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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.

Vocational relevance

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


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.


Module code


  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
Study level
OU Postgraduate
Study method
Distance learning
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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.

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 us 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.

Course work includes

End-of-module assessment
No residential school

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in October 2015 when it will be available for the final time. 


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.

Entry requirements

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 speak to an adviser.


Start End England fee Register
03 Oct 2015 Apr 2016 £0.00

To register for this course - see How to register below. Registration closes 10/09/15

October 2015 is the final start date for this course. For more information, see Future availability.

Additional costs

Study costs

There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

Ways to pay

We know there’s a lot to think about when choosing to study, not least how much it’s going to cost and how you can pay.

That’s why we keep our fees as low as possible and offer a range of flexible payment and funding options. To find out more see Fees and funding.

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 the study materials and activities are accessible via a web browser. Any other computer-based activities you will need to carry out, such as word processing, using spreadsheets, taking part in online forums, and submitting files to the university for assessment, are specified in the module materials. If any additional software is needed for these tasks it will either be provided or is freely available.

We recommend either of the following:

  • Windows desktop or laptop computer running Windows 7 or later operating system
  • Macintosh desktop or laptop computer running OS X 10.7 or later operating system.

A netbook, tablet, smartphone or Linux computer that supports one of the browsers listed below may be suitable. The screen size should be at least 1024 (H) x 768 (W) pixels. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to a suitable desktop or laptop computer in case you are unable to carry out all the module activities on your mobile device.

We recommend a minimum 1 Mbps internet connection and any of the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 9 and above
  • Apple Safari 7 and above
  • Google Chrome 31 and above
  • Mozilla Firefox 31 and above.

Note: using the latest version for your browser will maximise security when accessing the internet. Using company or library computers may prevent you accessing some internet materials or installing additional software.

See our Skills for OU study website for further information about computing skills for study and educational deals for buying Microsoft Office software.

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 contact us 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.