To enrol on the course you are likely to be an experienced graduate teacher who is either currently aspiring to leadership or is already in a leadership role.
Months of entry
The course is distance-learning with the expectation that you will attend online 8 trainee study days over the course of the 18 months and these will be followed by an online discussion as well as an essay. Throughout the programme, each student will be assigned a supervisor who will support them through the assignments and with the final dissertation. The course covers the following topics:
Module 1 The Leadership Landscape: Role, Responsibilities and Relationships. This module sets the MEd in the broader context of the range of theory that currently exists relating to Educational Leadership and Management. We will consider how this is reflected in different forms of leadership within schools. We will look at it means to want to be a leader and how leadership is often portrayed in conflict with management. The course will also look at your role as a reflective practitioner and how this can enhance your understanding of the course.
Module 2 Leadership in Action: Making Changes.This module introduces the concept of change management and its place within educational leadership. This is linked to the challenges facing schools today and ways in which the educational landscape has changed over the last fifty years. This module looks at the different ways in which leaders can bring change about in their institutions and how this links to the different kinds of contexts that you can find in modern schools. An understanding of these processes includes practical applications to modern leadership challenges, for example with regard to finance and funding concerns.
Module 3 Developing Strategy. The module begins with a focus on different styles of leadership and the effect that this would have on decision-making in schools. This is then linked to a unit on managing people, whether this is working with staff or with the parental community. The module looks at managing underperformance and connects this back to work on change management. Strategic thinking is looked at and how this links to organisational structures and whether there are alternative ways of this being organised. The module links all of this to teaching and learning issues and how leadership is linked to pedagogy. The research project is introduced in more detail at this point.
Module 4 Researching Leadership and Management. The focus of this module is the development of the research project in relation to each student’s educational context. This looks at research topics such as finding your critical voice, exploring research paradigms and methodologies, how data can be analysed and confidence in relation to ethics and validity. The project is set in the context of the educational leadership academic community and the implications for the immediate and wider settings. These issues are linked to educational research and the organisations that exist looking at these topics.
Module 5 Dissertation. This is the culmination of the programme and the production of a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation. The students will work independently on this whilst also being supported by their supervisor and with the option of attending online webinars.