Certificate in Academic Management

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Our Certificate in Academic Management will develop your skills in line managing teachers, help you gain an appreciation of how to conduct effective observations and develop your understanding of the principles behind setting up in-service training.

The Certificate in Academic Management provides the opportunity to network and share ideas and best practice with management colleagues worldwide.

Course details

  • Minimum English level: C2 advanced
  • Minimum age: 21
  • No. of modules: 3 (+ online orientation)
  • Start dates: 15 January 2017, 26 March 2017, 3 September 2017.
  • Cost: £1,050
  • Course length: 24 weeks (+ 1 week orientation)
  • Module length: 8 weeks (+ 2 week study break)
  • Total course length incl. breaks: 31 weeks
  • Study time per week: 6 to 8 hours

Who is the course for?

The Certificate in Academic Management is for prospective or newly appointed academic managers who have been in post from 1 to 4 years.

You will have a minimum of five years of teaching experience, preferably in an ELT context. You will also need access to an ELT institution for information gathering and research.

Course objectives

By the end of this course you will have:

  • developed your skills in line managing teachers
  • gained a range of practical ideas and techniques to help you be a more effective academic manager
  • networked and shared ideas and best practice with other academic managers globally

Course content

Orientation Module

The first week of the course is dedicated to the Orientation Module. Participation is compulsory. This module is delivered entirely online.

During the Orientation Module you will:

  • learn how to use the VLE (Moodle) we will be using for the training programme
  • explore the topic of educational management as it relates to your organisation
  • explore aspects of organisational culture in theory and how far these theories are articulated in your organisation
  • begin working together as an on-line Study Group.

Module One – Introduction to Academic Management

This module functions as an introduction to the most common areas which educational managers find challenging, some of which are later explored in greater depth in individual modules.

This module will help you:

  • to begin looking at common management problems and find solutions
  • to develop your own management and personal skills to become more effective
  • to explore and understand your own organisation’s management structure and organisational culture, and how this can affect your management style

Module Two – Observation and Giving Feedback

This module gives you practical help and a set of strategies to manage observation and feedback successfully in your workplace.

During the module you will:

  • consider and define the role of observation in your workplace
  • arrive at a definition of what constitutes effective teaching in your context
  • explore different observation types and their validity in your context
  • explore different ways of giving oral and written feedback to your teachers

Module Three – Setting up INSETT

This online training module will give you the strategies to define your staff’s training needs and show you how to make in-service training part of the life of your organisation.

During the module you will:

  • develop an understanding of the relationship between the organisational vision and the training needs of the organisation (both strategic and operational)
  • discuss the relationship between organisational training needs and individual needs
  • conduct a resource audit to determine what resources are available organisationally

Assessment and workload

Active participation in all aspects of the online course (80% participation) is a course requirement. Course participants also submit a 2,500 word assignment at the end of each module.

Course participants can expect to spend about 6 to 8 hours per week studying, both on and offline.

Lessons are released on a weekly basis by the tutor and course participants are expected to work in lockstep with their tutor group on each week’s lesson.

Each module lasts eight weeks, and participants then have a further two weeks to research and write the module assignments.

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