Taught course

Professional Learning and Enquiry

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Education
Qualifications
MEd

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject. Applicants should be fully registered with the General Teaching Council and have access to a suitable work environment.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme is designed for practising teachers who are either in or aspiring to leadership roles in education. The programme will cover the major elements of leadership, management and education and is designed to provide you with a critical understanding of the principles underpinning leadership and management.

Why Glasgow

  • The Scottish Government’s ambitious aspiration is that teachers should have opportunities to engage in high quality professional learning to enhance the achievement of all pupils. A key element of this programme is practice-focused learning to facilitate a culture of professional enquiry where teachers collaborate with colleagues in developing innovative practice to meet the learning needs of pupils.
  • The programme provides a coherent framework for leadership development at all levels. With the introduction of Professional Update, the University of Glasgow offers a flexible programme for all teachers at different stages of their career. There is a focus on collaborative, enquiry-orientated learning, drawing on your own experiences and those of your academic colleagues to bring about improvement.

Programme structure

The programme is designed around teachers in full-time employment and follows a staged pathway towards a masters qualification.

Years 1 and 2

Teachers can choose a starting point appropriate to their experience and role:

  • Developing reflective practice for teachers in the induction year to build on their experiences in school.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teacher leadership and learning for early careers teachers and teachers seeking to develop their teaching and leadership skills.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Middle leadership and management for aspiring and serving middle leaders to build skills in middle leadership.

Year 3

Optional courses selected from one of the following areas of study:

  • Inclusive education
  • Leading professional learning
  • Middle leadership and management
  • Supporting pupil learning
  • Wider perspectives within educational studies such as inclusive education.

Year 4 and 5

You will complete a dissertation in an area of professional interest alongside the research methods course. Participants will work in groups with a supervisor as they plan, conduct and review their enquiry into an area of practice.

Career prospects

This programme is designed for teachers looking to develop their understanding of teacher leadership as well as leading to the opportunity of progressing into a variety of leadership roles such as principal teacher, senior school leadership or working as part of a local authority improvement team. You will benefit from a combination of academic and practice-focused learning to develop your capability to lead teaching and learning within your school (or department/faculty), with a focus on realising the objectives of Curriculum for Excellence.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£321 per 20 credits
International students
£16000

Qualification and course duration

MEd

flexible
varies months

Course contact details

Name
Mike Carroll
Email
Mike.Carroll@glasgow.ac.uk