Master of Education in Technical Design and Technology Education

Master of Education in Technical Design and Technology Education

Course information

Course title Master of Education in Technical Design and Technology Education
Course code PMEDTDTPER9
Postnominal M.Ed.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Sarah Pule
Delivered by Faculty of Education
Educational research in the domain of Technical Design and Technology and Engineering Technology areas will push the knowledge base forward by helping to understand:

1. The variables involved in the uptake or downfall of studies (or courses) related to the technological subjects.
2. How to address common challenges that traditionally plague technological subject areas such as peoples’ negative perceptions or misinformation.
3. How to foster an updated philosophy of technology through better curriculum design, better use of school resources, better links with industrial entities, developing an authentic STEAM approach etc.
4. How to develop pedagogically sound practices for teaching and learning technological subjects.
5. How technology is learnt through informal activities.
6. The cognitive processes involved in the study of technological subjects and how these can be tapped to foster human development.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of research topics:

1. An investigation of the routes for employability of graduates with a degree in Technical Design and Technology.
2. The implementation of an A-level – issues and challenges.
3. The implementation of Design and Technology at primary level.
4. Developing a framework for the recognition of informal knowledge in technological subjects.
5. The differences and similarities between general education and vocational education within the technological subjects.
6. An investigation of transferable skills within technology education.
7. Developing a framework for valid and reliable methods for the assessment of project work in technology education.
8. Developing technological curricula for the use of modern tools e.g. 3D printers.
9. Investigating gender differences in the uptake of technologically related studies and professions.
10. Designing an image for technology education – how to address and target the perceptions of diverse audiences like students, parents, experts, policy makers, industrialists etc.
11. Evaluate the needs and demands for continuous professional development of teachers in the technological domains.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) a degree in Education with at least Second Class Honours from this University or a degree from another university recognised as equivalent for the purpose together with a minimum of one year’s teaching experience or

(b) any other degree with at least Second Class Honours together with a recognised teaching or education qualification and a minimum of one year’s teaching experience or

(c) a degree in Education or a Teacher’s Certificate together with at least five years’ teaching experience and other suitable qualifications obtained following the degree or after the Teacher’s Certificate or

(d) any first cycle degree with either a recognised teaching qualification or a Diploma in Education together with five years’ experience in an education setting.

Depending on the availability of resources, the Board shall determine the number of applicants that may be allowed to register. The Board shall announce the areas of study, the number of available places, and the criteria for selection of applicants at the time of the call for applications.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 2 students.

Preparatory Programme

Applicants for registration under paragraphs (c) or (d) shall be required to attend an interview during which they shall be requested to provide evidence of prior experiential learning and to demonstrate that they are capable of completing the Course and may be required to complete a preparatory programme.

The preparatory programme shall comprise study-units to which not less than 30 credits and not more than 60 credits are assigned as directed by the Board, obtained with an average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration to the Course.

Preparatory programmes shall also be governed by the Principal Regulations.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

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After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 3,900
Fee per semester: Eur 650

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fee: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400 - Yr 3: NIL
The student should be able to:

1. Adopt and implement an updated and research driven philosophy of technology.
2. Measure and assess levels of technological literacy in an audience.
3. Adopt diverse strategies to learn, teach and popularize technology.
4. Account for gender differences in the teaching or learning of technologically related subjects.
5. Develop sound theoretical frameworks for the implementation of learning or assessment of technologically related subjects.
The course should be particularly attractive for graduates possessing a B.Ed. in Design and Technology Education or other professionals who teach within the vocational area for technological subjects for example the curricular subject Engineering Technology.
Successful students can further pursue a postgraduate doctoral level in domains related to Technology Education.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 23 July 2020

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