Bilingualism in Education MEd/Postgraduate Diploma/ Postgraduate Certificate

Bilingualism in Education

The Bilingualism in Education is a part-time distance learning programme, aimed at teachers and educational practitioners working with multilingual children and young people in multicultural schools. Delivered in partnership with The Northern Association of Support Services for Equality and Achievement (NASSEA), our programme will help you to work more effectively in your role with children and young people learning English as an additional or second language.

Please note that this programme is currently only open to home/EU students

Course fact file

Type of Course: Continuing professional development, distance learning

Study Options: Distance learning

Duration: MEd – 2–6 years; Diploma – 2–4 years; Certificate – 1–2 years

Start date: September

Details

Our Bilingualism in Education programme is aimed at teachers and educational practitioners working with multilingual children and young people in multicultural schools. You will study the programme on a part-time distance learning basis.

Delivered in partnership with The Northern Association of Support Services for Equality and Achievement (NASSEA), the programme will help you to work more effectively in your role with children and young people learning English as an additional or second language.

The programme aims to:

  • Increase knowledge and understanding of the language and learning needs of bilingual learners who are learning English as an additional language
  • Increase knowledge and practices of working across a diversity of cultures
  • Improve classroom practice in planning, implementing and evaluating the curriculum, taking into account the needs of bilingual learners
  • Enable students to develop more effective practices with bilingual learners with alleged special educational needs
  • Enable students to participate in, and evaluate interpersonal intervention with bilingual children with language learning and learning needs

Modules

Further information on the following courses may be found below:

MEd course code 3382; PGDip course code 3835; PGCert course code 3243
MEd (NASSEA) course code 6369; PGDip (NASSEA) course code 6370; PGCert (NASSEA) course code 6371

First Year Modules:

Introduction to Bilingualism in Education:

Issues and practice concerning the bilingual learner in the classroom. Students develop a critical understanding of how linguistic, cognitive, social and cultural factors impact on second language learning, and demonstrate a range of approaches to curriculum planning for language and content teaching of bilingual/English as an additional language (EAL) learners in a mainstream classroom context.

Issues and practice concerning the bilingual learner in the classroom. Students develop a critical understanding of how linguistic, cognitive, social and cultural factors impact on second language learning, and demonstrate a range of approaches to curriculum planning for language and content teaching of bilingual/English as an additional language (EAL) learners in a mainstream classroom context.

Academic Language and Learning for Bilingual Learners:
A more in-depth look at ‘language conscious’ teaching, focusing on English as an additional language development in curriculum areas. Students critically evaluate issues and debates regarding bilingual education, theory, policy and practice, and demonstrate a critical knowledge and awareness about classroom practice in relation to the teaching and learning of English in curriculum-focused mainstream classrooms.

Teaching and Learning in EAL:
In this module students systematically investigate a professional issue relating to bilingualism in educational settings. They use critical perspectives on the collection of evidence, methods of inquiry and conclusions of the investigation, and reflect on the outcomes of the study for bilingual learners for professional practice.

Second Year Modules:

For the first module in the second year students can choose from either ‘Bilingualism and Special Needs’, or ‘Portfolio of Practice’. The second module in the second year is ‘Management and Leadership in EAL’, and students progressing
to MEd also complete a research module in preparation for their dissertation in the third year. Students who wish to study for PGDip complete a school based study in term 6.

Bilingualism and Special Needs:
In this module students critically reflect on perceptions of disability, and perceptions of bilingual learners with disability, and the implications for education. They focus on the scope of special needs in general and some in particular, and engage with the educational management of special needs for bilingual learners in schools and classrooms. Students critically evaluate the use of standardised tests with ethnic minority pupils, and the use of assessment evidence to inform teaching and plan appropriate provision

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Portfolio of Practice:
Students develop a portfolio of work to comment and reflect on what they have learned from the preceding modules in the programme of study. The portfolio of work enables them to improve practice in a specific area of their professional context, and to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the job of being an effective practitioner working with bilingual pupils.

Management and Leadership in EAL:
Students develop knowledge and understanding of theories of management and theories of change with a focus on linguistic and ethnic diversity issues, with a focus on managing and creating teams. They develop skills in effectively creating, managing and sharing information and knowledge of staff development in the subject specialism of EAL. Students learn how to implement and evaluate local initiatives related to EAL issues and to disseminate good practice within and beyond their schools and institutions.

Those completing the PGDip do a school based study in term 6 and those following an MEd complete a research module in preparation for their dissertation.

Fees and funding

Fees Home/EU 2014-2015 - non NASSEA funded students

  • Code 3243 PGCert £2,655
  • Code 3735 PGDip £2,655 each year
  • Code 3382 MEd £2,655 first year; £2,655 second year; £2,280 third year 

Fees Home/EU 2014-2015 - NASSEA funded students

  • Code 6371 PGCert £1,980
  • Code 6370 PGDip £1,980 each year 
  • Code 6369 MEd £1,980 each year 

Learn more about fees and funding

Fees are based on students studying 60 credits per year on part-time programmes. Students who complete more than 60 credits in a year will be charged an additional fee.

The fees shown above are for students starting their courses September in 2014. Please note that where courses last more than one year, the annual fees for subsequent years on the course may increase due to inflation

Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. More details may be found on the international scholarships page

For further information contact the School directly or the Student Funding Office via online enquiries

Entry requirements

Please refer to the School of Education entry requirements webpage 
 
International students

Please note that this programme is currently only open to home/EU students.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Learning and teaching

Each student will have a personal tutor in a regional tutor group, which meets on a regular basis. Study is supported through study packs, tutorial groups, telephone and email contact which allows students to learn with each other. There is a University based programme launch day in September.

Employability

The MEd/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Bilingualism in Education is ideal for graduates who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of the language and learning needs of bilingual learners who are learning English as an additional language. Upon completion of this course, you will have experience in planning, implementing and evaluating the curriculum across a diversity of cultures.

There is the opportunity to work towards a further professional qualification in the field of Education both within schools and in other settings, including progression to a PhD or EdD. The excellent careers advice provided by personal tutors has encouraged many of our graduates to successfully apply for leadership roles working with multilingual children and young people in multicultural schools. These include: teachers, education advisors, special educational needs coordinators and head teachers at international schools and managers of community and charitable organisations.