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Graduate Studies in Education

This programme is taught in Icelandic

Educational Studies – MEd degree

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The MEd degree study is a two-year, 120 ECTS programme, which is a direct continuation of the BEd programme at the Faculty of Education, or of other undergraduate studies (BA, BS). The MEd degree programme is intended for students who aim at qualifying as teachers in preschools, primary schools, and secondary schools, and the elective fields of choice relate to this. During these two years emphasis is placed on practical training of the teacher candidates through student teaching and field training stretching over a full semester. The studies are concluded with a Master's thesis. A certain level of attendance is required in courses, and full attendance in student teaching and field training activities. Teaching is conducted in various ways: on campus, through distance teaching, in block scheduled courses on campus, and through placement in schools during the practical training activities. Candidates can, after completing the MEd degree, apply for Teacher Certification.

Students can take part of the programme as visiting students at other Icelandic universities, in accordance with the agreement by the public universities of Iceland on reciprocal access for students to study modules, or as exchange students at foreign universities in accordance with the rules on student exchange. Students should apply for such arrangements to the Credit-transfer Committee of the Faculty of Education after having acquainted themselves with these rules and agreements.

Diploma in Educational Studies at Master's level

Students may opt for a 60 ECTS programme and graduate with a Diploma at Master's level. This programme is meant for candidates holding Master's degrees and is organised in a similar way as the first year of the MEd programme. The structure of the programme depends on the student's prior education and specialisation.

Educational Science towards an MA degree

The MA degree programme, 120 ECTS, is intended for those who wish to improve their competence and knowledge in the field of education and specialise in educational research. A Bachelor's degree, BA, BEd, BS or equivalent, is required for admission to the programme, with a second-class grade at the lowest.

The objectives of the MA degree programme are to increase the capacity of the graduates to work within the educational system, where further specialisation in educational sciences is required, and to increase their competence for embarking upon further studies and research.

The MA programme is composed of core courses, common for all students, courses within focus areas and a Master's thesis. At the start of their studies, students choose a specific field of focus or a general study path without specialisation. Four courses are offered within the core: two methodology courses and two courses in educational sciences. All students are required to take two of the core courses, one from each category. Courses are offered within six focus areas: General Studies, Literacy Studies, Curriculum and Professional Development, Educational Strategy and Public Policy, Special Education, and Management and Leadership. The final MA thesis can amount to 40 or 60 ECTS, as decided by the student, and shall be within the chosen focus area. Those who have followed a general study path will select a thesis focus within the framework of educational sciences.

On campus, the programme is normally organised in sessions each semester and otherwise conducted through various distance study arrangements. All courses give 10 ECTS credits. A certain level of attendance to courses is required. Students can study full-time and determine their pace of study. Specific rules apply to the final thesis.

Students can take part of the programme as visiting students at other Icelandic universities, in accordance with the agreement by the public universities of Iceland on reciprocal access for students to study modules, or as exchange students at foreign universities in accordance with the rules on student exchange. Students should apply for such arrangements to the Credit-transfer Committee of the Faculty of Education after having acquainted themselves with these rules and agreements.

Schools & Faculties

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University of Akureyri

Solborg, Nordurslod         600 Akureyri, Iceland         unak@unak.is         S. + 354 460 8000 / f: +354 460 8999

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