M.A. in Education (Elementary)

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
In Mumbai

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  • Master
  • Mumbai

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TISS, P.O. Box 8313, Deonar, 400088, Maharashtra, India
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· Requirements

A Bachelor's Degree of a minimum 3 years duration or its equivalent (under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirement of 15 years of formal education) from a recognised university.

Course programme

The M.A. in Education (Elementary) programme aims to enhance knowledge, capacities and orientations that are relevant to strengthening elementary education in the country. Students completing this programme would develop a critical and reflective understanding of the core and foundational areas of education, including theory and research, with special reference to India. The programme is designed to include thematic, issue-based courses that are of current significance in the Indian context. Students will also develop special expertise in chosen areas of study relating more directly to professional needs: for example, curriculum, pedagogy, teacher development, material development, education of children with special needs, leadership and management issues, etc. This programme has 2 distinctive features.

1. It is conducted in dual mode which involves 3 weeks of contact classes and 15 weeks of distance learning per semester. The programme is spread over 4 semesters and is to be completed within 2 academic years. This model has been chosen as a way of facilitating participants to combine their work with study. The contact classes are held at the Mumbai campus of the TISS. Teaching' learning in the rest of the semester is carried out based on planned weekly/fortnightly reading, study and regular assignments to be shared with faculty and other peers, primarily through the Internet.
2. This programme is a collaborative endeavour involving 6 educational organisations, including TISS, who have contributed significantly to elementary education research and innovative practice. The 5 other collaborators are: National Institute for Advanced Studies, Bangalore; Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai; Vidya Bhawan Society, Udaipur; Digantar, Jaipur; and Eklavya, Madhya Pradesh. The degree will be awarded by TISS.

Field Attachment:

The theoretical requirements of field attachment will be drawn from one of the optional courses in Semester II of the programme. The exploration and planning of the field engagement will be done along with optional course teacher, in consultation with the concerned field site supervisor. The duration of the field attachment will be for a period of two weeks (minimum) which may be planned for any time (other than contact period) during Semesters II and III. The student will visit and spend time in residence in the field site and engage in the activity planned. The field supervisor would interact with the student to assist in reflection, drawing on insights and holding wider discussions. The aim is to enable the student to connect theory with experiences on the field, and learn to critically reflect on the same.

Selection Procedure:

Those satisfying the eligibility requirements will be assessed for selection (Total Marks = 200) through the following:

1. Written Test (100 Marks): A Written Test in English aims at an assessment of
a. proficiency in English language,
b. awareness of and reflection on educational issues in India,
c. analytical capacities, and
d. sensitivity to social concerns and issues. The time allotted is 2 hours.
2. Personal Interview (75 Marks): To become eligible for the PI, a general candidate should secure a minimum of 45% (35% for SC/ST) in the written test.
3. Academic Background (25 Marks): Marks are awarded to each applicant on the basis of overall percentage of marks secured in the Bachelor's Degree Examination.

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