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School of Education Postgraduate Courses

Ulster University offers a range of postgraduate courses aimed at professional and personal development for educators at various stages of their careers.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Middle Leadership (PGCML)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Middle Leadership (PGCML)

    Overview

    This course is designed for those in middle leadership posts or those aspiring to such. It aims to enable students to meet their personal, professional and occupational needs and reflect on practice to develop leadership and management skills and capabilities.

    Course Structure

    During this part-time course, students attend 3 face to face seminars on a fortnightly basis per 10 credit module and 6 for the 30 credit module. Students are also required to engage regularly with the online non-synchronous discussion boards in the 30 credit module, and on the synchronous chats in the 10 credit modules. Students take the following modules:

    Specialism

    Modules

    Mode

    Campus

    Educational Leadership and Management

    Year 1

    • Managing and Building Teams (10)
    • Improving Classroom Practice (10)
    • Motivating People to Improvement (10)

    Year 2

    • Leadership for Learning (30)

    Part-time

    This programme is offered on our Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee campuses

    For Further Information

    For further information on the programme visit our online prospectus

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Headship (PGDH)

    Overview

    This qualification is aimed at those aspiring to school or college leadership. Study is complemented by participant reflection on real situations and is supported by an experienced tutor. The overall theme of the programme is on the development of leadership and management skills and capabilities. There is a strong focus on improvement on classroom practice in particular contexts.

    Course Structure

    During this part-time course, students attend 6 face to face seminars on a fortnightly basis per module. Students are also required to engage regularly with the online synchronous and non-synchronous discussion boards,

    Students will take modules to the value of 60 credit points per year. The four specialist modules are:

    Specialism

    Modules

    Mode

    Campus

    Educational Leadership and Managemen

    • Building Teams and Managing Resources
    • Leadership for Learning
    • Strategic Development Planning
    • Managing the Organisation

    Part-time

    This programme is offered on our Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee campuses

    For Further Information

    For further information on the programme visit our online prospectus

  • Master of Education

    Overview

    This flexible and relevant professional development programme is for teachers or adult educators, working in a school, Further Education College or in community training who want to build on their qualifications and experience.

    Course Structure

    This part-time course offers students a flexible modular approach, of both face-to-face taught modules and online teaching. Students typically take modules to the value of 60 credit points per year. The full Master's programme will normally take   up to 3 years to complete. The programme is flexible, allowing students to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate (normally after 1 year) or Postgraduate Diploma (normally after 2 years).  

    Students are offered a number of specialisms which will lead to a named award (for example MEd (ICT) or MEd (TESOL)). To qualify for the specialist designation students must take two or more modules from that specialist area and complete your dissertation/research project in the same area.

    A more generalist pathway can also be followed. Students who select across specialisms will receive a final award will be designated 'Professional Practice'.

    Further Information

    For further information on the programme please contact Dr Stephen Roulston, s.roulston@ulster.ac.uk

  • TESOL, Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages

    Overview

    The MA in TESOL offered by Ulster University is the only Master's level TESOL programme in the United Kingdom which offers an overseas teaching practice placement. Students spend six weeks in Hungary teaching in state primary or secondary schools and are supervised by Ulster University staff. Part-time students spend three weeks in Hungary in year 1 and three weeks in Northern Ireland in year 2.

    The programme offers an exciting opportunity to teach English as a second language. It will be of interest to those who have no teaching experience and also to those who wish to update their classroom skills.

    Course Structure

    This course is offered at the Coleraine campus on either a full-time or part-time basis.

    The full-time MA is normally taught over 4 days per week in semester one; 3 days per week (6 weeks) plus 6 weeks teaching practice in semester 2.  Independent study for the dissertation takes place during semester three (summer semester). This can be done at a distance.

    For part-time MA part-time, Year 1 is normally taught over 2 days per week in semester one and 3 weeks teaching practice in semester 2.  In Year 2 teaching is normally 2 days per week in semester one, and 3 weeks teaching practice in semester two. This is followed by independent study for the dissertation during semester three (summer semester) and during semester one and two of year 3. This can be done at a distance.

    Further Information

    For further information on the full-time programme visit our online prospectus

    For further information on the part-time programme visit our online prospectus

  • GIS for Teachers (short course)

    Overview

    This short course aims to develop teachers' skills in using GIS in the classroom. Teaching will include practice examples of how the software can be used by real classroom activities.

    Course Structure

    The course is taught over 3 face-to-face twilight sessions on the Coleraine campus. Students must also engage in the online discussions with the other students on the course. Online support is also provided to students.

    Further Information

    Further details on our short courses can be found here

  • How To Apply

    You can apply for this course via the university's Online Application System

    Learn your way, Pay your way                                                                                                                  

    Our postgraduate courses are affordably priced, please see details of our fees, and we offer flexible payment options to help spread the cost of your studies. In addition we have discounts available, dependent on certain criteria. Find out more

    Contact us  
    For any enquiries about the PGCML and PGDH programmes, please email Dr SJ McGuinness, sj.mcguinness@ulster.ac.uk or telephone him on +44 (0)28 28 7012 4351.

    For any enquiries about the Master of Education and the GIS for Teachers programmes, please Dr Stephen Roulston, s.roulston@ulster.ac.uk

    For any enquiries about the TESOL programme, please email Barbara Skinner, b.skinner@ulster.ac.uk or Angela Graham, ad.graham@ulster.ac.uk. Alternatively telephone Angela Graham on +44 (0)28 7012 4595.