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Reflecting on professional learning in education

If you have already completed the Open University’s Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (C71), this module will enable you to further your professional development and gain our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (C85). You will reflect on your experience and learning from your Professional Graduate Certificate in Education studies and complete an extended, analytical piece of writing that relates your theoretical understanding to your thought processes and practice as a teacher.


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03 Oct 2015 Apr 2016 Not yet available
October 2015 is the final start date for this course. For more information, see Future availability.

What you will study

This module requires you to complete a single assessed task in which you reflect on and extend your learning from the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.

Details of the assessment task will be provided in the study guide for the module on the PGCE website. In undertaking the module you will identify questions in relation to areas of interest from your PGCE study and your developing practice in school. You will investigate these questions through reflection on your PGCE studies and the identification and study of relevant literature; you will be supported by online access to a wide range of electronic journals through the OU library.

You will be expected to demonstrate that you have extended your knowledge and understanding of your chosen areas through study of the PGCE materials and a critical evaluation of the literature. You will also have to show that you have reflected on your own practice and professional development in the light of the understandings gained.

Vocational relevance

This module provides evidence of the continuing professional learning required of classroom teachers.


In order to register for this module, you will need to be studying towards our #Professional Graduate Certificate in Education [C71]# or have successfully completed this qualification within the last three years.

This module does not have a fee for those undertaking or having completed the Open University's #Professional Graduate Certificate in Education [C71]# who wish to gain the qualification of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (C85).

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.


EE880 is a compulsory module in our:

EE880 is an optional module in our:

Some postgraduate qualifications allow study to be chosen from other subject areas. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.


As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

If you have a disability

Material for this module is web-based and is provided in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.

As the module is web-based, you will need to make extensive use of a personal computer and the internet. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in operating a computer or with this type of material you are advised to talk to the Student Registration & Enquiry Service about support which can be given to meet your needs.

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.

Study materials

What's included

Access to the module website.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2008 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.7 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information (including details of the support we provide).

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will not have a tutor, but you will be able to seek advice and guidance through an online forum.

Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.


The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.

You must submit your end-of-module assessment (EMA) via our online eTMA system.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in October 2014. We expect it to be available once a year.

How to register

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept online registrations for this course. Instead, please read the Entry section of this course description and contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Distance learning

The Open University is the world's leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you're at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you'll be supported throughout your studies - your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

For more information about distance learning at the OU read Study explained.

Course facts
About this course:
Course code EE880
Credits 60
OU Level Postgraduate
SCQF level 11
FHEQ level 7
Course work includes:
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

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