Taught course

Teaching Adults

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Education
Qualifications
MScPGDip

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or the equivalent.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme provides a strong grounding in the practices used in teaching adults, as well as an opportunity to conduct a practice-related research project.

Why Glasgow

  • The programme is open to people with little or no experience in teaching adults, but also works well for those with more knowledge of the field.
  • The programme combines a good background in the theories and history of teaching adults with a substantial placement component.
  • The placement allows you to work with an adult education agency for 100 hours, and counts as two courses in the programme. You can choose your own type of organisation for your placement, and we will help to set it up.
  • Students tell us that they come out of the programme with much stronger knowledge of teaching adults as well as a better understanding of what that means to their teaching practice.

Programme Structure

You will take a taught component of four core courses alongside the work placement. For the MSc you will also complete a supervised research project of between 12,000 and 15,000 words.

The teaching segment provides great opportunities to build professional and personal relationships through seminars, fieldwork and self-directed or group projects.

You will have the opportunity to gain real-life experience in the area of adult education through the adult learning placement. The placement gives you the opportunity to relate theory to practice within an adult learning organisation of relevance and interest to you.

Core courses

  • The psychology of adult learning
  • Modern educational thought
  • International issues in adult and continuing education
  • Curriculum development in adult and continuing education.

Projects

As part of this programme you will have the opportunity to gain real-life experience in the area of adult education through the Adult Learning Placement. The placement gives you the opportunity to relate theory to practice within an adult learning organisation of relevance and interest to you.

The placement contains around 100 hours in total in an adult learning environment, focussing on 35 to 40 hours of direct contact teaching. This may be in a community based setting, in your workplace, in a further or higher education institution or in a private training organisation. You will be fully supported throughout identifying and undertaking your placement. Previous placements have taken place at Quarriers, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), the Glasgow Women's Library, the University of the West of Scotland and the University of Glasgow itself. This is a small selection of where students have been placed and we are more than happy to assist you in finding a placement that will suit your specific interests.

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0; ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20. CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169. PTE Academic: 60; no sub-test less than 59

Fees and funding

UK students
£6800
International students
£14500

http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/feesandfunding/

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

PGDip

part time
18 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Name
Bonnie Slade
Email
Bonnie.Slade@glasgow.ac.uk