Educational Science (MSc)
The Master’s specialisation in Educational Science offers students cutting-edge insights into the learning and developing child in education. Furthermore, students practice translating the implications of this knowledge to educational practices including instruction, social interaction, and assessment. Because learning and education are not ‘one-size-fits-all’ phenomena, individual differences between children receive ample attention.
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.
This specialization offers a unique multidisciplinary approach: you will study children’s learning processes from a cognitive-psychological, social-emotional, and neurodevelopmental perspective. In addition to this multidisciplinary focus on the learning and developing child, the programme addresses the impact that the social and educational environment have. At the core of the programme as a whole is the idea that the Master’s student develops a critical attitude towards research and practices in the field of learning and education, as well as the skills needed to bridge the gap between theory, research, and educational practice.
Educational Science addresses questions such as:
- What is the relation between brain development, cognitive development, and learning?
- How do children learn to understand what they read?
- How does contemporary mathematics education impact children’s arithmetic strategies?
- How can teachers foster children’s motivation for school by supporting their needs?
- How can teachers adapt their teaching to the needs of children with different sociocultural backgrounds?
- How can teachers build effective individualized programs based on ongoing progress monitoring data?
- What are the promises and challenges of digital educational applications?
- What are the backgrounds, meanings, and consequences of current educational innovations?
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. Key to the programme is its multidisciplinary approach: you will study the learning processes of children and adolescents from a cognitive-psychological, social-emotional, and neuroscientific perspective.
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 evaluate teaching methods and educational innovations based on evidence and scientifically sound arguments.
The programme will give you the broad experience required to work in a wide range of educational settings, including schools, museums, governance, organizations that develop educational materials, and educational advice services.