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MA Education at Edge Hill

Discussion in 'Professional development' started by princesstulip, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. princesstulip

    princesstulip New commenter

    Wondering if I can get some advice about this or other masters courses before making a decision.
    I
    would like to start a masters this autumn so been trying to weigh
    up best options for fitting in study (especially
    as I'm still an NQT until December!), most interesting and relevant
    content and cost of tuition.


    At the moment I'm most interested in Edge Hill. I can get a good deal through ATL and I've seen on here a lot of people have gone for this option. I
    understand it would be mostly distance learning which is handy. Only
    possible drawback is lack of module choice. I have 60 credits to transfer from
    PGCE and it seems that with this course that means I can only do the 3 core modules. These all seem to be quite similar research-project modules, but I may be wrong! Is there anyone who could comment on this from experience? My real passion is early years and I wanted to choose modules with this theme but I suppose I could settle for basing research on early years issues. Also I'm not sure from reading the module info on their website whether a dissertation is required for this course.
    I've
    looked at Open University as well. There seems to
    be more flexibility in module choice, but I don't know much about the OU and how the content and level of study compares with traditional universities.
    The other option I'm considering is an MA at the IoE. My understanding is that this involves evening study, which would be ok for the first year as I teach in London, but who knows what will happen next year! They offer a masters in early years education which would be perfect but I get the impression (especially from the requirement of a 20000 word dissertation) that the level of study is going to be much more intense and possibly not manageable whilst working. Again if anyone is is able to comment on this it would be helpful.
    Obviously I need to make the decision for myself but I would be grateful for any kind of feedback that might help.


     
  2. princesstulip

    princesstulip New commenter

    Wondering if I can get some advice about this or other masters courses before making a decision.
    I
    would like to start a masters this autumn so been trying to weigh
    up best options for fitting in study (especially
    as I'm still an NQT until December!), most interesting and relevant
    content and cost of tuition.


    At the moment I'm most interested in Edge Hill. I can get a good deal through ATL and I've seen on here a lot of people have gone for this option. I
    understand it would be mostly distance learning which is handy. Only
    possible drawback is lack of module choice. I have 60 credits to transfer from
    PGCE and it seems that with this course that means I can only do the 3 core modules. These all seem to be quite similar research-project modules, but I may be wrong! Is there anyone who could comment on this from experience? My real passion is early years and I wanted to choose modules with this theme but I suppose I could settle for basing research on early years issues. Also I'm not sure from reading the module info on their website whether a dissertation is required for this course.
    I've
    looked at Open University as well. There seems to
    be more flexibility in module choice, but I don't know much about the OU and how the content and level of study compares with traditional universities.
    The other option I'm considering is an MA at the IoE. My understanding is that this involves evening study, which would be ok for the first year as I teach in London, but who knows what will happen next year! They offer a masters in early years education which would be perfect but I get the impression (especially from the requirement of a 20000 word dissertation) that the level of study is going to be much more intense and possibly not manageable whilst working. Again if anyone is is able to comment on this it would be helpful.
    Obviously I need to make the decision for myself but I would be grateful for any kind of feedback that might help.


     
  3. Hey,

    I did an MEd at Cambridge University in Research Practice. It sounds like some of the research based modules that you mention are similar. The PGCE I did also counted as part of it. I can't advise re the courses you are looking at, however, it was a huge commitment completing a Masters alongside teaching. I do have friends that completed theirs in their NQT year. They thought it was good because you only have 80% teaching time - but others felt it was very hectic! My MEd was a distance learning and three Saturday sessions. It was very convenient in that respect to fit in with teaching as there was very little travel required. What I will say is 'Good Luck!' and if possible find a way to divide your time at home between school work and study.

    All the best.
     
  4. MrGator

    MrGator New commenter

    Hi princestulip. I'm studying on the MA Education with Edgehill and have taken advantage of the free credits from the ATL. I started during my NQT, but only did one module that year. The good thing is, there are several submission dates throughout the year so if you don't meet your expected one, it can be submitted on the next one. The support from the tutors is second to none, even if you're 350 miles away (I'm in London too!).
    The module choice is limited, however, within the modules, you can pretty much choose what aspect of your practice you want to focus your assignments on.Teaching for Learning modules are great. As you have 60 credits, you will be required to complete two modules of 30 credits and then a 10-15,000 word dissertation for the MA. They are all researched based.
    Because I'm going to be doing some specialist training at the OU on dyslexia, I'm going to tranfer my credits to them.I think they'll take up to 120 MA credits (you'll have to check this) and then you can complete your final 60 with them. A dissertation isn't required on the OU, you can simply complete modules, as you want that make a total of 180 credits.
    Why not give Edge Hill a go, if you do two modules in a year, that's 60 credits that you can transfer to OU or IoE and it won't have cost you a penny! If you do the others and don't like them, you may find yourself out of pocket.

     
  5. princesstulip

    princesstulip New commenter

    Thank you both for your replies!

    MrGator I didn't even consider that possibility, good advice. I think I'll go for Edge Hill afterall.
     
  6. dialis

    dialis New commenter

    Hi!!
    I have done SpLD and National Senco Award with Edge Hill and I have really enjoyed it!! The sessions ran mostly online but we did have some face to face lectures in London. This year I have signed up to do the MA and I have chosen to stay with Edge Hill. The choice is yours but I would recommend this university simply because the tutors were always there for me, ready to reply to my emails promptly and efficiently...The feedback received was always justified and it enabled me to learn a great deal about myself as researcher !
    Good luck!!!
    Agata
     
  7. MrGator

    MrGator New commenter

    If I can be of any assistance when you start, feel free to PM. I'm always up for a chat about CPD!
     
  8. Why not give Edge Hill a go, if you do two modules in a year, that's 60 credits that you can transfer to OU or IoE and it won't have cost you a penny! If you do the others and don't like them, you may find yourself out of pocket.[​IMG]
     
  9. MrGator

    MrGator New commenter

    You didn't even quote this - literally copied and pasted?!? My advice must be super!
     
  10. Hi-Im doingmy final module through ATL's partnership with edgehill and its the most fantastic thing for me. Im up in Scotland and working in a private nursery whiletrying to get back into mainstream schools. SOme of the modules ( when I statrted) had a set amount of work for every 2 week slots while other lecturers prefered to let you work through at your own pace. It has been the most practical course for me because I work shifts so someweeks I only finish at the nursery at 630pmwhile other weeks I finish at 4.Because you get to choose your own area to research you can make it relevent and practical for your own setting which is great! They tutors are really good and willing to help. I would reccommend this to ANYONE! When you choose a module, they are fairly broad so for example a work based research module I completed was based on settingup a risky play environment in the early years. I used a behaviuor for learning module to look at how my setting uses positive behaviour.FOr me this has helped my teaching and on a non-government salary ( which meant I dropped half yearly salary from teaching in ENgland) its actually affordable. My whole course has cost me £500 - thats what some of my collegues are payingfor onemodule.
     
  11. Hello
    We have a GTP trainee who is having a huge amount of trouble with this company. So much so, she is talking legal action. During a recent visit to the school, her GTP tutor said the compny may be financially good but 'not the best academically' - not sure I would want to go with them after such a comment from an institution endorsing them!
    Good Luck.
     
  12. MrGator

    MrGator New commenter

    What are you talking about? Trouble with what company? ATL is a union and Edge Hill is a reputable university who are graded Outstanding as a training institution by Ofsted. If you are referring to a tutor from Edge Hill making the comment about the university, then that is an individual making a personal comment, not an endorsement from the institution.
     

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