Catholic School Leadership Postgraduate Certificate

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Key Details

  • 1 Years
  • Part Time
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Overview

Who is the Postgraduate Certificate aimed at?

This postgraduate certificate has been designed for those in middle/ senior leadership positions in Catholic schools and also for aspiring Catholic school leaders, including school governors and other professionals, in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of leadership within Catholic settings and to respond to specific issues facing Church school leaders today. The Postgraduate Certificate comprises of two modules: Educational Leadership in Catholic Schools and Change Management in Catholic Schools.

Progression

  • If you undertake another elective module and the compulsory Research Methods module, you will gain a Postgraduate Diploma
  • If you then undertake the final dissertation within a Catholic School Leadership focus you will graduate with an MA Education or MA Education (Catholic School Leadership)

Benefits

–       An opportunity to continue your professional development

–       Gain a qualification in Catholic School Leadership at masters level

–       Supports succession planning, recruitment and retention within Catholic School

–       An opportunity to meet others interested in leadership from across other Catholic schools

–       Access to University facilities (eg library, IT systems, Student Support Services)

–       May gain credits towards the CCRS for those who have not completed this award

–       Builds on the CCRS for those who have completed this award, but no requirement to have completed the CCRS to undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in Catholic School Leadership

–       Sessions will be delivered by academics who are recognised nationally and internationally within the field of Leadership and Management, Catholic school leaders and members of staff from the Diocesan Education Service.

Credit rating: 60 credits at masters level

Entry Requirements

A relevant Honours degree.

Directions

Course Fees

2018-19 Home/EU Students: £1,600*

N.B. A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete the post graduate certificate.. Fees per 30 credit module 2018/19* Home/EU students: £825

Partner schools, colleges, institutions, Birmingham Catholic Primary Partnership members, Titan Partnership members are currently eligible for a 10% discount. Alumni are also entitled to a 10% discount.

*Fees shown are for 2018/19 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Information

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Modules

As a postgraduate student, you will study a total of 60 credits. All modules are listed below.

  1. EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
    (Compulsory) mt742
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    Module Summary: The focus of this module is to explore approaches to educational leadership in Catholic school settings, and the skills and qualities required to lead a range of individual and professional groups within this setting. Current research and policy will be drawn from in relation to leadership within Catholic schools. Students will critically reflect on and evaluate the impact of different approaches to leadership and models of leadership, considering spiritual and ethical leadership in particular. The module will assist teachers and others working in church schools in the task of integrating Christian principles and concepts into their professional responsibilities as leaders. Contact Hours: 12 Module Curriculum Led Outcomes: This module aims to support Students to: • demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of educational leadership within Catholic schools, drawn from a range of contemporary research and appropriate literature; and • demonstrate an understanding of current research and/ or policy in relation to Catholic school settings, as appropriate to the chosen focus area. • critically reflect on the need to develop inter- and intra-personal skills in themselves and others; and • critically reflect on and evaluate the impact of different approaches to leadership and models of leadership, in Catholic school settings. • clearly and accurately communicate their conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences, ensuring that the work has been proofread carefully and referenced appropriately using the Harvard system; • demonstrate independent learning, self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level; • exercise initiative, personal responsibility and decision-making skills in complex and unpredictable situations, as appropriate; and • continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, as appropriate. Learning Opportunities: Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: • access a blended learning approach; • access support from their peers and tutor; • undertake independent study; • use Newman IT and e-learning facilities; and • critically engage with relevant research. Method of Assessment: Component 1: 100% Submission of a 4,000 word essay regarding an aspect of Catholic school leadership, to be negotiated with the module tutor according to student developmental needs. (A maximum of 4,000 words and no less than 3600 words, excluding appendices and list of references) This will assess all intended learning outcomes.
  2. CHANGE MANAGEMENT IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
    (Compulsory) mt743
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    Module Summary: The module offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of change management within Catholic educational settings. There will be a focus on: the processes of institutional change, theories of change management, professional capital, developing professional relationships, professional learning communities, and change strategies to support effective meaningful learning contexts. Contact Hours: 12 Module Curriculum Led Outcomes: This module aims to support Students to: • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theory of change management in relation to Catholic teachings. • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between change management and international and national drivers of educational policy • Evidence an understanding of the importance of establishing good professional relationships and professional learning communities to enhance the possibility of successful change • Critically reflect on ways in which change can be effectively managed in Catholic settings • Demonstrate an emerging ability to make appropriate proposals for proactive ways forward towards the effective management of change and resources. • Clearly and accurately communicate their conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences, ensuring that the work has been proofread carefully and referenced appropriately using the Harvard system • Demonstrate independent learning, self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level • Exercise initiative, personal responsibility and decision-making skills in complex and unpredictable situations, as appropriate • Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, as appropriate. Learning Opportunities: Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: • access a blended learning approach; • access support from their peers and tutor; • undertake independent study; • use Newman IT and e-learning facilities; and • critically engage with relevant research. Assessment: Component 1: 100% Submission of a 4,000 word essay focusing on an aspect of managing change within a Catholic school setting, to be negotiated with the module tutor according to student developmental needs. (A maximum of 4,000 words and no less than 3600 words, excluding appendices and list of references.) This will assess all intended learning outcomes. It is also essential that students search for literature within their chosen specialist area.