The programme will provide you with a broad multidisciplinary knowledge and understanding of how key theories in psychology, philosophy and education inform planning, administration, policy and professional practice. Through modules including various forms of assessment, and dedicated personal tutorial support, you will learn to critically evaluate education research from theoretical and methodological perspectives in order to contribute to character education and will gain fundamental skills in data analysis and critical thinking, which can be applied to your own professional contexts.
The programme includes an optional on-campus residential for students. This is highly recommended for students in the Uk and Europe and the rest of the world.
Applicants must have a first degree at 2.1 level or equivalent and should have some relevant and related experience in the field of education. Account will be given to equivalent professional qualifications and experience.
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language support
Birmingham International Academy (BIA) provides free English language services to international students who are currently studying on undergraduate or postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham. Services include Open-access English classes, online self-assessment, online materials through CANVAS, email answers to quick questions and individual one to one tutorials.
To engage teachers and others working with children and young people in a challenging course where they can access the latest research on character education and subsume it into their own practice
To enhance cross cultural knowledge, understanding and learning about the theory and practice of character education which will benefit both individuals and societies.
To enable student to student and student to teacher debate, dialogue and critical analysis of the link between character virtues and individual and societal flourishing.
Research Methods in Character Education (20 credits)
This module will teach you how to evaluate educational research from theoretical and methodological perspectives in order to contribute to character education through the demonstration of original thinking in teaching and learning. We will discuss the various research methods available to researchers and explain alongside about the ethical implications and challenges associated with researching character in education, with a strong focus on issues of reliability and validity in research.
Theories of Character, Virtues and Flourishing (20 credits)
This module will explain how key theories from the fields of psychology, philosophy and education, inform, planning, administration, policy and professional practice – including a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights in the field.
Character Education Interventions in Schools and Organisations (20 credits)
This module looks at the practical implications of character education, drawing and building on the theory learnt in previous Modules. You will learn about how character education can be implemented in various educational settings, including schools and community organisations. It will give you the ability to analyse data, synthesise information and apply critical thinking to develop your own relevant interventions and tools to create a culture and ethos designed to enhance good character.
Character Education Leadership in Schools and Organisations (20 credits)
History and Politics of Character Education (20 credits)
The Virtuous Practitioner (20 credits)
When the taught modules have been completed, a dissertation is submitted to fulfil the requirements for the award of the degree. The subject of the dissertation can be related to your work environment or to an area of interest to your employer, which may encourage them to support you with time for study or financial assistance.
Research Dissertation (60 credits)
The modules listed on our website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
The MA in Character Education has been developed in response to the overwhelming interest in character education from policy makers and parents as well as teachers themselves. Completion of the programme will ensure that you will further your understanding of this area and will gain the knowledge and experience to implement informed change in your own institution.
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