Micro Master's Degree in Contemporary Issues in Education: Theory, Policy and Practice

Level 7 is equivalent to Master's level

This unit aims to provide learners with a thorough understanding of the link between current educational research and practice by developing knowledge of educational theory, policy and practice.

Level 7 is equivalent to Master’s level and could transfer 20 credits and total tuition fees to Master programs of Paris-U.

Programs in details

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand contemporary issues affecting education policy and their impact on organisations.

1.1 Examine recent conceptual changes in educational theory, policy and practice.

1.2 Evaluate influencing factors on education theory, policy and practice.

1.3 Analyse the implications of education theory, policy and practice on stakeholders.

2. Understand the impact of policy change on educational provision.  

2.1 Discuss the impact of fundamental policy changes on teaching, learning and assessment.  

2.2 Describe the requirement for continuous improvement. 

2.3 Examine the measurement of continuous improvement.

2.4 Evaluate models and theories of quality management in service delivery.

3. Understand developments in the education system resulting from legislative requirements.

3.1 Explain the interrelationship between recent developments in the education system and legislation.  

3.2 Evaluate current educational practice which has changed as a result of legislation.

  • Funding mechanisms; learner engagement; learner demographics; use of technology to facilitate learning; identify internal and external stakeholders; consideration of perceptions,  expectations and needs of learners,  practitioners, funders, stakeholders and educational organisations; skills development; use of approaches to engage learners.
  • Implementing standards; quality strategies in service delivery; developing a quality-led organisation; staff involvement; monitoring and evaluation of roles and responsibilities in learning delivery; links between initial or diagnostic assessment, training or learning needs analysis and outcomes; standardised approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. 
  • Continuous improvement: establish a need to improve; determine current performance; obtain commitment; define the improvement objective; organise the diagnostic resources; carry out research; analyse the cause of current  version; define and test solutions; produce improvement plans; overcome resistance to change; implement changes; controls to hold new levels of performance; and repeat the process.
  • Developments and changes, e.g. national policy, economic, ideological, National  Curriculum changes, Apprenticeships,  employer involvement, professional/vocational  standards, inclusive curriculum. Flexible,  integrated, modular or unit-based; holistic learning and application; knowledge transfer;  distance learning, blended learning.

Indicative Reading List

  • Avis J, Fisher R and Thompson R (eds). (2009). Teaching in Lifelong Learning: A Guide to Theory and Practice. Open University Press  
  • Cohen L, Manion L, Morrison K and Wyse D. (2017). A Guide to Teaching Practice, 5th edition.
  • Routledge: London  Illeris, K. (2018) Contemporary theories of learning: learning theorists: in their own words.
  • Routledge: London.  Johnston, R., Clark, G., and Shulver, M. (2012). Service Operations Management: Improving Service Delivery.
  • Pearson: London. Oakland J. (1995). Total Quality Management. Butterworth-Heinemann LtdOxford. 

Website Links 

  • https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy)
  • https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education (Department for Education) 
  • www.Dylanwiliam.net (Dylan William, professional development materials)
  • www.crll.org.uk (Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning) 
  • www.excellencegateway.org.uk (Excellence Gateway)  
  • www.infed.org (Informal education)
  • www.geoffpetty.com (Geoff Petty, on-line teaching resources)
  • www.ofsted.gov.uk (Office for Standards in Education)
  • https://set.et-foundation.co.uk/  (Society for Education and Training )

Entry requirements

To enroll in the Micro Master program, the learner must possess:

  • Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or achieved a Level 6 Diploma according to the European Qualifications
  • For a non-global accredited university degree, The learner should have followed the Accreditation of Prior Experimental Learning for Qualification (APELQ) policy of Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U). 
  • Learners must be over 21 years old.

Université Libérale de Paris reserves the highest decision-making power for admission whether to accept or not accept after a specific review of each candidate’s profile to ensure they can comprehend and gain benefits when participating. For the fake university or diploma mills, SIMI shall not be accepted.

English requirements

If a learner is not from a predominantly English-speaking country, proof of English language proficiency must be provided.

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 or equivalent
  • Or A minimum TOEFL score of 101 or IELTS 6.5; Reading and Writing must be at 6.5 or equivalent

After graduating from Micro Master programs, students receive all certified documents from Université Libérale de Paris.

Certified Documents:

  • e-Certificate from Université Libérale de Paris. 
  • Hard copy certificate from Université Libérale de Paris
  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Qualification (APELQ) certified from Paris-U for credit and tuition fee transfer
  • Accreditation & Recognition certified from Paris-U

Because the program is accredited and recognized, students can easily use certified in the working environment and have many opportunities for career advancement. In addition, in case if you want to study for a university degree, students can convert all credits and the full tuition fee when participating in the program Paris-U.

Université Libérale de Paris’s Micro Master Degree means:

Paris-U Micro Master Degree is certified at the master level and is equivalent to:

  • Level 7 Certificate of Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) of the UK
  • Level 10 certificate of Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)
  • Level 7 Certificate of Credit and Qualifications Framework (CQFW)
  • Level 7 certificate of European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
  • Level 9 certificates of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
  • Level 7 certificate of ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF)
  • Level 9 certificate of the African Continental Qualifications Framework (ACQF)

Students can convert all credits and the full tuition fee when participating in the Paris-U academic programs if they want to study for an academic degree.

Credits transfer:

Learners can accumulate 20 credits from the Micro Master program when participating in the Master of Arts in Education Management and Innovation Pedagogy (MAEMIP) of Paris-U. Please see the credit transfer policy HERE.

Tuition fee transfer:

When participating in the MAEMIP program, students who have graduated from the Micro Master program will receive a discount equivalent with short courses tuition fee for each certified. Please see the tuition fee transfer HERE.

[APEL.Q] – Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for Award of Academic Qualifications (Q) is the award of academic qualifications to individual learners through the evaluation and assessment of prior experiential learning towards fully accredited programmes offered by Paris-U. A degree with [APEL.Q] pathway is granted on the basis of the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired through formal, informal, or non-formal learning.

As a crucial component of Liberal Education, Paris-U is the first university in the world to fully implement the APEL.Q approach to acknowledge experience and knowledge. Assist students in becoming rapidly recognized and entering the labor market.

Short Courses Certified programs are completely approved and recognized, according to the same rigorous standards as academic degree programs. Learners might include this qualification in their portfolios when submitting for the APEL.Q examination.

Please note that, the APEL.Q process will lead to only the MAEMIP degree of Paris-U, not a dual degree. For more information, read more HERE

Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) Certified program is not-for-profit, so the tuition fees are fully supported by Paris-U’s partners. Université Libérale de Paris reserves the right not to accept more students if the number exceeds the quotas.

Apply Policy:

  • To participate in Paris-U’s Short courses program, students need to meet the entry criteria corresponding to each level. Please see the “Entry” tab for more details.
  • Paris-U will only accept applicants if their entry qualifications are from diploma mill universities or schools/universities that are accredited.
  • For Level 7 short courses programs, if an entry bachelor is unavailable, students must demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of work experience in the relevant field. Please note that a bachelor’s degree is required for the Master’s program at Paris-U, so you could take the Micro Master program but could not move to the Master’s program at Paris-U.
  • English is not a mandatory entry requirement for short course programs, but candidates must ensure that English is used in reading documents, listening to lectures, and doing assignments. Candidates should note that English is mandatory when switching to an academic program at Paris-U.

Apply Process:

  1.  Choose the program that suits your requirements. Note that applicants without a university degree will not be able to participate in the program at Level 7, and applicants without a Master’s degree will not be able to participate in the program at Level 8.
  2. Email your application to support@paris-u.fr with all the required documents. You could download the application form here.
  3. Our admission department will reach out to you and guide you through further processes if the registration documents need to be supplemented.
  4. Université Libérale de Paris will issue the Letter of Acceptant (LOA). You will proceed to the next steps according to the instructions and pay the tuition fee.
  5. Université Libérale de Paris will issue a student confirmation letter, login account to the e-learning system and related documents.
  6. You have become an official Paris-U student and enjoy your study journey.

The Short Courses Certified program is a fully online program. You can study anytime, anywhere. The final exam will be uploaded to the system and marked by the academic panel of Paris-U. Students must submit assignments on time. Otherwise, the student is considered not to continue the program.

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Tuition fees

Tuition policies are in keeping with the provisions of the Paris-U policy and are subject to change without notice. In some cases, Paris-U offers a variety of Scholarships for International Students. 

Level 7 short courses certificate & e-certificate
Hard copy certificate & APEL.Q documents
Transfer to Paris-U Degree

Université Libérale de Paris

Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) offers higher education programmes in English only and that are different from the French National Curricula and Programmes leading to French Government accredited university qualifications, which falls under the French Public Higher Education sector.

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