Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education

The Open University

Program Description

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education

The Open University

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education

This professional qualification gives an introduction to postgraduate study in the field of education and offers the opportunity to explore one topic in detail. The modules available cover a range of areas within education but all encourage you to draw on your own experiences and undertake enquiry in your own context. You may also qualify for this postgraduate certificate course if you do not complete a full masters degree in education.

Educational aims

The Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education is a qualification within Masters in Education Programme which provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes necessary to further independent advanced scholarship.

This programme contributes to the personal development of those concerned with education both formally and informally in a range of settings and locations. Your studies encourage you to bring together your personal understanding of issues relating to specific aspects of education with the enduring and current body of professional and academic research publications relevant to your professional/personal agenda.

Advanced scholarship is fostered through study of particular disciplines within education and through small-scale research projects determined by you. These projects provide the opportunity for you to integrate the learning, guided by the programme with your personal interests in education and, as appropriate, your

The postgraduate certificate (C27) is distinguished from the postgraduate diploma (D52) and the complete masters degrees (F01) by the breadth of discipline-specific study included in the qualification.

Career impact

Across the globe there is an increasing demand for creative, innovative education professionals who have highly developed skills and a deep understanding of learning. This qualification offers teachers and other education professionals working with learners of all ages the opportunity to develop professionally and academically through masters-level study. It is suitable for graduates working in formal education settings (nurseries, schools, colleges and universities), those supporting non-formal learning as well as education leaders and policy makers. Modules in this qualification are designed to enable you to update your knowledge and skills and give you the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice whilst developing your understanding of theoretical models and current debates.

Case studies and examples are from a worldwide context and this qualification will be relevant to educators across the globe.

This qualification does not qualify you for teacher registration, please see our PGCE qualification (K20) if you are interested in gaining a teaching qualification.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

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