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Educational Science and Technology

Degree type
Language of education
English (100%)
12 months
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Type of institution
Research University

Program description

The Master of Science (MSc) programme in Educational Science and Technology (EST) is for anyone fascinated by education and training, yet not intending to become a teacher.

The main focus of the EST programme is on the design and evaluation of learning arrangements in schools and organisations. This might entail e.g. the instruction of young children at primary school, developing curricula in vocational education, assessing the quality of school performance, or re-training adult employees in an in-company setting.

As an EST student, you will enjoy a high-tech approach to your studies while never losing sight of the human scale. ICT plays a key role in education today, and the programme will introduce you to the theoretical foundations and practical application of state-of-the-art ICT learning environments and tools. You will acquire knowledge about theories of learning and assessment, curriculum design and implementation, learning technologies, and learning interventions. You will also learn how to design and evaluate different learning arrangements and to translate this into advice and solutions to practical problems.

The programme embraces two domains:
1. Educational Design and Effectiveness (EDE),
2. Human Resource Development (HRD).


Program Objectives

The Master of Science (MSc) programme in Educational Science and Technology (EST) is for anyone fascinated by education and training, yet not intending to become a teacher.

Students acquire knowledge and skills to design, develop, implement and evaluate educational and corporate training programmes. Students learn to conduct qualitative and quantitative research.

Instruction modes
Lectures, interactive working groups, project groups and guided self-study. Assessments by in-class exams, essays, presentation, final individual research paper. Both in full-time and part-time mode.

Educational Science and Technology Specializations

The Educational Science and Technology program allows students to study one of 2 specializations.

1) Educational Design and Effectiveness
The main focus of Educational Design and Effectiveness (EDE) is on the interaction between curriculum design and curriculum implementation, teacher and school development, school effectiveness and ICT in a variety of educational contexts.

This domain centres on a number of core questions:

• How can curriculum innovations be designed and implemented?
• How can schools and teachers be supported in the design, development and implementation of curriculum renewal at both at the school and classroom levels?

How can teachers be empowered in their own professional development while designing their own curricula? How can technology be used and integrated into education?

Is it possible to improve the performance of schools by giving them feedback on their performance? Do schools perform better as a result of inspections or are the improvements only superficial?

EDE has an applied character, focusing on the integration of research, design, advice and reflection skills.

2) Human Resource Development
The main focus of Human Resource Development (HRD) is on learning and development of people in a corporate context.

Lifelong learning is important for stimulating the knowledge society and employability. Companies and institutions invest billions in education and training. Large companies often have their own corporate department for developing and offering training to their staff. As an HRD graduate you will be able to develop and implement such training programmes and assess their quality. You might also be engaged in on-the-job instruction.

This domain centres on a number of core questions:
• How do people learn while at work?
• How do people become experts?
• How can workplace learning and professional development be facilitated?
• What makes training programmes effective and how can they be evaluated?
• How can learning and knowledge be managed in a company?
• How do organisations change, and can HRD professionals assist in this process?
• What is the role of the new media in training and development?

Educational Science and Technology Related Programs

Besides the MSc Educational Science and Technology, University of Twente offers a range of other Education related  master programs such as the Dutch taught MSc Teaching in Social Sciences

See which programs are related to the MSc Educational Science and Technology

Educational Science and Technology Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Master Educational Science and Technology, will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top MSc degree at the University of Twente

See which scholarships you can apply for if you want to do the Educational Science and Technology master.

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

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Admission requirements

Previous education

Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent
For non-Dutch applicants only: Sufficient proficiency in English: minimum overall score of (or equivalent to) 6.5 on the IELTS where all sub-scores are at least 6.0 or equivalent (exemptions may apply)
A grounded and focused motivation to do this programme
A curriculum vitae/resume, summarising your educational and professional career

Language test

IELTS listening 6.0
IELTS reading 6.0
IELTS writing 6.0
IELTS speaking 6.0
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL internet based 90
Cambridge Advanced English C1
Cambridge Professional English C1

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