REGULATIONS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF EDUCATION (2015)
 
1. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
An applicant shall be admitted to the Master of Education if that applicant has:
a) an honours degree approved by the Dean of Education, or
b) completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education with at least a B3 average, or
c) a qualification and/or experience acceptable to the Dean as equivalent to a) or b), and
d) has been confirmed as eligible to be admitted by the Postgraduate Committee of Senate.
 
2. MODE OF STUDY
Part-time
 
3. DURATION
A part-time student will normally complete the programme in two academic years. If a thesis is required, it must be passed within four years of the date of first registration in the Masters programme, unless the Postgraduate Committee determines otherwise.
 
4. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
Students seeking credit for previous successful study at the postgraduate level must seek advice from the Dean of Education who may make a recommendation to the Postgraduate Committee and Senate. Normally most of the programme is taken at NUS. For options, B-C credit will only be considered for coursework and must be recommended by the Postgraduate Committee and approved by Senate.
OPTION A: Thesis
A supervised thesis of 50,000 words on a topic approved by the Postgraduate Committee of Senate. Students admitted under 1a and 1c may be required to pass other courses.
OPTION B: Dissertation
A supervised dissertation of 16,000 words on a topic approved by the Postgraduate Committee of Senate and four 500 level courses not previously passed. Students admitted under 1a and 1c will be required to pass HED580, HED582, HED586 and HED588 as part of the four if similar courses have not been passed.
OPTION C: Coursework only
Six 500 level approved courses not previously passed. Students admitted under 1a and 1c will be required to pass HED580, HED582, HED586, and HED588 as part of the six if similar courses have not been passed. Students may only change their selected option with the approval of the Dean, Faculty of Education.
 
Core courses:
HED580                                  Issues of Education in Samoa
HED582                                  Supervision and Mentoring
HED586                                  Education Policy
HED588                                  Curriculum Theory and Practice
 
Electives: [Choose 2]
HSA500                                  Approaches to Samoan Studies
HSA503                                  In-Depth Study of Samoan Language
HDS501                                  Project and Programme Design and Evaluation
HDS503 or HDS504               Special Topic in Development Studies
HCS580                                  Global Environment Issues in Samoa
HCS581                                  Climate Change
HCS583                                  Disaster Management
HTE589                                  Applied Linguistics and Language Learning Issues
Students are also eligible to choose from any other courses as electives from other Faculties.
 
5. SUPERVISOR
The Dean shall recommend to the Postgraduate Committee of Senate, the name(s) of a supervisor(s) for each applicant who is enrolled in a thesis.
 
6. PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS
To graduate with a Master of Education a student must pass any additional prescribed coursework and pass the thesis, or the minor thesis and courses, or the courses as stated in 4 above. Students selecting the thesis option must comply with the Regulations for the Master’s Degree by Thesis.
 
7. These Regulations are effective from 1 July, 2015
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