About your course
Aimed at Newly or Recently Qualified Teachers, this Masters in Education Practice from Liverpool John Moores University is linked to the NQT year and early professional development needs and enables you to explore identified professional development areas, apply practitioner research and enhance your learner impact.
- Study part time over 1-2 years while working as a teacher
- Benefit from a programme specifically designed to support NQTs/RQTs and meet their early professional development needs
- Enjoy flexible delivery, support and fit studying around your work commitments
- Completing this Masters degree will benefit your professional development as a teacher and enhance your career prospects
We are delighted to provide a programme that enables newly qualified teachers to gain the recognition of a full MA award through an innovative programme tailored to meeting their early professional development needs.
Introduction to the School
In the 2014 REF, LJMU's education-related research was ranked 4th in the UK’s Post-92 Universities, with over 60% of work considered world leading or internationally excellent.
This research helps ensure our postgraduate courses are at the forefront of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.
Our School of Teacher Education and Professional Learning has over 100 years’ experience delivering teacher education in partnership with primary, secondary and other education providers.
All of our professional Masters programmes for educators are designed to make study relevant to your professional requirements. We provide space and support for professional study that will impact on the learning outcomes of young people and on the effectiveness of team leadership in schools and colleges as they enact change.
While developing an up-to-date perspective on specialist areas and key skills in critical analysis and practitioner research, our programmes offer a wide scope for you to relate your learning to your own professional practice or areas of specific interest.
Why study this course at LJMU?
Having completed your postgraduate initial teacher training programme, you can enhance your teaching practice with this LJMU Masters course, as you embark on your career in education.
This programme is designed to support NQTs/RQTs and, like our other MA courses, focuses on practice-based learning. Your learning development will be aligned with both your professional setting and individual needs and assessment will involve engagement in practice-based research projects.
When it comes to Continuing Professional Development for educationalists, we have over 30 years’ experience. Course tutors offer a wide range of expertise and contribute to the development of national initiatives and policy in curriculum development, school leadership and governance, and initial teacher education.Successful completion of this programme will give you enhanced knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice around current research-based initiatives in teaching and learning and the ability to critically assess their impact on learners.
The programme team have strong links with schools, colleges, local authorities and other universities, ensuring that our curriculum and approach to professional development are relevant to the current needs of the profession. " The MA Educational Practice Programme is an excellent opportunity to develop as a practitioner thanks to an innovative course design. It provides an excellent support network of exceptional tutors and fellow NQTs/RQTs which can be utilised for the benefit of all who are on the course." Former student.
Programme outline and structure
This programme provides a progression route from postgraduate initial teacher training programmes incorporating 60 or 120 credits at level 7.
The course is extremely flexible and part time study enables you integrate your learning with your professional role.
University-based study includes three full day blocks conferences, delivered on Saturdays (one per term) and twilight seminars where tutorial support is also available. The conference-style, whole day sessions involve interactive learning with lectures, seminars and workshops. The practical applications of the course may involve integration of study with your professional activity in school or college.
Tutorial support is an important part of the development process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve to your highest potential.
Personal tutors and other members of the academic team are accessible at scheduled times during the programme and will also be able to provide guidance via email as appropriate.
To keep on top of your study you should be prepared to set aside between 5 and 10 hours per week (evenings and weekends) for preparatory work to support your study. You will have access to LJMU learning resources including our libraries and online learning services for independent study.
Taught sessions mostly take place at the IM Marsh campus, four miles outside Liverpool centre, although some sessions may take place in the city. The campus library, open 8am to 11pm, houses the main collections linked to this course and you will also have access to the 24 hour, city centre Aldham Robarts and Avril Robarts libraries.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Those entering with 60 credits at level 7 opt for three modules from:
Professional Practice for Beginning Teachers
Explores the nature of professional practice in relation to the school organisation, the curriculum and the subject area/phase expectations.
Pedagogy in Practice
Explores best practice in the application of the principles of planning, organising and assessing learning in the context of your emerging teaching practice.
Supports developing understanding of policy and current research into the needs of diverse groups of learners and the implications for your classroom practice.
Investigate subject knowledge and subject /phase specific pedagogy, providing a launch pad to enhance your impact as a specialist teacher.
Researching Classroom Practice
Supports you in the implementation and evaluation of a practice based research project, designed to impact on children’s learning.
Developing Reflective Professional Practice
Develops critical skills in reflective practice that are applied to the analysis of professional and classroom base issues and incidents to support professional learning.
Those entering with 120 credits at level 7 complete the 60 credit core module:
Involves the development and implementation of several practice based research projects linked to your needs and relevant to professional practice in your subject area with the support of an experienced academic tutor.
How will I be assessed?
All assessments are closely linked to school and college-based practice and involve the completion of reports, small scale practice-based research projects, presentations, and critical reflections on professional practice.
As a practice-based programme there is a strong emphasis on the application of ideas developed in the context of your own classroom, school or setting.
Staff research interests
Our staff offer a wide range of expertise which informs course learning.
Tutors contribute to the development of national initiatives and policy in curriculum development, school leadership and governance, and initial teacher education
Tutors involved in the Educational Practice: Teaching and Learning pathway are engaged in research into the professional development of teachers through practice based learning, curriculum development and teaching and learning in promary and secondary schools, and have presented their research findings at national conferences over the last year.
Entry requirements (Home)
You will need:
- to have completed an initial teacher training programme at postgraduate or undergraduate level and have achieved Qualified Teacher Status
- to be employed as a teacher during your period of study
International students will also be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence via an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent.
This course will only run subject to minimum numbers.
Application and selection
The programme is subject to the University's Principles, Policies, Regulations and Procedures for the Admission of Students to Postgraduate Programmes and will take account of University policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior learning (RPL) and accreditation of prior experiential learning (RPEL).
In addition to an administrative fee, there is a minimum charge of £6 per RPEL credit to be paid before the agreed RPEL credits are added to the student's record. There is no maximum fee payable. (Fees are reviewed each year).
Applicants who have completed their postgraduate initial teacher training programme at LJMU will not be interviewed. Those who are transferring credits from other University ITYT programmes will be required to attend an interview.
6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)
58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: ljmu.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding
LJMU Alumni Award
Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
The course is intended for those working in educational settings and, on graduation, you may progress to research-based study through engaging with our MPhil and PhD programmes in education.
Many of our students will go on to achieve their career goals by securing leadership and other posts of responsibility in schools and colleges.
Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes