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Programme Description

This programme is a two-year course for education practitioners interested in improving schools and student learning. It is relevant to both schools and office- based leaders regardless of their background or formal position.

Hong Kong schools are under increasing pressure to improve the quality of education they offer. Recent educational and curriculum policy initiatives such as School Self- evaluation, External School Reviews, School-based Management, Certification for Principalship and the Continuing Professional Development of Teachers are pushing schools to experiment with a broad range of innovations. This trend is expected to continue, or even intensify, in the years ahead. Educational leaders at all levels in schools, sponsoring bodies and the government are charged with leading school improvement, and are being held accountable for its success. It is increasingly contingent upon schools themselves to drive their own improvement programmes in line with global trends and local needs. This programme is designed to provide innovative and energetic educators with both the theoretical and applied knowledge and skills needed to implement successful school improvements.

The programme is offered by the Department of Educational Administration and Policy, and draws on both the department’s existing offerings and those of the wider Faculty. Students are expected to engage in close cooperation with other practitioners to apply their knowledge and ideas in their own workplaces and educational contexts. The programme employs a variety of learning methods, including traditional lectures, school visits, case learning, applied research (including action learning) and focused small group interactions.


Who Should Apply?

Applicants should be serving school principals or vice principals, school administrators, teachers, school development consultants / officers or Education Bureau officials. Those with no relevant professional experience but who have taken specialised courses in equivalent programmes offered by recognised institutions may also apply.

Applicants should hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Education or an equivalent educational qualification and / or have relevant professional experience deemed acceptable.

Programme Requirements

(1) Coursework Requirement

Students are required to complete a total of 24 units for graduation.

Required Courses
SILP 6001-6005, PEDU 6406
16.5 units
Elective Courses
(a) 1-2 elective course(s) from: PEDU 6205, 6206, 6207
3-6 units
(b) 0-1 elective course from the Master of Education Programme
(There are pre-requisites for PEDU 6404 & 6405.)
0-3 units
(c) 1 elective course from: PEDU 6401, 6402
1.5 units

(2) Other Requirements

(a) A student must achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in order to fulfill the graduation requirement.

(b) Students must fulfill the Term Assessment Requirement of the Graduate School. A student who obtains a cumulative grade point average (GPA) below 2.0 in the preceding term will be put on academic probation. For details, please refer to  Section 13.0 “Unsatisfactory Performance and Discontinuation of Studies” of the General Regulations Governing Postgraduate Studies which can be accessed from the Graduate School Homepage: