MA Language and Literacy in Education

Duration Part time 3 years
By Blended Learning
Discipline
  • Education
LocationExeter (St Luke‘s)
Start date September

Overview

The MA in Language and Literacy Education is designed to develop your understanding of the theoretical foundations of teaching reading and writing, and the pedagogical implications of this.  It focuses principally on language and literacy education in the compulsory school phases, but would nonetheless have relevance to post-compulsory educators, and to educators engaged in language and literacy education in non-school settings.

The core modules of the programme address reading and writing, and engage you in critical enquiry in your school, or other settings, with an emphasis on improving the outcomes of learners in reading and writing.  At the same time, however, a distinctive feature of the programme is that each of the core modules also focuses on your own personal development, looking at children’s literature and reading for pleasure, and engaging you in undertaking your own creative writing. 

Current Exeter PGCE students 

If you are interested in applying for the MA Education programme, and you are a 2017/18 Exeter PGCE student, you can do so via our Accelerated Entry system.

Programme structure

You must take 180 credits in total to qualify with an MA qualification. This will either consist of taught modules to the value of 120 credits and a dissertation worth 60 credits, or a combination of modules, dissertation and accredited prior learning or experience.

Core modules

150 credits of core modules. 

CodeModuleCredits
TBC Education Studies 30
EFPM321 Reading the World 30
EFPM318 Writing the Future 30
EFPM308 Preparing for Educational Research and Dissertation 60

 

Optional modules*

30 credits from the following.

CodeModuleCredits
TBC Debating the Big Questions in Education 30
TBC  Creativity in Education: Valuing, Facilitating and Assessing it 30
TBC Technology and Education Futures 30
EFPM327 Independent Study 30

*Some optional modules may only be available by distance study option

APEL and APCL options also available (30 credit APEL of the Education Studies module, up to 90 credits APCL of the Education Studies, optional module and one relevant core module)

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Delivery: campus-based/distance learning/blended learning

As a Masters level student you will become part of the research-intensive Graduate School of Education, studying with some of the leading scholars in their disciplines. 

Learning methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, peer-led activity, and online resources and interaction. Some modules also involve studio and classroom work, field trips, and school visits. 

All modules are assessed through course work and there are no final examinations. Assessments are varied and include essays, online projects, portfolios and presentations.

Facilities and support

You’ll be assigned a personal tutor and have access to module tutors via face-to-face and/or email or Skype tutorials. You’ll also have access to a range of support including lecture notes, presentations, film clips and reading materials through our online learning environment.

Campus-based modules are taught at the Graduate School of Education at the St Luke’s Campus in Exeter, which offers an excellent range of specialist facilities and the UK’s largest Education library. Weekend or Friday workshops are usually available to accommodate the needs of part-time students.

Research-led teaching

You will benefit from our active research culture, which promotes the sharing of ideas and knowledge to encourage innovation. Our research centres provide a focus for research and discussion for academic staff, researchers and practitioners and organise seminar series, outside speakers, conferences and other events.

Careers

The flexibility of this programme means it is ideal for students from a range of subject, professional and career backgrounds including teachers, lecturers, administrators, education advisors, or other related professions.  This degree also offers excellent progression to a professional doctorate.

Visit our EdD pages for more information.

Students considering an academic career and progression to PhD are advised to undertake the MSc Educational Research.

Graduate destinations

The University has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students compete very successfully in the employment market. Our graduates have gone on to a range of careers in the UK and overseas with examples given below. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not correspond.

Job titlesEmployer
Teacher Ofsted
Subject Specialist Teacher (including music, arts, drama) Devon Education Authority 
Special Needs Teacher   Jersey States Education Department  
Head of Department  Plymouth City Council 
Arts Manager FEA Training and Development Centre 
Educational Therapist  Camden LEA 
Education Officer  Exeter College 
Dyslexia Assessor  Hong Kong SAR Government 
Headteacher/Principal  Danish National School of Contemporary Dance 
Education Consultant  Ministry of Education, Cyprus 
Dean, Faculty of Arts  Saltash Community School 
Lecturer University of Reading 

Career support

Careers support including skills training, internships, jobs vacancies, employment fairs and other events is available through the Career Zone.

Entry requirements

The MA in Education and its constituent parts are normally offered to qualified professionals (usually in Education) and those with equivalent. Applicants shall normally hold a good first degree UK Upper Second Class Honours or above, or Masters level credits (eg. PGCE) in a relevant discipline (see individual specialism/module requirements).  In addition to this, candidates should also have at least 3 months (or part time equivalent) relevant experience of working in an educational or other relevant setting (see individual specialism/module requirements).  

Please note, any applicant who is a trained teacher is assumed to have gained the necessary 3 months' experience during their training. All applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements for postgraduate study. 

Some full-time specialisms require Disclosure & Barring Service checks and some modules require specific experience and/or current practice. Recent Exeter PGCE graduates can gain accelerated entry to the MA in Education.  

University of Exeter graduates

University of Exeter PGCE and National Award for SEN Coordination programme and PCAP graduates who have successfully completed their qualification within three years of the start of their intended programme can gain accelerated entry to the MA Education programme.

If you received your qualification from another institution, you will need to apply for your learning to be assessed. Find out more about prior learning and experience.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Current Exeter PGCE students 

If you are interested in applying for the MA Education programme, and you are a 2017/18 Exeter PGCE student, you can do so via our Accelerated Entry system.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2019/20

Full time

  • UK/EU: £7,200 full-time
  • International: £17,700 full-time

For part time routes:

  • 30 credit module
    • UK/EU: £1,200
    • International: £2,950
  • 60 credit module
    • UK/EU: £2,400
    • International: £5,850

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2018.

Contact us

Please contact us if you would like more information about any of our programmes or activities, or if you would like to arrange to come and see us.

Postal address

Graduate School of Education
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road
Exeter
Devon
EX1 2LU
United Kingdom

Postgraduate Taught admissions

For all enquiries relating to this programme, please contact:

SSIS Student Recruitment Office
Tel. +44 (0)1392 723192
WebEnquire online

Where to find us

The Graduate School of Education is located on the University's St Luke's Campus. For information on how to find us, please see our directions to St Luke's Campus and the St Luke's Campus map.

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