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Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education: Standard pathway

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This OU diploma is made up of 120 credits.

What you will study

Stage 1

We recommend that you begin your studies with Mathematical thinking in schools (ME620)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.V14-1,module,ME620,,1. This 30-credit module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the teaching of mathematics, with an emphasis on Key Stage 3, and broaden your ideas about how people learn and use mathematics.

For the other 90 credits you can choose from the following:

  • Developing algebraic thinking (ME625)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.V14-1,module,ME625,,1 – this 30-credit module will develop your understanding of how people learn and use algebra at Key Stages 2–4, and of different teaching constructs and principles.
  • Developing geometric thinking (ME627)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.V14-1,module,ME627,,1 –this 30-credit module will develop your understanding of the learning of geometry at Key Stages 2-4, and explore a range of different teaching approaches and develop your geometric thinking.
  • Developing statistical thinking (ME626)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.V14-1,module,ME626,,1 – this 30-credit module explores the learning of statistics and data handling at Key Stages 2–4, and investigates different teaching approaches, including the use of ICT tools.
  • Researching mathematics learning (ME825)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.V14-1,module,ME825,,1 – this 60-credit postgraduate module offers a valuable insight into the teaching and learning of mathematics for anyone involved – from classroom assistants and teachers to lecturers and parents.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes two years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from one (full-time study equivalent) to seven years. 


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