Masters in Education

About this qualification

Delivered by our partners at the National Institute of Teaching and Education (NITE).

This course has been designed with highly practical intentions for current teachers who wish to further their study and develop their expertise in a chosen specialist area within education. Learning aims to inform both professional practice and school improvement strategies.

There are currently three pathways available:

  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Development of Expert Teaching
  • Mentoring in Education

Entry Requirements

In order to gain entry to the course you must:


Be employed in a relevant school/education setting (where learning can be embedded) for the duration of study, subject to selection criteria.

Higher Education

Hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent, as assessed by UK ENIC.

Teacher Training

Have completed some form of Initial Teacher Training.

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 or higher, with no component less than 5.5 (or equivalent), or TOEFL 600, or to have completed some of their education, for example, a degree, in English.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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Qualification information

The MA in Education aims to develop your knowledge and experience within your chosen area of expertise and is designed to complement your current role in school.

This course is offered on a part-time basis, for one or two years, to enable study alongside employment. Prior learning from a PGCE is fully recognised, reducing the number of credits and time required to gain the full Master’s degree.

Career Path

On successful completion of the course, you will have in-depth knowledge of your area of expertise (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities/Development of Expert Teaching/Mentoring in Education). You will understand the latest developments in research, theory and pedagogy and the impact these have on provision and practice. Transferrable skills you should have gained include the ability to critically reflect, analyse and evaluate areas of expertise within education, as well as applying advanced theory to positively impact change.

As being in a school or relevant educational setting is a requirement of this course, you will be able to link theoretical concepts to your practice. You will be able to use this to inform your practice and have an impact on an area pertinent to school improvement and/or your own professional development.

Areas of career progression and opportunities may include:

  • Whole school/subject leadership
  • Middle leadership
  • Senior leadership
  • Headship
  • Initial Teacher Training positions within schools, training providers and Higher Education Institutions
  • Further study, such as a PhD or Doctorate

How you’ll be taught

The course is delivered online through webinars, podcasts, videos, research, and tutorials. Our platforms are interactive and engaging and enable both independent and peer learning. Course content and materials are available 24/7, enabling you to study and revisit them as required and in your own time.

Our online tutorial programme provides you with teaching and support, both one-to-one with your own personal University Tutor and in a tutor group. Tutorials aim to deepen your understanding of the topics we cover, and prompt you to reflect, question existing policy and practice and conduct further research and study. Early modules cover study skills vital to success in conducting action research, rooted in the topic and area of interest selected.

Current online platforms include:

  • Aula
  • PebblePad

A 30-credit module consists of 300 hours of learning, which usually comprises:

  • 20 hours of online tutorials
  • 80 hours of guided independent study
  • 200 hours of independent study

Contact hours will include a combination of online teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

Year One

Year Two

We regularly review our qualification content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, qualification modules may be updated.

How you’ll be assessed

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending upon the module.

Assessment methods may include:

  • Assignments/Essays
  • Presentations
  • Projects

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progress towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

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Fees & Funding





Not available

120 Level 7 Credits – £4,250
150 Level 7 Credits – £5,500
180 Level 7 Credits – £6,500


Not available

120 Level 7 Credits – £4,250
150 Level 7 Credits – £5,500
180 Level 7 Credits – £6,500

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