AIRE EdTech Masters Program

Center for Research and Interdisciplinary (CRI)

Program Description

AIRE EdTech Masters Program

Center for Research and Interdisciplinary (CRI)

Take action to promote education

The aim of this master program is to train future teachers, researchers and entrepreneurs, to provide an understanding of the digital transformations happening in education and to help them design relevant and challenging projects.

Education is now globalized: teaching supports of all kinds are available at all time and everywhere. If it is stimulated by digital economy, education must also compete with it.

Schools are urged by society to encourage students’ creativity and eagerness to learn, to inspire them to undertake and share, to develop their lucidity, critical thinking and sense of solidarity. But this goals can’t easily be reached, in a context of social crises, growing inequalities and demographic needs.

It is a challenge we are ready to take-up: education is in need for new entrepreneurs, teachers and researchers, and ideally, people with these three characteristics all at once.
We are looking for talented students with a particular interest for exploration, experimentation and research.

Our candidates must have the desire to work together on exciting collaborative projects and to contribute now to tomorrow’s education.

Foster digital people

The EdTech program is part of the AIRE master of the universities Paris Descartes and Paris Diderot. It develops an innovative approach of education and a teaching through research pedagogy.

Career opportunities

A business/job in a startup or an institution

At the exit of the master, graduates

  • Become instructional designers, editorial managers or project managers in startups and publishers
  • Create an educational company in Europe, Africa, America or Asia …
  • Take a teaching assignment
  • Begin a thesis and join a laboratory.


At the entrance of the Master, students are

  • Sociology students in educational sciences, biology, cognitive science, design, computer science, engineering sciences,
  • Practicing faculty physicians involved in educational innovation. All are passionate about education and believe that its future is crucial for the future.

For some students, it is a step aside for a project.

This is the case of doctors who want to take time to imagine a serious game, design a simulator to train surgeons, embarking on a participatory science research, manufacture objects connected in a OpenLab for their research. .

This is the case of teachers who seek a breath for a job they love and want to re-imagine.

For others it is the beginning of a research curriculum that requires knowledge about learning in a digital society and that will combine several disciplines, computer science, cognitive science, physics, biology, humanities and social.

For others still, designers, artists, hackers is a creative field, for sustainable development, sharing economy, the development of “common” knowledge.

All meet, to discuss the tech ed (Education and technology) with 3 fields of expertise:

  • The educational philosophy and anthropology of knowledge, digital humanities, social sciences
  • Digital techniques, experimentation
  • Entrepreneurship, project management,brainFoster


The CRI makes available to large communities of teachers and researchers its wide experience in training through research, experience heavily supported on digital technologies used creatively. Many training activities have made it possible to capitalize on active steps the research of information, inverted class, student projects, serious games, practice in laboratory.

Master 1

The first year will begin with three weeks of bootcamp aiming to give the students the basics in different computer languages and the use of technology for education purposes. The first semester will give the opportunity to every student to pick 5 courses among our curriculum but we advise the students to attend all of them. Students will do a 5 months internship for their second semester. They will be asked to come back once a week to attend lectures on cognitive science and various matters related to innovation and education.

  • Serious games
  • Learning by doing
  • Scientific communication
  • New technologies to create and share knowledge
  • Pedagogical innovation: what is at stake? How does it happen?
  • Open Science and Open Innovation
  • Cognitive science
  • Internship of 5 months

Master 2

The second year will mostly be spent in internships. After an introducing week of project building, the students will have to do three internships of three months each. Workshops and lectures will happen one afternoon every week to deal with innovation analyse and design of educational project.

  • Review and critical analysis of pedagogical innovations
  • Internships 3x 3 months
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Entry Requirements

Master 1: Students with B.Sc. degree or equivalent. Foreign students are advised to contact us to check for their eligibility.

Master 2: Students graduated 1st year of a master degree or equivalent. Foreign students are advised to contact us to check for their eligibility.

The application period is already open.

There are few steps to follow before becoming a Master EdTech student.

You must fill the application form and wait for the results of the selection process and interviews.

The form is long and require some preparation and specific pieces of information, make sure you have everything that is needed by reading the PDF of the form.

Please note that you will be asked to attached some documents:

  • your curriculum vitae
  • letters of recommendation
  • passport photo
  • a copy of your last diploma*
  • a copy of your grades transcript for this diploma*

*If you do not have these documents yet please not they will be required as soon as you have them.

When you will have saved your data, a link will be given to you in order to modify your answer up until June 15th (midnight), be sure to copy it.

Selected candidates will be invited to an interview at CRI (or with skype if they are not in Paris) on June. More details on the date will be given on this page.

After being selected you will receive an authorization to register as a student of Paris Diderot or Paris Descartes.

The administrative registration is personal and under appointment. You must handle the copies of your documents and pay the fees corresponding to your situation.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
France - Paris, Ile-de-France
Start date: Sept. 2017
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Sept. 2017
France - Paris, Ile-de-France
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