Education is constantly under pressure to conform to outside requirements. Standardisation and teach to test is all part of the Global Education Reform Movement that is sweeping the globe, steering policy and pressuring educational leaders. This course equips participants with the critical thinking skills and knowledge needed to engage at a higher level. This introduces intellectual and practical confidence in all interactions, whether with teachers, parents, students, managers, board members or even policymakers.
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Educational Leaders require a wide range of transferable skills and subject-specific knowledge. The MA in Educational Leadership in Practice equips you with the critical approach to be the positive change your educational organisation needs.
This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge that educators and other similar education practitioners require for a successful career in their educational organisations. It offers a balance between strategic focus, theoretical foundations and practical applications to apply directly into the workplace.
It doesn’t just work with the norms and realities of current education. It investigates them, challenges them, it empowers the participant to become an intellectual leader as well as an educational leader.
You will learn how to:
develop a deep understanding of the theories, research, intellectual debates, and best leadership practice from across the globe;
reflect on how these may, or may not, be applicable to your own practice;
develop higher-order thinking skills to inspire you as a leader of education;
apply educational leadership skills and find solutions to real-world problems from local and global education organisations.
The MA Educational Leadership in Practice is a blended-learning programme. This means course content is delivered online using web-enabled technology systems, with your lectures and tutorials delivered online.
You’ll also have the opportunity to attend industry conferences at one of our International Centres twice a year. The conferences are a great way of meeting your fellow peers on the course, your tutors and industry leaders.
Where will it take me?
Successful graduates of this course will gain the skills and knowledge to pursue and develop careers at a leadership level.
Projects on the course allow you to apply teachings from the course directly into real-world scenarios, delivering hands-on experience in your education environments.
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Units 1 - 3
1. Models of educational leadership
Explore conceptualising educational leadership practice as adjectival models
Examine what this means in diverse international contexts
Examine and evaluate a range of key models
2. Engaging with research in educational leadership
What is educational leadership
What topics can be researched in education
Why should research in education be taken seriously
3. Leading educational change
Examining what is meant by ‘change’
Counter-productive and productive motivators for and mechanisms for change
Critical perspective on leading change
Units 4 - 7
4. Education policy and leadership
What is policy and how is it ‘done’?
Welfarism, social democracy and neoliberalism as policy architecture
5. Educational leadership as a social practice
Educational leadership practice in a globalizing education system
Getting and doing the job
Using research evidence
6. Accreditation of applied learning/optional course units
Digital technologies and educational leadership
Leadership of international schools
7. Independent supervised study/project
Research skills and application of research to professional practice (30 credits)
Project-based enquiry (30 credits)
Academic entry qualification overview
A good honours degree (minimum 2:1) or the overseas equivalent. An initial qualification in teaching, or at least one year's professional experience in a public or private educational organisation, is desirable but not essential requirements.
Two satisfactory professional or academic references and a copy of your CV detailing your full work experience.
In the case of non-native speakers of English an IELTS profile of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.5 in the writing component and no other subsection below 6.0.
English language test validity
Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.
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This is a great opportunity for educators who are looking to step into management or more senior-level role, including a leadership role. You will be able to use your critical experience gained on the course, working on real-world projects, in your workplace.
This course will benefit those working in the educational sector already and who want to understand and develop their leadership practice in their organisation.
You may already work in an educational leader function with an organisation and would like more leadership theoretical experience and put that to practice.
This course will equip you, the leader, with the tools you need to support and defend your own educational initiatives, as well as your own teachers and students.
The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester, you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability.