Programme Requirements
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Students may choose to register for the programme under (a) General Stream, or (b) Programmes with Specialisations. In addition, students admitted in 2011-12 and before are required to meet the requirement of IT Proficiency prescribed by the University.

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Study Scheme

(a) General Stream
Under the guidance of their academic advisors, students opting for the General Stream may register for a variety of courses offered by the Facultyˇ¦s academic departments, including the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration and Policy, Educational Psychology, and Sports Science and Physical Education. To graduate, students are required to complete a total of 30 units, including 3 units on research methodology.

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Students who wish to conduct an independent inquiry into an educational issue relevant to their defined areas of study may enrol in ˇ§Research Reportˇ¨, a course that offers guided study under the supervision of Faculty staff members.

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(i) General Courses
6-9 courses (Each 3 units) with prefix PEDU (excluding practicum, seminars, project and research reports, and some specialized courses. Please refer to respective course descriptions for details.)
18-27 units
(ii) Methods of Educational Research
2 courses from: PEDU 6003-6004, 6401-6406
(There are pre-requisites for PEDU 6404 & 6405, please refer to Faculty Handbook ˇV Course Descriptions for details.)
3 units
(iii) Research Report
Students can choose to complete 1 course from:
PEDU 6418, 6449, 6459, 6461, SSPE 6901
0-9 units
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Total:   30 units

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Curriculum and Instruction 3 courses Total: 9 units
Educational Administration and Policy 3 courses Total: 9 units
Educational Psychology 3 courses Total: 9 units
Faculty of Education 2 courses on Methods of Educational Research Total: 3 units
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Courses offered by General Stream
Please refer to the course listings of the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration and Policy, Educational Psychology, and Sports Science and Physical Education.

In addition to these courses, another 11 courses in Putonghua (or English, subject to the departmentsˇ¦ teaching arrangements) are also offered by the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration and Policy, Educational Psychology and the Faculty of Education to provide students another medium of instruction option. MEd students opting for the General Stream can register for these courses to fulfil their coursework requirement within one academic year.

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(b) Programmes with Specialisations:
Students will be required to choose one of the following specialisations, and complete 30 units, including core courses, elective courses, research method courses and/or project reports for graduation.

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1. Curriculum and Instruction

This programme is designed for educational professionals and practitioners who are interested in curriculum design and development. Its aim is to help students to acquire the theories, strategies and concepts of curriculum development from a range of perspectives. Students also explore the effects of societal and educational changes on curriculum design and development.

The programme emphasises the integration of theory and practice. Key areas of inquiry include theories of curriculum and instructional design, models of curriculum development, curriculum evaluation, change and implementation strategies, instructional design, and the role and functions of educators and administrators in curriculum and instructional matters.

Applicable to students admitted in 2018-19 and thereafter


(i) Required Courses
3 to 4 courses from: PEDU 6051, 6052, 6053, 6054
9-12 units
(ii) Core Electives (within department)
1 to 2 courses from: courses offered by the Department of Curriculum & Instruction such as courses from MA in English Language Teaching, MA in Chinese Language Education, MSc in Mathematics Education programmes. Courses offered by these programmes can be refered to the Course List.
[prior approval from teachers of individual courses might be required]
3-6 units
(iii) Electives from other departments/programmes
1 to 4 courses offered by other departments/ programmes of the Faculty of Education
3-12 units
(iv) Methods of Educational Research
2 courses from: PEDU 6003-6004, 6401-6406
(There are pre-requisites for PEDU 6404 & 6405, please refer to Faculty Handbook ˇV Course Descriptions for details.)
3 units
(v) Research Report
Students can choose to complete PEDU 6459
0-9 units
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2. Learning Sciences and Technologies (Part-time Programme)

The programme is designed for professionals in education and corporate sectors to enable them to leverage information technologies in learning and teaching.  To respond to the need of building up professional capacity in using technologies for the enhancement of learning and teaching, the programme provides training to integrate theories of learning with contemporary technologies to design and evaluate learning environments for schools and other educational settings.  Target audiences of the programme are school teachers, government officials, courseware designers, IT professionals, educational product designers and trainers designing training programmes.  The programme will adopt a tripod curricular structure with the three connected “pillars”: Learning, Technology, and Design.  The Learning component provides the foundational theories of how learning takes place effectively in individuals and in a group or community. The Technology component equips students with applied knowledge and skills in technologies for educational application. The Design component enables students to explore various issues in the design of learning environments that utilize the affordance of new technologies to personalize the learning processes for learners.


(i) Required Courses
4 courses from: PEDU 6124, 6125, 6513, 6514
12 units
(ii) Electives
3 courses offered by the Master of Education programme / other programmes of the Faculty of Education
9 units
(iii) Methods of Educational Research
2 courses from: PEDU 6003-6004, 6401-6406
(There are pre-requisites for PEDU 6404 & 6405, please refer to Faculty Handbook ˇV Course Descriptions for details.)
3 units
(iv) Research Report
Students must complete PEDU 6460
6 units
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3. Educational Leadership and Administration

This programme is specially designed for educators interested in expanding their understanding of schools in todayˇ¦s complex educational environment and in exploring ways in which leaders can make a positive difference in their schools. The programme assumes that leadership resides in and operates across various levels of the school ˇV from teachers to the principal ˇV and addresses issues relevant to this community of leaders. Using a range of experiential and grounded approaches to learning, the programme enriches studentsˇ¦ understanding of what ˇ§makesˇ¨ a school as an organisation, how to manage the complexities of school change, what constitutes effective school leadership, how to build a professional learning community, and the debate surrounding the content of current educational reform policies and their implications for schools.

Students can choose whether to address these and other relevant topics through coursework or through a combination of coursework and supervised applied study. Drawing on local and international experience and research, the programme balances theoretical and practical perspectives through continued reference to the current context of school education and school leadership in Hong Kong. Students are regarded as active participants in their own learning, and are expected to contribute to their own ongoing learning, as well as that of their colleagues and organisations.


(i) Required Courses
3 to 5 courses from: PEDU 6011, 6205-6208
9-15 units
(ii) Core Electives (within department)
1 to 3 courses from:PEDU 6209-6213
3-9 units
(iii) Electives from other departments/programmes
0 to 4 courses offered by other departments/ programmes of the Faculty of Education
0-12 units
(iv) Methods of Educational Research
2 courses from: PEDU 6003-6004, 6401-6406
(There are pre-requisites for PEDU 6404 & 6405, please refer to Faculty Handbook ˇV Course Descriptions for details.)
3 units
(v) Research Report
Students can choose to complete PEDU 6418
0-9 units
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4. Policy Studies in Education

Education policy is a highly contentious issue in all democratic societies. The purpose of this programme is to help students to understand the nature and functions of education policy, to appreciate the complexity of the policymaking process and to differentiate the normative and factual arguments inherent to policy debates.

The programme is designed to help educators to develop a critical understanding of education policy. It introduces a range of conceptual and analytical skills that are essential for a comprehensive understanding of concrete educational policies in both the local and international contexts. The programme anticipates active student participation in policy case analysis to illuminate the formulation, implementation and evaluation processes of education policy.


(i) Required Courses
3 to 5 courses from: PEDU 6209-6213
9-15 units
(ii) Core Electives (within department)
1 to 3 courses from:PEDU 6011, 6205-6208
3-9 units
(iii) Electives from other departments/programmes
0 to 4 courses offered by other departments/ programmes of the Faculty of Education
0-12 units
(iv) Methods of Educational Research
2 courses from: PEDU 6003-6004, 6401-6406
(There are pre-requisites for PEDU 6404 & 6405, please refer to Faculty Handbook ˇV Course Descriptions for details.)
3 units
(v) Research Report
Students can choose to complete PEDU 6418
0-9 units
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5. Educational Psychology

This programme invites teachers and other professionals to jointly explore the new frontiers of educational psychology. Its aim is to provide stimulation and resources to effect positive changes in educational practice. Courses are designed around the constellations of learning and development to address the following concerns.What advances in knowledge can improve the design of learning environments and related assessments? In what ways can the psychology of higher order thinking illuminate our instructional design? What strategies are effective for motivating the unmotivated and for handling high-risk behaviour in adolescents? In light of new and still evolving perspectives, how can we better understand the nature of human abilities and their developmental variants (e.g. talents, giftedness and learning disabilities)? What are the possibilities for teacher development, and can such development ultimately serve as a resource for student development?

Applicable to students admitted in 2018-19 and thereafter

(i) Required Courses
4 to 5 courses from: PEDU 6048, 6502, 6504-6516, 6705
12-15 units
(ii) Electives
2 to 4 courses offered by any departments/ programmes of the Faculty of Education
6-12 units
(iii) Methods of Educational Research
2 courses from: PEDU 6003-6004, 6401-6406
(There are pre-requisites for PEDU 6404 & 6405, please refer to Faculty Handbook ˇV Course Descriptions for details.)
3 units
(iv) Research Report
Students can choose to complete PEDU 6449
0-9 units
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6.  Parent Education (Part-time Programme)

The psychologist Sigmund Freud purportedly described raising a child as an impossible task, akin to governing a nation. In performing this impossible task, parents exert profound influence on their children that extends well into adulthood. Parents, themselves, are also transformed in this process. Importantly, parentsˇ¦ beliefs and practices are not only constantly shaped by the sociocultural context in which they reside, but also by the developing child and other agents of socialization. Understanding the complex dynamics of parenting is crucial for practitioners who seek to promote the wellness of the family, as well as children's optimal development.

This program is designed to enable educational professionals and practitioners from diverse backgrounds to work with parents effectively in professional settings. Students will acquire in-depth knowledge about parenting, including its antecedents, mechanisms, and implications for both parents and children. They will also develop paraprofessional counseling skills for working with parents. Moreover, a range of core electives will allow students to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by parents of children in different developmental stages and with different psychological and educational needs.

Applicable to students admitted in 2018-19 and thereafter

(i) Required Courses
4 to 5 courses from: PEDU 6701, 6704, 6705, 6706, 6707
12-15 units
(ii) Core Electives
1 to 3 courses from:EXSC 6208, EXSC 6210, MECM 6301* , MECM 6302*, PEDU 6213, PEDU 6502-6506, PEDU 6512
3-9 units
(iii) Electives
1 to 3 courses offered by other departments/ programmes of the Faculty of Education
3-9 units
(iv) Methods of Educational Research
2 courses from: PEDU 6003-6004, 6401-6406
(There are pre-requisites for PEDU 6404 & 6405, please refer to Faculty Handbook ˇV Course Descriptions for details.)
3 units
(v) Research Report
Students can choose to complete PEDU 6461
0-9 units
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*subject to approval and arrangement of programme

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7. Sports Science and Physical Education

This programme is designed to provide specialised study in sports science and physical education. Graduates will possess an in-depth understanding of the major areas of sports science and physical education, allowing them either to specialise in and increase their knowledge of physical education practices or pursue research in this area. The programme offers eight areas of investigation: Sports Psychology, Sports Physiology, Sports Biomechanics, Curriculum Policy, Design and Implementation in Sports and Physical Education, Sports Pedagogy, Sports Sociology, Health and Fitness, and Measurement in Sports and Physical Education.


Applicable to students admitted in 2018-19 and thereafter

(i) Elective Courses I
1 to 6 courses from: SPSY 6103, SPSY 6202, SSPE 6001, 6002, 6100, 6200
3-18 units
(ii) Elective Courses II
2 to 7 courses from: EXSC 6102, 6201-6205, 6207, 6208, 6210, 6211
6-21 units
(iii) Elective Courses III
1 to 5 courses offered by other departments/ programmes of the Faculty of Education
(There are pre-requisites for PEDU 6404 & 6405, please refer to Faculty Handbook ˇV Course Descriptions for details.)
3-15 units
(iv) Methods of Educational Research
EXSC 6101
3 units
(v) Research Report
Students can choose to complete SSPE 6901
0-9 units
(vi) Guided Studies
SSPE 6701
0-3 units
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Applicable to Students admitted in 2017-18 and before

(i) Elective Courses I
2 to 5 courses from: SPSY 6103, SPSY 6202, SSPE 6001, 6002, 6100, 6200
6-15 units
(ii) Elective Courses II
2 to 5 courses from: EXSC 6102, 6201-6205, 6207, 6208, 6210, 6211
6-15 units
(iii) Elective Courses III
1 to 5 courses offered by other departments/ programmes of the Faculty of Education
(There are pre-requisites for PEDU 6404 & 6405, please refer to Faculty Handbook – Course Descriptions for details.)
3-15 units
(iv) Methods of Educational Research
EXSC 6101
3 units
(v) Research Report
Students can choose to complete SSPE 6901
0-9 units
(vi) Guided Studies
SSPE 6701
0-3 units
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Other Requirements

(a) A student must achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in order to fulfil the graduation requirement.
(b) Students must fulfil the Term Assessment Requirement of the Graduate School. A student who obtains a cumulative GPA below 2.0 in the preceding term will be put on academic probation. For details, please refer to Clause 13.0 "Unsatisfactory Performance and Discontinuation of Studies" of the General Regulations Governing Postgraduate Studies which can be accessed from the Graduate School website http://www.gs.cuhk.edu.hk.

Class Schedule

There are two terms per academic year. Term 1 is from September to December, and Term 2 from January to April. Classes are usually offered on weekday evenings and on Saturday mornings.