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Integrated Masters in Education (MEdu) (in curriculum enhancement) with Qualified Teacher Status
Why choose this course?
Take our exciting new four-year route which combines undergraduate and masters level study. You’ll gain a highly regarded qualification to advance your career.
- Achieve an integrated masters degree and the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status on this innovative new teaching course
- Undertake varied school placements to develop your professional skills
- Prepare for future leadership roles by gaining problem solving and advanced research skills at masters level
- Choose from a range of curriculum enhancement options to tailor the course to your interests and career ambitions
- Learn from our passionate and experienced team who are committed to helping you become the best teacher you can be.
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UCAS code: XX10 Start date: September Course length: 4 years full-time Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education
About this course
What is an integrated masters?
Our new four-year Integrated Masters in Education (MEdu) (in curriculum enhancement) with Qualified Teacher Status combines undergraduate and masters level study, providing you with the opportunity to develop advanced research skills. It is an ideal way to fund postgraduate study, as student loan funding is available for all four years of your full-time study.
The first two years of the MEdu are taught alongside our BEd (Hons) Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status. At the end of the second year, you can continue to progress on the MEdu route as long as you have achieved the necessary grades.
In your third and fourth year, you will study masters level modules that will develop your ability to address complex issues and hone your critical thinking skills. You will also be able to select a curriculum enhancement which will be named on your degree.
The ideal introduction to teaching and academic thinking
Our new MEdu with Qualified Teacher Status builds on the strong reputation of our BEd (Hons) Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status. This course will prepare you for the practical demands of primary teaching, informed by critical awareness of current issues and underpinned by your own research.
You will combine school-based and university-based training, supported by our partnership of quality assured primary, infant, junior, middle and special schools. Graduating with our MEdu with Qualified Teacher Status will put you in an attractive position for career development.
This course aims to:
• Develop outstanding teachers within the primary age phase who are resilient, critical, and reflective classroom practitioners, and who have the confidence to challenge policy, practice and ways of teaching
• Equip you with advanced teaching and academic skills to support professional and transformative practice that is inclusive and sensitive to the learning needs of children to ensure good outcomes for all
• Foster an inquiry based approach to understanding of methods of teaching, subject knowledge and skills
• Develop an understanding of inspirational and innovative classroom practice to motivate, challenge and empower learners
• Establish your personal and professional philosophy of education which will underpin practice
• Harness knowledge, skills and understanding to effectively lead, manage and work collaboratively with other professionals, agencies and the wider community to ensure the wellbeing and holistic development of all learners
• Enable you to focus on a particular aspect of a broader subject area through curriculum leadership and management modules, fostering skills in a specialised area of practice
• Develop a rigorous approach to the interrogation of complex educational issues through a personalised dissertation, utilising a range of techniques and research methods
• Gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research, including critical awareness of current issues and developments in the subject
Rich and varied placements
We’re passionate about preparing you for a rewarding career in teaching. You’ll undertake a placement in a different school during each year of the course. Throughout these placements, experienced teachers will provide ongoing mentor support.
To gain an understanding of the whole primary phase, you’ll build your skills working with different year groups. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a placement in a special educational needs setting to allow you to appreciate and respond to the diverse needs of children.
Our dedicated Placement Unit will help you to find the right settings and opportunities, drawing on our partnerships with around 400 schools across the region.
You’ll have the opportunity to tailor the course to your interests and career aspirations. At the beginning of your studies, you will gain a broad foundation of knowledge and as the course progress, you will be able to select a curriculum enhancement. Possible options may include English, Mathematics, Science and Computing, Humanities, Creative Arts, Primary Foreign Languages, SEND and Physical Activity. You will also conduct a masters level dissertation where you will research an area of your own interest in depth.
In the fourth year, the Curriculum Leadership and Management module builds on your stage three curriculum enhancement. You’ll develop your subject specialism further and focus on subject and curriculum leadership.
Learning beyond the classroom
Our students have undertaken fieldtrips to places as diverse as multi-faith centres, Elvaston Castle and the Thornton’s Factory, for example. You may also have the opportunity to visit schools in other countries.
Social justice lies at the heart of the course so we encourage our students to give something back to the local community. You’ll be able to take part in community projects working with children and staff in settings such as charities, galleries, museums and schools.
You can also get involved to our annual Charity Week, working with your fellow students to raise money for good causes. In 2016, we collected an impressive £9,500 for Barnardo’s.
A welcoming community
We pride ourselves on offering a friendly, welcoming learning environment where you will receive plenty of guidance and encouragement. Our approachable teaching team are dedicated and passionate about their subjects. You’ll be taught by influential researchers and published authors whose work is helping to shape the future of the teaching profession. Visiting specialists will also deliver thought-provoking guest lectures.
What you will cover
You will study modules such as:
- Professional Practice 1
- Child Development
- Mathematics and English: Starting Points for Learning and Teaching
- Science and Computing: Starting Points for Learning and Teaching
- Wider Curriculum: Starting Points for Learning and Teaching
- Keeping Safe
- Educational Theory, Policy and Practice
- Professional Practice 2
- Mathematics and English: Progressing Learning and Teaching
- Science and Computing: Progressing Learning and Teaching
- Wider Curriculum: Progressing Learning and Teaching
- Diversity Matters
- Educational Settings
- Research Methods for Teacher Inquiry
- Professional Practice 3
- Curriculum Enhancement*
- English, Mathematics and Science: Enhancement of Learning and Teaching
- Professional Accountability
- Educational Debates (masters level)
- Research Perspectives for Teacher Inquiry (masters level)
- Optional module – choose from:
- Conditions for Learning
- Inclusion: Making a Difference
- Curriculum Design
*possible enhancements are likely to include: Creative Arts, English, Mathematics, Science and Computing, SEND, Primary Foreign Languages, Physical Activity and Humanities.
- Curriculum Leadership and Management (masters level)
- Teacher Inquiry (masters level)
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.
The way UCAS Tariffs are calculated is changing in 2017. The entry requirement below reflects this change. Read more about these changes.
September 2017 typical entry requirements UCAS points 120 (up to 16 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE
Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths, English Language and a Science (there are currently a range of equivalences which can be accepted. Please contact our Admissions team if you need clarification).
Interview / Audition
Yes - please see below
Please note: in addition to the entry requirements above, you must also have recent and sustained experience in a school or setting with children aged 3-11 years.
If you've completed an Access/Foundation course, we also accept these qualifications.
You’ll be required to attend an interview at the University. You must also meet all of the National College for Teaching and Leadership entry requirements for Initial Teacher Education courses, which include completion of an Occupational Health Questionnaire; evidence of school experience by way of a 'Potential to Teach' letter on letter headed paper signed by the head teacher; and completion of the Skills Tests prior to the start of the course. This process begins upon application, but you must have registered for the tests prior to your interview. You must have passed your Skills Tests before 1 May to secure your place on an Initial Teacher Education course.
Please note: A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required for this course. Our Admissions team will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this course.
If you have lived outside of the UK in the past five years (excluding holidays), you will need to provide a current satisfactory Certificate of Good Conduct from the country you were resident in. You will need to submit this at your course induction. Further information can be found on the gov.uk website.
Use our UniPoints app as a guide to calculate your UCAS Tariff points, search for courses and check entry requirements for 2017 and beyond.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
- How to apply
Fees and finance
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£9,250 per year
Fees for 2018/19 entry are still being decided, so please check back later in the year for more information.
How you will learn
You’ll learn through lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, guest speakers, and creative partners. School placements are a vital part of your development, and you’ll also have the opportunity to broaden your experiences through museum visits, overseas school visits, and visits to special educational needs settings, early years and Key Stage 3 settings.
During the course, you'll spend approximately 36 weeks on placement in a number of different schools. This will include a mixture of placements from EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) through to the end of Key Stage 2. You will also complete a placement in a special educational needs setting to help build your skills when working with diverse groups.
How you're assessed
There are no exams, so you’ll be assessed through essays, personal reflections, presentations, posters, reports, tests, and audits. During the first three years of the course, you will undertake an assessed placement. In your final year, your placement will not be assessed.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.
Careers and employability
When you graduate, you'll be ready to teach in a primary school. As a newly qualified teacher (NQT) with an integrated masters degree, you will be prepared for future leadership roles - the insights into curriculum management gained on the course will position you to take responsibility for subject areas early in your career.
Our NQTs are highly regarded in the education sector and many of our graduates go on to secure jobs in schools where they undertook their placements.
You will also benefit from our continued support as you begin your career. We offer our NQTs a range of resources, subject updates, events, conferences and development opportunities to aid your transition into professional practice.
You may also wish to continue your studies on our Doctor of Education.