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
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
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.