The MA in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education is designed specifically for educational professionals who are new to teaching in higher education. The programme also provides CPD opportunities for experienced lecturers in higher education. It provides an opportunity to engage critically with new developments in teaching, and to develop practice in a work context with academic and practical rigour.
Through engagement in critical, analytical and reflective processes, participants will be able to:
What is this programme designed to achieve?
The MA in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education programme aims to:
provide a programme which supports participants to meet their professional needs and interests with academic and practical rigour
provide opportunities for those who teach and support learning in higher education to develop their professional knowledge and understanding in relation to their current and developing roles
engage participants in key educational processes underpinning development and action, such as critical analysis and reflection, critical enquiry and research, action planning and evaluation and collaborative learning.
provide access to current knowledge, thinking and practice in the field of learning and teaching in higher education
provide opportunities for collaborative learning through structured activities and tutor support.
enable teachers and those who support learning in higher education to achieve greater recognition and credit for their work through membership of the HEA
What will you learn?
It is expected that by the end of the programme participants will have the ability to:
Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of theories of learning and a critical awareness of their use in informing approaches to learning and teaching in higher education.
Evaluate, select and use an increasing range of learning and teaching strategies, and explain why they are appropriate to the teaching context
Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of issues relating to equality and diversity, inclusivity and widening participation in higher education.
Critically evaluate research in learning and teaching in higher education and use it to inform the development of practice
Engage with and learn from others within the subject and from within the wider higher education community
Evaluate, select and use an increasing range of strategies used in formative and summative assessment, participant feedback and guidance to support participant learning
Engage with and evaluate the effectiveness of policies, quality assurance and learning enhancement initiatives in HE for their effectiveness in supporting participant learning
Evaluate their practice and continuing professional development.
Demonstrate a critical approach to designing effective environments, participant support and guidance, and learning communities that enhance the participant learning experience.
In addition to the above:
Demonstrate depth and breadth of knowledge in a range of critical issues in the practice of teaching and supporting learning in HE
Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of approaches to research in professional practice and learning and an ability to critique them
In addition to the above:
Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems
Demonstrate the ability to plan and undertake a research project relevant to learning and teaching in higher education, in the context of the participantís role and/or practice.
The programme structure
All programmes are credit-rated to help you to understand the amount and level of study that is needed.
One credit is equal to 10 hours of directed study time (this includes everything you do e.g. lecture, seminar and private study).
Credits are assigned to one of 5 levels:
0 - equivalent in standard to GCE 'A' level and is intended to prepare students for year one of an undergraduate degree programme
1 - equivalent in standard to the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme
2 - equivalent in standard to the second year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme
3 - equivalent in standard to the third year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme
M - equivalent in standard to a Masters degree
IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.
Entry requirements are flexible to allow for credit to be given to work based learning. Applicants must:
Have an undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent: e.g. certificate of education; higher level professional training in education with demonstrable parity in experience), minimum 2:2 classification or equivalent.
show that that 50 hours or more per year is spent teaching / supporting learning in higher education
In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 7 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.
No work experience is required.
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