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Master´s Degree Programme in Education and Learning

Masters Degree Programme in Education and Learning trains you for various national and international tasks in the field of Education.

The degree studies will both enhance the understanding of social functions of education and familiarise with analyses on global and local relationships in educational policy. In addition, the Programme increases your understanding of learning and motivation in complex and multilevel learning environments. Throughout the studies, a strong emphasis is placed on the research skills.

You have also the possibility to apply for a double degree option called the Finnish-German Master Programme in Education, where a part of the degree studies is completed at the University of Regensburg, Germany.

Next application round in January, for studies that will begin in August 2020.

EdLearn curriculum: https://opas.peppi.utu.fi/en/degree-programme/6652

Check also: EdLearn Programme in UTU Master's portal

New Students 2019

We congratulate the new students!

 

ADMITTED TO THE MASTER´S DEGREE PROGRAMME IN EDUCATION AND LEARNING

 

Adnan Amna

Alaskari Dina

Alepa Despoina

Chulu Priscilla

Chung Youkyoung

Czarnecka Magdalena

Dzormeku Charles

Eremina Anna

Giitter Katherine

Hamoonga Linda

Hasan Mohammad

Honkonen Kaisa

Hooda Apoorwa

Hänti Sirpa

Jaar Fousy

Karantinou Evgenia

Khan Umme

Koivunen Kirstin

Kotipelto Suvipilvi

Le Quang Vu

Liu Qing

Ndafediva Beatha

Nguyen Thanh Thao Nguyen

Niemelä Johanna

Pambukhchyan Roza

Pampallis Irene

Phan Thanh Tu

Ravaglia Martina

Ruuskanen Henna

Seruyange William

Sohn Jungah

Ulyet Alexander

 

ADMITTED TO THE DOUBLE DEGREE TRACK FINNISH-GERMAN MASTER´S DEGREE PROGRAMME IN EDUCATION AND LEARNING

 

Alepa Despoina
Jaar Fousy

Karantinou Evgenia

Khan Umme

Ruuskanen Henna

EdLearn programme basic information

Degree: Master of Arts (Education)

Duration: 2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits

Mode of study: Full-time

Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education

Location: Turku, Finland

Language of instruction: English

Application period: Jan 2020

Tuition fee for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland:  None

Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries:  €10,000 / academic year

Scholarships available: check the website

EdLearn programme description

The Master’s degree programme in Education and Learning (EdLearn) is a two year (120 ECTS credits) Master’s degree programme which trains experts and researchers for various national and international tasks in the field of Education. The programme is organized around the main research areas conducted in the two departments in the Faculty of Education: the Department of Education and the Department of Teacher Education. The language of tuition is English.

The EdLearn programme aims to train experts in the areas of research on learning and sociology of education. It does so by addressing education both from micro and macro level perspectives throughout the basic studies, the electives and the topic of their master thesis, but also by taking 21st century skills (as defined in international policy documents) in the areas learning skills (e.g. critical thinking problem solving, metacognition life-long learning), life skills (e.g. communication, collaboration cultural awareness, and networking) and literacy skills (information, ICT and mathematical & scientific literacy), as a reference in organizing the contents of the curriculum.

These skills are addressed throughout the curriculum through content, study arrangements and in the master thesis project. At the same time the master thesis is also considered an important area of specialization during the studies in the programme. Preferred research areas for a Master's thesis in the programme are divided into two main research areas that align with the departments in the Faculty of Education: 1) research related to learning and instruction, and 2) research related to educational policy and sociology of education.

In the first area, theses can be done for instance within the frame of research themes like: Teaching and teacher education, Scientific and mathematical thinking in the digitalized world, Multiculturalism, equity, and societal change; Well-being, participation, and avoidance of marginalization, Expertise and higher education, and Early childhood education. In the second area, theses can be done for instance within the frame of research themes like comparative research on education systems and education policies; young people’s educational transitions and trajectories; educational inclusion, equity and justice, and research on higher education, lifelong learning and working life. In either area, quantitative, qualitative and mixed and /or multi method approaches of data collection and critical analysis are employed, often within comparative designs.

Double Degree option

From the autumn 2012 onwards the students of the programme have had the possibility to study either for a Master of Arts degree in Education from the Faculty of Education, University of Turku (single degree option), or to choose an option that leads to two Master’s degrees (double degree option). The double degree option is called the Finnish-German Master Programme in Education and it leads to the following degrees: Master of Arts in Education from the University of Turku, and Master of Arts Erziehungswissenschaft (Educational Science) from the University of Regensburg, Germany. The studies take two years to complete (120 ECTS credits).

A student who has been admitted to the double degree option studies the 2nd semester at the University of Regensburg, Institute of Education. The specific research areas at the University of Regensburg are vocational education and continuing education, professional learning and development. The language of tuition is English.

The number of students admitted to the Education and Learning programme is a maximum of 20 students to the single degree option and, among the 20 best scoring applicants, a maximum of 5 students will be admitted to the double degree option.

Career options

The Education and Learning programme trains students to become experts in the areas of research on learning and sociology of education. Students will develop their capability to do analytical and critical research in two key research areas: 1) research on learning and instruction, and 2) research on educational policy and sociology of education.

Master´s Programme in Education and Learning educates future experts for positions in public, private and civil society sectors. The graduates of the EdLearn Programme may work, among others, as

  • researchers
  • educational experts
  • coordinators
  • educational consultants
  • educators
  • administrators

NB. This degree does not constitute a formal teaching qualification.

Application requirements

Who can apply?

Persons who have completed a Bachelor’s degree in education, adult education, special education are eligible to apply to the programme. Also persons who have a Bachelor’s degree from other fields of study, and who have either an official teacher’s qualification, or who can prove a clear affinity to educational sciences are eligible to apply to the programme. The degree must include at least three years of studies.

Persons who have completed a Finnish first-cycle polytechnic degree called ammattikorkeakoulututkinto and who either have completed basic and intermediate studies (altogether min. 60 ECTS) in education, special education or adult education, or have completed basic studies (min. 25 ECTS) in education and can prove a clear affinity to educational sciences are also eligible to apply to the programme

The decision for admission will be based on the relevance of:

  • the applicant’s previous degree(s)
  • the amount, relevance and grades of the courses in the degree(s)
  • motivation letter

The language of instruction of the programme is English, thus, the students should have good skills in English language. The applicants should prove their knowledge of English in one of the following ways:

  1. by passing the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 575 on the paper-based test (PBT) or minimum overall score of 92 and no individual score below 20 on the internet-based test (IBT).
  2. by passing the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) test (Academic) with an overall band score of 6.5 and no individual score below 6,0.
  3. by passing the PTE Academic test with a minimum overall score of 62 and no individual score below 54.
  4. by passing the Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with pass grade A, B or C.
  5. by passing the Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with pass grade A, B, or C.
  6. with a Bachelor’s (or higher) degree conducted in English language in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States or in an EU/EEA country.
  7. Finnish matriculation examination in English language, minimum grade of magna cum laude approbatur (or a corresponding minimum English language grade of 5 from the International Baccalaureate degree, grade 7.00 from the European Baccalaureate degree or grade 8 from the Reifeprüfung degree).

No other language tests or statements of the applicant’s language skills will be accepted. The language test results must be valid. Please note that the language test is valid until the expiry date given by the test organiser.

Please see the following websites for information about the language tests:

Admission criteria

The number of students to be admitted to the programme is 20 at the most: a maximum of 20 students to the single degree option and among the 20 best scoring applicants a maximum of 5 students will be admitted to the double degree option. The admission is based on the scoring criteria, which are explained below. The purpose is to acquire an understanding of the applicant’s qualifications and motivation regarding the requirements of the programme.

The applicants are evaluated and ranked using the criteria mentioned below. The 20 highest ranking applicants will be admitted to the single-degree programme. The maximum 5 double-degree applicants who are most suitable for the double degree option out of the 20 highest ranking applicants will be admitted to the double degree programme.

The eligible applications will be scored based on their previous studies (0 to max. 25 points) and the Letter of Motivation (0 to max. 15 points), with a maximum of 40 points achievable. The following describes the scoring in more detail:

Previous studies 0-25 points

Bachelor’s or higher degree 0-7 points

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree with major in Educational Sciences 7 points
  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in a related field 5 points

A Cumulative Grade Point Average for a major subject (GPA) 0-10 points

  • Cumulative GPA 5: 10 points
  • Cumulative GPA 4: 8 points
  • Cumulative GPA 3: 6 points

If the applicant’s Transcript of Records does not indicate the applicant’s major subject, the Cumulative Grade Point Average will be calculated from all the courses in the transcript of records.  If the applicant’s previous studies are not graded on a scale of 1-5, the grading scale will be converted to a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best).

Grade of a Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis 0-4 points

  • Grade 5: 4 points
  • Grade 4: 3 points
  • Grade 3: 2 points
  • lower grade thesis or thesis in progress: 1 point

If the applicant’s Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis is not graded on a scale of 1-5, the grading scale will be converted to a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best). There must be an indication of an accepted Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis either on the applicant’s degree certificate or on the Transcript of Records. If the thesis is not completed by the application period deadline, applicants should enclose a statement from their home university stating the expected date of graduation and the indication of the thesis project. Applicants who have not written a thesis as part of their previous degree will earn no points in this section.

Thesis or research paper(s) title and abstract 0-5 points

The applicant should include the title and abstract of a Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis or of a research paper in the application form. Title and abstract will be graded based on the focus, quality and relevance.

Individual research courses 0-3 points

  • research methodology courses
  • specialization courses relevant for research
  • 1 point/course up to 3 points

The applicant should indicate these individual courses in the application form. The courses should be part of the applicant’s transcript of records.

Letter of Motivation 0-15 points

The Letter of Motivation is included in the application form which. NOTE: an applicant is expected to write on all five questions indicated. In addition, applicants for the double degree option are expected to state the reasons why they would like to study also at the University of Regensburg.

Double degree application evaluation

The 5 double degree students will be selected out of the 20 highest ranking applicants overall. The double degree applications will be scored based on the motivation to study in the double degree programme, and the research orientation and its relevance to the key research areas at the University of Regensburg, as stated in the motivation letter.

Contact information

Education coordinator
Anna Väre

anna.vare@utu.fi
education@utu.fi
+358 29 450 3117

Office hour: Tue 12-14
Room 451, Educarium building

Street address:
Assistentinkatu 5
20500 Turku
Finland

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