MA Educational Leadership

What is effective education? Can educational leadership deliver social change? What role does a school leader play in educating children?

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Overview

Explore and understand the conversation around what is effective education. Critique theories of leadership and management, and how they relate to your working environment. Develop the skills to pursue a leadership role in a school.

On our part-time masters course you’ll explore leadership and management roles in education, and understand their potential to transform practice.

It’s designed for professionals working across the field of education, from teachers in schools to those in community settings. We aim to develop your leadership and management skills to help you become an educational leader.

You’ll explore ways of leading and visioning, and critique the role that a leader plays in the school environment.

You’ll study theories of leadership and management, such as the different ways of knowing about leadership, and instrumental theory. You’ll also analyse current models relating to leading change, and consider methods of managing people and resources.

Some of the topics you’ll consider include the growth mind-set, the contribution of educational leadership to global equality, ethical leadership, and the impact of leadership on organisational effectiveness.

Your final assessment will be a dissertation on a topic of your choice, related to the field of education. You’ll usually conduct a small research project, which involves planning, conducting and evaluating practical research.

 

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

You might choose to complete this masters degree to support your current management or leadership role in education, or to move into a more senior role.

Through this course, you’ll develop a clear understanding of the role a leader plays in education and define your vision as a leader.

You’ll gain the knowledge to help you pursue a career in a leadership position in a school, such as a deputy headship or headship.

You could also continue with further study and begin a PhD.

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Entry requirements

Standard Manchester Met entry requirements for taught postgraduate programmes apply.

You also need to have experience relevant to the award area (or taking up employment or similar related to the award area).

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

For Further Information

Tutor Contact: Caroline Davies c.davies@mmu.ac.uk

Course details

On our part-time masters course, you’ll gain theoretical knowledge about leadership and management across education, as well as the skills to apply this knowledge to your practice.

You’ll consider and critique your position at school and explore ways you could be more influential in this position. You’ll evaluate theories and apply them to your own practice, looking at how these theories disrupt your assumptions about education and leadership.

Through our MA Educational Leadership course, we’ll help you to develop the confidence to express your leadership vision, your educational values, and ways of educating people to help deliver social change.

Mapping the Territory: Critical Concepts and Issues

This unit enables a critical exploration of Educational Leadership theory and practice and the ways these inter-relate and extend each other, for practice. There is an emphasis on participants exploring (re-looking), analysing and reflecting on leadership and management theoretical, conceptual and contextual lenses and evidence salient for their own practice settings and professional priorities, to ask challenging questions, and make judgements about ‘what is going on’, where they sit, and how they might respond. Typical content might include current educational leadership discourse, educational policy perspectives, leadership practice in neo-liberalism and austerity, professionalism, the impact of globalisation, and diversities/inequalities but will be shaped by students’ own interests, and articulated in and for students’ own practice and practice contexts.

Specialist Supported Project: Educational Leadership and Management

This unit supports students to undertake a project that has particular relevance to their professional practice. Students identify and explore significant educational leadership and management themes, issues or challenges, select a relevant focus for their project, and appropriate approach/tools/methods. Projects might be desk, practice, or enquiry-based, but in all cases enable students to develop and demonstrate specialist knowledge through the use of evidence, analysis, reflection and evaluation, as appropriate to their project. The unit provides an introduction to the nature of knowledge, knowledge generation for practice and enquiry/investigation approaches and underpinning inter/disciplinary footprint.

Shaping the Future

This unit asks students to address critical challenges, tensions or contradictions, and professional dilemmas within their own practice, to think forward and develop possible ways of re-framing, re-imagining, or innovating for future practice. This provides opportunities to work at the leading edge (of thinking/practice) to rethink services or approaches/interventions, to plan forward and/or to consider specific changes and new innovations.  Therefore, this unit will explore the possibilities of transformational and ethical leadership and professional identities in educational leadership.

Research and Practice

The unit aims to develop a greater understanding of the relevance of research to professional practice. Students examine different approaches to conducting research, and their limitations and possibilities for generating knowledge in their own practice area. The unit also explores the ethical tensions and dilemma inherent in the research process, especially those particular to practitioner research. As part of the assessment of the unit, students produce a research proposal (that can be taken forward to final dissertation) to demonstrate understanding and capacity to carry out a coherent and credible small research project.

Dissertation

This unit is designed to support and facilitate students in planning, conducting and evaluating a significant, practical and coherent (practitioner) research project. Participants finalise a research proposal for approval and for ethical clearance, and will then undertake the research project. Whilst undertaking the project students are offered tutorial support, this constitutes a blend of group tutorials as well as individual supervision. The entire process is supported by a suite of online resources as well as on-site activities that are aimed at enriching the students’ experience and improving the quality of the final dissertation.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1084 per 30 credits to £767 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2584 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Up to £10,609 available to students who live in England

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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