Program name: Education Administration
Study Level: Graduate
Program leader: Dundua Shalva
Nato Chikhladze
Chitorelidze Tinatin
Study language: English
Qualification: Master of Education Administration
Program capacity: 120
Program permission: The students are enrolled on the second stage educational program of higher academic education (master’s program) on the basis of the results of the national entrance exams for masters or on the basis of the decree №224/ნ (December 29, 2011) of the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, examination in the English language (written examination, B2 level is required) and examination in specialty (oral and written examinations) on the basis of the administrative registration and the decree of the University Presidents. English language competence of applicants can be proved by international language tests (TOEFL (87), IELTS (6.5) or similar with a result correspondent to B2 level) or by the university through the institutional exams, with a minimum threshold of 70%.
Program goals: The program aims at enabling participants to understand and critique theories and practices of educational management in light of current research and professional experience. It provides competences for dealing with cross-cultural challenges in education management and equips students with equitable ways of leadership-awareness as well as strategies and operational know-how to realize visions and abilities needed to lead teams and staff to specific goals. The course will develop individual leadership skills and competencies as well as the capacity to lead and manage change. The program aims to give students an advanced understanding of current management, leadership and pedagogical issues and challenges of the educational sector as well as the ability to take a global perspective in tackling management issues in education. The integration of theory and practical cases based on contemporary educational problems is a central teaching strategy of the course that allows graduates to fulfill management functions in all education-related organizations. Graduate’s enhanced knowledge of educational issues and specialist area of interest will be attractive to a wide range of employers. The course prepares future leaders to work on managerial positions in the fields of secondary and higher education on a national or international level. Moreover, the program will enable them to work in government and non-governmental organizations working on educational issues, as well as in private consulting and training organizations and further academic study at PhD level.
Methods for Attaining Learning Outcomes:
  • Explanatory method
  • Teamwork
  • Demonstration methods
  • Usage of video and audio learning materials
  • Literature review
  • Implementation of small studies
  • Practical work
  • Presentation
  • Problem-oriented activities
  • Projects
  • Role-playing
  • Case studies and analyses
  • Searching required literature electronically and in library
  • Methods of written work
  • Methods of working with books
  • Group assignments
  • Debates
  • Discussions
  • Interactive lectures
  • Critical analyses
  • Action-oriented teaching
  • Problem-based learning
  • Lectures-seminars
Learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding
Graduate will be able to:
    • Understand current issues and challenges in education leadership and management
    • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the complex forces impacting on leadership and management in organizations
    • Know strategic planning, mentoring, education law and financing of education
    • Understand the complex issues surrounding innovation and change
    • Know how to make institution more efficient, effective and equitable
    • Understand perspectives on the issues and challenges faced by different levels of education systems and institutions around the world
    • Understand the structures and purposes of educational systems
    • Know main assumptions, concepts, and principles of teaching and learning theories
    • Understand different roles of participants in the learning process
    • Understand and know how to use a range of research methods appropriate for their professional practice
    • Understand national and global forces and how they impact on them and their institution.
    • Know the theories of conflict resolution and understand the techniques to resolve them
    • Understand team building and decision-making
    • Have an understanding of financial systems within which he/she operates
    • Know the main organizational aspects of human resource management in the education sector
    • Know quality standards and systems in educational improvement
    • Understand the meaning and scope of education
    • Understand the importance of shaping inclusive classroom, that answers the needs of every student

  • Applying knowledge
    Graduate will be able to:
    • Display and further develop autonomous professional leadership and managerial initiative
    • Develop the instructional and leadership capacity of staff
    • Confidently and effectively lead multidisciplinary teams, plan strategy and manage change in the education context
    • Articulate their own professional philosophy in a changing environment
    • Collaboratively develop and implement a shared vision and mission
    • Obtain, allocate, and efficiently utilize human, fiscal, and technological resources
    • Prepare plans, programs and budgets that are feasible in financial terms
    • Develop assessment and accountability systems to monitor student progress
    • Supervise and Support quality instruction and student learning
    • Respond to, and influence the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context
    • Promote the use of the most effective and appropriate technologies to support teaching and learning
    • Guide and create policies related to regulations of educational settings
    • Create a comprehensive, rigorous, and coherent curricular program and adjust to a specific educational context
    • Monitor and evaluate the impact of the instructional program
    • Apply theory and conduct research on current educational issues of different context
    • Make use of e-learning and to integrate it into the learning environments
    • Develop a better understanding of the concept of quality and quality assurance in education
    • Monitor the quality of an education system
    • Contribute towards improvement of educational systems and institutions and reflect on the quality of learning and teaching
    • Recognize, manage and resolve conflict situations in educational settings to get the top performance out of students and staff
    • Collect and use data to identify goals, assess organizational effectiveness, and promote organizational learning
    • Create less restrictive environment for students with special educational needs
    • Identify and utilize existing resources for promoting inclusive practice

     


  • Making judgments
    Graduate will be able to:
    • Critically analyze complex, and sometimes incomplete data and make well-grounded decisions
    • Analyze educational concepts, theories and issues of policy in a systematic way
    • Recognize the diversity of learners and the complexities of the learning process
    • Analyze data and information pertinent to the educational environment
    • Assess, analyze, and anticipate emerging trends and initiatives in order to adapt leadership strategies
    • Evaluate their practice in light of theoretical perspectives through critical reflection on their own practice and work environment;
    • Assess the financial implications (cost, expenditure, budget) of education plans and their implementation programs
    • Foresee new educational needs and demands
    • Question concepts and theories encountered in education studies
    • Critically analyze how leaders build human capacity to meet the current and future challenges of their environment
    • Foster one’s own continuing professional development through reflection on practice
    • Reflect upon and evaluate one’s own performance
    • Consider and evaluate the potential moral and legal consequences ofdecision-making
    • Consider applicability of theories of leadership and management in relation to their own cultural context
    • Examine strategies for change and improvement of organizational culture
    • Examine the changing role, functions and activities of human resource management in an educational setting
    • Assess the outcomes of learning and learners’ achievements
    • Examine the competing political and social forces at play which shape educational strategy and policy at the local, state and national level
    • Give arguments regarding issues related to the policy context of education based on critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation
    • Evaluate complex ideas, concepts and models related to leadership and management issues in educational settings
    • Assess and anticipate conflict situations and find innovative ways of resolving and avoiding them

  • Communications skills
    Graduate will be able to:
    • Research complex educational managerial issues, make sound creative judgements on these and communicate the findings;
    • Communicate effectively orally and in writing on major reforms to improve educational management
    • Communicate quality related requirements to the academic and professional community in native and English languages
    • Present their own research conducted using research techniques and academic standards
    • Successfully communicate in conflict situations to resolve them and build favourable working and learning environment
    • Communicate the school’s financial performance to stakeholders and society at large in a clear and concise manner
    • Communicate the critical issues, problems, and trends in curriculum development process

  • Learning skills
    Graduate will be able to:
    • Plan their progression to programs leading to a higher qualification such as a Doctoral Degree
    • Manage time effectively
    • Identify needs and prepare continuous professional development plan for staff
    • Be aware of their own preference of learning style
    • Identify needs and plan future studies to upgrade one’s own skills corresponding to the needs of current or new working environment

  • Values
    Graduate will be able to:
    • Promote understanding, appreciation, and use of the community’s diverse cultural, social, and intellectual resources;
    • Safeguard the values of democracy, equity, and diversity;
    • Reflect on one’s own and others value systems;
    • Contribute to establishing new values regarding education.
  • Date of approval: 02-23-2016
    Approval protocol number: 06-16
    Date of program update:
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    Program details: The program consists of 120 ECTS, out of which 66 are mandatory courses and 30 thesis. 24 ECTS can be accumulated from program electives or other courses available through other MA programs (respective of pre-requisites).
    Teaching Process Characteristics: The course has a taught and a research component. It may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The taught component comprises of 11 core and 4 elective modules each 6 ECTS. The dissertation semester is research-based. The full-time, two years option requires students to complete the taught modules in three semesters, five modules each and a research-based dissertation in the fourth semester. The part-time option allows students to undertake the taught component over a two and a half year period, with a minimum of three modules in a semester. This is followed by a semester long research component. Each module generally requires students to attend classes on a weekly basis: one meeting a week in each module. Every session consists of two 60 minute classes. Some courses might be offered in a more intensive manner: daily during two weeks. Independent learning, at personal as well as group/collaborative level is actively encouraged. The transfer of knowledge into practical competences and vice versa is achieved by bringing real-life problems into training discussions which are then lead to solutions. In addition at least once in a semester, with pre-determined schedule, students will visit one of the following organizations: the ministry of education and science of Georgia, organizations that operate under the Ministry, higher education institutions, schools, non-governmental organizations or other. The aim of the visit is to get the knowledge about the practical implementation of education management issues in each type of educational institution. On the seminar to follow the visit, students will offer their vision regarding the existing management drawbacks in the host institution and possible solutions to them. The seminar reports will be based on the models taught in the core courses of the relevant semester. The classes consist from the small groups of students, which allow professors to devote more time to individual work with them. Moreover academic support is provided to students, through the consultations. In addition to the regular lectures for the modules, there could be short presentations or seminars by visiting scholars. Students are advised to participate in all sessions organized by the faculty. Students are also encourage to organize their own presentations among the group. If you require any help, you are encouraged to contact the program coordinators at UG.

    Program Core

    CodeSubjectECTSSemester
    EDUC5111ELeadership and Management in Education6 1
    EDUC5112EEducational Policy and Globalization6 1
    EDUC5113EResearch Methods and Design6 1
    EDUC5114ELegal issues in education6 1
    EDUC5115EInclusive Education6 1
    EDUC5211EHuman resource management in Education6 2
    EDUC5212ETeaching and Learning Theories and Strategies6 2
    EDUC5213ECurriculum Development6 2
    EDUC6111EEducation Finance6 3
    EDUC6112EConflict resolution in education6 3
    EDUC6113EQuality Enhancement6 3
    EDUC6211EThesis30 4

    Credits sum:

    96

    Program Elective

    CodeSubjectECTS
    ADVM5210Advertising6
    BUSN0521Business Communications6
    COMM5111Public Relations6
    EDUC5221EResearch-based Academic Writing6
    MGMT0521Organization Behavior6
    EDUC5215EPhilosophy of education6
    EDUC5216ESociology of Education6
    EDUC5217EClassroom Management6
    EDUC5218EComparative and International Education6
    EDUC5219EICT in Education6
    EDUC5220EInternship / field research6

    Credits sum:

    66









    Evaluation system


    Weekly review

    24 point / 24%;

    Research Paper

    16 point/ 16%;

    Midterm exams

    25 point / 25%;

    Final exam

    35 point / 35%


    Point GPA The university assessment   The general assessment in Georgia
    97-100 4,00 A+ A Excellent
    94-96 3,75 A
    91-93 3,50 A-
    87-90 3,25 B+   Very good
    84-86 3,00 B B
    81-83 2,75 B-  
    77-80 2,50 C+   C good
    74-76 2,25 C
    71-73 2,00 C-
    67-70 1,75 D+   D Satisfactory
    64-66 1,50 D
    61-63 1,25 D-
    51-60 1,00 E E Sufficient
    Not passed
    41-50   FX FX Insufficient
    <40   F F Failed



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