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Ethics of Education: philosophy, history and law

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The master track will prepare you for jobs at institutions and media in the field of education, training, child care and child and youth welfare work. Two domains of jobs can be distinguished: Teaching & Training and Policy and Consultancy. Teaching & Training includes for example teaching at schools for higher professional education (HBO), but also schooling and training at institutions and companies. Policy & Consultancy includes consultative jobs, policy making and communication and the theoretical underpinning and support of educational responsibilities both from private and governmental organizations.

Of course, the master track also prepares you to do academic research. You will be trained in academic reading, designing research, assessing scientific publications and academic writing.

Students will be familiarized with the educational field, career options and career perspectives. They will practice professional skills, such as writing consultancy reports and policy decisions, teaching and training. The internship and the course Professional Skills are important parts of the master track.

Kinds of institutions where jobs can be found:

  • Public education associations
  • Advisory councils for education
  • Associations of universities
  • Governmental/state organizations
  • Child Welfare Council
  • Schools advisory services
  • Schools for higher professional education
  • Trades unions for education
  • UNICEF
  • EU
  • OECD
  • UNESCO
  • Educational organizations
  • Research institutions (such as the SCP)
  • Youth policy organizations (such as the NJI)
  • Centres for social development
  • Youth welfare councils
  • Scientific councils for government policy
  • Child care organizations
  • Knowledge centres about education

Wat kun je ermee?

De master Ethics of Education bereidt voor op functies bij instellingen, instanties en media die zich bezighouden met onderwijs, opleiding, kinderopvang, jeugdzorg en dergelijke. Deze functies vallen binnen twee domeinen: Teaching & Training en Policy & Consultancy. Bij Teaching & Training gaat het om lesgeven in het HBO-onderwijs, maar ook om opleidingen en trainingen voor instellingen en bedrijven. Bij “Policy & Consultancy” gaat het om taken als advisering, ondersteuning, beleidsontwikkeling en communicatie, taken die uitgevoerd worden binnen allerlei instellingen die zich bewegen op het pedagogisch domein (zowel particulier als van overheidswege). Daarnaast bereidt de opleiding vanzelfsprekend voor op het doen van wetenschappelijk onderzoek.

Studenten worden tijdens de master vertrouwd gemaakt met het werkveld, de beroepsmogelijkheden en oefenen met elementaire beroepsvaardigheden als het opstellen van een adviesrapport en het geven van onderwijs en trainingen. De stage en het vak Professional Skills zijn hiervoor belangrijke onderdelen.

Maar waar vind je een baan?

Om een indruk te geven van waar je kunt werken, volgt hier een kort overzicht van een aantal concrete instellingen/instituties waar je kunt werken. De lijst is vanzelfsprekend niet uitputtend.

  • Vereniging voor openbaar onderwijs (VOO)
  • Onderwijsraad
  • PO/VO/MBO raad
  • VSNU
  • Overheid (ministeries van OCW, Veiligheid en justitie, VWS: jeugdzorg; gemeenten)
  • Raad voor de kinderbescherming,
  • Onderwijsadvies en begeleidingsdiensten,
  • HBO-instellingen (bijvoorbeeld als docent)
  • Dag- week- en maandbladen
  • Onderwijsvakbonden
  • UNICEF
  • EU
  • OECD
  • UNESCO
  • Centra voor Jeugd en gezin
  • Sociaal Cultureel Planbureau
  • Nederlands Jeugdinstituut (NJI)
  • Movisie
  • Bureaus Jeugdzorg
  • Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid
  • Brancheorganisatie kinderopvang
  • Kenniscentrum Onderwijs en Opvoering


  • Testimonial van student Eline van der Raad

    During my internship at a primary school I found out that the communication between parents and teachers is often poor.

    After finishing the 'Academic Pabo', I felt a little too young to start working immediately. I wanted to learn more before I would start to teach others.

    I chose the Master’s programme ‘Ethics of Education’, because I was ınterested in moral issues that concern education. For me, that is more interesting than only focussing on policy issues in education. In this master’s programme, you examine what is best for a child. That is very often hard to say, because who decides what is best? The parents, the school or perhaps the child itself? It is very interesting to dive into those issues. I am happy that I decided to study this.

    A course İ really liked was ‘In the best interest of the child’. You learn how to make decisions when there is a dilemma and people have different opinions on what might be best for a child. An example would be if it is good for a child to skip a grade. Teachers, parents and children might all want something different. What would be a proper solution for that?

    My thesis is about parent involvement. I have always been interested in that. During my internship at a primary school I found out that the communication between parents and teachers is often poor. I studied a project at a school where parents coach their children individually in class. I am going to examine how that influences the inequality of opportunity for children. In The Netherlands there is a lot of inequality of opportunity caused by shadow education like private supplementary tutoring or homework coaching. Especially highly educated parents send their children to such courses. I am going to research if this project will have a positive or perhaps a negative effect on this.

    Eline van der Raad, master student Ethics of Education

    Sluiten
    – student Eline van der Raad
  • Testimonial van Opleidingsvideo

    Master track Ethics of Education: philosophy, history and law

    The Ethics of Education Master's track trains you to analyse and discuss moral, legal, practical and policy-related issues in the education domain.

    Would you like some examples? Watch the video!

    Sluiten
    – Opleidingsvideo
  • Testimonial van student Jan Jaap Zijlstra

    "Then I heard about the Master's programme Ethics of Education. In this programme, my questions are answered."

    Before I started this Master's degree programme, I followed the Bachelor's degree programme in Pedagogical Sciences, as well as the primary school teacher training. In those programmes, I ran into a lot of 'why' questions, which were not addressed. Then I heard about the Master's programme in Ethics of Education. In this programme, my questions are answered.

    Before I started this Master’s degree programme, I followed the Bachelor’s degree programme in Pedagogical Sciences, as well as the primary school teacher training. In those programmes, I ran into a lot of ‘why’ questions, which were not addressed. Then I heard about the Master’s programme Ethics of Education. In this programme, my questions are answered.

    What is the programme about? I would say that the focus is on the position of the child and the parties involved in the child’s care. Course units include Citizenship and Professionalization, which includes an analysis of past trends.

    You follow these courses units in the first semester. In the second semester you complete a work placement and write your thesis. I am currently on an placement at SLO, the National Centre for Expertise on Curriculum Development. Now I’m contributing to a book on curriculum development in Europe. I am very proud of that.

    The atmosphere at the programme is very good. It’s a small programme and I like that. You get to know each other quickly because you have a lot of discussions. The contact with the lecturers is also very nice. They all know you by name, really soon. I think the lecturers appreciate the atmosphere too: teaching a class that actually responds. That’s a change form delivering standard lectures for 400 people.

    I follow this Master’s degree programme because I am interested in children. The child is at the heart of the programme. Every discussion is about the child. Within that framework you can pursue your own interests. You are surrounded by people who have the same interests. The academic supervision is good, with frequent consultations and a lot of direct feedback. I really like it!

    Jan Jaap Zijlstra, 24 years old.

    Sluiten
    – student Jan Jaap Zijlstra
  • Testimonial van Student Rosa María Guttiérez

    I really like the course unit 'Citizenship of Education', which looks at how education influences our democratic societies and how or why education should be responsible or not.

    My name is Rosa María Guttiérez. I am Mexican and I am 20 years old. I am following the Master's track 'Ethics of Education: Philosophy, History and Law'. Before starting this programme, I gained a Bachelor's degree in Pedagogy in Mexico City. Before studying Pedagogy, I started a programme in International Relations and Political Science, but I didn't finish it. I was looking for a Master's programme that would enable me to combine my interest in politics with my background in education.

    I compared programmes offered in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Nijmegen with the programme in Groningen, and the latter appealed to me most. The name of the programme indicates that it involves philosophy, which interests me, and I also didn’t want to go to a very big city. Mexico City is huge, and I was looking for a different lifestyle.

    I really like Groningen. It’s very nice. Because it is not a big city, everything is within cycling distance. It is a real student city, with a young and interesting population. There is a lot of art and there are different festivals. It’s also very international.

    Ethics of Education has helped me to understand what happens behind the scenes before decisions are made in the education field. We still have to find a way of giving voice to all the children we are trying to help or provide for. In this programme, you follow course units in the first semester. In the second semester you complete a placement and write your thesis. I am currently doing a placement at SLO, the Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development. Some course units focus on the legal background. I really like the course unit ‘Citizenship of Education’, which looks at how education influences our democratic societies and how or why education should be responsible or not.

    Sluiten
    – Student Rosa María Guttiérez
  • Testimonial van student Eline van der Raad

    During my internship at a primary school I found out that the communication between parents and teachers is often poor.

    After finishing the 'Academic Pabo', I felt a little too young to start working immediately. I wanted to learn more before I would start to teach others.

    I chose the Master’s programme ‘Ethics of Education’, because I was ınterested in moral issues that concern education. For me, that is more interesting than only focussing on policy issues in education. In this master’s programme, you examine what is best for a child. That is very often hard to say, because who decides what is best? The parents, the school or perhaps the child itself? It is very interesting to dive into those issues. I am happy that I decided to study this.

    A course İ really liked was ‘In the best interest of the child’. You learn how to make decisions when there is a dilemma and people have different opinions on what might be best for a child. An example would be if it is good for a child to skip a grade. Teachers, parents and children might all want something different. What would be a proper solution for that?

    My thesis is about parent involvement. I have always been interested in that. During my internship at a primary school I found out that the communication between parents and teachers is often poor. I studied a project at a school where parents coach their children individually in class. I am going to examine how that influences the inequality of opportunity for children. In The Netherlands there is a lot of inequality of opportunity caused by shadow education like private supplementary tutoring or homework coaching. Especially highly educated parents send their children to such courses. I am going to research if this project will have a positive or perhaps a negative effect on this.

    Eline van der Raad, master student Ethics of Education

    Sluiten
    – student Eline van der Raad
  • Testimonial van student Jan Jaap Zijlstra

    "Then I heard about the Master's programme Ethics of Education. In this programme, my questions are answered."

    Before I started this Master's degree programme, I followed the Bachelor's degree programme in Pedagogical Sciences, as well as the primary school teacher training. In those programmes, I ran into a lot of 'why' questions, which were not addressed. Then I heard about the Master's programme in Ethics of Education. In this programme, my questions are answered.

    Before I started this Master’s degree programme, I followed the Bachelor’s degree programme in Pedagogical Sciences, as well as the primary school teacher training. In those programmes, I ran into a lot of ‘why’ questions, which were not addressed. Then I heard about the Master’s programme Ethics of Education. In this programme, my questions are answered.

    What is the programme about? I would say that the focus is on the position of the child and the parties involved in the child’s care. Course units include Citizenship and Professionalization, which includes an analysis of past trends.

    You follow these courses units in the first semester. In the second semester you complete a work placement and write your thesis. I am currently on an placement at SLO, the National Centre for Expertise on Curriculum Development. Now I’m contributing to a book on curriculum development in Europe. I am very proud of that.

    The atmosphere at the programme is very good. It’s a small programme and I like that. You get to know each other quickly because you have a lot of discussions. The contact with the lecturers is also very nice. They all know you by name, really soon. I think the lecturers appreciate the atmosphere too: teaching a class that actually responds. That’s a change form delivering standard lectures for 400 people.

    I follow this Master’s degree programme because I am interested in children. The child is at the heart of the programme. Every discussion is about the child. Within that framework you can pursue your own interests. You are surrounded by people who have the same interests. The academic supervision is good, with frequent consultations and a lot of direct feedback. I really like it!

    Jan Jaap Zijlstra, 24 years old.

    Sluiten
    – student Jan Jaap Zijlstra
  • Testimonial van Student Rosa María Guttiérez

    I really like the course unit 'Citizenship of Education', which looks at how education influences our democratic societies and how or why education should be responsible or not.

    My name is Rosa María Guttiérez. I am Mexican and I am 20 years old. I am following the Master's track 'Ethics of Education: Philosophy, History and Law'. Before starting this programme, I gained a Bachelor's degree in Pedagogy in Mexico City. Before studying Pedagogy, I started a programme in International Relations and Political Science, but I didn't finish it. I was looking for a Master's programme that would enable me to combine my interest in politics with my background in education.

    I compared programmes offered in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Nijmegen with the programme in Groningen, and the latter appealed to me most. The name of the programme indicates that it involves philosophy, which interests me, and I also didn’t want to go to a very big city. Mexico City is huge, and I was looking for a different lifestyle.

    I really like Groningen. It’s very nice. Because it is not a big city, everything is within cycling distance. It is a real student city, with a young and interesting population. There is a lot of art and there are different festivals. It’s also very international.

    Ethics of Education has helped me to understand what happens behind the scenes before decisions are made in the education field. We still have to find a way of giving voice to all the children we are trying to help or provide for. In this programme, you follow course units in the first semester. In the second semester you complete a placement and write your thesis. I am currently doing a placement at SLO, the Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development. Some course units focus on the legal background. I really like the course unit ‘Citizenship of Education’, which looks at how education influences our democratic societies and how or why education should be responsible or not.

    Sluiten
    – Student Rosa María Guttiérez
  • Testimonial van student Eline van der Raad

    During my internship at a primary school I found out that the communication between parents and teachers is often poor.

    After finishing the 'Academic Pabo', I felt a little too young to start working immediately. I wanted to learn more before I would start to teach others.

    I chose the Master’s programme ‘Ethics of Education’, because I was ınterested in moral issues that concern education. For me, that is more interesting than only focussing on policy issues in education. In this master’s programme, you examine what is best for a child. That is very often hard to say, because who decides what is best? The parents, the school or perhaps the child itself? It is very interesting to dive into those issues. I am happy that I decided to study this.

    A course İ really liked was ‘In the best interest of the child’. You learn how to make decisions when there is a dilemma and people have different opinions on what might be best for a child. An example would be if it is good for a child to skip a grade. Teachers, parents and children might all want something different. What would be a proper solution for that?

    My thesis is about parent involvement. I have always been interested in that. During my internship at a primary school I found out that the communication between parents and teachers is often poor. I studied a project at a school where parents coach their children individually in class. I am going to examine how that influences the inequality of opportunity for children. In The Netherlands there is a lot of inequality of opportunity caused by shadow education like private supplementary tutoring or homework coaching. Especially highly educated parents send their children to such courses. I am going to research if this project will have a positive or perhaps a negative effect on this.

    Eline van der Raad, master student Ethics of Education

    Sluiten
    – student Eline van der Raad
  • Testimonial van student Jan Jaap Zijlstra

    "Then I heard about the Master's programme Ethics of Education. In this programme, my questions are answered."

    Before I started this Master's degree programme, I followed the Bachelor's degree programme in Pedagogical Sciences, as well as the primary school teacher training. In those programmes, I ran into a lot of 'why' questions, which were not addressed. Then I heard about the Master's programme in Ethics of Education. In this programme, my questions are answered.

    Before I started this Master’s degree programme, I followed the Bachelor’s degree programme in Pedagogical Sciences, as well as the primary school teacher training. In those programmes, I ran into a lot of ‘why’ questions, which were not addressed. Then I heard about the Master’s programme Ethics of Education. In this programme, my questions are answered.

    What is the programme about? I would say that the focus is on the position of the child and the parties involved in the child’s care. Course units include Citizenship and Professionalization, which includes an analysis of past trends.

    You follow these courses units in the first semester. In the second semester you complete a work placement and write your thesis. I am currently on an placement at SLO, the National Centre for Expertise on Curriculum Development. Now I’m contributing to a book on curriculum development in Europe. I am very proud of that.

    The atmosphere at the programme is very good. It’s a small programme and I like that. You get to know each other quickly because you have a lot of discussions. The contact with the lecturers is also very nice. They all know you by name, really soon. I think the lecturers appreciate the atmosphere too: teaching a class that actually responds. That’s a change form delivering standard lectures for 400 people.

    I follow this Master’s degree programme because I am interested in children. The child is at the heart of the programme. Every discussion is about the child. Within that framework you can pursue your own interests. You are surrounded by people who have the same interests. The academic supervision is good, with frequent consultations and a lot of direct feedback. I really like it!

    Jan Jaap Zijlstra, 24 years old.

    Sluiten
    – student Jan Jaap Zijlstra
  • Testimonial van Student Rosa María Guttiérez

    I really like the course unit 'Citizenship of Education', which looks at how education influences our democratic societies and how or why education should be responsible or not.

    My name is Rosa María Guttiérez. I am Mexican and I am 20 years old. I am following the Master's track 'Ethics of Education: Philosophy, History and Law'. Before starting this programme, I gained a Bachelor's degree in Pedagogy in Mexico City. Before studying Pedagogy, I started a programme in International Relations and Political Science, but I didn't finish it. I was looking for a Master's programme that would enable me to combine my interest in politics with my background in education.

    I compared programmes offered in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Nijmegen with the programme in Groningen, and the latter appealed to me most. The name of the programme indicates that it involves philosophy, which interests me, and I also didn’t want to go to a very big city. Mexico City is huge, and I was looking for a different lifestyle.

    I really like Groningen. It’s very nice. Because it is not a big city, everything is within cycling distance. It is a real student city, with a young and interesting population. There is a lot of art and there are different festivals. It’s also very international.

    Ethics of Education has helped me to understand what happens behind the scenes before decisions are made in the education field. We still have to find a way of giving voice to all the children we are trying to help or provide for. In this programme, you follow course units in the first semester. In the second semester you complete a placement and write your thesis. I am currently doing a placement at SLO, the Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development. Some course units focus on the legal background. I really like the course unit ‘Citizenship of Education’, which looks at how education influences our democratic societies and how or why education should be responsible or not.

    Sluiten
    – Student Rosa María Guttiérez
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