School: Azim Premji School of Education
The field of education has a dearth of professionals who have the capacity to develop curriculum, train teachers, conduct evidenced based research to influence education policies, strengthen the pedagogy of discipline-based teaching at various levels of education, administer educational institutions and provide leadership in achieving educational goals.
The Masters programme in Education that has commenced from the academic year 2013–14 at TISS Hyderabad attempts to address this gap in the field of Education. This programme will have significant commonalities with the Master of Arts in Education (Elementary) programme, which is being offered from TISS Mumbai since 2005, in terms of its intent and structure. While both the teaching programmes seek to contribute to the professionalisation and discipline building of education in India, the MA Education will be different from the earlier programme in certain respects. The effort of the MA Education (Elementary) programme has been to strengthen elementary education while the MA Education programme will seek to build a focus on all levels of education ranging from pre-school and school to higher education including the possibility of understanding the education sector and working with Government departments engaged in administering education programmes.
Objectives of the Programme
The overall objective of the programme will be to develop capacities of students for academic study of education with a view to facilitating their active immersion and self-reflexive involvement at the ground level whether as teachers/teacher educators or textbook writers/policy makers or in a range of capacities associated with the field of education.
The Master of Arts (Education) programme will enable sustained and critical engagement with the discipline of Education especially as it has emerged and expanded in India develop an understanding of how Education has been shaped by subjects such as Philosophy, Sociology, History and Psychology, which are regarded as its foundational disciplines equip students to special ise in areas of their interest with regard to different levels of education ranging from preschool, elementary or secondary schooling to higher education and develop the skill set and competency in strengthening students ability to engage with all aspects of policies and programmes in the field of education.
Diverse career choice are open to students completing the Master of Arts (Education) programme including in all those locations that engage with education such as governmental (NCERT, SCERT, University and college departments) and non-governmental organisations together with funding agencies that focus their work on education. Students would have the option of entering the teaching profession (as teachers or teacher trainers) or developing curricula or becoming educational administrators, counsellors or researchers of education. The first batch of students who graduated in 2015 were placed through the campus placement with various Government and private educational institutions. Job opportunities in the CSR sector are opening in this field.
The MA Education programme spread over two years will be offered as a full time course covering 68 credits. Through a combination of core and optional courses, the programme will aim at ensuring that students are well equipped with foundational knowledge while also being able to pursue interests of their choice.
The programme enables the students to acquire specialisation by choosing optional courses, taking basic and advanced levels of various courses, and pursuing specific Dissertation topics. The specialisation domains offered at TISS, Hyderabad as tracks include the following areas:
Administration, Management & Leadership
Early Childhood Education
Education and Development
Policy & Research
Distribution of Credit Hours:
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