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 the prepatory proseminar and the semester long residency.

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



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 590 Observing Schools

1 credit

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

Elective 1

3 credits

Third Semester, Fall


EDU 650 International and Comparative Education: Political Economy and Policy Perspectives

3 credits

EDU 690 Practicum Proseminar

3 credits

Elective 2

3 credits

Fourth Semester, Spring


EDU 691 Practicum

6 credits


36 credits



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 Proseminar) 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.


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. The field visits are 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.  The field engagement program is integrated withthe academic program in the form of two courses in the first year for which students engage with partner schools: EDU 590 Observing Schools (Fall) and EDU 541 School Effectiveness and Development (Spring). To facilitate this component, SOE has seeded over 40 partnerships with a diverse group of local schools and education organizations in both the public and private sectors.

The main objectives of the field engagement program 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.



  • EDU 522 Inclusive Education: Rethinking the Other
  • EDU 523 Cognition and Computers
  • EDU 552 Education for Sustainable Development
  • EDU 613 Education for Social Justice
  • EDU 662 Impact Evaluation Methods in Education
  • EDU 622 Educators’ Seminar: Special Topics in Teaching and Learning
  • CS 5613 Human Computer Interaction Design
  • MBA 6324A Strategic Management of Non-profit Enterprises