Education is one of the most important fields in national and international development. International actors, national authorities, communities and individuals all consider formal learning to be a key factor in “development”. The nature of the education agenda is invariably controversial. As a result, education constitutes a rich lens for viewing the social, economic and political aspects of development.
In this fast changing world, stakeholders of education are quality conscious and are seeking education institutions that can assure quality of education at the level of their expectations. This situation demands for well versed, competent, dynamic, and change-oriented educational leaders and managers in educational organizations who are capable of adopting modern leadership and management techniques and practices. Keeping in view of current needs and requirements of educational institutions, in 2007, Kathmandu University, School of Education has initiated M.Ed. degree in Education Management for the purpose of preparing future educational managers and leaders who can efficiently and effectively run educational institutions in Nepal and abroad.
M Ed in Leadership and Management is a revised program of M Ed in Educational Management of Kathmandu University School of Education (KUSOED).This program intends to develop educational leaders who are responsible for ensuring students’ optimal learning ability in schools and these educational leaders can interpret national and global trends and issues in the school setting. An attempt will be made to impart essential knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for an effective school Principal and educational leader who can provide dynamic leadership for change and innovation, academic success and optimum satisfaction of stakeholders.
The purpose of specialization in Leadership and Management is to prepare educational leaders who can demonstrate high levels of management and leadership theoretical knowledge and skills to provide effective and efficient educational services to all learners and satisfy their stakeholders. The graduates specializing in Leadership and Management are expected to be responsive to the changing educational technologies, pedagogical practices, changes and innovation in education and ever increasing new body of knowledge.
Key Features of the Program
The proposed program will have the following Key features.
- Need based: One of the major features of the program is to address the need of the secondary, higher secondary schools and other education related institutes. Formal and informal interaction with teachers, teacher educators, school principals, teacher education experts, teacher development organizers and materials developers have demonstrated a need of educational leaders to drive educational institution.
- Practice-based and skills oriented: The students will undergo practical experience by literally undertaking tasks of managing and leading organizations, facilitating professional development workshops, undertaking small scale research projects and developing materials. The use of ICT in managing and leading schools is highly valued. When they come out from the University, they will be expected to be independent practitioners in the field.
- Conducive learning environment: A high quality team that includes educators, managers, leaders and visiting faculty with a sound, firsthand experience of leaders development, preparing educators and research in education management and leadership will be involved to run the program. The prospective students will be oriented to use the available resources, such as library and computer facilities. The learning will be backed up by continuous assessment and feedback system.
- Internationally comparable: The course has been developed after a thorough survey of the Master’s Course in Education Management and Leadership of different universities. The intellectual challenge intended to be triggered by this course and the practical exposures are actually comparable to the ones of those universities. The postgraduates will come out with knowledge and skills sound enough to work in international arena.
Structure of the program
The two year M Ed program has four semesters. The program is of 54 credit hours. There are 2 (two) core courses of 6 Cr, 11(eleven) specialization courses of 33 Cr, 2 (two) elective courses of 6 Cr and 3 (three) practical courses of 9 Cr.
For enrolment in two-year M Ed in Leadership and Management program, the candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline (B. Ed/BA/B. Sc) or any equivalent degree recognized by Kathmandu University with second division or CGPA 2.5/4 in aggregate.
The course facilitator assigned with the course paper is entirely responsible for the evaluation. The in semester; CAS comprises 50% weightage and end semester Paper Based Test (PBT) carries the rest 50%. Students will be graded as the letter grade system in practice at KU. The grades and their corresponding impression have been presented below.
|Grade Point||4.0||3.7||3.3||3.0||2.7||2.3||2.0||Below 2.0|
In order to pass, the scholar has to maintain at least C in individual course and a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) 3.0. The calculation of CGPA and their impression is as follow.
CGPA is calculated at the end of the program using the given relation.
CGPA = (c1 g1+c2g2+c3g3…) / (c1+c2+c3…..)
Where c1, c2… denote credits associated with the courses taken by the student and g1, g2 denote grade values of the letter grades earned in the respective courses.
CGPA at the end of the degree defines the division as follows:
|3.7 to 4||Distinction|
|3.25 to less than 3.7||First|
|3 to less than 3.25||Second|
|Less than 3||Fail|
The entire requirement must be completed within the four year time frame irrespective of the credits completed in different semesters.
The taught courses have been divided mainly into three categories: Core courses, specialization and elective. Core courses are common to all M Ed students. Specialization courses have been designed to develop conceptual understanding of key management and leadership ideas in educational institutes with a view to develop professionalism among the graduates in the areas of management and leadership of education. Internship and research projects are the practical courses. The details of the courses are given in the following table.
EDUC 508 Theory and Practice in Education (3)
EDUC 509 Research Methodology (3)
EDLM 518School Community Partnership (3)
EDLM 519Financing School Education (3)
EDLM 522Instructional Leadership (3)
EDLM 523Program Evaluation (3)
EDLM 527: Statistics and Educational Data Management (3)
|Elective Courses (6 Cr) (any two course)||
EDLM 526 Teacher Development (3)
EDLM 531 School Culture (3)
EDLM 532School Governance (3)
EDLM 533Teacher Policy (3)
EDLM 535 Entrepreneurship in Education
EDLM 536 Independent Study
EDLM 541 Internship (3)
EDLM 544Research Project I (3)
EDLM 554Research Project II (3)
EDLM 559 Dissertation (6)