Educational Sciences: Education in Processes of Global Technologicalisation (Master of Arts)
(Bildungswissenschaften: Bildung in globalen Technisierungsprozessen, M.A.)
|Degree: Master of Arts|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Internship: is recommended|
|Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrollment) are comprised of a Bachelor of Arts degree in the same area or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental advisor’s office. Please also note the general information about the Master of Arts degree programme, including information for students with degrees from universities abroad: International Admission.|
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (suitability test) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester is recommended; summer semester is possible, but without degree completion guarantee|
|Application Deadline: July 15 (for winter semester) and January 15 (for summer semester)|
|Special Features: -|
The Master of Arts degree in Educational Sciences: Education in Processes of Global Technologicalisation builds on the basis of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pedagogy at either the TU Darmstadt or an equivalent institution. The Master’s Programme in Educational Sciences: Education in Processes of Global Technologicalisation supplements the unique profile of programmes found at a technical university and the understanding that current pedagogical thinking and research must take into account social conditions and changes, especially given their global and technological nature in the 21st century. The degree programme is centered around research, leading to a particular focus on methodology and methods, which are situated within the various research fields of the institute and the implemented according to the student’s individual research questions. In this way, as they participate in various pedagogical research projects, students eventually pinpoint their own area of specialisation.
The degree programme is divided into the following four thematic areas, which are mainly comprised of obligatory courses/lectures.
“Introduction to Research” treats the conception of the student’s own research project. Every stage of a scientific paper from the planning and implementation through to presentation of results is practiced. Seminars on the essentials of methodology will help students make progress through these stages.
In “Pedagogical Research Methods” students will discuss and reflect on pedagogical theories, as well as pertinent qualitative and quantitative methods in social and educational sciences.
The thematic area “Issues in Educational Sciences: Advanced” deals with the processes of change within social structures and examines these processes against the background of relevant issues in pedagogy. These core issues will be discussed from the perspective of educational sciences, as well as from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will be able to attend courses from other disciplines, including Psychology, Environmental Sciences, Sociology, History of Technology, Technology and Philosophy, and the interdisciplinary focus of Technology and International Development.
“Research Practice leading to Transfer and Specialisation” presents students with the opportunity to obtain an overview of the various research fields in the institute. Students choose their specialisation by developing their own research questions and then testing them empirically in one of the following areas:
- Pedagogy of Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Technical Media
- Job, Occupation and Profession
- Technical Didactics
- Educational Systems; Internationality
- Heterogeneity and Inequality
- Teaching and Learning Research in a University Context
- Philosophy of Education
- Career Socialisation
The final module is the Master’s Thesis. This semester-long, independent research project is an essential part of the Master’s degree programme.
Further information may be found at: www.abpaed.tu-darmstadt.de
Advice for Prospective M.A. Students
While the Bachelor of Arts degree in focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Arts builds directly on this foundation by providing more breadth and depth scientifically and a more complete insight into the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme, the Master of Arts enables and requires students to adopt their own major focal area and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Arts degree.
Related Degree Programmes
|Pedagogy (B.A.) (Pädagogik, B.A.)|
Upon successful completion of a Master of Arts degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
Various career options are open to students after finishing their degree. Practical experience from internships, including relevant references, often play a role in beginning a career, given the unique, expert profile that graduates have established.
The Master oft Arts in Educational Sciences is particularly suited to establishing an academic, scientific career at universities and research institutes, but also with university-external educational institutes, for example for adult education (e.g. evening colleges, company training institutes), political parties and associations. Educational experts also find positions in the advisory field (e.g. educational counselling, marriage counselling or with advisory centers in public/government service or private companies).
For this reason it is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
The lecture series EX-PÄDs im Beruf provides information on career opportunities for TU Darmstadt pedagogy graduates.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information may be found at the following websites:
Berufsverband der Erziehungswissenschaftlerinnen und Erziehungswissenschaftler e.V. (BV-Päd.) (Professional Association of Educational Scientists)
Berufsverband Deutscher Diplom-Pädagogen und Diplom-Pädagoginnen e.V. (BDDP) (Professional Association of German Qualified Educators)
Berufsverband für Beratung, Pädagogik & Psychotherapie e.V. (Professional Association for Counselling, Pedagogy and Psychotherapy)
Verband der Pädagogiklehrer und Pädagogiklehrerinnen e.V. (Association of Teachers of Pedagogy)