What can you do with a master’s in Education?

24 March 2023

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The education sector is broad and dynamic. Advances in technology, shifting policies and evolving socio-economic circumstances all impact the way in which professionals work in modern educational contexts.  

If you’re in a teaching role and are looking to level up in your practice, inspire others, or lead educational development, a master’s in Education could enhance your professional teaching practice and support you to make an impact in a wide range of educational settings.

What jobs could I do with a master's in Education?

There are a range of jobs that you could do with a master's degree in Education. These include:

  • Education lecturer/Senior lecturer/Course or award leader   
  • Curriculum designer     
  • Leadership and management posts      
  • E-learning professional     
  • Educational researcher  or consultant 
  • Education welfare and student support
  • Education publisher

Benefits of having a master's in Education

Here are three reasons why an online master's in Education could be the next step in achieving your personal and professional ambitions.  

Enhance your career  

A master’s degree in Education is an intensive and focused qualification which can be beneficial to educators in a range of contexts – you don’t need to be a practicing teacher. The deepened understanding of key areas including education theory, learning design, educational leadership and project management that you develop through postgraduate study can be helpful when pursuing leadership roles in schools and education organisations.  

Likewise, if a career change within education is your objective, postgraduate study can be a helpful step towards moving into a different level of education – from secondary to higher, for example – as well as into policy roles or alternative education settings. A master’s can also equip you to secure opportunities for independent work, such as in consultancy or international teaching.  

The flexible part-time nature of Falmouth’s online Education MA means it is more attainable than many on-campus or full-time options, as you can balance studying with your current teaching practice and other commitments.  

Become an expert in your field  

Whether you have ambitions in a particular area of education or are interested in exploring contemporary issues which impact upon your own professional practice, the tools and skills covered in a master’s degree will equip you to respond to those specialist requirements.  

Many colleges and universities require a master’s level qualification, especially to progress into roles such as senior lecturer. Other specialist roles will also become more attainable through postgraduate study, such as inclusion advisor, education consultant, policy writer, and education writer. 

As Dr Russell Crawford, Director of Teaching and Learning at Falmouth, says: “The best educators are those who look inward to have impact outside. This was firmly in mind when we built reflection as a skill and as a philosophy into this course”. 

Falmouth’s online master’s in Education teaches students how to engage with reflective practice to improve personal pedagogy, thereby developing expertise. As an intrinsic element of the course, reflective practice places emphasis on learning through and from experience and supports your development through self-awareness; taking a critical view of your own approaches and continuously adapting and learning. 

As an MA Education graduate, your sharpened sense of proficiency could gear you up for further opportunities in academia, including EdD or PhD, a HEA Fellowship or as a Professional Standards Framework practitioner.  

Change education for the better 

Falmouth’s master’s in Education has been designed to empower future leaders to change current education systems for the better, equipping you to become a more reflective practitioner who makes research-informed choices. 

Aimed at professionals – not just practicing teachers – who want to develop resilience, a master’s can help you to positively contribute to the future of the education system, be that in schools, colleges, universities or alternative education settings such as prisons, museums, or specialist learning centres.  

As course leader Esther Cummins says: “This course isn’t just for students to gain a qualification on paper; it is about using theory to change practice. Whilst we are strong advocates for research, as a team we want our students to put into practice what they learn. As pedagogy, and in turn the learning experiences of our students’ students, are improved, we hope to see a ripple of positive change running through the education system.”