supporting teacher learning postgraduate

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This part-time Masters level course in Supporting Teacher Learning is an exciting and timely addition to the School of Education’s postgraduate provision, following closely on the publication of Teaching Scotland’s Future: (‘the Donaldson Report’). This course responds to the Donaldson Report which recommends that:

  • Teachers should have wider access to Masters level accredited continuing professional development (CPD)
  • ‘All teachers should see themselves as teacher educators and should be trained in mentoring’
  • Mentoring is crucial for the support of new and early career teachers in particular.
  • Strengthened partnerships between universities and schools will increase teachers’ involvement in support and assessment of student teachers.

The course draws on the teaching, research and consultancy experience of its staff in providing a challenging and stimulating Postgraduate Certificate course which will enable participants to improve their own and their establishment’s practice in supporting teacher professional learning, ultimately impacting on pupil achievement. The new course is aimed at those involved in the support of teacher professional learning at all stages of a teacher’s career, including: student and probationer mentors, CPD coordinators, PRD reviewers, school leaders, local authority officers with responsibility for CPD and/or probationer and leadership development. On completion of this course students may wish to undertake additional Masters level study in the School, accruing towards a Masters award.

Course Structure

The Postgraduate Certificate Supporting Teacher Learning comprises three 20 credit modules:

Module 1 How teachers learn: An exploration of contemporary and cutting edge research on teacher learning, with an emphasis on how this research might impact on practice in schools. This module will also provide focused support on critical reading and writing at Masters level.

Module 2 Contemporary contexts for teacher learning and teachers' work:  Teachers who are supporting the learning of their colleagues have a duty to be engaged with the wider world of education. This module will support engagement with wider contemporary issues impacting on schools and teachers, to enable participants to adopt a wider perspective on their work. For example, globalisation and global influences on education; curriculum studies as means of interrogating CfE;  diverse teachers for diverse learners; interrogation and analysis of current policy developments.

Module 3 Supporting Professional Learning in the Workplace: Drawing on contemporary literature on a range of strategies including coaching, mentoring, action research, action learning sets, learning rounds etc. to develop frameworks for deploying in schools. The module will draw on cutting-edge research and will support participants to use this knowledge to develop practical skills in the design and implementation of strategies for supporting teacher learning. A key focus will also be on the evaluation and development of mentoring practice in the school context.

Course Duration

Two years with students completing two modules in year one and the final module in year two.

Start Date

Module one commences in August 2014.

Entry Requirements

A teaching qualification and registration (or eligibility for registration) with the General Teaching Council for Scotland will normally be required, together with at least one year’s professional experience.

The Supporting Teacher Learning Course is part of the M Ed programme, further details of the whole programme can be found at:

To apply for the course, go to  August 2014 Admission Code EDPGC4.  However, if you are part of an agreed Local Authority cohort please go to Admission Code STLPC2.


To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.