MA in Education

With 30 crore children, 15 lakh schools and 70 lakh teachers, India needs trained professionals in education.

Introduction

India is a complex and diverse society with a large education system. We have several challenges, especially of economic and social inequalities, that impacts children who study in public education. We have a pressing need for committed professionals who can understand education and take on a variety of responsibilities within this field. 

In a diverse society like India, education is shaped by its context. Each community, religion and culture has different hopes and desires for what they consider a good education. Some people see education as an endeavour for social justice and democratic citizenship. Others see it as a tool for economic progress.

We examine critical questions around the idea of what education is, and can be. These ideas of education help us understand how educational reform and improvement can occur.

We recognise that education has great social relevance and is an important vocation. But we believe that an exploration of education is important in its own right.

Is the Right to Education critical for an inclusive democracy? Is a skilled workforce for a global economy more urgent for us to consider? How do children think and feel in different contexts? What ideas have shaped the learning process over time? What is the complex history of public education in India?

Our flagship programme is designed to address a big gap in the education sector, and to train students to meet the large demands for professionals with skills for problem-solving and innovation. 

Educational practice and work

While there are several teacher education institutions in the country, there are few that provide a view into the full spectrum of the work involved in educational practice, apart from teaching. Our programme is one such.

Training professionals

We believe that there is a need for professionals who can take on a variety of responsibilities, ranging from classroom teaching to policy formulation, to theoretical or conceptual analysis in education. Our programme of study includes theory, research, practice, research, policy and planning in education. Our vision is to cultivate social concern and motivation that can be a basis for action.

Forging connections

Our programme helps you forge connections with the larger context of education in India. You will be exposed to a diversity of educational practices, policies, settings and contexts in India. You will interact with learners, learning communities and school systems.

Association with Azim Premji Foundation

You will benefit from working in close association with Azim Premji Foundation and its work in education with six state governments in India in shaping and implementing policies and programmes at the grassroots.

We help you understand educational theory 

Several disciplines contribute to the theoretical and conceptual basis of understanding educational issues. Some of these are teaching, curricular material development, curriculum planning, assessment, schools and the schooling system. 

Learn about education practices in the Indian context

You will learn and reflect on diverse learners, communities and systems in the in the Indian context.

We offer a theory and practice continuum

We help you evaluate theories in terms of ground realities and ensure that your practice is informed by an understanding of theory. 

Plan and implement independent educational interventions

You will be able to plan independent interventions in various roles – for example, as a curriculum developer, textbook and resource developer, teacher educator, or researcher. 

We nurture your professional development 

We help you develop the capabilities for self-motivated professional development.

There is a popular perception that the only way to contribute to the education system is by becoming a teacher. While the education system does need teachers, there are so many other aspects that need trained professionals. We encourage you to become social entrepreneurs to implement path-breaking solutions to social problems. 

Almost 100% placement record

There are innumerable work opportunities in the education sector. We have had a successful placement record with many institutions.

Teaching

India needs over five lakh teachers in the public schools to fulfil the RTE norms. 

Government teacher education

There are over 50% vacancies in the government teacher education institutions.

NGOs

There are thousands of NGOs working towards primarily education and health in India.

CSRs

Corporate Social Responsibility works extensively through various initiatives in educational sectors. 

Roles

Curriculum designer / Policy maker / School Leader / Teacher Educator / Designer of learning materials / Researcher in education / Programme manager of educational interventions / Associates working to address issues of access and equity in education.

Explore

Azim Premji Foundation / Educational Initiatives / Eklavya Education Foundation/ Going to School / Humana People to People India / Educate Girls Foundation / Kaivalya Education Foundation / Bodh Siksha Samiti / The Teacher Foundation / Magic Bus Foundation / Mantra 4 Change / Akanksha Foundation / Kotak Education Foundation / Indian School Leadership Institute / Pratham

Course structure

Our broad-based programme includes theory, practice, research, policy and planning in the field of education. We help you make connections with the larger context of education in India in a programme that is informed by the principles and practices of Education Studies today. 

Our course structure includes a strong foundation for research including a wide range of electives to choose from. You will have a strong field component in which you can practice what you study in the classroom, and the flexibility of choosing your focus areas in your second year. 

You will learn and understand educational theory to address a range of issues across teaching, curricular material development, curriculum planning, assessment, schools and the education system as a whole.

We ensure that you are able to evaluate and critically probe theories while using them for practice. We encourage you to develop capabilities to plan independent educational interventions in various roles.

The teacher, the content and the learner are central to the practice of education. With these three actors at the core of our thinking, we ask: What is education? Why is there a need for it? How do we determine if learning objectives and educational aims are being attained? 

Answering these questions involves looking at socio-political assumptions, philosophical assumptions, and psychological aspects of education. It includes a study of the concepts of justice and equality, and ideas of human nature and knowledge. It involves a close understanding a child’s mind and development in language and emotions. 

We contextualise these enquiries within history to ensure that you are able to develop a strong analytical and theoretical basis for educational judgement. These core courses will introduce you to key issues in educational thought, critique and practice. 

An elective in a focus area allows you to pursue an extended exploration in a subdomain of educational theory and practice, which will include a field internship in a related topic. 

You can select courses from a broad area of theoretical, practical or procedural knowledge in particular fields of education and supplement your understanding developed through the core courses. The electives form an interplay between school curricular knowledge, subject knowledge and pedagogy. 

You are required to choose four compulsory electives, from one among the school subject areas below

Social Science Education

You will explore the main features of history, geography, political science and economics. You will discuss and debate what to teach in school in the classroom in these subjects and how to teach them, and we focus on seeing social studies in an integrated manner. The key part of these courses is to establish connections between the nature of knowledge, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.

Science Education

Scientific endeavours are full of a sense of wonder, curiosity, explorations beyond the obvious. But school science has been fraught with struggles to teach children and engage them through meaningful pedagogic practices. These courses are for an understanding of the nature of scientific knowledge and practices, the issues and ideas concerning the learning and teaching of science, and the study of the conceptual and practical demands of good science teaching. This will help you conceptualise pedagogic practices and learn how to plan to teach at school by developing curricular materials.

Mathematics Education

Mathematics is an abstract discipline with its particular ways of knowledge construction, definitive procedures, rules and symbols. These courses will help you understand the history and nature of the subject, its content, and curriculum and pedagogy in relation to elementary grade mathematics.

Language Education

You will understand pedagogic approaches and perspectives to support language learning in Indian classrooms, by developing a sensitivity to the varied cultural and linguistic contexts in which children grow up.

Early Childhood Education

You will learn about the appropriate experiences and practices necessary for young children that foster overall development. You will understand how to work with the age group of 3 – 8 years, mainly the preschool and early primary years of schooling.

You can also choose to conduct an independent study in which you work with a faculty mentor to draw up a plan of study that is theoretical or field based. You will have to create a rigorous proposal and produce a scholarly article, a teaching learning material, a research report or project proposal.

This is an indicative elective list. 

We believe that spending time in the field will help you develop a deeper understanding of the theoretical and conceptual ideas that you encounter in the course of your study.

We ensure that you are able to engage with a variety of field settings in the Indian educational context. We think this will help you address and understand dimensions of educational realities and tasks. You will be able to understand educational contexts and organisations, including work culture and ethics, and subject area knowledge. 

Weekly practicums

You will have weekly practicums that relate to course work that will help you hone your communication and negotiation skills as well as conceptualise and plan some educational practice. You will visit public and private schools, preschools and anganwadis or NGOs that work with children. 

Field practice

You will also have longer, sustained field engagements of two to three weeks in the first and second semesters. You will visit schools and NGOs to understand different aspects of the government education system. You will interact with teachers and children in the classroom setting and in teacher professional development centres in field offices of the Azim Premji Foundation.

In the third semester, you will participate in a 12 week field internship at Azim Premji Foundation field institutes, experiencing and understanding different aspects of school education. During this time, you will engage in field research.

Why did Esperanto emerge as a language? What goes into the making of a documentary film? And have you ever wondered whether bamboo is a grass, food, or a tool for furniture? 

Learn the history and evolution of cinema as art forms, watch film noir, or appreciate the music of Indian films. Walk through the city to experience it with a new lens or understand the built world around us in a class on architecture for non-architects to. Talk about Indian classical dance in dialogue with a dancer. What wrought Carnatic music into the form it exists in today? Listen to music, read science fiction, star gaze, write poetry, or explore the city in which you live.

In our open courses, you can explore one or two courses outside of your main progamme. You will work with visiting faculty who are artists, writers and experts in the field spanning literature, the fine arts, cinema, science, and history. 

We offer creative courses for you to choose from every semester. Courses are updated each year. 

Total 72 credits

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