International Teacher Education PGDip

Key information

Duration:
10 months full time
Start date:
August 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Are you an international student with a teaching qualification who would like to develop your professional skill set?

This is an exciting and innovative course, combining academic development with enhancement of professional educational practice.

You’ll develop your understanding of a broad range of educational issues and theoretical perspectives. You’ll also learn how to conduct your own research in a context relevant to your own educational needs and interests.

Why choose this course?

  • The course provides exciting teaching and research opportunities for mid-career and senior professionals working in conjunction with experienced local schools.
  • You have the opportunity to reflect on the interconnectedness of education within an international, globalised world in a high quality and supportive environment.
  • Highly qualified and experienced social science researchers are involved in teaching, and faculty research interests intersect with anthropology, development studies, gender studies, international relations, psychology and sociology.

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 6.0-7.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 2.5/4.0 (Grade C+).

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with GPA 3.5/5.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 4.5-5.0/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 65%-80% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad’ and a GPA of 3.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 15/20.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 70%

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention assez bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 12.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.7 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 50-65% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 14.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 101.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 3.75 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 2,67.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 or 13/20.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 70%

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division or CGPA of at least 3.0/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of C.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 55%

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 12/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 'very good' overall, or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 2.8 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.0/5.0 or 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division or CAP 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 2.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with lower second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 4.5/6 or 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 7.0/10.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Lower level (6.0 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 169 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 169 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

56 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

80 overall, including at least 19 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 21 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you’d like to develop your language skills before and during your degree, the Sussex Centre for Language Studies offers Intensive English courses. There’s an additional charge for these courses. Find out more about Intensive English

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statementYes
Professional experience of teaching requiredYes

A personal statement is a piece of writing that you submit as part of your application. It should show us that you are the right person for Sussex by telling us why you want to study your course. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

How will I study?

If you’re interested in teaching in schools, you take modules on the academic and professional study of a wide range of pedagogic, policy and philosophical issues. You’ll also spend one day a week in a local school. By the second term, you’ll contribute to teaching in English in the school where you’ve been placed.

If you’re interested in teacher education, you also gain experience of the way in which Initial Teacher Education (ITE) is delivered within the University to train new teachers. As you’ll contribute to teaching in English in schools and on ITE courses at the University, a professional qualification in teaching as well as experience of training teachers are essential for this route.

Assessment methods include essays, a presentation, a portfolio and a professional dialogue to demonstrate knowledge and engagement of pedagogy and professional issues.

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

This course is currently subject to validation, in line with our procedures for assuring the quality of our degrees. This means that some course detail may change. The validation process will be concluded before the course starts.

Please note

Certificate and Diploma programs at the University of Sussex are not eligible for USA federal Direct Loans. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

Our experts

Dr Mariam Attia

Dr Mariam Attia

Lecturer in Education

Research interests

Awareness and Presence, Coaching and Mentoring, Cooperative Development, Non-judgmental Communication, Reflective Practice, Reflexivity, researcher development, Teacher Cognition, Teacher Development, Well-being and Flourishing

View Mariam Attia's profile

Dr Barbara Crossouard

Dr Barbara Crossouard

Reader in Education

Research interests

assessment, Citizenship and youth, doctoral education, education in contexts of postcoloniality, gender, higher education, identities, researcher development

View Barbara Crossouard's profile

Dr Naureen Durrani

Dr Naureen Durrani

Senior Lecturer in International Education and Development

Research interests

Citizenship and youth, Curriculum and textbooks, Education, Education & peacebuilding, International education & development, Pakistan, pedagogy, South Asia, Teacher Education

View Naureen Durrani's profile

Dr Louise Gazeley

Dr Louise Gazeley

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

Educational inequalities, Exclusion from school, Fair access and widening participation, Inclusive education, Parental involvement in education, Social class and educational disadvantage, Teacher Education

View Louise Gazeley's profile

Prof Gillian Hampden-Thompson

Prof Gillian Hampden-Thompson

Professor of Education

Research interests

Educational inequalities, Quantitative methods, Secondary Data Analysis, Social rights and social justice, Sociology of Education, Student outcomes, Teaching and Learning

View Gillian Hampden-Thompson's profile

Dr Nigel Marshall

Senior Lecturer in Education

Research interests

Developing concepts of gender, International music education, Music and Dementia, Music and early childhood, Music and wellbeing, Music Psychology

View Nigel Marshall's profile

Dr John Parry

Dr John Parry

Teaching Fellow

Research interests

environmental education, Social inclusion, Sustainable development

View John Parry's profile

Dr Rebecca Webb

Dr Rebecca Webb

Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education

Research interests

action research, Anthropology and ethnography, Feminist and qualitative research methods, participatory methods

View Rebecca Webb's profile

Dr Jo Westbrook

Dr Jo Westbrook

Senior Lecturer in Education

Research interests

adolescence in literature, Ethnographic Methods, International education & development, pedagogy, qualitative research methods, reading comprehension, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Policy

View Jo Westbrook's profile

Mr James Williams

Mr James Williams

Lecturer in Education

Research interests

Creationism and Evolution in Education, History and Philosophy of Science, Initial Teacher Education, Science Education, Teaching 'the nature of science' & 'the scientific method', Teaching and Learning

View James Williams's profile

Course enquiries

+44 (0)1273 678447 
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Find out about the Department of Education

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£17,400 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£17,400 per year
International students:
£17,400 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

This course is ideal if you’re an international professional working within Education, wishing to develop your expertise to take back to your home country to work in:

  • teaching
  • schools and teacher education departments
  • government education departments.

It’s also valuable preparation if you’re planning to undertake a teaching qualification in the UK or elsewhere.

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Department of Education were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our graduates are employed as educators all over the world, and recent graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • senior research and programme development officer, Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development
  • postdoctoral researcher, Queen Mary University of London
  • primary education project director, Diocese of Pakistan.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Critical Reflection: Professional and Context-bound Learning

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This first module requires you to begin the process of critical reflection that underpins the entire course.

In this module, you select an area either from your recent professional learning if you have prior experience as a professional, or from your entire educational experience if you're a recent graduate.

You critically reflect on this area, analysing and evaluating its significance to your learning, in terms of wider conceptual frameworks.

You also identify areas for deepening your understanding on this area through scholarship and empirical inquiry.

This module is assessed via submission of a 3,000-word essay.

The first two modules of your course, including this module, are taught in a block of unified teaching. The learning outcomes for both modules are combined as befits the nature of these linked modules, both on aspects of critical reflection—gaining an increasing depth of knowledge and understanding through reading research literature on the substantive area of education—and on the process of critical reflection itself.

Educational Theory and Practice: Critical Reflection

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module provides the foundation for the entire MA along with the accompanying 15-credit module Critical Reflection: Professional and Context-bound Learning.

These modules begin the process of relating theory to practice by analysing and evaluating the literature on critical reflection. In addition, you gain knowledge of substantive topics in education, and apply the process of critical reflection to some aspect of your professional life and practice.

In this second module on Critical Reflection, you deepen your theoretical and conceptual knowledge and understanding of a particular area of education identified in first of the two modules, by more extensive reading of the literature.

In doing so, you evaluate its significance to your own professional or context-bound learning. For example, you might choose to deepen understanding of any of a broad range of areas of education, such as theories of:

  • children's learning and motivation (psychological, sociocultural, etc.)
  • supporting students with English as an additional language or special educational needs and disabilities
  • teacher development
  • assessment
  • learner-centred pedagogies
  • curriculum development
  • pedagogy for creativity.

As a full-time student, you're taught these two modules in a block of unified teaching. The learning outcomes for both modules are combined as befits the nature of these linked modules, both on aspects of critical reflection.

Education in Context: UK and Global

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module aims to introduce and explore the key current conceptual frameworks of education in the UK and globally. The history of education in the UK will be explored. Major theories of learning and pedagogy will be introduced and you will examine the thinking behind current policy and practice, the structures of schooling and the professional debates around the role, status and development of the student, teacher, teacher education and the curriculum.

You will explore the evidence and research on these matters, and look at the increasing tendency to have a global model of education and how countries 'borrow policies and practices' from each other. Models of change and the drivers of reform will also be scrutinised.

You will examine and contrast the different schools and traditions of thought in the UK, Europe, Asia and the Americas on the purposes and practices of education. You will learn about the trends in practice and policy in key areas of education such as curriculum, assessment and pedagogy.

The aims are as follows:

  • To introduce the history and background of education in the UK and place it in a global context
  • To develop an initial understanding of the theoretical frameworks that inform the way that children learn and their relationship to pedagogies used in classrooms around the world
  • To give an overview of education structures, policies and practices in the UK and globally
  • To examine and critically assess current trends and innovations in educational practice
  • To look at conceptions of teacher, teaching and teacher development critically and in relation to research and evidence
  • To discuss and debate the relationships between policy and practice
  • To discuss research paradigms used in educational research to support a greater critical understanding of the academic field of education.

Professional Knowledge in Practice

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this year-long course you will learn to reflect upon and develop your own professional knowledge appropriate to a specific professional context (ie as a teacher or a teacher educator).

Teacher strand (Bolashak scholars)

Established classroom teachers will be encouraged and supported to reflect upon and develop their own professional practice. This will include understanding how to support learners with special educational needs and disabilities, successful behaviour management strategies, the role of assessment, in developing pupil progress, appreciating the role of other educational professionals in supporting learners, as well as the value of strong subject knowledge and associated subject pedagogies.

This will be achieved through working alongside UK trainee teachers in lectures by faculty, specialist professional specialists and outside speaker, group seminars and workshops led by subject specialist curriculum tutors, and exposure to classroom experiences in partnership schools through observation and working alongside teachers.

Teacher educator strand

Experienced teacher educators will be encouraged and supported to reflect upon and develop their own professional practice. This will consider understanding how to construct and deliver an appropriate and effective curriculum of Initial Teacher Education (ITE), including the recruitment and selection of prospective trainee teachers; the benefits and dynamics of partnerships between teacher training providers and schools; the training, progression, support and assessment of trainee teachers; the role of quality assurance in securing on-going improvements in ITE.

This will be achieved through working alongside UK ITE teacher educators, engagement in lectures by faculty, specialist professional specialists and outside speakers, and group seminars and workshops led by subject specialist curriculum tutors. The School of Education and Social Work will provide a bespoke programme of inputs led by UK teacher educators, partnership professionals and other providers to explore practical approaches to challenges in developing beginning teachers.

In addition, you will work alongside experienced teacher educators in selection and recruitment events, partnership meetings and school visits.

Minor Project

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module requires you to design, conduct, evaluate and report on a very small-scale empirical study (6000 words), typically conducted in your own professional context. It enables you to develop your practical and theoretical understanding of research methods and your critical understanding of a particular topic, in preparation for tackling a more substantial and complex research project in the Dissertation. You may choose to link the Minor Project and the Dissertation, for example, conducting the reconnaissance phase of an Action Research project for your Minor Project, leading into the 'intervention' phase for your Dissertation, but the two must also stand alone, in terms of meeting the learning outcomes for each module.

The reason for this module being an 'option' only is that a significant proportion of students applying for the MAES have Advanced Standing of 30 credits from a similar Minor Project conducted at M-level in another context (e.g. on a PGCE programme) and can, therefore, move straight to the Dissertation, bypassing this module.

Minor Project - PG Dip

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module is almost identical to Minor Project on the MA in Education but with an alternative assessment mode.

You are required to conduct research and report on a substantive topic in education related to your professional placements or your own professional context (6000 words). It enables you to develop your understanding of research methods and your critical understanding of a particular topic, in preparation for tackling a more substantial and complex research project in a dissertation.

This module is an 'option' for the PG Diploma ITE. You can also choose to undertake the Research Methods module as an option in the summer term if you wish to further your research skills and experience.

Students on the PG Dip ITE who indicate they wish to progress to the full MA Education have the opportunity to take the standard Minor Project module in the MA Education course.

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