Masters in Expert Teaching

Course Location


Next start date

April 2019

Study Level




Course Leader

Emma Lark

Course Length

2 Years

Study Mode


Application Window

Now open


We are fascinated by expertise and how professionals can keep getting better. As part of our work, we have studied how pilots, elite athletes and surgeons hone and master their craft. Expertise in these disciplines demands both rigour and fluency. Teaching is no different.

Our Masters in Expert Teaching will set participants on a path towards teaching expertise and drive improvements in pupil learning.

Course outcomes

Participants will develop informed and intentional approaches to the most important components of teaching. By the end of the programme, they will be able to do the following with consistency and precision:

Curriculum & assessment:

  • Represent and sequence the most important concepts and processes they teach in highly effective ways.
  • Monitor and track pupil activity, and infer learning from the most salient classroom data.

Pupil development:

  • Develop a comprehensive picture of the knowledge, skills and beliefs of every pupil in their care.
  • Build a refined and complex understanding of how their pupils learn their subject.

Advanced teaching:

  • Anticipate consequences of multiple actions/events in advance, select the highest leverage action, and regulate their own thinking and behaviour.
  • Create the optimal conditions for learning and be able to catalyse it in efficient ways.

Course structure

This Masters course is designed to align with the busy working lives of teachers. The content is organised into a series of six, termly modules that will help participants develop their expertise in one high-leverage area at a time. Each module will help teachers develop a deep understanding of the evidence around a core element of their teaching, and support them in putting this evidence to work in their own subject/phase area.

This course will give participants access to a cohort of like-minded peers and our faculty of leading teacher educators. Each participant will have a dedicated relationship with a member of that faculty who will support them to make best possible progress through the course, as well as tailor content where applicable to suit their needs.

Participants will be supported after they have completed the course and re-assessed against the expert teaching criteria following a consolidation period.

Who should do this course?

This course is aimed at proficient, reflective and organised teachers with at least two years of quality classroom experience.

This course is for you if you:

  • Want your teaching to be informed by the best thinking and evidence from education systems around the world.

  • Want to reinvigorate your teaching and are seeking external support and challenge.

  • Are hoping to become an example of teaching expertise in your school.

  • Are looking to progress your career as a teacher rather than take on wider responsibilities within your school.
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Teachers who have graduated from this course may wish to consider our Fellows Course which will develop them from an expert teacher into an expert teacher educator.

They may also consider Teaching Leaders – a high potential middle leadership programme delivered by our partners at Ambition School Leadership.

Entry requirements

This course has a three-stage application process.

  1. Stage one – online application.
  2. Stage two – short video of teaching and three school references.
  3. Stage three – in-person assessment centre.

The next application window will be opening in September 2018 for April 2019 entry.

Selection criteria

  • Be a qualified teacher with at least two years of quality classroom experience. Contact our Talent Team to check your eligibility.

  • Be a strong classroom teacher, with exemplary classroom management and personal organisation skills.

  • Hold a teaching post in a primary or secondary school that meets our partnership criteria.

  • Care deeply about increasing the life chances of your pupils, be hungry to improve your teaching, and be highly receptive to feedback.

Course fees

£6,000 over two years

Accreditation Partner

Our first two modules will be part of Plymouth Marjon University’s MA in Education, delivered by university approved IfT faculty members; concurrently we are working in partnership with Plymouth Marjon University to validate an IfT Masters programme for January 2019.

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