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Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Kaplan - University of Essex Online, United Kingdom


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July 2024

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First Year Course Fee

USD 8,041

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  • 2 Years
  • Online
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 10% scholarship
Do you want to take your teaching to a higher level and learn how to further engage your students? Our Master of Education (M.Ed.) is a unique programme which enables teachers, trainers and tutors from all backgrounds to reflect on the way they teach and develop their practice in an innovative way.
  • On this course you’ll be able to gain insight and inspiration by interacting and learning from fellow educational professionals from across the globe.
  • This modern course offers a timely view of technology-based learning and how it can enhance practice. You will explore some key theoretical ideas in the philosophy of education and be introduced to the historical context that has influenced current educational practice. The course aims to develop your skills as a reflective practitioner and enable you to consider the role of research in informing teaching and learning

Throughout this course, you’ll explore a broad range of topics including:

  • Philosophical ideas that underpin educational practice
  • The delivery of effective teaching and learning
  • Cognitive scientific research into how people learn
  • The theory and practice of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)
  • Principles of assessment and how it has an influence on learning, teaching and the curriculum
  • An overview of the process of research and developing a literature review
  • framing research questions and selecting appropriate research methods
  • There is also an opportunity to study one of three option modules should you be interested in developing content, or assessment, or have an interest in management.
  • Finally, you will be given the opportunity to design a mini-research project based in an educational setting, where you will be able to investigate an area of interest related to teaching and learning.

Enrollment Cycles

  • July 2024
  • September 2024
  • October 2024
  • We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English language requirements.
  • Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two week induction period of the course in order to continue your studies.

Academic entry route
In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our Master of Education, you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • An undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification

Work experience entry route
In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our Master of Education, you must meet the following criteria:

  • At least two years’ teaching experience in a post-compulsory educational setting

English language requirements

  • As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.
  • You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree
  • The Master of Education is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 180 credits at Level 7.

Level 7 modules:

  • Philosophy of Education and Theories of Learning & Teaching (20 credits)
  • Delivering Effective Teaching and Learning (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Educational Assessment (10 credits)
  • Using Technology in Teaching, Learning and Assessment (10 credits)
  • The Role of Research and Academic Literature in Developing Practice (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Learning Analytics (10 credits)
  • The Science of Learning – practical implications for teaching (10 credits)
  • Research Methods in Teaching & Learning (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)

One optional module:

  • From Teacher to Content Developer (20 credits)
  • From Teacher to Manager (20 credits)
  • From Teacher to Assessment Developer (20 credits)
    * These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

2021-22 Full course fee**: £11,570 

Full payment discount

  •  When paying for your undergraduate or postgraduate course up-front, we’ll offer you a discount of 10% for students starting their course in the 2020-21 academic year, and 5% for students starting th

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