Educational Leadership, MSc, 2 years, by distance learning

This is for you if... you are working in an educational setting and have an interest in how leadership and learning are connected in driving change, or you wish to develop your skills to progress in educational leadership.

Start date
April and October each year
Department
Education

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Course description

Course description

The MSc in Educational Leadership offers a fascinating insight into an arena that has changed remarkably over recent years. Leading and promoting optimal learning is the key challenge that confronts educational leaders, advisers, policy makers and governments. Finding the connections between leadership and learning is not easy and involves change and reform in organisations. These three key themes - leadership, learning and change - are the basis of this course.

This postgraduate degree will enable you to reflect upon practice in your organisation, identify areas of professional concern and become equipped to find solutions and lead change. The course is designed to be relevant to a wide range of practitioners in diverse settings internationally who consider themselves involved in education.

We recognise the importance of connecting theory with practice. Throughout the course you will be supported in developing a flexible set of professional inquiry skills to inform practice in your work setting. Your personal development will equip you to lead change in your organisation.

Former students have also found gaining this respected MSc useful in gaining promotions and developing career pathways.

Exemptions

You can apply for exemption from up to two modules on the basis of prior learning (completed within the last five years only). Exemptions are considered on a case by case basis and there may be a small administration charge. Please contact us for details and an application form.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • Either: at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent.
  • Or: UK Qualified Teacher Status or its equivalent professional status in an educational organisation.
  • At least three years' teaching experience, or alternatively, three years with equivalent professional status in an educational organisation.
  • You must be currently employed in, or have access, to an educational organisation or provider. This could include working in a school, college, the military or in Government, or training roles in other sectors.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

You may be able to apply for exemption from these modules:

  • Educational Leadership, Learning and Change (ELLC)
  • External Influences on Educational Leadership (EIEL)

Accreditation for Prior Certified Learning (APCL)

If you have Masters-level (level 7) credits completed during the last five years you may be eligible to apply for 30 or 60 credits towards your MSc. You can apply for APCL if your certificates allow exemption from the modules above.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

If you have significant relevant professional experience you may be eligible to apply for 30 or 60 credits towards your MSc. You can apply for APEL if you can demonstrate (by undertaking some written tasks) that your professional experience allows exemption from the modules above.

Exemptions are considered on a case by case basis.

Find out more about APCL and APEL.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee. You will pay this fee wherever in the world you live.

Starting in October 2018 or April 2019

  • £9,565

Starting in October 2019 or April 2020

  • Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed

Please see our list of available course discounts.

Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

International Students

This is the total course fee. You will pay this fee, wherever in the world you live.

Starting in October 2018 or April 2019

  • £9,565

Starting in October 2019 or April 2020

  • Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed

Please see our list of available course discounts.

Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Throughout this course you will keep a Professional Development Portfolio which can be used to underpin applications for promotions in educational leadership.

Education CPD+ offers a range of professional development opportunities for practicing teachers.

Our PhD opportunities are very popular with students who have completed the Educational Leadership MSc and wish to pursue a particular research interest at doctoral level.

We are committed to training and developing outstanding leaders. We are proud to be able to support the career progression of so many teachers through the courses we offer, many of whom started their journey with us as PGCE students.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you – by email, phone or skype – with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience and more. From registration to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

Modules

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Year 2

Year 2

Modules

Plus your dissertation

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Why Leicester?

Education at Leicester has an excellent international reputation for the development and teaching of intellectually stimulating education courses.

Our courses aim to develop leaders in education and so have been designed with your career prospects in mind.

The University of Leicester has over 25 years' experience of offering high quality distance learning courses.

You will be taught by academics who are at the forefront of research in education and who feed the latest developments into their teaching.

Teaching and learning

You will be assessed for each module by 5,000-6,000 word assignments which should take around 225 hours of study. There are no exams on this course. Your dissertation is one report of between 15,000-20,000 words which should entail around 450 hours of study

You can expect to work 14 hours per week. There is some scope in the course to block some of this workload into school holidays, reducing the demands during term time.

Studying by distance learning allows you to choose when and where you study, meaning you do not have to take a career break. We pride ourselves on the level of support we provide our distance learning students. Our award-winning library has world class facilities for distance learning students. You will have full access to our other support services and will be assigned a personal tutor. Out virtual learning environment Blackboard offers a wide range of study support material, and you will have the opportunity to join an interactive web-based community of fellow students around the world.

Key dates

Start date: 1 October 2018
Application deadline for October 2018 start: 24 September 2018

Start date: 8 March 2019
Application deadline for March 2019 start: 1 March 2019

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