Trinity launches Welsh response to MTL
Trinity University College has just launched a new and innovative MA in Education programme. As the introduction of the Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL) in England is moved back to September 2010, Trinity University College is pressing ahead, this September, with a course that has considerable resonance with MTL. Unlike the MTL, however, Trinity’s MA in Education will be available to more experienced teachers as well as NQTs.
Launching the programme, Dr Dylan Vaughan Jones, Head of the School of Initial Teacher Education and Training (ITET), commented that ‘Trinity University College has a long tradition of Initial Teacher Education and Training (ITET) and last year Estyn rated our ITET provision as the best in Wales. The MA in Education capitalises on this strength as well as its nationally-recognised expertise in bilingual provision’.
Whilst controversy continues in England about the principle of requiring all NQTs in future to undertake the MTL, Trinity believes that some NQTs in Wales will value the opportunity this new scheme offers to those who wish to build on their initial education and training with further accredited study. Many students now gain level 7 credits as part of their PGCE and Trinity is keen to see students building on these credits and working towards a Masters in Education.
As well as NQTs and practising teachers in South West Wales, the programme has already attracted interest from international students. The School of ITET’s Quality Assurance Advisor and MA Education Programme Coordinator Dr Russell Grigg commented that ‘the scheme is designed for students who require a flexible programme of postgraduate study linked to their work within an educational context. It provides students with the opportunity to cultivate critical, analytical and higher order understanding of their own practice, as well as to bring an element of freshness into their subject knowledge and understanding.’
Trinity’s new MA in Education is believed to be the first programme of its kind in Wales and Dr Grigg added ‘The MA in Education will be academically rigorous but professionally driven. It has been designed so as to meet needs of teachers working in Wales and beyond. The programme is sufficiently flexible to allow teachers at both primary, secondary and further education level to explore and critically analyse themes and issues which are relevant to the context within which they are working’
Further details about the programme can be found on the University’s website or by emailing Dr Russell Grigg at email@example.com.
School of Initial Teacher Education Training
School of Initial Teacher Education Training (ITET)
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