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Master Education and Child Studies

Welcome to the Master’s Degree Programme in Education and Child Studies. Upon entering the programme students choose one of the following specialisations:

The programme takes one year. Upon completion graduates will possess the knowledge, skills and attitude listed below under Achievement levels. In each course description you will find which achievement levels are trained.

Achievement levels

Graduates of the master’s programme in Education and Child Studies will possess the knowledge, skills and attitude set forth below. Within the time limits established for this, and by means of the prescribed forms of assessment, they will give evidence that they have mas-tered the required knowledge, skills and attitudes.
The Master in Education and Child Studies will possess the following knowledge and skills:
1. analysing and conceptualising questions and problems in one of the specialisations the master’s programme covers, and reporting on them orally and in written form, both for an audience with an academic background (e.g., in scientific journals) and for a lay audience;
2. designing, organising, conducting and reporting on research in one of the specialisations in the master’s programme;
3. understanding and evaluating state-of-the-art research in the domain of Education and Child Studies and scientific literature in the field. For this purpose a Master is competent in methodological and technical research skills that are customary in Education and Child Studies in general, and in the master’s specialisation in particular;
4. formulating relevant strategies and alternative courses of action to solve a professional problem;
5. collecting and critically evaluating scientific literature, establishing its relevance and summarising its core ideas;
6. writing a scientifically and ethically responsible description and analysis of practical and theoretical pedagogical problems;
7. analysing (both in written form and orally) and influencing problematic child-raising and/or educational situations in the family, school, society and social work institutions;
8. reading and understanding professional literature in English;
9. designing and conducting research designs, independently and in a group setting;
10. critically analysing and evaluating research reports;
11. formulating a consistent vision or discourse in writing, making use of suitably balanced scientific arguments;
12. communicating in an effective and professional manner, both orally and in written form, regarding issues relevant to the profession;
13. receiving and processing feedback on his or her performance;
14. collaborating with others, taking a leadership role in a team and stimulating the members of that team.

At the same time graduates will have mastered academic attitudes, demonstrated by:
15. an inquisitive, critical, scrutinising stance;
16. the capacity and motivation to apply scientific knowledge and insights to child-rearing and educational problems;
17. the capacity and motivation to acquire new knowledge and insights, doing so with a high degree of independence;
18. critical reflection on the implications of ethically responsible scientific action, both one’s own and that of others.
19. graduates have mastered the knowledge, skills and attitude to either be accepted for a research programme (doctoral course) in the field of Education and Child Studies, or to be able to practise a profession in a field in which educational scientists can be employed, or be admitted to a post-graduate professional training programme.

Graduates will also have given proof of professional conduct.

  1. In the context of diagnosis and treatment and in academic research situations, professional conduct will be assessed in the obligatory components of all Master’s degree specialisations in which relevant aspects of professional conduct can be observed, discussed and assessed.Professional conduct will be assessed on the basis of the student’s observable behaviour and reflection on this behaviour, with regard to the student’s future professional practice as an educationalist and to the NVO (Association of Educationalists in the Netherlands) professional code. This involves the following aspects: handling tasks/work, relating to others, relating to oneself, and the student’s reflection on these aspects. The assessment method will be regulated by the Board of Examiners of the Institute of Education and Child Studies, and laid down in the Rules and Regulations.

Please refer to our website for the complete Course and Examination Regulations and for the Rules and Regulations 2014-2015.


You will find the complete timetable of the Master’s programme on our website. For the timetable per course please refer to the individual course descriptions.