Is a Masters in Education (MEd) not viewed highly? What about MSc in Education?

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I am really interested in educational studies but do not wish to go for PGCE/QTS right now.

I have heard a couple of bad reviews about the validity of a MEd, so it would be great to get feedback from students, recruiters etc on the course! Is it seen as a "pointless" masters in the UK?

I also see options for MSc in Education which might be more respected and open more doors? But again, intrigued to find out more about course content.

Thank you so much!
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(Original post by kohlie)
Hello

I am really interested in educational studies but do not wish to go for PGCE/QTS right now.

I have heard a couple of bad reviews about the validity of a MEd, so it would be great to get feedback from students, recruiters etc on the course! Is it seen as a "pointless" masters in the UK?

I also see options for MSc in Education which might be more respected and open more doors? But again, intrigued to find out more about course content.

Thank you so much!
It depends on what your long term career goal is. If you want to be a teacher, the MEd isn't really worth it because schools want someone who is PGCE/QTS trained because of the amount of classroom experience and teaching you do on a PGCE/QTS course.

You can still go into teaching without a PGCE/QTS but you would be on a unqualified teacher's pay which isn't much higher than what a HLTA gets paid.

If you want to go into academia, going on to do a PhD, then I think it is worth doing the masters as a stepping stone into that route.
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I am thinking more along the lines of community work, or academia rather than classroom teaching, so taking PGCE out of the equation, but still a little confused regarding MEd vs MSc - i guess the practical/theoretical element will be different in each.
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