The MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (for third level education teachers) is designed to build on the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and to encourage you to research your teaching and your students' learning in more depth. Teachers will identify a research topic to pursue and will write a publishable paper for a specific teaching and learning journal in their own disciplinary field or in the broader educational field of the scholarship of teaching and learning. The focus of the Master's is on encouraging you to identify with your teaching as research, to peer review your teaching, to network with peers interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning and to publish in this field.
The MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is normally taken over one academic year. It comprises two modules:
TL6001: Research Methodologies Relating to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (15 credits) focuses on introducing you to a variety of research methodologies designed to harness student learning. You will be encouraged to investigate and target teaching journals in your own disciplinary fields and to identify and critique methodologies used in the articles in them. You will write a 5,000 word essay discussing and critiquing your chosen methodology.
TL6002: Teaching and Learning Research Project (45 credits) focuses on the key elements necessary to build a publishable research article/paper, including the identification and profiling of the research journal chosen; the rationale for such a journal in the context of the research question; the writing of a literature review to interrogate the research question; the selection and exploration of research methods designed to investigate student learning; the collection and analysis of data and the identification of implications and interventions for future practice and research. The research project will culminate in the writing of a publishable article/paper.
On completion of the course, you will be able to:
- identify and apply principles of a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in the college classroom
- critically evaluate your teaching in the light of your students' learning
- design a research project around a teaching and learning issue
- apply appropriate research methodologies to harness data about student learning
- research a teaching and learning issue to a professional standard, equivalent to that of a publishable paper/article
- communicate effectively with other scholars in the field of teaching and learning
- peer review your teaching within a SoTL community
See the Postgraduate Academic Calendar for further details of the programme.
Course Code: CKE86 Part-time
Course Title: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education - Third Level Education
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 1 year or 2 years Part-time
Teaching Mode: Part-Time
Course may be taken over a minimum of 1 academic year or a maximum of 2 academic years from the date of first registration for the programme
NFQ Level: Level 10
Costs: 2016/2017 Irish/EU fee: EUR 900 per 15 credit module
2016 Entry Requirements: Applicants must have a 2.2 BA (Hons) Degree or equivalent, and MUST have attended and satisfactorily passed the UCC Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, or equivalent.
Closing Date: Applications will open in March 2017
Next Intake: September 2017
TL 6001 consists of 24 contact hours. There are a series of lunchtime sessions (six x two hours) and a series of Saturday sessions (three x four hours). The reading relates to understanding the SoTL literature through researching key teaching and learning journals .The teacher's practice site is your research laboratory and extensive hours are accumulated researching practice and identifying interventions to maximise student learning. TL6002 timetables a number of presentation sessions where you, in consultation with a supervisor, develop your research project and present drafts of your research paper.
TL6001 is assessed by means of a 5,000 word essay on the research method/s that will be central to the writing of the research paper. TL6002 culminates in a publishable research paper of 7,000-8,000 words. However, the whole project comprises 20,000 words to allow for the discussion of the research question and its context and rationale, the profiling of a targeted journal, the exploration of the literature review, the analysis of research methodologies necessary to interrogate the question, the collection and analysis of data and the discussion of the research findings and implications.
Application for this programme is on-line atwww.pac.ie/ucc. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.
All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that the MA in Teaching and Learing in Higher Education is aimed at third level teachers (who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education - for third level teachers at University College Cork).Graduates must complete the Professional Master of Education to qualify as a secondary school teacher. Please see www.ucc.ie/en/pec01 for further details.