MSc in Education for Sustainable Development and Social Change
Distance Learning

MSc in Education for Sustainable Development and Social Change

MSc in Education for Sustainable Development and Social Change
Distance Learning

MSc in Education for Sustainable Development and Social Change

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Duration18 months

Fees
€5,940 for whole program

LanguageGreek, English

CampusN/A

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Qualification Awarded MSc in Education for Sustainable Development and Social Change
Level Of Qualification Master (2nd Cycle Degree)
Offered by Department of Education and Social Sciences
Mode of Study Distance Learning

By the end of their studies, students are expected to acquire a comprehensive set of knowledge, important skills and a mindset (values and attitudes) necessary for delivering ESD through formal, informal and non-formal educational settings. In particular, students should:
1. Recognise sustainable development as a political, ideological, highly complex and contested concept.
2. Analyse critically contemporary, global, regional and local SD issues, understand their universality and indivisibility and acknowledge that these are major development challenges for humanity.
3. Explore Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as universal, transformational and inclusive goals that can be achieved through social engagement and responsibility.
4. Reflect critically on one’s own theories, values, beliefs, learning and practice about SD issues.
5. Acknowledge and deliver ESD as a transformative, critical pedagogy responsive to the systemic, holistic, and values-oriented nature of SD.
6. Embrace ESD as a lifelong learning process and realise that beyond formal education it draws experiences, skills and action opportunities from non-formal and informal educational settings.
7. Develop competences for ESD, be able to transfer these competences to learners in their professional environments and operate as multiplier agents for SD.
8. Be able to apply basic principles and strategies of ESD and understand how these can foster the values and skills that will lead to sustainable, just and inclusive growth and peaceful living together.
9. Analyse and critically discuss on the social – transformative impact of arts (visual arts, drama, literature).
10. Be able to use and develop ICT-enabled instructional materials and programs which will foster sustainability justice and the formation of positive values, attitudes and ethical behavior towards sustainable human development.
11. Demonstrate leadership for implementing whole institution approaches to ESD
12. Deconstruct and reconstruct the conventional discourse οn ESD curriculum, teaching, learning and research methodology; embracing principles of empowerment, change agency, active participation and critical reflection.

The design of the postgraduate program aims at providing students with the appropriate theoretical background based on the latest research findings, practical knowledge and skills, in order to become efficient scientists able to cope with the increasing education challenges in formal, informal and non-formal settings.

It prepares graduates for employment in NGOs, non-formal education (e.g. environmental education centers), local authorities and agencies of the public or private domain, active in areas of Sustainable Development. Educators already employed at any level and discipline of formal education can find the qualification useful for professional development and progress purposes.

Moreover, they can pursue further postgraduate studies at doctoral level.

Graduates of the program can follow careers in:
- Teaching across all education levels formal non-formal and informal
- Government ministries and other public sector organisations dealing with ESD policy, sustainable development and environmental issues
- International organizations dealing with ESD, ESD policies and sustainable development issues
- International and national non-governmental (NGOs) organizations and enterprises dealing with sustainable development and environmental Issues
- Consultancies and development projects for environmental and sustainable development issues
- Applied research on sustainable development and environmental issues

Parties interested to apply are strongly urged to communicate with the Admissions Office for assistance and guidance through the application process.

Students can download the application form clicking here

As part of the application form you will need to submit the following supporting documents online and/or by post:
- Certified copy/copies of university transcript(s) and/or degree certificate(s).
- Certified copy/copies of English language competence (compulsory only if you are attending in English. Not compulsory if you are attending in Greek)
- Evidence of an acceptable level of computer literacy/ skills which have been achieved through relevant ICT courses/experience and preferably recognised by international bodies such as ECDL/ MOUS, etc.
- Certified copy/copies of statutory identification document/s such as ID, passport, or birth certificate.
- A 600-word personal statement justifying the reasons for wanting to study the MSc. programme.
- A CV including academic and employment history and any additional relevant skills.
- Two recommendation letters from former professors and/or immediate work supervisors attesting to the applicant’s intellectual and interpersonal capacity to undertake advanced studies.
- Payment of application fees (non-refundable).
- A signed and dated declaration form stating that all information provided is accurate, up to date and pertains solely to the applicant.

General Criteria

Candidates applying for a Postgraduate Degree must submit an accredited Bachelor's Degree or equivalent qualification, along with official documents with detailed undergraduate coursework – grades.

General Criteria for Distance Learning
All Distance Learning Programmes are offered by means of E-Learning methods. Therefore, students applying to enter DL Programmes, additionally to the academic requirements of each programme, must have a good level of digital literacy.

The list of prerequisite digital literacy and equipment that the student should have available in order to participate and be an active member of the program include:
- Access to reliable broadband internet
- Computer with camera and microphone capacity
- Ability to send and receive emails and files
- Ability to operate within a web digital environment such as the learning platform
- Ability to manage word-processing, presentation and other basic office application functions.

Special Criteria

The admission requirements are specified in the General Student Regulations as well as in the Frederick University Studies Regulation.

An undergraduate degree from a recognized university or the equivalent international qualification is considered a main academic requirement.

Additionally, very good knowledge of Greek and English is extremely important. The demonstration of satisfactory knowledge of English language (suitable qualifications may include TOEFL, IELTS, GCSE, IGCSE, and Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English or equivalent) is compulsory for attendance in English and an advantage for attendance in Greek.

Prospective students are expected to submit their application and all related documents, such as copies of their degrees, transcripts, two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors in the workplace and a personal statement. Where the Program Committee deems necessary, the candidates may be invited to an interview.

By the expiry of the application deadline for admission to the program, the Program Committee will evaluate prospective students based on specific criteria, such as academic records, recommendation letters, digital literacy, research interests, interview, work experience, knowledge of Greek and / or English etc. The committee decisions are announced by electronic mail or otherwise to all candidates.

Transfer of credits from other academic institutions complies with the regulations of the University for transfer students and recognition of previous studies.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
i. The performance of students is judged through a wide range of assessment modalities such as exams, written work, e-portfolios, presentations, etc. The course grading will be based on the official scale (0-100). Students failing in one course (under grade 50) will be given a second chance for examination without repeating the course. If fail second time, in case of electives, they can choose another course.
ii. The Master’s thesis can only be undertaken when all necessary compulsory courses have been successfully completed.

Graduation Requirements
Students are eligible for graduation after successfully completing 90 ECTS credits from taught courses and the master thesis listed in the Program Structure, with CGPA greater or equal to 5.00 out of 10.00.

Access to Further Studies
The graduates of the Program have access to doctoral programmes (3rd Cycle) in relevant disciplines.
Module Group
ECTS

The student must successfully complete 40 ECTS, from the following list of modules:

No.CodeNameECTSHours / week
1DLSESC501 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ISSUES, PRINCIPLES AND GOALS103
2DLSESC502RESEARCH METHODS 103
3DLSESC503EMPOWERING CITIZENS THROUGH COMPETENCE BASED EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT103
4DLSESC504EMPOWERING CITIZENS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH IN-FORMAL AND NON-FORMAL ΕDUCATION103

The student must successfully complete 20 ECTS, from the following list of modules:

No.CodeNameECTSHours / week
1DLSESC507EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH LITERATURE AND DRAMA.103
2DLSESC508APPROACHES TO EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE USE OF ICT103
3DLSESC509SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH VISUAL ARTS EDUCATION103
4DLSESC510ADDRESSING INEQUALITIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT103
5DLSESC511VALUES AND EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT103

The student must successfully complete 30 ECTS, from the following list of modules:

No.CodeNameECTSHours / week
1DLSESC505MASTER THESIS I103
2DLSESC506MASTER THESIS II203
Total
90
Semesters
ECTS
No.CodeNameECTS
1DLSESC501 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ISSUES, PRINCIPLES AND GOALS10
2DLSESC502RESEARCH METHODS 10
3DLSESC503EMPOWERING CITIZENS THROUGH COMPETENCE BASED EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT10
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1DLSESC504EMPOWERING CITIZENS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH IN-FORMAL AND NON-FORMAL ΕDUCATION10
2DLSESC505MASTER THESIS I10
3ELECTIVE COURSE10
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1DLSESC506MASTER THESIS II20
2ELECTIVE COURSE10
TOTAL30


 

 
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