Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education

The Open University

Program Description

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education

The Open University

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education

This postgraduate diploma course, part of our professional studies in education programme, offers the opportunity to study one area of education in detail. It is aimed at education professionals and those who are involved in supporting learning, in both formal and informal environments. The modules available address a range of current educational issues but all offer you the opportunity to investigate issues of interest to you in your own practice and context. You may also qualify for this postgraduate diploma if you do not complete a full masters degree in education.

Educational aims

The Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education sits within the Masters in Education Programme and 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. Coursework encourages 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 student-determined, small-scale research projects. 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 practical professional knowledge.

The modular structure of this masters degree programme allows you to progressively broaden the knowledge and understanding of your chosen aspects of education. It also provides for the development and consolidation of advanced scholarship through practice and refinement of the independent learning inherent in the academic literacy and conventions of academic writing required for successful study at masters level.

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

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Each module uses a range of study techniques to help you engage with the academic literature and to reflect on your own practical and professional knowledge.

A variety of informal and formal assessment tasks are incorporated into the coursework. These vary from module to module. Within each module coursework is designed to prepare you for independent study within a particular educational discipline. The formal tutor- and examiner-marked assessments for each module are summarised in the prospectus and detailed in the study materials for each module.

For every module, you are supported in reflecting on your own learning and in selecting an appropriate topic for a personal, small-scale research project. Through assessments linked to this research project, you must demonstrate an integration of the discipline-specific and generic learning outcomes for this postgraduate qualification.

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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 postgraduate diploma course offers teachers and other education professionals working with learners of all ages, both formally and informally, 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 with teaching authorities, 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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