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Overview

The International MA/PhD Program in Education Policy and School Reform (EPSR) is offered by the Department of Education at ECNU in Shanghai, which is a leading institution in teaching and research in education in China (ranked top A+ by the Ministry of Education). Meanwhile, this program integrates academic resources of other related faculties at ECNU and those of New York University Shanghai. The EPSR program consists of a variety of course modules, such as research in education, education policy, school reform, teacher development, student learning, and education history and culture. The medium of instruction is English for all courses.

The EPSR program is designed as a research-oriented postgraduate program for overseas students, which aims at facilitating an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of education policy and school reform from the Chinese views as well as an international and comparative perspective, under a globalized context. More specifically, international students can make use of the EPSR program as an academic and professional exposure to

·            Learn Chinese education policy within a broad social, economic and political  context;

·            Investigate school reform and improvement from Chinese experiences; and

·            Learn Chinese language and culture in real life.

The EPSR program will equip students with cross-national edges for further international collaboration and competition, which prepares them to lead the development of education in respective areas in the future.

 

Throughout the course of study, students will be encouraged to actively participate in class discussions/debates, attend field trips, deliver oral presentations, carry out collaborative learning and teamwork. They will be required to submit reading assignments, study-trip reports, term papers, and a final dissertation for assessment. The program design and the modes of delivery will lay a solid foundation for most students to shape their significant frameworks of professional knowledge. Furthermore, the orientation, coursework, lectures, cultural studies and school visits in Shanghai and beyond will help students prepare for their future professional career. Students will get familiar with the cultural differences between China and elsewhere, be motivated to develop critical thinking, acquire skills and techniques in analysing education policy and school reform from a comparative perspective, and be inspired to better live and work in a globalized context.

Distinctive Features

²  Admission to the first-class discipline at a top university in China.

²  Supervision by advisory panel constituting of eminent scholars.

²  Financial support available from government scholarship schemes.

²  Integration of coursework, research and practice.

²  Close contact with the frontier of China’s educational reform.

²  Training for multi-lingual and multi-cultural competencies.

²  Program based in Shanghai, a promising international metropolis. 

²  Opportunity of staying in China for employment after graduation.

Application Requirements

 

 

MA program

PhD program

1

Application form*

Application form*

2

CV (no more than 3 pages)

CV (no more than 5 pages)

3

Bachelor degree in education or other related fields (final year student can provide a certificate confirming impending graduation)

Master degree in education or other related fields (final year student can provide a certificate confirming impending graduation)

4

Official academic transcript of undergraduate study written in English or Chinese sealed with official stamps

Official academic transcript of postgraduate study written in English or Chinese sealed with official stamps

5

Transcript of overall band 6.0 for IELTS Academic Test; or 80 for IBT TOEFL obtained within the past two years (English native speakers can be exempted from this requirement)

Transcript of overall band 6.0 for IELTS Academic Test; or 80 for IBT TOEFL obtained within the past two years (English native speakers can be exempted from this requirement)

6

Personal statement with a length of no more than 1000 words **

Personal statement with a length of no more than 1000 words **

7

Research proposal with a length of at least 2000 words

Research proposal with a length of at least 3000 words

8

Two confidential recommendation letters written by referees with associate professorship or higher qualifications, issued within the recent 3 months

Two confidential recommendation letters written by referees with associate professorship or higher qualifications, issued within the recent 3 months

9

Copies of published articles (desirable but not compulsory)

Copies of published articles (desirable but not compulsory)

10

Health examination report generated within the recent 6 months

Health examination report generated within the recent 6 months

 

Notes for applicants

* Please fill in the application form online:

http:// lxsapply.ecnu.edu.cn

** The contents of the personal statement should include (but not limit to):

1. Applicants’ reasons for choosing this program;

2. Learning and/or working experiences that are relevant to their pursuits.

Graduation Requirements

Requirements

MA Program

PhD Program

Normative/Maximum Period of Study

2 years/5 years

4 years/6 years

Coursework

Required Major Course

11 credits

6 credits

Required Language and other General Course

9 credits

9 credits

Education Internship

2 credits

2 credits

Elective Course

9 credits

4 credits

Minimum Length of Dissertation

10, 000 words

40, 000 words

Proficiency in Chinese

HSK Level Three or Pass in Equivalent Tests

 

Courses for the EPSR MA Program

Category

Course Title

Credit

Term

Courses within Education Major

Required

Policy Studies in Education

3

Fall

Educational Reform and School Improvement:A Globalized and Comparative Perspective

3

Fall

School Reform and Teacher Development in China

3

Fall

Education Internship

2

Spring

Elective

(9 credits)

Independent Studies and Dissertation Writing

3

Both

Anthropological Studies of Education in China

2

Spring

Globalization and Intercultural Education Studies

2

Fall

Educational Leadership

2

Spring

International Teacher Education: Theory, Practice, and Policy

2

Spring

Introduction to Research on Educational Technology

2

Fall

Education in China: Tradition and Transformation

2

Spring

Courses beyond Education Major

Elective

English-instructed courses offered by other international MA/PhD programs in Contemporary China Studies, International Governance and Business, Political Sciences, etc.

TBD

TBD

Courses on General Education & Language

Required

Chinese Language Learning

6

Both

Introduction to Chinese Civilization

3

Both

* The courses are subject to change according to adjustments by the University’s policy.

 

Courses for the EPSR PhD Program

Category

Course Title

Credit

Term

Courses within Education Major

Required

Advanced Research in Education

2

Fall

Education Policy: Issues and Challenges

2

Fall

School Reform: Policy and Practice

2

Fall

Elective

(4 credits)

Education Internship

2

Spring

Globalization and Intercultural Education Studies

2

Fall

Anthropology of Education

2

Spring

International Teacher Education: Theory, Practice, and Policy

2

Spring

Educational Leadership

2

Spring

Courses beyond Education Major

Elective

English-instructed courses offered by other international MA/PhD programs in Contemporary China Studies, International Governance and Business, Political Sciences, etc.

TBD

TBD

Courses on General Education & Language

Required

Chinese Language Learning

6

Both

Introduction to Chinese Civilization

3

Both

* The courses are subject to change according to adjustments by the University’s policy.

Tuition and Fees

Scholarships

Students in the EPSR program may have an opportunity to apply for two different kinds of scholarships

·            China Scholarship Council (CSC)

http://www.campuschina.org/

 

·            Shanghai Government Scholarship (SGS)

http://study.edu.sh.gov.cn/en/

 

Students can apply for both scholarships concurrently. Application for either scholarship requires a set of separate application form and supporting materials. If succeeded in both applications, the applicant can only choose either one of them.

 

Application Deadline

1. Deadlines for admission:

·          early admission 28 Feb 2020

(students who would like to apply for scholarships should go for the early admission)

·          the second round of admission: 15 June 2020;

2. Deadlines for scholarships:

For CSC: March 31, 2020

For SGS: May 15, 2020

For Non-scholarship Admission: June 15, 2020

Interview

Between mid March – mid April

Program Commencement

September 2020

Enquiry

For General Information

Global Education Center, Room 253, Physics Building, East China Normal University, 3663 North Zhongshan Road, Shanghai, China

Tel: +86-21-6223 2013

Fax: +86-21-6223 8352

E-mail: lxs@ecnu.edu.cn

For Academic Consultation

Department of Education, East China Normal University, 3663 North Zhongshan Road, Shanghai, China

Tel: +86-21-6223 2258

Fax: +86-21-6223 2258

E-mail: epsr_doe_ecnu@126.com (preferred)

Useful Links:

ECNU Homepage: http://english.ecnu.edu.cn/

ECNU Department of Education: http://www.dedu.ecnu.edu.cn/en/

China Scholarship Council: http://www.campuschina.org/

Shanghai Government Scholarship:http://study.edu.sh.gov.cn/en/

Core faculty

Teaching Staff from the Faculty of Education

Name

More information

HUANG Zhongjing

http://www.dedu.ecnu.edu.cn/en/80/e6/c6505a98534/page.htm

Nicholas Sun-keungPANG

http://www.dedu.ecnu.edu.cn/en/71/e8/c6505a225768/page.htm

DONG Xuan

https://faculty.ecnu.edu.cn/s/3493/t/35499/main.jspy

WANG Lijia

http://www.dedu.ecnu.edu.cn/en/80/d8/c6505a98520/page.htm

YOU Yun

http://www.dedu.ecnu.edu.cn/en/d8/ab/c6505a252075/page.htm

GAO Xingyuan

http://www.dedu.ecnu.edu.cn/en/61/a9/c6505a156073/page.htm

CHEN Hongyan

http://iice.ecnu.edu.cn/s/446/t/1051/p/1/c/12960/d/15686/list.htm

LI Lin

https://faculty.ecnu.edu.cn/s/3004/t/31591/main.jspy

 

Joint faculty

Teaching stuff from overseas universities

Name

University

More information

Michael A. PETERS

University of Waikato, New Zealand

https://www.waikato.ac.nz/

Jun LI

University of Western Ontario, Canada

https://www.uwo.ca/

Ting WANG

University of Canberra, Australia

https://www.canberra.edu.au/

Yongmei NI

University of Utah, U.S.A.

https://www.utah.edu/

 

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