MA in Educational Practice

Description: MA in Educational Practice
Duration: 2 years
NFQ Level: Level 9
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The Master of Arts in Educational Practice programme is designed to support learners develop (i) a comprehensive knowledge of the area of educational practice, teaching and learning, (ii) a deeper knowledge and more reflective approach to practice as a learning professional, (iii) enhanced knowledge and skill to enable learners to apply effective, research-informed approaches to learning and teaching in a range of settings, (iv) requisite knowledge and skill to engage with educational research methodologies and carry out a research or practice dissertation in the area of educational practice.

A key aim of the programme is to provide learners with an opportunity to develop as reflective, research-led practitioners, to enhance knowledge and critically engage with relevant educational scholarship and conduct independent educational research in an ethical and rigorous manner.

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IFSC Campus

29/09/2020 Apply Now

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The programme curriculum provides a rich, varied and integrated set of teaching, learning and assessment experiences that enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions required for competent practice as learning professionals in diverse adult, community, workplace, further and higher education settings. It is structured around three core areas of professional development: theoretical foundations; professional studies; and educational practice.

In Year 1, it sequences taught modules that introduce students to a range of pedagogic strategies and assessment approaches, while developing the contextual, conceptual and theoretical foundations for practice. A practicum, completed under supervision of a practicum tutor, provides work-based learning that enable the student to integrate understandings from across these modules and to develop professional practice skills through application in an authentic setting alongside other professionals.

In Year 2, the curriculum enables students to build on the theoretical, conceptual and practical knowledge and skills developed at Stage 1, and to develop research competence as an educational practitioner. Two concurrent taught modules support learners to critically engage with educational literature and approaches to educational research, while scaffolding the development and conduct of an independent educational research project on a topic of their choice under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor.

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