Tuition Fees

The module fees for 2022/2023 are

2022 - 23 Tuition Fees
MEd / MA ECS / MTeach
CATs PointsNI / ROIGBEU Other*International
Rate per module30£1,109£1,245£3,034£3,034
Dissertation module60£2,218£2,490£6,068£6,068
Full-time Course180£6,650£7,470£18,200£18,200

*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

OCTOBER 2022

The module compares and contrasts conceptualisations of teacher professionalism. It reviews research into teacher growth, learning, continuing education and professional development. It introduces a range of frameworks for a teacher’s self-assessment and professional development planning. The module considers contexts of teacher professional development and teacher’s ownership of their professional growth. The module supports individual and collaborative explorations of professional learning and development priorities.

STR7004 – COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE AND LEARNING PARTNERSHIPS

OCTOBER  2022

Schools and other related organisations increasingly work less in isolation and more in local, national or even international networks, forming strategic partnerships, sharing staff and delivering joint programmes for pupils. This module will analyse existing models for collaborative and interconnected learning and facilitate the exploration of effective methods of working in practice.

STR7013 – UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS OF SENSORY PROVISION FOR CHILDREN’S LEARNING AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

 SEPTEMBER 2022

This module will address the neuroscience, vocabulary and concepts relating to sensory processing and its impact on cognition, social, emotional and academic development. Sensory processing difficulties and ASD, ADHD, Specific Learning Difficulties, Speech and Language Difficulties and Dyspraxia, Behavioural Disorders and issues will all be discussed.  The use of sensory resources and strategies for responding to children’s needs in learning environments will be investigated.

(This module will have one session on campus. It will also be recorded for those who can not attend or wish to join online)

STR7002  – ADVANCED TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT

 JANUARY 2023

The module will address the improvement of achievement in a class of students through effective instruction and the matching of instructional strategies to school and learner needs. The module will identify forms of instructional practice linked through research to improved student achievement at various levels and in a range of subject areas. It will explore various dimensions of improved instruction including time management, resource development, teaching strategies, performance monitoring, student feedback, and classroom management. The module will explore concepts such as the thinking classroom, teaching for understanding and education through new technologies.

STR7009 – LEARNING LEADERSHIP

JANUARY 2023

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.

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

JUNE 2023

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

SEPTEMBER 2022,  JANUARY 2023 & JUNE 2023

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 2022 AND JANUARY 2023

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.

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.

Applications are now closed for a September 2022 intake.

The next intake is January 2023. The closing date for applications is Friday 6th January 2023.

Please indicate on your application email which intake you are applying for.

Tuition Fees

The module fees for 2022/2023 are

2022 - 23 Tuition Fees
MEd / MA ECS / MTeach
CATs PointsNI / ROIGBEU Other*International
Rate per module30£1,109£1,245£3,034£3,034
Dissertation module60£2,218£2,490£6,068£6,068
Full-time Course180£6,650£7,470£18,200£18,200

*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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