One Programme, Two Specialisations If you are interested in pedagogical sciences, Radboud University offers a comprehensive, rigorous Master's programme that will prepare you for a wide variety of positions in the current job market. Whether you want to become a clinical supervisor, policy advisor, teacher trainer, developer, policy officer, researcher, trainer, tutor, or coach, the Master's in Pedagogical Science can help you gain the knowledge and experience needed to do so. Depending on your interests, you can choose to specialise in one of two areas: Diversities in Youth Care, or Gifted Education. Read on for more information about these specialisations!
Specialisation 1: Diversities in Youth Care In this Master's programme, you will learn how diversities such as ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual preference or socio-economic class may influence the kinds of problems children and young people experience. You will learn how they express themselves regarding these issues, and in which ways you need to take these diversities into account as a professional pedagogue. In this programme, you can focus on policy, research and/or counselling. Moreover, you can choose a specific target group or theme (e.g. ethnic minorities, sex, sexuality) and follow courses like ‘Gender and Diversities in Organisations', 'Poverty, Wellbeing and Social Justice', 'Migratie en Interreligieuze Studies', 'Feminist Classics', and ‘Community Outreach Project'. You are encouraged to match both the practical training and the writing of your master thesis on the subject of your interest. We will facilitate your practical training abroad in the spring semester
Specialisation 2: Gifted Education Are you interested in the challenges and problems that gifted and talented children and adolescents meet in and outside the school? Do you want to play a part in meeting those challenges and solving those problems? The international Master's programme "Gifted Education" is the way to become a specialist in gifted education and care. In lectures and study groups (one of which will be in a university abroad) about learning processes and learning environment, the Master's student will gain insights in the specific characteristics and problems of students in general and gifted children, adolescents and young adults in particular. In the course ‘Educating the Gifted' you will focus on specific research and practices concerning gifted education and work on practical cases of individuals and/or groups of gifted students. You will improve your academic research skills and learn about diagnostics and treatment of problems related to giftedness, and you will learn to apply this theoretical knowledge within a specific educational situation with gifted students. After completing the program students will be able to recognise, analyse and investigate problems concerning giftedness and be able to contribute to the solution of these problems.
As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.
1. Bachelor's requirement
In order to get admission to this Master’s programme, you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Pedagogical Sciences. Students with a foreign Bachelor’s degree should have completed courses on subjects like (16 ETCS or more): (special) education and learning, developmental psychology, neuroscience, psychopathology, parenting, youth care, ethics and philosophy.
2. Academic writing and critical reflection (15 ECTS or more)
As demonstrated by courses in which you’ve written a thesis, essay or research report. A sample of your written work must be submitted with your application. Your academic skills and ability to meet the publication requirements of the American Psychological Association (APA) will be assessed.
3. Empirical research practice (20 ECTS or more)
You have completed courses on research methodology used within the social sciences, including knowledge on inter- and intra-individual research designs (e.g. experiments, surveys, observational studies) and psychometrics.
4. Maintaining a professional attitude (8 ECTS or more)
You have completed courses on (therapeutic) interview techniques or have done an internship.
5. A proficiency in English
In order to take part in this Master’s programme, you need to be fluent in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
- A TOEFL score of ≥80
- An IELTS score of ≥6.0
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
Programmes starting in September and January
- Non-EEA students: 1 April (or November).
- EEA students: 1 May (or December).
This programme was also rated ‘Best Master's Programme’ by Elsevier magazine’s annual survey of the best degree programmes.
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Last updated October 19, 2018