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Education and Development

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If you are seeking to advance your career in education, look no further. You will explore how people learn and why we teach the way we do. You will also study the politics, sociology, psychology and philosophy of education and debate the latest thinking, trends and developments.
Cass School of Education and Communities
  • top-quality teaching

    In the 2014 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), 86 per cent of our students said they were satisfied with the skills they had learned at UEL, compared to a sector average of 79 per cent. And 94 per cent of our students said they felt better prepared for their careers as a result of the course.

  • learn at your own school

    Our courses are shaped to serve your needs. Instead of having to come to us, we offer an innovative in-school service through which tutors come out to your school to teach you and your fellow teachers as a group.

  • cutting-edge research

    An impressive 57 per cent of research carried out by academics at UEL’s Cass School of Education and Communities is rated either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The figures come from the 2014 Research Excellence Framework – a six-yearly national review of higher education research.

Why us?

The vast majority of the students who take our postgraduate education courses in the renowned Cass School of Education and Communities are already immersed in the world of teaching, many in the multicultural, multilingual classrooms of east London.

Our wide range of postgraduate certificate, master’s and professional doctorate courses offer you the opportunity to reflect further on your teaching.

You will also acquire new skills and qualifications which can help you to move into a leadership position within your school. Our MA Leadership in Education will prepare you specifically for such a senior role, giving you valuable insight into the decision-making process and the adoption of policies within education.

Our MA Education will enhance your professional development by engaging with new developments in teaching and learning, while our Doctor of Education course will empower you to conduct robust research that is focused on improving policy, practice and the quality of education.



UEL Docklands Campus

On our MA Special Educational Needs course you will examine the most current thinking and practices regarding autism, behaviour and dyslexia in an inclusive and international context.

We have a partnership with the Institute of Child Education and Psychology Europe (ICEP), through which we run our online MA Special and Additional Learning Needs..

Learning By Doing


“I chose UEL as it was flexible. I could study full-time while doing the majority of my classes in the evening.  The mentors were enthusiastic, complimentary and constructive.  I was also lucky to travel to the Gambia on a field trip.”

 Margaret-Anne Dunne , BA (Hons) Education and Community Studies, 2010. Now vice-principal at Harris Primary Academy, Tottenham 
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What we’re researching

Dr Paula Bosanquet, who teaches on both the MA Education and MA Special Educational Needs courses, is a world-renowned expert on independent learning and scaffolding. Her talks on the subject are in high demand locally and nationally for teaching assistants and teachers, focusing on how they can enable pupils, particularly those with special educational needs, to be independent learners. 

Dr Wayne Tennent, who teaches on the MA Education course, is an expert in reading comprehension, having written two books on the subject and led numerous projects in schools which have demonstrated impact on pupil achievement in this area. He works extensively with the United Kingdom Literacy Association.

The research of Nicole Whitelaw and Julie Gariazzo, both of whom teach on the MA Special Educational Needs course, is in the area of autism, while Dr Margaret Etherington, course leader of the MA Education, is an expert on art and gender in education.

John Macklin, leader of the MA Leadership in Education, carries out research into leadership in schools in relation to complexity theory.  Warren Kidd, PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Course Leader, researches in the area of teacher identity and has published extensively in the area of sociology and teaching and learning.   

Our Professional Doctorate (EdD) course draws on the input of researchers from across the Cass school of Education and Communities.  It is led by Dr Gerry Czerniawski, who has published extensively in the areas of teaching and learning, teacher and teacher educator identity, continuing professional development (CPD) and pupil voice.

A founder member of the International Forum for Teacher Educator Development (InFoTED), he serves on the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Council and is chair of BERA's British Curriculum Forum. Gerry is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.