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Educational Planning And Policy

 

Programme Overview

 


There is an evident need to improve educational planning in Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean.  Over a decade ago, Baldacchino and Farrugia (2002) suggest that one of the reasons educational outcomes in the Caribbean have not kept pace with some other regions of the world is the failure of successive governments of Caribbean countries to undertake, or engage sufficiently in, the strategic planning of the educational enterprise.  A similar observation was made by Forde (2006) who, in lamenting the state of educational planning in the English‐speaking Caribbean and Surinam, asserted that the level of educational planning and the capacity to implement and monitor educational plans in the region is questionable.


Objectives

This programme offers training and education in educational planning and policy analysis and targets individuals who are interested in careers in academic, governmental, and non-governmental research and advisory roles. The programme prepares participants by providing skills and analytical techniques to enable them to design educational planning models, evaluate education systems, implement educational planning options, assess educational policy interventions, and evaluate educational outcomes. The programme offers candidates two areas of specialization, namely Educational Planning and Educational Policy. Participants in this programme will acquire a range of skills, including:
i.    The capacity to undertake in-depth educational needs analyses at a strategic level
ii.    The ability to articulate and develop policy options that are informed by findings of empirical research
iii.    Competence in undertaking and facilitating planning activities with and on behalf of entities at the State and institutional levels
iv.    The capability to implement a coherent set of educational plans and policies
v.    An appreciation of the approaches that may be used in the planning and implementation process to ensure meaningful inclusion of individuals and organizations

 

vi.    An understanding of the strategies that will support the development of the capacity of individuals and organizations to institute and sustain organizational change
vii.    The ability to evaluate the effectiveness of educational plans and policies


Admission Requirements
To be eligible for admission, applicants must have:
i.    A first or second class degree from an approved institution with a GPA of 2.5 or above
ii.    Professional training as a teacher
OR
Five years of experience in a position in teaching, educational administration or in an educational planning environment

 

Year 1    
SEMESTER 1    Students will be required to complete these three courses

 

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EDRS6002 – Research Methods **
EDPH6001 - Philosophy of Education for the Caribbean**
EDPP6502 - Educational Policy in the Caribbean: Context, Process, and Politics**
SEMESTER 2    Students will be required to complete both specialization courses and may elect to do one of the research courses
 

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 EDPP6504  - Comparative Educational Legislations and Policies** NEW
EDEA 6305 - Educational Planning and Management **
EDRS 6024   - Quantitative Research in Education
EDRS 6023  -  Introduction to Qualitative Research
SUMMER    Students will be required to complete both courses
 

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 EDPP6510   - Educational Planning and Social Development in the Caribbean**   NEW
EDPP6506  - Educational Planning Methods – Concepts and Applications** NEW
 YEAR 2    
SEMESTER 1   Students will be required to complete the specialization courses or do all three courses, depending on their chosen Alternative and  / or credits to date and remaining specialization courses
 

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 EDRS6003  -  Mixed Methods Research in Education
EDRS 6004  - Advanced Research Seminar  NEW
EDPP 6501 - Policy Development,  Implementation and Evaluation** NEW
EDPP6509    - Programme Monitoring and Evaluation in Education  NEW
SEMESTER 2    Students will be required to complete the compulsory course and choose one of the other two courses
 

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 EDPP6514   - Education Economics **  NEW
EDRS6023 -Introduction to Qualitative Research
EDPP 6511  - Planning for Higher Education Management  NEW
    Alternative A students will be required to complete any two of these courses.
 Electives 3
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 EDEA6902 - Introduction to Higher Education Administration  NEW
EDPP6512 - Organizational Assessment and Evaluation NEW
EDPP6513 -Strategies for Funding Tertiary Education NEW
SBCO 6110-Financial Management and Accounting
SBC0 6310-  Transformational Leadership
SBHR6030   -  Organizational Development and Change
ED67J/EDHE6710  -  Seminar on Issues in the Caribbean

Careers after Graduation

Students who have successfully completed the Master of Education in Educational Planning and Policy programme are qualified for:
Educators and others who seek to pursue managerial and administrative careers in tertiary institutions


Department Contact Information

Programme Coordinator: Dr. Canute Thompson
The School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Education
UWI, Mona, Kingston 7
Telephone: (876) -927-2130, 935-8506-9
Email: soe@uwimona.edu.jm

 

 

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