This course gives you the opportunity to explore issues relating to computing in education. It specifically focuses on using new technologies and digital literacy to innovate learning and improve your practice.
Why choose this course?
Recent changes to the curriculum for primary and secondary computer science has left many educational professionals with gaps in their ICT knowledge. This innovative new course aims to bridge these gaps with practical technical knowledge supported by critical analysis of computing science in education and teaching.
Fit the course around your work and family life with some online modules, allowing you to complete parts of it as distance learning.
Scholarships and bursaries available!
Students on this course are also eligible to apply for a scholarship or bursary. For full details on eligibility and how much is available visit the fees and funding page.
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4460
What will I study?
Some of the modules you can take include the following.
Developing Digital Literacy in the Classroom
This module examines the role and importance of digital literacy in the classroom by testing an area of your own practice to raise the digital skills or awareness of learners to support safeguarding and/or literacy skills. It looks at how you can successfully encourage learners to become digitally literate including how both you and your learners can become discerning users online, as well as critical thinkers and successful online evaluators. This module is also available as an online module allowing for distance learning.
Computational Thinking in the Curriculum
This module acts as an introduction to computing as a subject in schools. The module looks at what is computational thinking, the benefits of teaching computational thinking across the curriculum and how computational thinking can be taught using a variety of computer programs in the classroom. This module will help you to plan, teach and support learners to develop their logical thinking, problem solving skills and independent learning. It includes practical programming sessions. This module is also available as an multi-access module allowing for a mixture of taught and online distance learning sessions.
Creativity and Innovation using Technology
Focus on how to use technology to support personalised learning to enhance learners academic progression, and support learners engagement in lessons. The module looks at how to successful use a range of technology to support technology enhanced learning in the classroom, implement BYOD, how technology can support SEND learners as well as evaluating different online pedagogy, including the flipped learning approach to support engagement and academic progression across a range of subjects. This module is also available as an online module allowing for distance learning.
Programming for the Classroom
Study standard programming languages and their uses in more depth. This module will give you a good grasp of some of the programming languages used in the computing curriculum as well as open up new ideas on how to teach computer programming in your educational establishment.
Engaging Learners in Computer Science
Develop innovative strategies to teaching topics in Computer Science, such as artificial intelligence, ethics, crime and social networking. Learn to critically analyse new developments and how to engage your learners with them in the classroom.
Anticipating and Responding to Technological Change in an Educational Setting
Review the changes in education and technology and their impact on effective teaching and learning to support the evaluation and implementation of new technology to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
Research Skills or Research in a Professional Context
Develop your practical skills and critical understanding of research, strategies, methods and techniques.
Produce a substantial piece of academic writing around a negotiated and agreed research focus.
Download the module guide
How will I learn?
This is a demanding and exciting programme that requires you to immerse yourself in reading, thinking and discussion alongside practical ICT sessions. Hands-on sessions will be run in our specialist computing labs by expert tutors from both our teaching and computer science teams, giving you access to the latest thinking from both areas.
Links with industry
We involve industry experts in our courses in a number of ways:
View the full course specification
- We consult with employers when we design and update our courses.
- We ensure you are prepared to meet the demands of the workplace by continually checking the currency and validity of our courses with employers.
- You will have the opportunity to have a work placement (if not already in paid or voluntary employment).
- Employers may input directly into your course through guest lectures, projects, and other work-related activities.
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
We have one of the best graduate employment records in the UK because our world-class courses give you the skills today's employers need. A master's degree is increasingly seen as both academic enhancement and a means to facilitate career progression.
The practical elements of this course will lead to technical skills highly sought after in schools, colleges and educational settings. Graduates will be skilled not only in new technologies, but also how to use these to enhance teaching and education.
Many graduates have gone on to successful careers within the education sector, pursuing senior roles, while others have continued studying to complete a Professional Doctorate, an MPhil or a PhD.
You are expected to be in employed in an educational setting or have arranged access to a suitable educational environment. Therefore placements are not required.
You will undertake research and reflection within this educational environment to support module sessions and assignments.
You will need:
- a good UK honours degree or equivalent from a recognised university at a minimum 2.2, or extensive relevant experience, such as three years' Computing / ICT teaching or industry experience
- GCSE Mathematics and English at minimum grade C or equivalent
- access to an educational environment in order to complete your research and an interest in education (this would include working in a school as a teacher, teaching assistant, support assistant, or technician).
A Disclosure and Barring Service check is not required for this course.
How to apply
Applications should be made directly to the University via the online application form.
You can follow our step-by-step instructions when applying directly to NTU. Also ensure that you check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder, when you have applied. We may need to contact you during this time.
- 26 September 2016
- September 2017
- 29 September 2016
- September 2017
Fees and funding
This course is covered under the Postgraduate and Professional Course fees structure.
Please see our funding and bursaries page for the tuition fee for MSc Computing in Education.
Diversity of our students
We welcome applications from under-represented groups, such as male applicants, applicants from BME communities, mature applicants and those with disabilities.
English language entry requirements
See the English language entry requirements for courses at the Nottingham Institute of Education and a full list of all English language qualifications accepted by the University.
Pre-sessional English courses
We offer Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP) courses from 6 to 30 weeks for students who need help achieving these requirements. Even if you have already met the minimum entry requirements you could still benefit, as many students do, from the study skills and orientation to the UK education system that is offered by a short PEAP course.
Find more information on PEAP including dates, fees and English language entry requirements for these courses.
In-sessional English language support
In-sessional English language support classes are available to all international (non-EU) students studying on degree courses at NTU. There is no extra charge for these classes.
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200