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Masters degree in Education

Description

Please note that this qualification is now only available until 31 December 2017. In order to claim this qualification you must have completed the required 180 credits by this time (unless the usual time limit for completion precedes this date), otherwise you could be transferred to a new version of our Masters degree in Education (F70) subject to your eligibility. 

This taught masters degree course is a flexible modular qualification with a rich diversity of modules enabling you to choose those most appropriate to your own context and interests. The modules support your professional development through investigation of currently significant issues in the context of your own experience and appropriate literature. For this professional qualification you will need some experience of working with learners, either in teaching, the education advisory service, educational administration or an allied field – this may include informal learning settings. You will join a learning community of over 2500 students from varying educational contexts worldwide.

Planning your studies

To study for this masters degree course you must hold a bachelors degree from a UK university or other recognised degree-awarding body, or a qualification at equivalent level.

We strongly recommend that you begin your studies with the compulsory module Educational enquiry (E891). It gives an overview of educational research, the concepts of which underpin study in subsequent modules.

There are additional entry requirements for EE880. Please see the module description by clicking on the links below for further details.

Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 7 under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see their website for details.

You will usually need to be able to work with learners, but not necessarily in a formal teaching situation. You will be encouraged to relate the content of the modules to your own experiences and to develop skills of independent study and enquiry. If you are not sure whether your qualifications and experience are suitable, please ask our Student Registration & Enquiry Service for advice.

In your degree you may opt to study two modules that focus on a particular aspect of education, or you may prefer two unrelated modules to give your qualification breadth. If you have studied two modules in applied linguistics, educational leadership and management, or equality and diversity, you have the option to ‘badge’ your qualification and for example, be awarded a MA in Education (Leadership and Management).

We recommend you study one module a year, and you must complete this qualification within six years. 

You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 60 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.

Modules that are currently available for study worldwide are E805, E807, E846, E852, E854, E855, E856, E891, ET821, H800, H809, H810, H817, H818 and SEH806. These modules are available anywhere in the world (unless you are a resident of South Africa and may be restricted to studying through your Open University affiliate in your country).

Career relevance and employability

Across the globe there is an increasing demand for creative, innovative education professionals who have highly developed skills and a deep understanding of learning; in many countries a masters degree is becoming essential for career advancement in teaching and related careers. This qualification offers teachers and other education professionals working with learners of all ages the opportunity to develop professionally and academically. It is suitable for graduates working in formal education settings (nurseries, schools, colleges and universities), those supporting non-formal learning as well as education leaders and policy makers. Modules in this qualification are designed to enable you to update your knowledge and skills and give you the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice whilst developing your understanding of theoretical models and current debates.

Case studies and examples are from a worldwide context and this qualification will be relevant to educators across the globe.

This qualification does not qualify you for teacher registration.

There is more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.

Suggested routes to the degree

There are a number of possible pathways through the Masters in Education, which draw on the research strengths of the Faculty of Education and Language Studies. The first two routes illustrated here show routes that many students are using, or have already successfully followed.

You might also opt to study this qualification with a specialism in a particular area of education. The further diagrams show routes with specialisms in applied linguistics, equality and diversity, and leadership and management

Please bear in mind that other routes are available – see the full module list for all options.

Modules

For this 180-credit masters degree you require:

60 credits from the following compulsory module:

Postgraduate compulsory module Credits Next start
Educational enquiry (E891)

Explore educational enquiry, including data processing and analysis, and learn effective techniques for reading, assessing and reviewing research literatures with this introductory masters-level module.

See full description

60 Oct 2015

And 60 credits from the following optional modules:

Postgraduate optional modules Credits Next start
Children and young people's worlds: frameworks for integrated practice (E807)

This module engages with a range of critical perspectives on children’s lives and experiences in the contemporary world, at national and international levels.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Contemporary issues in science learning (SEH806)

Investigate key issues in contemporary science teaching, including the influence of theories of learning; the purposes of science education; and using ICT to support learning.

See full description

60 Jan 2015 FINAL
Critical issues in equity, diversity and educational practice (E805)

You will develop of an understanding of the factors contributing to social and educational exclusion and explore approaches and pedagogies for establishing inclusive learning environments.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Curriculum, learning and society: investigating practice (E846)

This module enables teachers and education professionals to analyse, evaluate and develop their own and others’ practice and enter debates in teaching, learning and assessment.

See full description

60 Oct 2015 FINAL
Difficulties in literacy development (E801)

Explore appropriate curriculum responses to the needs of children as well as the wider issues relevant to adults who experience difficulty in literacy development.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Educational leadership: context, strategy and collaboration (E856)

This module explores current thinking on educational leadership and management and encourages effective integration of theory and practice in developing your leadership skills.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Investigating language in action (E854)

This masters level module examines and reflects on the nature and use of language in action, and develops your skills in analysing English texts.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Language, literacy and learning in the contemporary world (E852)

If you are interested in exploring language, literacy and learning in today’s world with its increasing linguistic and cultural diversity and rapid technological development, this online masters-level module is for you.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Leading professional practice in education (E855)

You will explore the internal-facing aspects of leadership and management through looking at the curriculum and the learner’s role, leading change and promoting professional development.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Reflecting on professional learning in education (EE880) * or 60 credits from our PGCE (K20) qualification

Reflect on your experience studying for your OU PGCE and examine how your theoretical understanding relates to your thought processes and practice as a teacher.

See full description

60 Oct 2015 FINAL
Researching mathematics learning (ME825)

This module offers valuable insight into the teaching and learning of mathematics for anyone involved – from classroom assistants and teachers to lecturers and parents.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Understanding children's development and learning (ED841)

Examines children's development and learning in cultural, educational and social contexts and how children shape their own development through meaningful interaction with others.

See full description

60 Oct 2015

Or subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules E804, E831, E841, E844, E845, E848, E849, E859, ED840, EE881.
* EE880 is only available to those completing our Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (C71)

And a further 60 credits from the list above or from the following optional modules:

Postgraduate optional modules Credits Next start
Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students (H810)

Examine the learning experiences of disabled students, the technical aspects of accessibility, and the current debates and discussions about disability and accessibility in educational contexts.

See full description

30 Sep 2015
Continuing professional development in practice (U810)

This module allows you to accredit 150 hours prior learning through auditing and assessing the impact of your continuing professional development (CPD) on your work.

See full description

30 May 2015
Education for development (ET821)

Explores the relationship between education and development through topics such as teachers, use of new technologies and gender equality in education.

See full description

30 Nov 2015
Openness and innovation in elearning (H817)

With an emphasis on exploring innovation, you will look at both the latest developments in educational tools and current debates around the concept of openness.

See full description

60 Feb 2015
Practice-based research in educational technology (H809)

Develop research and evaluation skills in technology-rich environments by learning about new methods of data collection and analysis, and the philosophical assumptions underlying educational enquiry.

See full description

30 Feb 2015
Technology-enhanced learning: practices and debates (H800)

Engage with elearning or 'technology-enhanced' learning by exploring the processes of designing, implementing and evaluating, and become a creative and effective elearning professional.

See full description

60 Feb 2015
The networked practitioner (H818)

This module enables you to experience producing resources related to online and distance education and then improving them through engagement with others in peer reflection.

See full description

30 Oct 2015

Or subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules B823, BZX823, H807, H808, H812

Master of Arts in Education (Applied Linguistics) or Master of Education (Applied Linguistics)

If you include the following two modules in your degree, along with the compulsory module Educational enquiry (E891), you can be awarded a MA in Education (Applied Linguistics) or MEd (Applied Linguistics):

Postgraduate modules Credits Next start
Investigating language in action (E854)

This masters level module examines and reflects on the nature and use of language in action, and develops your skills in analysing English texts.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Language,  literacy and learning in the contemporary world (E852)

If you are interested in exploring language, literacy and learning in today’s world with its increasing linguistic and cultural diversity and rapid technological development, this online masters-level module is for you.

See full description

60 Oct 2015

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules E841, E844

Master of Arts in Education (Equality and Diversity) or Master of Education (Equality and Diversity)

If you include the following two modules in your degree, along with the compulsory module Educational enquiry (E891), you can be awarded a MA in Education (Equality and Diversity) or MEd (Equality and Diversity):

Postgraduate modules Credits Next start
Critical issues in equity, diversity and educational practice (E805)

You will develop of an understanding of the factors contributing to social and educational exclusion and explore approaches and pedagogies for establishing inclusive learning environments.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Difficulties in literacy development (E801)

Explore appropriate curriculum responses to the needs of children as well as the wider issues relevant to adults who experience difficulty in literacy development.

See full description

60 Oct 2015

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules E804, E831, E848

Master of Arts in Education (Leadership and Management) or Master of Education (Leadership and Management)

If you include the following two modules in your degree, along with the compulsory module Educational enquiry (E891), you can be awarded a MA in Education (Leadership and Management) or MEd (Leadership and Management):

Postgraduate modules Credits Next start
Educational leadership: context, strategy and collaboration (E856)

This module explores current thinking on educational leadership and management and encourages effective integration of theory and practice in developing your leadership skills.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Leading professional practice in education (E855)

You will explore the internal-facing aspects of leadership and management through looking at the curriculum and the learner’s role, leading change and promoting professional development.

See full description

60 Oct 2015

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules E849, E859

If you complete your studies before 31 December 2015

You can either follow the structure outlined above, or the previous structure of the qualification detailed below. 
For this 180-credit masters degree you require:

60 credits from the following compulsory module:

Postgraduate compulsory module Credits Next start
Educational enquiry (E891)

Explore educational enquiry, including data processing and analysis, and learn effective techniques for reading, assessing and reviewing research literatures with this introductory masters-level module.

See full description

60 Oct 2015

And 120 credits from the following optional modules:

Postgraduate optional modules Credits Next start
Children and young people’s worlds: frameworks for integrated practice (E807)

This module engages with a range of critical perspectives on children’s lives and experiences in the contemporary world, at national and international levels.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Contemporary issues in science learning (SEH806)

Investigate key issues in contemporary science teaching, including the influence of theories of learning; the purposes of science education; and using ICT to support learning.

See full description

60 Jan 2015 FINAL
Continuing professional development in practice (U810)

This module allows you to accredit 150 hours prior learning through auditing and assessing the impact of your continuing professional development (CPD) on your work.

See full description

30 May 2015
Critical issues in equity, diversity and educational practice (E805)

You will develop of an understanding of the factors contributing to social and educational exclusion and explore approaches and pedagogies for establishing inclusive learning environments.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Curriculum, learning and society: investigating practice (E846)

This module enables teachers and education professionals to analyse, evaluate and develop their own and others’ practice and enter debates in teaching, learning and assessment.

See full description

60 Oct 2015 FINAL
Difficulties in literacy development (E801)

Explore appropriate curriculum responses to the needs of children as well as the wider issues relevant to adults who experience difficulty in literacy development.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Education for development (ET821)

Explores the relationship between education and development through topics such as teachers, use of new technologies and gender equality in education.

See full description

30 Nov 2015
Educational leadership: context, strategy and collaboration (E856)

This module explores current thinking on educational leadership and management and encourages effective integration of theory and practice in developing your leadership skills.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Investigating language in action (E854)

This masters level module examines and reflects on the nature and use of language in action, and develops your skills in analysing English texts.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Language, literacy and learning in the contemporary world (E852)

If you are interested in exploring language, literacy and learning in today’s world with its increasing linguistic and cultural diversity and rapid technological development, this online masters-level module is for you.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Leading professional practice in education (E855)

You will explore the internal-facing aspects of leadership and management through looking at the curriculum and the learner’s role, leading change and promoting professional development.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Practice-based research in educational technology (H809)

Develop research and evaluation skills in technology-rich environments by learning about new methods of data collection and analysis, and the philosophical assumptions underlying educational enquiry.

See full description

30 Feb 2015
Professional learning in education (EE880) *

Reflect on your experience studying for your OU PGCE and examine how your theoretical understanding relates to your thought processes and practice as a teacher.

See full description

60 Oct 2015 FINAL
Researching mathematics learning (ME825)

This module offers valuable insight into the teaching and learning of mathematics for anyone involved – from classroom assistants and teachers to lecturers and parents.

See full description

60 Oct 2015
Understanding children’s development and learning (ED841)

Examines children's development and learning in cultural, educational and social contexts and how children shape their own development through meaningful interaction with others.

See full description

60 Oct 2015

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules, B823, BZX823, E804, E831, E836, E841, E844, E845, E848, E849, E857, E859, ED840, EE881, EZX836, H807, H812

* EE880 is only available to those studying our Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (C71)

The specialist degrees in applied linguistics, equality and diversity, and leadership and management are also available if you are completing your degree before 31 December 2015.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills
Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.

Credit for previous study elsewhere

If you have already completed some successful study at postgraduate level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this Open University qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible as it may affect your choice of OU modules. If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete your qualification with us.

Visit our Credit Transfer site for more information and details of how to apply for credit transfer.

We particularly welcome credit from those who hold a Cambridge Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Delta) (course entry from September 2008) or the Trinity College London Licentiate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (LTCL Diploma in TESOL) (course entry from March 2007). Credit from these diplomas may be counted towards our MA in Education (Applied Linguistics)/MEd (Applied Linguistics).

On completion

On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded a Master of Arts in Education or Master of Education entitling you to use the letters MA Ed (Open) or MEd (Open) after your name. 
If you have successfully studied specific combinations of modules you can be awarded a MA in Education (Applied Linguistics) or MEd (Applied Linguistics), MA in Education (Leadership and Management) or MEd (Leadership and Management), MA in Education (Equality and Diversity) or MEd (Equality and Diversity). You will have the opportunity of being presented at a degree ceremony.

On successful completion of one 60-credit module from the programme you will be able to claim a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education (C27). Once you have achieved 120 credits from the programme, including E891, you can claim a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education (D52).

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:

These regulations are also available on our Essential Documents website.

How to register

If you want to study for this qualification, read the description and check you meet any specific requirements (for example, some of our qualifications, require you to be working in a particular environment, or be sponsored by your employer). Then select the module you wish to study first and ensure it is suitable for you before following the registration procedure for that module. During the registration procedure you will be asked to declare which qualification you are studying towards.

See a full list of modules available for this qualification

About this Taught Masters
Code F01
Level Postgraduate
Made up of 180 credits

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