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Leading and Managing Education Change


As a leader in educational settings, it’s imperative to have the ability to effectively manage and lead change within and between institutions. This course will help you develop a range of leadership and management skills such as coaching and mentoring and an awareness of the moral, social, economic and political dimensions of change.

This course is suited to:

Leading and Managing Education Change is aimed at teachers, lecturers, administrators, education advisors, and other related professionals. It will provide students with an opportunity to develop skills in the monitoring and evaluation of teaching and learning and the confidence to facilitate educational change in a range of institutions.

What will I learn?

Leading and Managing Education Change will develop student’s understanding of change in educational institutions and their own potential to manage and lead such change within and between such institutions. Students will explore the qualities, competencies and behaviours associated with performing leadership and management roles and coaching, as well as a consideration of the moral, social, economic and political dimensions of such activities.

There will be a particular focus upon the leadership of learning and the assorted technologies and techniques that seek to change and enhance learning outcomes and processes. These will include a critical evaluation of approaches to raise learner achievements and the associated use of data, target setting and learner/institutional monitoring. 

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the leadership and management of education change
  • Critically evaluate different theoretical perspectives on the leadership and management of education change
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the relationship between education change processes and the wider climate within which these occur
  • Critically reflect upon and evaluate your own interpretation of education change and its application to education settings with which you are familiar
  • Critically consider the relationship between the management and leadership of education change and research and policy
  • Critically evaluate research evidence related to the leadership and management of education change
  • Synthesise and organise ideas to present a comprehensive argument
  • Critically evaluate your own leadership and management practices in relation to facilitating education change
  • Critically consider the application of theoretical ideas, policy positions and research implications to educational leadership practices
  • Undertake both directed and independent study to recognise, justify and analyse key ideas in education change, leadership and management literature and relate these to research, theory, policy and practice

How is the module assessed?

Assessments % Length/Duration
Essay 0 1500 words
Essay 90 4,000 words
Engagement log 10 500 words

For this course, you should expect to engage in structured learning activities for 10-15 hours per week on average, plus additional time spent on self-directed learning (such as further reading or preparing for assessments).

The taught course can be completed in 12 weeks, with the final submission in week 11. Marking and feedback are provided after this, in line with University policy.

Module staff

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Dr Sarah Cole
Senior Lecturer in Education/ Senior Tutor SoE

Entry Requirements

For postgraduate programmes we usually require students to have a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent.

While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a high 2:2 (or equivalent) or are coming from a different academic background (that is equivalent to degree level) but you also have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course.

The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2.

 September 2024



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  •  12 weeks (plus assessment and feedback)
  •  10-15 hours per week on average
  •  30 Masters level credits