Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
The Master’s degree is intended to support the Thai Ministry of Education’s current policy, originally initiated in the Thai Education Act B.E. 2542/1999 and amendment (Second National Education Act B.E. 2545/2002), of upgrading education in Thailand and making it more student centred. More specifically, it aims to meet the needs of the ever increasing number of bilingual, English Programme (EP) and English-medium schools that play a vital role in the Ministry’s on-going plans for educational reform. To this end, the Master’s degree will focus on the practical skills required by teachers to deliver four key subjects, English language, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science, through the medium of English.
The programme will enhance understanding of language-related needs of learners from non-English speaking backgrounds and explore ways of meeting those needs. In line with contemporary research into learning and pedagogy, potential methodologies in the key subject areas will be tested, evaluated and imple- mented. There will be a strong emphasis on what goes on in the classroom, and the programme will make use of secondary schools in the area and the student’s own place of work (if any) to explore issues about how the key subjects are most effectively learned and taught.
The programme aims to provide an atmosphere in which students take responsibility for their own learning, read widely, reflect on their professional practices, and are actively inquiring in their outlook. Consequently traditional ‘stand and deliver’ lectures will be kept to a minimum, with students spending considerable amounts of time in class and outside on practical ‘hands on’ tasks (alone, in pairs or in small groups) with the support and feedback of programme tutors.
Duration of Programme
This is a three-semester programme (assuming full-time mode) leading to the degree of Master of Educa- tion in Curriculum and Instruction. The progression of students will be governed by their performance in the subjects and will be in accordance with the University Academic Regulations. The M.Ed must be com- pleted by full-time students within 5 academic years, but not before 1 academic year, and by part-time students within 8 academic years, but not before 2 academic years.
All applicants must satisfy the following general entrance requirements before being admitted to Asian University. At the time of admission, the applicant must possess:
- proficiency in the English language (for detailed specifications see Section 7 below);
- good physical and mental health and be without communicable disease;
- a clear record of good behaviour.