Professional Education and Leadership

MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma


Introduction

Members of Education from the Faculty of Social Sciences have worked in partnership with local authorities over a number of years to develop a suite of highly-regarded professional education programmes designed to impact directly on professional practices and pupils’ learning experiences and outcomes.

During 2013-15 Education researchers at the Faculty of Social Sciences worked with a wide range of practitioners from our partner local authorities on three government-funded research and development projects. The findings of these have greatly informed this exciting new programme, which is offered for the first time in 2015. It offers an opportunity for participants to further develop their professional learning and leadership practices in a supportive, flexible, creative and challenging learning environment.

Building on the success and impact of previous programmes, it is also designed taking account of current policy and the Professional Standards framework (GTCS, 2012) to offer participants the opportunity to develop leadership at all levels through developing a critical and enquiring stance to practice.

The benefits of the programme will extend not only to participants but also to colleagues and the wider school community and will lead to the development of strong professional networks both within and beyond the course.

The following optional pathways have been developed to meet individuals’ professional learning interests and career aspirations.

  • Advanced Professional Practice
  • Middle Leadership
  • Curriculum
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Digital Social Trends and Professional Practices (Autumn 2016)

 

Key information

EU Applicants
EU students enrolling for a taught postgraduate degree in the 2017/18 academic year will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will be eligible for the same tuition support as Scottish domiciled students.

  • Qualification: MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
  • Study methods: Part-time, Mixture of online and classroom delivery, Campus based, Distance learning
  • Duration: Three years
  • Start date:

    September

  • Course Director: Dr Valerie Drew
  • Location: Stirling Campus
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Programme Administrator

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Faculty of Social Sciences
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University of Stirling
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Course objectives

The programme offers the opportunity for participants to further develop their professional learning and leadership practices in a supportive, flexible, creative and challenging learning environment.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Students on the course must have access to /be employed in an appropriate work environment (e.g. a school).

Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately cannot accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English Language Requirements.

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.

Flexible Learning

If you are interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email graduate.admissions@stir.ac.uk to discuss your course of study.

Fees and costs

2017/18 Overseas £765 (per 20 credit module)
2017/18 Home/EU £415 (per 20 credit module)

 

2018/19 Overseas To be confirmed
2018/19 Home/EU To be confirmed

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all taught postgraduate courses are to be held at the level set upon entry.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

Year One: Postgraduate Certificate Pathways

In year one students have an opportunity to select one of four pathways (Advanced Professional Practice, Middle Leadership, Curriculum and Coaching & Mentoring (and Digital from 2016)) to meet their individual professional learning interests and career aspirations.  Each of the postgraduate certificate pathways starts with the core online module EDUP001 Engaging critically with professional practices (20 credits at SCQF level 11)and is completed with a selected 40 credit module at  SCQF level 11.

Advanced Professional Practice Pathway

This pathway aims to support practitioners’ leadership development through critical engagement with research, policy and practice leading to the improvement of educational practices which impact on outcomes for children and young people in their setting and/or wider educational community.

The modules:

EDUP001 Engaging critically with professional practices (20 credits at SCQF level 11)
The aim of this module is to introduce criticality as a foundation for effective professional learning and leadership in contemporary education in order to bring about enhanced capacity for self and system evaluation.
EDUP002 Extending professional practices (40 credits at SCQF level 11)
The aim of this module is to develop understanding and practices in early leadership through critical engagement with concepts in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.

Middle Leadership Pathway

This pathway aims to develop an understanding of the principles underpinning middle leadership for those aspiring to lead and manage the improvement of educational practices which impact on outcomes for children and young people in their setting and/or wider educational community.

The modules:

EDUP001 Engaging critically with professional practices (20 credits at SCQF level 11)
The aim of this module is to introduce criticality as a foundation for effective professional learning and leadership in contemporary education in order to bring about enhanced capacity for self and system evaluation.
EDUP003 Middle Leadership: principles and practices (40 credits at SCQF level 11)
The aim of this module is to provide a critical overview of theories, principles and concepts of middle leadership and the professional actions of the middle leader in order to contribute to school improvement.

Curriculum Pathway

This pathway aims to support practitioners’ leadership development through critical engagement with curriculum theories and principles leading to changing practices and improvement in outcomes for children and young people in their setting and/or wider educational community.

The modules:

EDUP001 Engaging critically with professional practices (20 credits at SCQF level 11)
The aim of this module is to introduce criticality as a foundation for effective professional learning and leadership in contemporary education in order to bring about enhanced capacity for self and system evaluation.
EDUP004 Understanding Curriculum: principles and practices (40 credits at SCQF level 11)
The aim of this module is to develop understanding and practices in early leadership through critical engagement with significant theory, concepts and practices in the field of curriculum studies.

Coaching and Mentoring Pathway

This pathway aims to support the leadership development of practitioners to support the professional growth of others in their setting and/or wider educational community leading to the improvement of educational practices which impact on outcomes for children and young people in their setting and/or wider educational community.

The modules:

EDUP001 Engaging critically with professional practices (20 credits at SCQF level 11)
The aim of this module is to introduce criticality as a foundation for effective professional learning and leadership in contemporary education in order to bring about enhanced capacity for self and system evaluation.
EDUP006 Coaching and Mentoring: principles and practices (40 credits at SCQF level11)
The aim of this module is to develop leadership capacity and capability through critical engagement with theories, policies and practices relating to concepts of professional growth in education workplaces.

Digital Social Trends and Professional Practices Pathway

This pathway will be available 2016-2017.


Year Two:  Postgraduate Diploma

Year two starts with the core module EDUP007 Examining Professional Practices: Work-Based Learning (20 credits at SCQF level 11) and is completed with the selected 40 credit module at SCQF level 11. Students have an opportunity to select either EDUP003 Middle Leadership: principles and practices (40 credits at SCQF level 11) or EDUP006 Coaching and Mentoring: principles and practices (40 credits at SCQF level 11).  N.B. Students who have completed EDUP003 in year one must do EDUP006 in year two and vice versa.

Middle Leadership

This pathway aims to develop an understanding of the principles underpinning middle leadership for those aspiring to lead and manage the improvement of educational practices which impact on outcomes for children and young people in their setting and/or wider educational community.

The modules:

EDUP007 Examining Professional Practices: Work-Based Learning (20 credits at SCQF level 11)
The aim of this module is to provide a critical overview of methods of enquiry to examine professional practices within the workplace in order to identify issues for school improvement.
EDUP003 Middle Leadership: principles and practices (40 credits at SCQF level 11)
The aim of this module is to provide a critical overview of theories, principles and concepts of middle leadership and the professional actions of the middle leader in order to contribute to school improvement.

Coaching and Mentoring

This pathway aims to support the leadership development of practitioners to support the professional growth of others in their setting and/or wider educational community leading to the improvement of educational practices which impact on outcomes for children and young people in their setting and/or wider educational community.

The modules:

EDUP007 Examining Professional Practices: Work-Based Learning (20 credits at SCQF level 11)
The aim of this module is to provide a critical overview of methods of enquiry to examine professional practices within the workplace in order to identify issues for school improvement.
EDUP006 Coaching and Mentoring: principles and practices (40 credits at SCQF level 11)
The aim of this module is to develop leadership capacity and capability through critical engagement with theories, policies and practices relating to concepts of professional growth in education workplaces.

 

Year Three: MSc in Professional Education and Leadership

Students complete their Master’s degree through successfully undertaking the final modules in the programme: EDUP008 Leading Critical Collaborative Professional Enquiry 1 (20 credits at SCQF level 11) and EDUP009 Leading Critical Collaborative Professional Enquiry 2 (40 credits at SCQF level 11).  These modules provide students with the opportunity to enact leadership in practice through planning and leading a critical collaborative professional enquiry in their work setting. 

The modules:

EDUP008 Leading Critical Collaborative Professional Enquiry 1 (20 credits at SCQF level 11)
The aim of this module is to enable participants to develop a critical understanding of the principles and practices of collaborative professional enquiry (CPE) methodology, and through this understanding plan to lead CPE in their workplace to develop capacity and capability of colleagues in contributing to school improvement.
EDUP009 Leading Critical Collaborative Professional Enquiry 2 (40 credits at SCQF level 11)
The aim of this module is to support participants to lead a collaborative professional enquiry (CPE) and evaluate the impact on both professional learning and the educational outcomes for children and young people in their workplace.

Delivery and assessment

Candidates must successfully complete six modules for the award of the MSc degree.

Recommended reading

A reading list will be provided on enrolment for the course.

Modes of study

Part-time, three years.

Example timetable

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

The modules will be delivered through a blended learning format designed to facilitate both individual and collaborative work. The format is a mix of face-to-face seminar days on campus, guided self-study, online and work-based learning.

Why Stirling?

REF2014

In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, our Educational research had the highest quality of research outputs of any Scottish university, with 100% rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Rating

Currently, Education studies ranks as:

  • 1st in Scotland and 9th in the UK, The Guardian University Guide, 2017
  • 12th in the UK, The Independent Complete University Guide, 2017
  • 9th in the UK, The Times Good University Guide, 2016

Displaying our commitment to achieve a high level of; Satisfaction with Course, Satisfaction with teaching, Satisfaction with Assessment Feedback, Student/ Staff Ratio, Value Added, Career after 6 months, and research in Education. In the most recent study by QS, staff from the University of Stirling received 5 out of 5-star rating for teaching.

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes students from around the world. Find out what studying here could be like for you .

Our staff

The benefits of the Programme extend not only to participants but also to colleagues and the wider school community and lead to the development of strong professional networks both within and beyond the course.

Dr Valerie Drew, Programme Director

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

The MSc in Professional Education and Leadership provides high quality career-long professional learning for those working in the education sector.

Employability

The MSc in Professional Education and Leadership develops and enhances knowledge, understanding and skills which support career-long professional development.

Industry connections

The MSc in Professional Education and Leadership has been designed and developed in partnership with local authorities.

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