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Master of Arts in Education


The MA in Education is a unique modular and flexible programme designed to reflect the needs of individuals or organizational cohorts. While each module has its own particular focus, all are concerned with investigating contemporary educational issues in the light of economic and social contexts, appropriate literature and the shared experience of course members.

The overall purpose of the MA in Education is to deepen and refine your capacity for critical reflection on your practice as well as on the mental models which inform your work. Systematic inquiry is therefore an organizing principle that underpins all modules on the programme, and you will be encouraged to identify issues that are significant to you and your organization.

A hallmark of the MA in Education is its commitment to equity and diversity, and its flexibility to meet the needs of individuals and organizations.

Awarding Body

Offered and delivered by University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus, at Gateway Graduate School, Bambalapitiya

Course Structure

The MA requires candidates to complete four-five taught modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). Those with approved credits (APL) may study fewer.

All modules are assessed by written assignments. Each 30-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 5,000-6,000 words (or equivalent) and each 15 – 20 credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 3,500-4,500 words. To complete the Masters programme successfully, a pass of 50 must be achieved on each assignment.

The dissertation is an original piece of work and should be of 12,000-15,000 words (or their equivalent) related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Students in the Programme will be enrolled in a Virtual Learning Environment (e.g. Moodle) providing virtual learning services, including online course materials and learning resources. Students will have computer IDs at both institutions and, by implication, access to library and other online resources.

Entry Requirements

The following are general entry criteria for the MA. However, entry criteria may vary according to each student’s qualifications and professional experiences.
  • Degree with 2 years’ of teaching experience
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education
  • Pre-service students without a degree qualification may be admitted to the Masters if they have successfully completed Pearson SRF BTEC Level 4 Professional Diploma in Teaching and Level 5 Professional Diploma in Advanced Teaching.
  • In-service teachers without a degree qualification may be admitted to the Masters if they have successfully completed Pearson SRF BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Advanced Teaching.
  • Other equivalent qualifications are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Gateway Specific Entry Requirements

Students graduating from Pearson Edexcel Level 5 Professional Diploma in Advanced Teaching
OR
Students graduating from the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (specifically designed for prospective students of MA in Education) offered by Gateway Graduate School will be granted Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) to the value of 60 credits of the MA in Education, specifically receiving exemption from:

  1. Planning and Practice Based Inquiry (core module for the MA in Education)
  2. Learning Difficulties and Disabilities: Communication and Literacy (elective module for the MA Education)
Regulations governing the non-standard eligibility for the course are subject to change at Nottingham’s discretion.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS: 6.5 (no elements below 6.0)
OR
TOEFL (iBT): 87 (minimum of 21 in speaking and writing, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking)

IELTS or TOEFL test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test.

Modules

Core Modules

1. Leading Learning

The ‘Leading Learning’ module focuses on the core aspects of instructional leadership and addresses key themes in learning-centred leadership and school improvement. This module draws on empirical insights and knowledge and links them to students’ professional experiences.

Leading learning aims to provide opportunities for participants to:
  • Develop an understanding of the theoretical, research and practical knowledge base underlying the concept of leadership for learning.
  • Understand the relationship between leadership and ‘Learning for All’.
  • Critically appraise and consider the contribution of instructional leadership dimensions to school improvement and professional development, drawn from a wide range of educational contexts.
  • Identify how aspects of learning-centered leadership lead change and organizational improvement.

2. Behaviour and Relationship Management

This module explores the multi-theoretical aspects of behaviour and relationship management as experienced in educational contexts, and examines ways in which such difficulties can be positively managed. The module draws upon academic literature and is contextualised within a diverse learning environment, with an emphasis on pupils with special needs.

Behaviour and Relationship Management aims to provide opportunities for participants to:

To develop a critical understanding of theories on behaviour and relationship management and how these theories influence practical issues concerning the management of pupils with special needs.

3. Dissertation

The dissertation is an original piece of work and should be of 12,000-15,000 words (or their equivalent) related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Contact Details

Head Office

  • No 01 , 36th Lane
    (Opposite Devi Balika Vidyalaya),
    Colombo 08.
    Telephone: +94112695103, +94112695107
    Contact Person/s:
    Rushika de Silva, Imeshi Kandumulla
    E-mail: info@gatewaygraduateschool.com

Kandy Branch

  • No- 496, Peradeniya Road,
    Kandy, Sri Lanka
    Telephone: +94812203377