Why this course?
This part-time course is the only one of its kind in the UK. The Postgraduate Certificate in Philosophy with Children will train you to facilitate philosophical dialogue with children – and with adults – in a range of settings. The course is not just for teachers, it’s for anyone that wants to lead people in the discussion of philosophical ideas.
The class runs on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 8.30pm.
You’ll undertake three compulsory modules in the following order:
- Class 1: Introduction to Philosophy & Philosophical Practice
- Class 2: Philosophy with Children Theory
- Class 3: Philosophy with Children Facilitation
You'll spend time practicing your own philosophical reasoning by participating regularly in dialogue at your own level. As students often come from a range of backgrounds, different practices and contexts are explored. Assignments are designed to support students in their practice. There are opportunities for those who have completed the course to get involved in research in Philosophy with Children and to speak at practitioners’ conferences about the topic.
Introduction to Philosophy & Philosophical Practice
This class offers an introduction to the philosophy and logic that a facilitator of Philosophy with Children will require. It also provides opportunities for you to take part in philosophical dialogue at your own level.
Philosophy with Children Theory
Philosophy with Children Facilitation
In this class you’ll be introduced to different approaches to practical philosophy. You’ll learn how to:
- choose stimulus material
- select appropriate questions to generate philosophical dialogue
- analyse dialogue
This class gives you the opportunity to bring together your learning in the previous two classes. You’ll undertake facilitation of Community of Philosophical Inquiry.
Learning & teaching
This course involves a lot of student participation. Module one includes some interactive lecture input as well as philosophical dialogue. Modules two and three will be more tutorial-based with some more formal lecture input but participative group work is used throughout.
We try to invite speakers who will be of interest to students. Dr. Catherine McCall, who worked with Matthew Lipman and who brought Philosophy with Children to Scotland, is a guest speaker, as are class teachers with relevant experience of Philosophy with Children.
There's a range of assessment used in the course, including practical elements, written essays, portfolios and a logic exam. You'll receive regular formative feedback and are given summative feedback in all assignments. There's also opportunities for one-to-one feedback sessions.
We generally look for a degree level qualification. No prior experience of philosophy or education is required.
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
Fees for this programme can be paid in instalments.
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How can I fund my course?
Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.
Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.
The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
The majority of students on the course are teachers who work with children between the ages of three and eighteen, though not all work in school settings. Several students have come from different areas such as business, community education, youth justice and working with the elderly.
Those who have chosen to undertake this course have found that it has helped develop relationships with those they work with in their class or work setting. Employers have been keen to recognise that doing practical philosophy is likely to enhance pupils’/colleagues thinking and reasoning skills.
The external examiner has described this course as:
...innovative and unique. It sets a good example of how theory and practice can be integrated in a programme of study that is intellectually challenging and has immediate application to the school classroom.
Students have used the course to support their job applications.