Graduate

MPhil Education Leadership and Management (ELM) Curriculum

The MPhil in Education Leadership and Management (ELM) is a two-year programme which includes 27 credits of both taught and field-based interdisciplinary coursework, and 9 credits of the site-based Practicum which includes both the pro-seminar and the residency.

Course Plan for MPhil ELM

 

First Semester, Fall

 

EDU 510 Interdisciplinary Theoretical Perspectives on Education

3 credits

EDU 540 Leadership: The Politics of Change

3 credits

EDU 560 Research Methods

3 credits

EDU 562 Data Lab

IP

EDU 590 Observing Schools

IP

EDU 693 Academic Writing

1 credit

Second Semester, Spring

 

EDU 541 School Effectiveness and Development

3 credits

EDU 561 Applied Data Analysis

3 credits

EDU 562 Data Lab

1 credit

EDU 590 Observing Schools

1 credit

Elective 1:
EDU 552 Education for Sustainable Development
EDU 522 Inclusive Education: Rethinking the Other
EDU 523 Cognition and Computers

3 credits

Third Semester, Fall

 

EDU 550 International Education Policy and Comparative Perspectives

3 credits

EDU 690 Practicum Pro Seminar

3 credits

Elective 2:
EDU 65X Politics, Policy making and Political Action in Education
EDU 64X Leadership for Effective Schools
EDU 66X Impact Evaluation Methods in Education

3 credits

Fourth Semester, Spring

 

EDU 691 Practicum

6 credits

Total

36 credits

 

The MPhil curriculum is structured around five key components: 

  • Grounding in analytical methods and tools for empirical analysis and engagement with education practice
  • Introduction to leading methodological and theoretical debates from multiple disciplines that shape the education sector
  • Core emphasis on leadership theory and application in the education space
  • Critical understanding of research driven models of school effectiveness and improvement in K-12 settings, including curriculum development, teaching and learning.
  • In-depth exploration of policy issues affecting education in Pakistan
  • Targeted research and field-based Practicum that will build on this academic training resulting in an MPhil capstone

 

Practicum

The cornerstone of the MPhil ELM is the Practicum, which is a mandatory, intensive semester-long “residency” rooted in field-based research during which students will be placed in one of several educational organizations partnered with SOE. These partnerships will be facilitated by the Teaching and Learning Initiative (TLI) department at SOE and will include partners operating in the public, private, not-for-profit, and donor domains of educational service delivery. The Practicum will give students real-time exposure to challenges in education leadership while they are still in training, encouraging them to address these issues by developing research-based solutions to problems encountered in the field.

In preparation for this immersive field intervention, all MPhil students will take a mandatory 3 credit course (EDU 690: Practicum Pro Seminar) in practicum planning and development alongside a faculty mentor. This course and the practicum itself will build on previous courses in theory, methods and techniques and on school exposure that students gain through their field visits. Throughout the planning process, the student’s faculty mentor will provide clarity about the definition of success, act as an authorizer and guide, and assist students with strategic, real-time thinking and engagement with the project and organization.

Teaching and Learning Initiative (TLI): Field Engagement

The field engagement component of the MPhil ELM was developed with the intent to ensure students receive “real world” exposure to school settings through a series of visits over the course of two semesters. This is a 1-credit, field-based course that spans over the first two semesters of the MPhil program. It will managed by the SOE Teaching and Learning Initiative (TLI), the focal point for students to experience field work and hands-on learning in the education sector. This course is integrated within the academic program through linkages with the lecture-based courses as well as the academic writing program.

Its main objectives are as follows:

  • Introduction to diversity in the provision of education through exposure to a variety of school organizations, management systems, pedagogical and classroom management styles.
  • Acquisition of sensibility and skills for structured observation and documentation through various methods such as field notes, interviews, classroom observations, focus group discussions, questionnaire and survey design. 
  • Identification of research topic of interest and choice of organization for student residency.