M.A. Education or Master of Arts in Education is a postgraduate course whose duration is generally of 2 Years with 4 Semesters. The duration and the semester system may vary as per institutes rules and regulation. M.A. Education is available in Regular and Correspondence mode of education. The course is supposed to be completed by a candidate in a minimum of 2 years time and in a maximum of 5 years time, this time period may vary. M.A. Education is basically a theoretical course which focuses on the basic knowledge of theory and practice of educational thought and processes accumulated around the discipline of education. It encompasses a series of BASIC subjects which are designed in a way to cover basics of all the areas of educational concern and a number of Advanced Courses (Theoretical or Applied) in areas demanding specialization of one or the other kind, followed by Research Dissertation. M.A. (Education) is not same as M.Ed., though the terminology is alike; both are different and have their own prerequisites; however the course contents are almost alike.
M.A. Education Eligibility
A Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline (including Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Engineering, Medicine, Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, Commerce, Management etc.) from a recognized university. Percentage Requirements may vary from Institute to Institute.
Some Institutes conduct admissions on the basis of merit. Like, admission into M.A. Education (Distance Mode) of the Sri Venkateswara University is made through 2 Streams viz., (i) Through Entrance Test and (ii) through direct admission for in-service teachers /lecturers.
Outlines of Test, Syllabi and Courses of Reading for M.A. Education(semester system) Exam - Panjab University (2010-2011)
The M.A. Education course would carry 1900 marks in all, 1000 marks for Part I and 900 marks for Part II.
M.A. Education Syllabus
Syllabus of Education as prescribed by various Universities and Colleges.
M.A. Part – I (Semester I and II)
There would be 5 Papers in all out of which 3 papers i.e., Papers I, II and III will be basic and compulsory for all the students and Papers IV and V will be selected out of the 8 Specialization Papers. The 2 Specializations opted in Semester 1 will be studied in all 4 Semesters of M.A. Education.
M.A. Part I (Sem. I)
Subjects of Study
Philosophical & Sociological Foundations of Education I
Educational Psychology I
Educational Research and Statistics I
Educational Measurement and Evaluation I
Guidance & Counselling I
Educational Technology I
Special Education I
Population education & Environmental Education I
Value education & Human Rights Education I
Educational Administration ;& Management I
Life Long Education I
Part I (Sem. II)
Philosophical & Sociological Foundations of Education- II
Educational Psychology- II
Educational Research & Statistics- II
Educational Measurement & Evaluation- II
Guidance & Counselling- II
Educational Technology- II
Special Education- II
Population Education & Environmental Education-II
Value Education & Human Rights Education- II
Educational Administration & Management- II
Life Long Education - II
M.A. Part – II (Semester III and IV)
There would be 5 Papers in all, out of which 3 Papers i.e., Papers VI, VII & VIII will be Basic and compulsory for all the students and papers IX & X will be same as selected out of the 8 Specialization Papers to complete Five Papers of 100 marks each making 500 marks. Dissertation based on the synopsis proposed in semester III will be submitted in semester IV.
M.A. Part II (Sem. III)
Subjects of Study
History & Contemporary Issues of Indian Education I
Curriculum Development I
Educational Measurement & Evaluation III
Guidance & Counselling III
Educational Technology III
Special Education III
Population Education & Environmental Education III
Value Education & Human Rights Education III
Educational Administration & Management III
Life Long Education III
Part II (Sem. IV)
History & Contemporary Issues of Indian Education- II
Curriculum Development- II
Educational Measurement & Evaluation- IV
Guidance & Counselling- IV
Educational Technology- IV
Special Education- IV
Population Education & Environmental Education- IV
Value Education & Human Rights Education- IV
Educational Administration ;& Management- IV
Life Long Education- IV
Note: Use of all brands of non-programmable calculators having signs of ‘+’, ‘-‘, ‘x’, ‘÷’, only is allowed in the examination centre, but these will be not be provided by the University/College.
(I) Continuous Internal Assessment
The following are the guidelines, mode of testing and Evaluation - including Continuous Internal Assessment of students:
1) i. Terminal Evaluation : 80% ii. Continuous Assessment: 20% iii. Continuous Assessment may include written assignment, snap tests, participation in discussion in the class, term papers, attendance etc. iv. In order to incorporate an element of Continuous Internal Assessment of students, the Colleges/Departments will conduct one written test and one snap test as quantified below:
1. Written Test : 50 2. Snap Test: 15 3. Participation in Class discussion: 10 4. Term Paper: 15 5. Attendance: 10 Total: 100 reduced to 20
2) Weight-age of 2 marks for attendance component out of 20 marks for Continuous Assessment shall be available only to those students who attend 75% and more of classroom lectures/seminars/workshops. The break-up of marks for attendance component for theory papers shall be as under:
Marks for Theory Papers
i. 75% and above up to 85%
ii. Above 85%
External and Internal examiners will jointly evaluate dissertation.
III) Duration of Theory Examination will be 3 Hours. M.A. Education Colleges
It offers wider and more comprehensive understanding of education as a field of knowledge and serves varied needs of a learner.
It offers higher level of specialization in specific aspects of education.
It develops professionals for effective participation in different dimensions of education.
One can pursue further higher studies like M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree programmes.
The Course meets the growing demand of experts in the fields of educational planning, teaching and training at primary, secondary and tertiary education levels. New and emerging fields of educational management and administration also require the services of M.A. (education) graduates.