These three modules on the PGDip Teaching Studies programme will allow you to identify and investigate aspects of professional practice as qualified teachers with the aim of improving that practice. The course normally runs as a one year programme and commences in September and ends in July.
The modules are undertaken in succession.
Investigating my work with learners
This module focuses on teaching, learning and assessment. It will enable you to review your work with children in class or school and consider an aspect of pedagogical, learning or teaching practice which you would like to investigate and develop. This might include implementing a new initiative being advocated by the school or external bodies, to gain research-based evidence and enhance professional practice.
Investigating my subject/specialism
Through this module on subject and curriculum knowledge, you will explore your work as a teacher and a colleague, and focus on an aspect of practice that you would like to research and critically analyse. The aspect might be developing curriculum, or knowledge and understanding in a particular subject, or area of practice in the early years, primary, secondary or special education.
Investigating my work as a member of a team
This module will focus on collaboration, team work and mentoring. You will examine your work as a member of a team and review your role as a colleague and a mentor supporting staff in class and in school. This could be as a beginner mentor, supporting for the first time, or as an experienced mentor, wanting to develop and enhance knowledge, understanding and skills.
Students who successfully complete the PGDip Teaching Studies can apply to the MA Teaching Studies which is an opportunity for you to develop in-depth understanding of an educational topic of personal and/or professional interest. The dissertation research culminates in a formal, written report of an original investigation.