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Overview

The International MA/PhD Program in Education Policy and School Reform (EPSR, Major in Education Policy Studies) 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;
  • 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.

Distinctive Features

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

* Supervision by advisory panel constituting of eminent scholars.

* Financial support available from government scholarship schemes.

* Integration of coursework, research and practice.

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

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

* Program based in Shanghai, a promising international metropolis. 

* Opportunity of staying in China for employment after graduation.

Graduation Requirements

Requirements MA Program PhD Program
Normative/Maximum Period of Study 2 years/5 years 4 years/6 years
Coursework Required Major Course 7 credits 7 credits
Required Language and other General Course 6 credits 6 credits
Education Internship 2 credits 2 credits
Elective Course 8 credits 3 credits
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 2 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 2 Spring
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.

Core Program 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

YOU Yun

http://www.dedu.ecnu.edu.cn/en/4a/5d/c6505a281181/page.htm

Nicholas Sun-keung PANG

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

GAO Xingyuan

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

LI Lin

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

WANG Feiye

https://faculty.ecnu.edu.cn/_s8/wfy_en/main.psp

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/

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

* Applicants for master program do not need to obtain acceptance letter (and we do not issue acceptance letter for master program applicants), which will not influence the decision on scholarship.

** 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.

**** The contents of the research proposal should include (but not limit to):

1. Rationale and context;

2. Research questions;

3. Literature review; and

4. Methodology and methods

5. References

Scholarship

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

Students can apply for both scholarship concurrently. If succeed in both applications, the applicant can only choose one. 

Interview

Between mid March – mid April

Contact Information

Global Education Center, ECNU

Add: Room 253 Physics Building, 3663 North Zhongshan Road, Shanghai, China

Tel: (86-21) 6223 2013 / 62238353

Fax: +86-21-6223 8352

Master: Cassie ZHU (xnzhu@gec.ecnu.edu.cn)

Ph.D.: Ying YIN (yyin@ied.ecnu.edu.cn)

Department of Education

Tel: (86-21) 6223 2258

Fax: +86-21-6223 2258

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

Program webpage: http://www.dedu.ecnu.edu.cn/en/6374/list.htm

Program introduction video: https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Mt4y1B7sB/

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