Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management

Course information

Course title Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management
Course code PMAELMPET5
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator James Calleja
Delivered by Faculty of Education
This masters course is designed to confront the problems of leadership in the educational setting. It will focus on the development of managerially-oriented competences and leadership development. The aim of the course is to encourage course participants to reflect analytically and constructively on the nature of their own current experiences at whatever level they are currently working in. The programme presents an intellectually challenging, developmental opportunity to experienced practitioners who aspire to bring leadership to senior level educational administration positions in schools, post-secondary institutions and Directorate level.

The programme is designed to provide participants with the knowledge base, and rigorous intellectual analysis and experience that will equip them to harness human and other resources necessary to assure highly effective educational institutions. It is organized round what educational leaders need to know and be able to do in order both to understand societal needs and demands regarding education, and to be able to create transformative change that is responsive to societal requirements. Graduates will have a deeper understanding of leadership theory and contextualize knowledge to the solution of problems in education as well as to foster and sustain excellence. The programme will also develop the analytical and communication skills required for successful leadership. The course is designed to embrace the challenges that our schools and education authorities are facing.

The following eight objectives will guide the programme:
1. To present and discuss different models of leadership and management in education.
2. To introduce course participants to the contemporary literature on the theory and practice of educational management and leadership.
3. To explore the essential skills of management and qualities of leadership.
4. To help evaluate and understand the policy environment in which education functions.
5. To help and understand change in complex institutions.
6. To help inculcate the concepts of the learner, learning and the learning organization.
7. To develop a theoretical and practical understanding of major issues that schools are facing today such as multiculturalism, professional development and learning, and digital leadership.
8. To develop a critical understanding/ stance to issues central to educational reform and development at different levels.

Course participants will be provided with a number of core study units throughout the taught component of the course. They will also have the opportunity to follow one of two streams - a Leadership stream (that prepares those course participants wishing to take on leadership positions in schools, etc) and a Professional Development stream (that prepares
participants to take on more supportive roles in education (e.g. Heads of Department, Education Officers).

A number of study units engage participants in areas that are critical to educational development in general and school development and school improvement in particular. They are aimed at providing course participants with opportunities to examine critically the literature and research from both generic and educational sources leading to strategic leadership and strategic direction for school improvement.

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Applicants may be registered as students on the Course if they are in possession of:

(a) a degree in Education with at least Third Class Honours from this University or a degree from another university recognized as equivalent for the purpose, together with a minimum of five years’ teaching experience, or

(b) any other degree with at least Third Class Honours or Category III from this University or a degree from another university recognized as equivalent for the purpose together with a recognized teaching or education qualification and a minimum of five years’ teaching experience, or

(c) a Master’s degree that qualified applicants for a Teacher’s Warrant, together with a minimum of five year’s teaching experience, or

(d) any other recognised teaching qualification together with at least five years’ teaching experience.

Applicants in possession of the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership may be allowed to join Part Two of the Course, if they have completed successfully the Postgraduate Diploma with a minimum average mark of 65%.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 24 students.

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places, applicants shall be invited for an interview. The criteria for the selection process are:

(a) qualifications as identified in the above paragraphs: 20%
(b) professional aptitude and disposition: 20%
(c) performance during the interview: 20% and
(d) professional development profile: 40%

The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three members.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 4,800
Fee per semester: Eur 800

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400 - Yr 3: NIL
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- describe, investigate and apply models of strategic leadership and decision making
- engage in strategic leadership and strategic direction
- identify and examine the key characteristics of school effectiveness
- synthesise the knowledge about school improvement as a strategy for educational change
- design school improvement strategies
- implement curriculum design and development and implementation initiatives.

The programme also includes study units which are aimed at Individual and Organisational Development, bringing together other areas that are mainly aimed at competency development. These study-units are intended to enable each participant to better understand oneself leading to improved self-management. This will lead to an exploration, understanding and development of the knowledge and competences needed to be effective leaders.
These study units aim to provide opportunities for participants to:
- practice interpersonal and intrapersonal skills
- develop their own emotional intelligence
- formulate their own and others’ professional development needs
- examine the psychological principles underlying team building
- develop the skills of team leadership
- create personal and team-action plans.

After a two-year taught programme the candidates will have the option of pursuing a dissertation route or a Project route so that they can produce a piece of work in an area of personal interest.
The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management is an advanced level, field-based programme which is targeted at educational leaders seeking to develop their organizations to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex and demanding society.
This programme is ideal for those who wish to engage in leadership positions both within schools and in other levels, including the Education Directorates, further and higher education institutions. Quite a number of candidates who have followed such a programme have taken on leadership positions in Malta and have also been accepted for doctoral studies both locally and abroad. Quite a few have also been awarded scholarships.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 24 September 2020

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.