CfLaT aims to act as an intellectual and organisational focus for postgraduates.
We have developed our scope from a core in Education to the rest of the School and Faculty. They recognise our expertise and capacity in research methods.
CfLaT members run the HASS PGT Graduate Skills Enhancement Programme. It aims to supplement the skills of taught postgraduate students within the Faculty.
It provides skills enhancement for those new to the UK academic environment. Three members of the Centre contribute to the HASS Research Training Programme.
We have targeted increased student membership to further develop our research culture. There is a resource bank, meeting space and work space for students.
Events and activities organised by the Centre (such as our Research Teas) are open to our students. This has provided the opportunity for them to expand their research horizons.
Alongside increased student membership, CfLaT has an increasing role in the School's programmes. We have influential roles related to PGT and PGR provision and this is having an impact.
Our module, Investigating Learning, and affiliation to the MA in Education Research, are key.
CfLaT has been instrumental in supporting the introduction of an Master's Level PGCE. This leads into the Practitioner Enquiry Masters and Professional Doctorate of Education programmes.
Research informing courses
Within Education and CfLaT there is a strong overlap of theory, policy and practice.
This is a programme of linked and independent sessions. CfLaT run it with input from a range of specialists.
We invite all international Master’s level students in the Faculty to attend. Sessions are open to and appropriate for overseas PhD students.
There are sessions in several key strands:
- postgraduate learning at Newcastle University
- academic communication: reading, writing and presentation
- research design and management (with qualitative and quantitative sub-strands)
The programme supplements skills training students receive during their studies here at Newcastle.
Students are welcome to attend all sessions or to select those they find most relevant.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Newcastle University is at Master’s level.
You can take PGCEs via core (students apply to university) or School routes (students recruited).
Both routes share common module and university teaching. The PGCE courses sit within the practitioner enquiry model.
Those that finish the PGCE have skills and competencies to become successful teachers. They have an appreciation of the productive relationship between theory, research and practice.
The credits gained can go towards our Master’s provision. Students continuing or returning to study have several routes they can follow. This enables continuous professional development from beginning teacher to senior leadership roles.
PGCE tutors are also members of CfLaT. Their research in areas of professional development continues to inform the development of the programme. It includes:
- the use of video
- productive mechanisms of lesson observation and feedback
- the role of action research
There is more information about our PGCEs and how to apply.
Our researchers feed into the teaching of MA and MEd courses within the School, bringing together practice and theory in innovative ways.
MA in Education Research (full and part-time)MA in Education Research (full and part-time)
CfLaT provides a base for students studying on the MA in Education Research. This is a course recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
It draws on expertise within the Centre, School and Faculty. We support students to generic and subject-specific skills, giving them a firm basis for doctorate level.
We give students real life educational research experience. We support them in acquiring knowledge of research techniques and issues relevant to the subject in action.
Students on the course can take part in research events held in the Centre, including:
- research teas
- research project dissemination
We encourage students to integrate into the education research culture. We want them to talk to us about their research interests and experiences.
It means if they come to our events, their supervisor and personal tutor are often there.
Part-time Master's level coursesPart-time Master's level courses
Members of CfLaT lead and teach a range of part-time courses. They draw on our research and contextualise it in a wider policy, practice and research base.
These courses are popular with teachers, lecturers and other educators. These courses draw on effective and transformative professional learning.
They locate the learning in the workplaces of our students, who develop:
- case studies
- action research
- reflective practice
We encourage students to undertake:
- systematic enquiries
- to develop innovative practice
- to investigate the outcomes of professional practice development
By doing so, they are able to make practical sense of theory, policy and underlying research. That enables them to:
- understand and develop their own practice
- support professional development of colleagues
- create a capacity for improvement through enhanced leadership
Our current part-time programmes are:
- M.Eds/MAs, which are integrated with the PGCert routes and primary and secondary PGCE
- Doctorate in Education (part-taught & part-research, students can transfer from the PGCerts and Masters)
- one-year PGCerts in
Supervision of dissertationsSupervision of dissertations
Completion of all Master's courses is through a research dissertation or research portfolio. Many CfLaT members supervise these dissertations.
Dissertations consolidate and integrate professional and academic learning fostered by taught stages. They support developing teaching and leadership practices that are evidence-based and research-informed.
Themes explored through CfLaT research are often explored through the dissertation such as:
- teacher coaching and mentoring
- innovative curriculum and pedagogy development
- supporting school improvement
We provide a variety of MPhil/PhD and specialist doctorate options for postgraduates relating to Education.
Professional Doctorate of Education (EdD)Professional Doctorate of Education (EdD)
The Doctorate of Education (EdD) provides a thorough grounding in educational research. Taking practitioners’ professional knowledge and experience, it supports the developing of new thinking.
The Doctorate of Education appeals to experienced professionals, those in:
- formal education
- community learning
- general education-based activities more generally
who wish to undertake doctoral level study linked to this practice.
A taught phase combines core research with optional modules that reflect students' interests. There are three specific EdD modules:
- EDU8010: Practices of Inquiry
- EDU8011: Practices of Enquiry
- EDU8207: Critical Thinking about Research Methodology
designed based on CfLaT’s research. These courses aim to support EdD students in developing their skills and understandings.
Other modules may introduce concepts related to epistemology and ontological approaches.
Student CfLaT membership
We encourage students on the EdD to become student members of the Centre. This means they can come to Centre events and use CfLaT as a work space and resource to support their studies.
EdD support groups are all held in the Centre base to encourage familiarity with our offer.
Education MPhil and PhD degreesEducation MPhil and PhD degrees
CfLaT provides a base for students studying the MPhil and PhD degrees. These are “by research” only. They are awarded on the basis of satisfactory theses.
For the MPhil degree, candidates must submit a thesis of 40-60,000 words. For the PhD, candidates submit a thesis of 80-100,000 words.
Candidates also take research methods modules.
These degrees are for candidates with a clear idea of what they wish to research in depth.
Applied Educational Psychology Doctor of (DAppEdPsy)Applied Educational Psychology Doctor of (DAppEdPsy)
CfLaT provides a base for students studying the D.App. Ed.Psy. This provides professional training for work as qualified educational psychologists.
You can work in local authorities and other educational and community settings. This is for people who want to become qualified to work as educational psychologists.
It welcomes psychology graduates who are teachers or have had jobs working with children.