Educational Science (MSc)
- Part of
- Education and Child Studies (MSc)
The master’s specialisation in Educational Science focuses on the development of children and adolescents in educational settings.
Educational Science is one of the eight specialisations of the Master’s programme in Education and Child Studies that you can choose at Leiden University.
The courses of the master specialisation in Educational Science cover the development and learning processes of children and adolescents in regular education, both in the context of typical development and in the context of possible problems that children may experience in acquiring academic skills. Throughout, particular attention is paid to individual differences.
The aims of research and teaching within the Educational Science programme are to understand in how individuals develop and learn and to optimize education for all individuals.
Educational Science addresses questions such as:
- How do children learn to read and do arithmetic?
- What is the relation between cognitive development, brain development, and learning?
- How do children learn in the classroom and what challenges may they encounter?
- What knowledge do teachers need to be able to help their students develop in an optimal manner?
- How can teachers be supported and stimulated to foster their pupils’ learning?
- How can we best facilitate gifted children?
- What is the role of motivation in learning?
- How can we incorporate computers and internet in education in an optimal manner?
- When are children ready to learn independently?
Why choose this specialisation?
This master specialisation is designed for you if you who wish to become an expert in the field of learning processes and development in educational settings.
You will learn to think critically about the development of children and adolescents on the basis of recent theoretical knowledge and empirical research. Upon completion of the programme you will be able to conduct educationally relevant research and to design teaching methods based on evidence and scientifically sound arguments.
What makes this specialisation also interesting is its interdisciplinary approach: you will study the learning processes of children and adolescents from a cognitive-psychological and neuroscientific perspective.
Upon completion of this programme you will be able to conduct educationally relevant research and to design teaching methods based on evidence and scientifically sound arguments.