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EdD (T) TESOL

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

EdD (T) TESOL

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Doctor of Education

Programme Code

EDU-EDD-TE

UCAS Code

JACS Code

X162 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

Applicants should hold a primary degree (2.2 Honours or above) or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University and a Masters degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Evidence of these qualifications must be presented at the time of application Performance profiles (grades etc.) may also normally be required to ensure suitability of the candidate for doctoral study. Applicants will normally be expected to have at least five years full-time, professional experience in a field of work related to Education. Participants who have been accepted on to the EdD programme will be required to enrol and attend an induction session prior to their first module.
Credit Transfer
Credit may be obtained for successfully completed Master’s degree within the last 10 years. Such credit can normally only be claimed before first enrolment on the EdD course. The award of credit is subject to an assessment of the content and length of study, intellectual challenge and assessment scores or grades associated with the Master’s degree. If requested, applicants must provide sufficient documentation to enable these matters to be assessed.
The amount of credit available is as follows:
For a Master’s degree that involves a substantive element of educational research methods training, including a research-based dissertation or project, 30 D points will be allowed for exemption from an optional module.

International Students
For non-native speakers a minimum entry point of IELTS level 6.5, or equivalent is required. For IELTS a minimum score of 5.5 is required in all four elements of the test.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

4 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

540

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 8

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

N/A

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Lisa Lucas

University of Bristol

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

No

Programme Specific Regulations

General
The EdD TESOL will be awarded to students who have accumulated a total of 540 credit points at doctoral level (D-points). The award requires the successful completion of nine taught doctoral modules (270 D-points) and a research dissertation (270 D-points).
To graduate with an EdD TESOL, students must satisfactorily complete the twoTESOL specialist modules and at least four research modules (including three compulsory modules) plus any additional choices necessary from the programme. They must also complete their dissertation in the area of TESOL.

EdD students are subject to the University’s General Regulations: University Calendar for Postgraduate Students: students taking the taught element are subject to Section IV: Study Regulations for Postgraduate Taught Programmes; dissertation students are subject to section V: Study Regulations for Research Degree Programmes.
Induction events are offered at the beginning of the programme each year.
Students are offered advice on choice of modules and options from their EdD Personal Tutor, the EdD Coordinator or the School's Adviser of Studies but their primary source of academic support on modules is the module tutor or dissertation supervisor as appropriate. The personal tutor system allocates them to a member of staff for the duration of the taught part of their programme; thereafter they are assigned to a supervisor for the dissertation study. Module tutors offer individual tutorial support to students who are struggling, or who have to re-submit work regarding the specific module Dissertation support normally comprises an entitlement to meetings (face-to-face or video link) email support and video conferencing meetings as required.

EdD taught students will need to complete a compulsory progress report with their personal tutor (pre-dissertation studentsbefore they can re-register. Full-time students are required to submit two progress reports annually. This should be carried out by the end of June of each year. Part-time students will be obliged to communicate with their personal tutor at least once a year and full-time students once a semester. It is the student’s responsibility to submit their completed progress report(s) to the EdD Programme Secretary.
Dissertation students are subject to additional annual progress review procedures as stated in section 6.5 (Annual Progress Review) of the University’s General Regulations, section V: Study Regulations for Research Degree Programmes.
Student Progress
Details of the regulations covering student progress can be found in the University Calendar for Postgraduate Students.
Any student who is considered to have a less than satisfactory performance profile (those who have not successfully accumulated 270 D-points of which at least 150 D-points were deemed to be acceptable on first submission and is at risk of not being able to manage the challenges of further modules or dissertation study will be called to appear before the School Exceptional Circumstances Committee (SECC).
Students will be required to pass at first attempt five of the modules (150 CATS points) which they undertake in order to transfer to dissertation. This ‘five at first attempt’ does not include any modules for which credit transfer has been granted.
Students are only permitted to take a maximum of 120 CATS points(4 EdD modules) for resubmission.Students with two Fails (a Fail is awarded when a Resubmission has been deemed unsatisfactory and does not meet the pass criteria) will have their progress reviewed.
Failure to complete two modules (2 Fail grades) successfully may result in a requirement for the candidate to withdraw from the course. The onus is on the student to bring any relevant circumstances to the attention of the SECC and to make him/herself available to attend meetings. Where a student fails to attend a SECC meeting at the appointed time without good cause, the Committee has the right to consider the case and to reach a decision, including a decision to recommend to the Examination Board that the student withdraw from the pathway or from the University, in the absence of the student and without further notice. It is the responsibility of the student to establish ‘good cause’ to the satisfaction of the Committee.
Examinations
Successful completion of each module depends on attendance at a minimum of 70% of all planned teaching sessions for which a candidate is registered and successful completion of assignment and associated tasks. Candidates will be assessed on each taught module by an assignment, maximum 5,000 words, to be submitted at the end of the taught element of the module. Candidates will submit a draft assignment (maximum 1,000 words), within four weeks of the module final teaching sessionand receive feedback within two weeks of receipt of this draft from the module tutor.

Assignments will not be marked unless a draft assignment has been received by the EdD Programme Secretary. Candidates will submit a final assignment within fourteen weeks of the module final teaching session, to the EdD Programme Secretary. Assignments/resubmissions will not be accepted unless accompanied by the appropriate Turnitin Originality Report.

Assignments deemed by the examiners to be unsatisfactory on first submission may be re-submitted on one further occasion. If an assignment does not satisfy the examiners on the second submission it is deemed a fail and no further submission is allowed. Students who are asked to resubmit assignments must make an arrangement to discuss the assignment with the module tutor before resubmitting the assignment. Students must provide evidence of the outcome of this meeting. . Resubmitted assignments will not be accepted or marked unless this meeting has taken place and the appropriate documentation received.

Late submission of assessed work
Assessments submitted five working days after the deadline will be marked as ‘Fail’. Exemptions shall be granted only if there are exceptional circumstances, and where the student has made a case in writing (letter or email) to the EdD Programme Secretary within three working days of the deadline for submission. A list of guidelines on acceptable exceptional circumstances is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/ec/
Request for extensions based on exceptional circumstances
Evidence of exceptional circumstances must be submitted to the EdD Programme Secretary on the EdD Exceptional Circumstances Form within three working days of the assignment deadline. If a student knows he or she is going to miss an assignment deadline because of exceptional circumstances, he or she should inform the EdD Programme Secretary in advance by letter or email. The SECC is not obliged to consider any medical certificate or evidence of exceptional circumstances presented more than three working days after the assignment deadline. The SECC will make recommendations to the EdD Board of Examiners.Extensions will normally be for three weeks beyond the date of the module and will be signed off by the EdD Personal Tutor.

Research Dissertation
Candidates who have had a satisfactory performance profile in successfully accumulating 270 D-points may undertake a research study to complete the doctoral programme. In addition, a satisfactory performance profile is deemed to be the accumulation of at least 150 of those D-points in modules for which the candidate's assignments were deemed to be acceptable on first submission (ie not requiring re-submission). Candidates whose profile is less than this will be advised about their suitability to undertake the doctoral dissertation study. Candidates may be required to withdraw from the doctoral programme at this point with the opportunity for the award of a Master of Education (MEd) degree (see “Exiting the EdD with an MEd” below).

Transfer to dissertation process
a) Students submit a dissertation proposal of a 1000 word outline on the basis of which supervisors could be allocated.

b) Students intending to begin doctoral dissertation study in October must submit their dissertation proposal no later than 31st August. Allocation of supervisors will take place following consideration of the dissertation proposal. Students will not automatically go to dissertation as all profiles will be examined and any students with a less than satisfactory profile (those who have not successfully accumulated 270 D-points of which at least 150 D-points were deemed to be acceptable on first submission) will be considered under the procedures identified above. Once allowed to proceed students cannot graduate until all modules are complete.
Candidates requiring a Thesis Only year must make a request to the School Postgraduate Research Committee. After this Thesis Only year, students will be charged the appropriate fee.
Candidates progressing to doctoral thesis study are required to submit a thesis of not more than 40,000 words. The topic of study and the appointment of a supervisor must be approved by the course co-ordinator. The thesis should represent a contribution to knowledge, showing evidence of originality, critical insight and the capacity to carry out independent research. Candidates may not submit a thesis for examination unless they have successfully completed all assignments for the taught units.
The notification of intention to submit, the format of the dissertation, the appointment of examiners, the examination of the thesis, the appeals procedures and all other processes involved will follow the University regulations for a Doctor of Philosophy degree. The oral examination shall take place in the University. In exceptional circumstances, and at the written request of the candidate, the School Postgraduate Research Committee may grant permission for an oral examination to be held elsewhere, or for it to be held via telephone-, video-conferencing, internet/Skype or any hybrids.
Students are strongly advised to attend an EdD dissertation workshop prior to enrolling on the dissertation. If this is not possible then an alternative arrangement must be made with the EdD Coordinator .

Exiting the EdD with MEd
Students who successfully complete the taught component but are not permitted, or do not wish to complete the research component are eligible to exit with a taught Master’s degree if sufficient credit of at least 180 D points has been attained which includes Quantitative Research: Methods, Data & Theory (EDD9029). Students who have not completed this module must do so, at their own expense, before they are eligible to exit with the MEd.

The School Postgraduate Research Committee recommends that permission be granted to exit the EdD by submitting for MEd. If the School Postgraduate Research Committee makes the recommendation to exit the EdD by submitting for MEd the candidate will then register, according to the regulations for MEd Educational Studies. The School’s Masters Board of Examiners shall thenratify the recommendation the granting of the award of MEd Educational Studies.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On successful completion of the programme students will have made an original and independent contribution to educational knowledge in the field determined by the topic of their research dissertation study. They will, through this dissertation, demonstrate a critical evaluation of the relevant literature, a high level of competence in appropriate research methods, and the ability to communicate their results and their applicaton to professional practice.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate a high level critical analysis, synthesis, interpretation and argument.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches on the taught modules designed to develop critical approaches to discipline knowledge and research methods. Teaching is delivered face-to-face through a combination of seminars, workshops and lectures. Teaching methods also include the use of group work, task-based teaching, and where appropriate computer-lab based teaching.
Active learning is encouraged and support for students is provided through email and Internet-based discussion forums. ICT is variously promoted by staff using Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and Internet-based resources.
Independent learning is encouraged and supported and most assignments involve a practical dimension in which students research their professional practice or context

Methods of Assessment

All the skills mentioned are required in the 5000 word assignments and 40,000 word research dissertation.

Assignments of 5,000 words for each module are required to reach a doctoral standard i.e. a publishable piece of work in the field defined by the module content. The tutor’s assessment is subject to moderation and external examining.

The 40,000 word research dissertation is assessed in the same manner as a PhD i.e. a viva with an external and an internal examiner.

Assignments and dissertations are required, as far as is practical, to be situated in the student’s working context.

Assignments are formatively and summatively assessed.
Students are required to produce a draft assignment which provides an opportunity for the student and tutor to assess the student's ability to interpret, critically analyse and synthesise the literature and knowledge of the discipline, engage with and use current research methods (where appropriate), communicate effectively through academic writing their results and their application to professional practice.

The resulting feedback provides an opportunity to further develop these skills.

The final assignment is formatively assessed in relation to all of the aforementioned skills.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Engage with and use current research methods and techniques appropriate for the discipline

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches on the taught modules designed to develop critical approaches to discipline knowledge and research methods. Teaching is delivered face-to-face through a combination of seminars, workshops and lectures. Teaching methods also include the use of group work, task-based teaching, and where appropriate computer-lab based teaching.
Active learning is encouraged and support for students is provided through email and Internet-based discussion forums. ICT is variously promoted by staff using Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and Internet-based resources.
Independent learning is encouraged and supported and most assignments involve a practical dimension in which students research their professional practice or context

Methods of Assessment

5000 word assignment
40,000 word research dissertation and oral examination

Demonstrate highly effective communication, academic writing and presentation skills, library and related research skills and ICT skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches on the taught modules designed to develop critical approaches to discipline knowledge and research methods. Teaching is delivered face-to-face through a combination of seminars, workshops and lectures. Teaching methods also include the use of group work, task-based teaching, and where appropriate computer-lab based teaching.
Active learning is encouraged and support for students is provided through email and Internet-based discussion forums. ICT is variously promoted by staff using Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and Internet-based resources.
Independent learning is encouraged and supported and most assignments involve a practical dimension in which students research their professional practice or context

Methods of Assessment

5000 word assignment
40,000 word research dissertation and oral examination

Demonstrate the ability to undertake independent research

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The final dissertation is a research study carried out independently with tutorial supervision (dissertation supervisors). Supervisory support is delivered on a regular one-to-one basis through face-to-face meetings, emails, computer-mediated-communication and is responsive to the individual needs of the student.
Independent learning is encouraged and supported and dissertation research typically involves students researching their professional or related practice or context

Methods of Assessment

40,000 word dissertation and oral examination

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate a deep knowledge and understanding of of policy, theory and practice in the educational contexts defined by the modules they choose.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches on the taught modules designed to develop critical approaches to discipline knowledge and research methods. Teaching is delivered face-to-face through a combination of seminars, workshops and lectures. Teaching methods also include the use of group work, task-based teaching, and where appropriate computer-lab based teaching.
Active learning is encouraged and support for students is provided through email and Internet-based discussion forums. ICT is variously promoted by staff using Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and Internet-based resources.
Independent learning is encouraged and supported and most assignments involve a practical dimension in which students research their professional practice or context.

Methods of Assessment

5000 word assignment
40,000 word research dissertation and oral examination

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative research methods in education

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches on the taught modules designed to develop critical approaches to discipline knowledge and research methods. Teaching is delivered face-to-face through a combination of seminars, workshops and lectures. Teaching methods also include the use of group work, task-based teaching, and where appropriate computer-lab based teaching.
Active learning is encouraged and support for students is provided through email and Internet-based discussion forums. ICT is variously promoted by staff using Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and Internet-based resources.
Independent learning is encouraged and supported and most assignments involve a practical dimension in which students research their professional practice or context

Methods of Assessment

5000 word assignment
40,000 word research dissertation and oral examination

Demonstrate a critical evaluation of literature and contemporary issues in educational research defined by the modules they choose

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches on the taught modules designed to develop critical approaches to discipline knowledge and research methods. Teaching is delivered face-to-face through a combination of seminars, workshops and lectures. Teaching methods also include the use of group work, task-based teaching, and where appropriate computer-lab based teaching.
Active learning is encouraged and support for students is provided through email and Internet-based discussion forums. ICT is variously promoted by staff using Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and Internet-based resources.
Independent learning is encouraged and supported and most assignments involve a practical dimension in which students research their professional practice or context

Methods of Assessment

5000 word assignment
40,000 word research dissertation and oral examination

Demonstrate a high level of competence in appropriate research methods and communicate their results and their application to professional practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches on the taught modules designed to develop critical approaches to discipline knowledge and research methods. Teaching is delivered face-to-face through a combination of seminars, workshops and lectures. Teaching methods also include the use of group work, task-based teaching, and where appropriate computer-lab based teaching.
Active learning is encouraged and support for students is provided through email and Internet-based discussion forums. ICT is variously promoted by staff using Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and Internet-based resources.
Independent learning is encouraged and supported and most assignments involve a practical dimension in which students research their professional practice or context
The final dissertation is a research study carried out independently with tutorial supervision (dissertation supervisors). Supervisory support is delivered on a regular one-to-one basis through face-to-face meetings, emails, computer-mediated-communication and is responsive to the individual needs of the student.
Independent learning is encouraged and supported and dissertation research typically involves students researching their professional or related practice or context

Methods of Assessment

5000 word assignment
40,000 word research dissertation and oral examination

Make an original contribution to knowledge in the field of education

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The final dissertation is a research study carried out independently with tutorial supervision (dissertation supervisors). Supervisory support is delivered on a regular one-to-one basis through face-to-face meetings, emails, computer-mediated-communication and is responsive to the individual needs of the student.
Independent learning is encouraged and supported and dissertation research typically involves students researching their professional or related practice or context

Methods of Assessment

40,000 word research dissertation and oral examination

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Introduction to Doctoral Study in Education

EDD9001

8

30

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Quantitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory

EDD9029

8

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Qualitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory

EDD9030

8

30

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Assessment and Testing: Concepts and Issues

EDD9038

8

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Sociological Approaches to Understanding Children and Childhood

SOC9030

8

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Psychological Approaches to Researching Childhood

SOC9031

8

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Educational Special Needs: Policy and Partnerships for Inclusion

EDD9057

8

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Thesis - Part A

EDD9000A

8

135

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Thesis - Part B

EDD9000B

8

135

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Research with Children and Young People

EDD9058

8

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Education in Divided Societies: Contribution to Social Cohesion

EDD9062

8

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Children's Rights - Research and Practice

EDD9064

8

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Thesis Year 1

EDD9901

8

90

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Thesis Year 2

EDD9902

8

90

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Thesis Year 3

EDD9903

8

90

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

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