The opening of numbers of colleges and universities to meet the growing demand of education has necessitated huge number of highly qualified manpower. Beside most education office workers in general and curriculum experts in particular who are assigned at the position do not have any training in the area of educational psychology. Where there is this demand for trained manpower that could work at tertiary level in the newly opened and to be opened colleges and universities as well as in the educational offices, the pedagogical sciences department has sensed the need for launching a post graduate program in three areas, namely curriculum studies, Educational psychology and Educational administration.
2.Objectives of the Graduate Program
- To produce educators capable of developing, implementing and evaluating educational programs.
- To produce educators that understands the philosophical, social and psychological foundations of education,
- To produce educators that can apply technological products to enhance education,
- To produce educators that can manage educational changes and developments,
- To produce educators that can initiate change and reform in education.
The following are application requirements:
- Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in pedagogical Sciences or similar fields from a recognized university.
- Applicants should have at least a CGPA of 2.00 in undergraduate courses from Bahir Dar or another approved University.
- Applicants should have at least one year teaching experience or equivalent professional experiences.
- Applicants should submit letters of recommendations, two from the their undergraduate instructors testifying their ability to successfully complete the program, and the other from a referee who is familiar with the applicants’ professional work and promise.
- Applicants should pass entrance exams set by the department.
- Three official transcripts of the applicant’s academic record from each university attended. The transcripts should be sent directly to the university from the issuing institutions.
- Applicants should submit the application form of the registrar in three copies. All applicants must complete application from, clearly indicating the department to which they wish to be admitted.
- Applicants should present a proof of financial support.
- Applicants should pay an application fee.
3.2.Duration of study
The program of study shall normally take two academic years; two Kiremits and two Begas (each Bega from September to June). Each Bega is divided in to two semesters. The first bega is divided in to two semesters called distance I and distance II and in these two semesters four courses will be offered in distance mode. The second Bega is again divided in to two semesters (distance III & distance IV) and here the course Thesis will be offered. If the students fails to complete the program within this time frame, for accepted reasons by the Faculty Graduate Committee, the student may be allowed to continue for one additional year.
3.3 Assessment and Evaluation
I. For Course work
- Mid Semester Examination
- Final Semester Examination
II. For practical Courses
- Laboratory reports/field reports
- Practical examination
- Written Examination
III. For Thesis, Seminars & Reports Presentation
- Quality of Paper Presented
- Way of Presentation
- Defending material presented
The Master’s Thesis
- The thesis shall be a specialized study, under the direction of a staff member (advisor), focusing up on topics that are of particular interest to the students.
- The thesis is the partial fulfillment of the requirement of the masters degree program and shall have 6 credits.
- The student, in consultation with an advisor, selects a topic for the thesis and shall be approved first by the department then by the faculty graduate committee.
- The submission date of the thesis shall be determined by the department in each academic year. The student must submit 5 copies of the final version of the thesis.
- Thesis presentation is open for all interested and chaired by a person appointed by the FGC. During the presentation, the student can use any aid which he/she thinks can help in clarifying the work.
- The examining board of the thesis shall constitute the advisor, an external examiner, and a chair person.
- After the defense, the Examining Board decides to either accept or reject the thesis:
- Thesis is accepted with no change or with some minor changes.
- Accepted with modification. The thesis requires substantial changes in content, methodology, data analysis and interpretation, and/or conclusion reached. The Examining Board must indicate what to be changed and the time by which the final change is to be resubmitted.
The thesis shall be rejected if
- The work does not reflect scientific way of treating the problem raised or a thesis that received a grade of “Poor”, or
- The work is plagiarized, or
- The work is not original and has been already used to receive a degree from any university or college.
- A thesis must have an abstract and it should not be more than 500 words
4. Graduation Requirements
A student who meets and fulfils at least the minimum requirements laid down in the regulations and whose research, study and examination results and judged to be sufficient merit shall be recommended by the dean of the graduate program, through the office of the registrar, for approval of graduation and the award of credentials.
5. Degree Nomenclature
The type of Master of Degree conferred shall be:
Master of Education (M.Ed) (in Curriculum Studies) የትምህርትማስተርዲግሪ (በስርአተትምህርትጥናት)
6. Future Career Opportunities:
Graduates have plenty of job opportunities in schools, education bureaus, Ministry of Education, research institutes and so on.