Postgraduate Programme “Educational Sciences: Educational Material and Pedagogical Toys” Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education
Eleni Xiradaki: Model of the solar system (photo by Ilias Karasavvidis)
The postgraduate programme “Educational Sciences: Educational Material and Pedagogical Toys” at the Department of Early Childhood Education was first launched in 2004. Completion of the programme involves 4 semesters (2 years) of study and leads to the acquisition of a Master’s Diploma.
The program aims at providing state-of-the-art, specialised knowledge on designing, using, and evaluating educational material and educational toys. Upon successful completion of the programme, its graduates have developed a reflective understanding of critical pedagogical, psychological, and sociological aspects of education. More particularly, the graduates will be able to:
- Design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate, innovative teaching and learning material.
- Formulate and refine a research problem by creatively applying research and theories of children’s growth and development, gather the necessary information to address it and formulate a conclusion which can be defended in a scholarly context.
- Develop research-informed, flexible learning environments, adapt and modify curricula to meet the personal needs of children from diverse cultural backgrounds and with diverse abilities.
The postgraduate program graduates can be recruited by educational institutions of early childhood. Furthermore, their acquired expertise enables them to work in
- Publishing companies specializing in children’s books,
- Companies that produce teaching and learning material, toys, and software,
- Education-oriented institutions (e.g. museums, children’s libraries, recreation centers, etc.).
- Research institutions focusing on children’s development and education, as well as on the development and evaluation of teaching material.
Programme completion requires compulsory attendance and successful examination in 8 courses (of which 6 compulsory and 2 compulsory elective), along with attendance of 2 seminar cycles. Moreover, acquisition of the Master’s Diploma requires that the students undertake and successfully complete a Master’s Dissertation.