M.Ed. Research on Teaching and Learning

Technical University of Munich

Application deadline: 31 May
Tuition fee:
  • € 111 / Semester (EEA)
  • € 111 / Semester (National)
  • € 111 / Semester (International)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Empirical educational research is a growing field. This is shown by the establishment of professorships that focus on empirical research in educational science and teaching methodology. In this field, particular attention is paid to the study of teaching and learning processes in a wide variety of educational contexts.

In addition, a large number of foundations, ministries and research organizations in Germany are very active in issues relevant to teaching and learning both in and out of school, and are resolutely calling for evidence-based support for initiatives. Organizational developments in universities and research institutions also increases demand for staff who are qualified in the area of education

The program provides students with a background in educational science, psychology and teaching access to in-depth academic training in research on teaching and learning.

It aims to qualify for a career in research or taking leadership positions in educational institutions. Thanks to close links with the Faculty Graduate Center, the master's program also facilitates graduates who subsequently wish to study for a doctorate.

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Professional competencies

Students explore key theories, concepts, methods and findings of empirical educational research and focus on teaching and learning in a variety of educational contexts. This enables them to gain a coherent knowledge and in-depth understanding of

* institutions in education systems and quality development and assurance in these institutions,
* teaching and learning processes and their determinants in formal learning settings such as the classroom, and
* educational concepts and their measurement.

Students also acquire a basic knowledge of methodologies in behavioral and social sciences, which are based on research designs, data collection and data analysis.

Methodological competencies

Students acquire methodological competency in relation to the skills and abilities that are relevant to the area of empirical educational research. These include knowledge and skills in key working practices such as researching and preparing literature, summarizing relevant empirical studies in written essays, presenting research and project activities using various presentation techniques (PowerPoint, posters, etc.), communicating empirical research to different target groups, acquiring the essential writing skills necessary to produce academic texts and gaining a basic knowledge of project and time management.

Social competencies

Thirdly, students acquire social competency by working together in teams on projects, analyzing the various strengths and weaknesses of project participants and using this to implement the project. The masters program is characterized by its highly interdisciplinary nature, which means that students regularly work on projects in different team compositions. Students are also required to decide on certain projects and implement them within a fixed timeframe by agreeing a shared work and time schedule. By cooperating in this way they learn how to articulate project interests and decisions and to make coherent academic arguments.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Tina Seidel
tina.seidel(at)tum.de

Audience

The program is aimed at students who hold a Bachelors degree in educational science, psychology, education, secondary school teaching or vocational training (alternatively also the first Staatsexamen). The program is aimed at international as well as national students.

Funding

On 24 April 2013, the Bayerische Landtag reached the decision to elminate university tuition fees. As of winter semester 2013/2014, students are required to pay only the student union and basic semester ticket fees in the amount of 111 Euro.

Student union fees must be paid every semester before students are permitted to enroll or re-enroll. Fees are also due for students taking leaves-of-absence from their studies.

The cost of student union fees is determined by the Munich Student Union in accordance with its by-laws. The university collects these fees on behalf of the Munich Student Union according to Art. 95 Abs. 5 Paragraph 1 Bayerisches Hochschulgesetz and transfers the collected funds to the Student Union. For further information on student union fees and the use of funds derived there from, visit the home page of the Munich Student Union:

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Accreditation

The online application takes place from 1 January to 31 May for the winter semester of every year.

The candidates also have to pass an aptitude test. Only those applicants who fulfill the qualification requirements will be admitted to the aptitude assessment procedure. The time frames for the aptitude assessment interviews will be announced on the homepage.

For your application you need the following documents:

* a proof of a classified Bachelor degree awarded by a German or foreign university after a program of at least six semesters or an at least equivalent qualification in the programs: scientific education for teachers at grammar schools, vocational training, pedagogy/educational science and psychology or comparable program (If Bachelors certificate and diploma are not immediately available, it is absolutely necessary to submit the transcript first),
* a complete proof of pass/fail credit requirements and graded credit requirements of the bachelor (Transcript of Records) amounting to 120 credits of which 90 credits(Respectevely for study programs which are not subject to the European Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) two-thirds of the results of the Bachelor's program and hereof the half as examination results) must be shown to be examination results.
* a proof of successful participation in either a lecture, seminar or project in the field of empirical social research,
* a proof of language competence in English (C1-Level) * in form of an accepted language certificate

* or by means of a good grade (corresponding to at least 10 out of 15 points) in a German university entrance qualification

* those students whose native language or language of instruction is/was English have to submit an evidence in the form of certificates or citizenship
* another form of proof-of-language-proficiency according to Appendix 2 of the Master's Regulation is an evident proof (notarized document) that examinations amounting to 60 credits were successfully completed in examination modules in English in the undergraduate program,


* identification card (copy),
* tabularly curriculum vitae,
* digital photo,
* a written statement (in English) (1 DIN-A page; ca. 3000 characters; including spaces) of the reason for choosing the Research on Teaching and Learning Program at the TU Munich in which the candidates explain which specific abilities and interests they consider make them particularly suitable for the Masters program,
* a declaration that the statement of the reasons for choosing the program is the candidates own work and has been completed without outside help, and that the candidate has clearly identified any ideas adopted from outside sources.

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