The core questions that are dealt with concern the analysis, design, development, evaluation and implementation of effective solutions to curricular and instructional problems.
How to support schools and teachers with designing, developing and implementing a curriculum renewal at school and classroom level? How to design and develop learning environments focusing on learning by discovery with the use of educational computer simulations? These and many other questions are addressed in the Master's Programme Curriculum, Instruction and Media Applications (CIMA).
If you choose to specialize in Educational Management, Evaluation and Assessment (EMEA), you will deal with questions like: What are the consequences of government policies like decentralisation? How can educational provision be better matched to demand? This specialization provides you with a wide range of know-how, from educational measurement and evaluation methods to organisational structuring, quality assurance and management.
Specialization "Curriculum Instruction and Media Applications"
The specialization ‘Curriculum, Instruction & Media Applications’ (CIMA) focuses on (the interaction between) instructional design, curriculum design, teacher development, school development, and ICT in a variety of educational contexts.
The programme is offered under the responsibility of the faculty’s departments Curriculum Design & Educational Innovation and Instructional Technology.
The programme attracts students from various backgrounds: graduates from the faculty’s bachelor’s degree programme Educational Theory, international students, graduates from Dutch University of applied science (higher vocational education) undergraduate degree programmes, and professionals who wish to broaden and deepen their knowledge and skills.
Specialization "Educational Management, Evaluation and Assessment"
At the core of many of the major reforms in education throughout the world are decentralisation policies on the one hand and accountability arrangements on the other. These conditions offer new challenges for school management. Schools are expected to become more effective and efficient institutions, as well as more responsive to the needs of the local community. This brings a broadened agenda for school management, and a much stronger engagement with external and internal evaluation than was the case in earlier decades. It also requires full efforts of everyone involved in implementing these reforms, including the national, regional and local governments, principals/school boards (as managers of the schools) and external consultants.
This programme aims at assisting the creation of expertise for persons in these positions to better understand, to develop and to evaluate the educational administration configurations that best serve the needs of today's schools. Globalisation and accountability trends have created a huge market for services related to certification, computerized assessment, cross-border recognition of degrees and diplomas, monitoring of educational outputs, and program evaluation. Graduates of the Master’s Programme Educational Management, Evaluation and Assessment (EMEA) are particularly qualified to work for testing agencies, examination, certification and accreditation boards, as policy-planners and as evaluation researchers. The programme focuses on both one-off programme evaluation as well as more continuous forms of monitoring and assessment.
In summary the programme takes global tendencies in the domain of educational governance as the context for focusing at an evaluation centred approach to educational policy-making and school management, targetting at a mix of competencies in the realms of educational administration and educational evaluation and assessment.
Specialization "Human Resource Development"
Human Resource Development (HRD) is one of the tracks in the International (fully in English) Master of Science Programme in Educational Science and Technology (EST). The HRD Master’s programme as well the Research programme in the field of HRD is based on the following definition, focus and mission statement:
HRD is in our HRD programme defined as the effectiveness of management – including self management – on learning and development activities of employees within organisations. Effects are examined at different levels: performance of individuals, organisations and society.
The main Focus in our HRD programme is on understanding and improving the effectiveness of HRD activities on employees and organisational goals.
The Mission statement of our HRD Programme runs as follows: in our HRD programme we contribute to better understanding of effectiveness of HRD practices on individual and organisational performance by means of scientific research. With this contribution we enlarge and deepen scientific knowledge. This means that our HRD programme has high scientific standards.
In order to be considered for admission in one of the specialisations of the Master’s programme Educational Science and Technology (EST), you have to meet formal as well as content-related admission criteria.
The minimal formal requirements are:
A. Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent
B. Sufficient proficiency in English, minimum overall score of (or equivalent to) 6.5 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
C. A grounded and focused motivation to do this programme
D. Two letters of reference (preferably from your employer and/or university), including full address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address
E. A curriculum vitae/resume, summarising your educational and professional career
Please note: if you do not have sufficient knowledge and skills in mathematics, it makes no sense to apply for the EST pre-master’s trajectory or Master’s degree programme.
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