Throughout the programme, there is a focus on developing your cultural awareness of mathematics teaching and learning through international comparisons in mathematics education and to introduce you to conceptual and analytic tools used in educational research.
By undertaking this programme, you will develop critical, evaluative and reflective thinking in the context of mathematics education, together with the range of skills and abilities that will contribute to enhancing your effectiveness as a professional educator.
The programme can be followed full time for one year or part time over two years. There is also a unit route whereby the required number of units need to be completed within five years. You study six units, each valued at 20 credit points, followed by a 60-credit dissertation.
There are five core units:
• Principles of Teaching and Learning
• Curriculum Issues in Mathematics Education
• Research Issues in Mathematics Education
• Institutionally based Research and Enquiry
• Evidence-based Practice for Institutional Development
The elective unit is chosen from:
• Issues in Educational Leadership
• Mentoring and Mathematics Teaching
The programme is also suitable for those who have existing M-level credits gained through, for instance, completing a PGCE. This provides a modular route consisting of at least three taught units (at least one of which must be the research methodology unit) plus dissertation.
Assessment is by a series of assignments, followed by a dissertation. The final assessed portfolio comprises 24,000 words or equivalent (6x 4,000 words), together with a dissertation of 16,000 words. Assessment focuses on linking the content of the course to participants’ own personal and professional experiences.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
International Student Requirements:
If English is not your first language, the University of Southampton English Language requirements for study apply i.e.TOEFL 600 / computer based 250 or better for IELTS 6.5 or better