The Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education (RSSCSE), Plymouth University (PU) and Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI, www.mei.org.uk) have developed new Masters level degree pathways. They have just been validated by Plymouth University as part of its well-established International Masters Programme (IMP) and the first cohort of students will start 14 September 2013.
Three different routes are available, each with two 30-credit parts (60 in total) from which you can build your pathway:
• MEI’s Teaching Advanced Mathematics (TAM) 1 & 2 (module codes METM501 & METM502) [credits can be transferred from the other universities offering TAM courses];
• MEI’s Teaching Further Mathematics (TFM) 1 & 2 (module codes METM503 & METM504);
• Teaching Statistics (TS) 1 & 2 - a Masters-level version of the RSSCSE’s Certificate in Teaching Statistics (CTS) course (module codes METS501 & METS502).
Note that TAM1, TFM1 and TS1 are pre-requisites for TAM2, TFM2 and TS2 respectively.
Thirty credits are enough to be awarded a Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS); 60 credits are sufficient to gain a Post Graduate Certificate (PGCert); and 120 credits constitute a PG Diploma (PGDip). Teachers can then also submit a dissertation to the university, which will make up the remaining third of the degree (60 credits), leading to the award of MA: Education (Teaching Pre-university Mathematics and Statistics) or MA: Education (Teaching Pre-university Mathematics) – depending on the combination of modules undertaken (see the Plymouth University web pages for full details).
|Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS)||30 Credits|
|Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)||120 Credits|
|Masters Degree (MA)||180 Credits|
This is the first Masters degree of its kind in the UK that caters for teaching at pre-university level and is (possibly) the first of its kind anywhere in the world.
Teachers who have already successfully completed the TAM course at M-level externally can use this credit by transferring it into the programme (an administration fee applies here). Similarly, students with M-level (level 7) credit from other courses – in particular PGCEs – can use this credit to gain an award up to MA, though not the specifically named award of Teaching Pre-University Mathematics and Statistics. Other exemptions or contributions are possible, for example for teachers who are already studying for the CTS.