This innovative, flexible course combines study days with supported online learning, and has a unique focus on the development of dental educators and their teams. Relevant to dental care professionals working in the NHS, HEI, professional bodies and private sector contexts, it gives you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of dental educational practices and broaden your expertise in areas of particular interest.
This course supports your development as a dental educator, scholar and leader. It provides opportunities to develop your thinking and practice within a dynamic multi-disciplinary community of clinical educators.
The course team models learner-centred teaching, learning and assessment practices and provides plentiful opportunities for you to rehearse them yourself. Assessments foster strong links between your learning and practice.
Your final assignment is a supervised Dental Education Research Project in an area of professional interest, which provides a clear sense of your educational role responsibilities and the confidence to offer guidance to peers who wish to develop their own educational practices. You thus evidence emerging educational leadership capabilities along with developed skills in project design, management and evaluation.
The course develops the skills and practices of those who wish to enhance their capacity to fulfil educational role(s) in dental and other healthcare education contexts. By participating on this course you will be ideally placed to respond to current and future developments in educational policies and practices.
The Postgraduate Certificate courses that lead into the MA in Dental Education are accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators; they provide a sound basis for evidencing your competence as both a clinical and educational supervisor.
The Postgraduate Diploma stage allows you to deepen your understandings and extend your skill set as a dental educator within a dynamic dental team. The dissertation stage develops your scholarship and ability to independently design, implement and evaluate a dental education research project. The research project stage position you to adopt a critical stance to existing practice and lead improvements and innovation.
It is anticipated that graduates of the course will be well prepared to assume named educational roles and responsibilities, including educational leadership responsibilities, albeit commensurate with experience.