POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMS OF STUDY
The FECE is involved in four postgraduate programs at the master’s level (M.A. or M.Sc.), three of which are organized in collaboration with other faculties and universities. It also offers the chance for a Ph.D. degree. The recent legislative reform of Greek higher education may, however, lead to changes in the organization of postgraduate studies more generally
This is a Joint MA Program of the National and Kapodistrian University (UOA) and the University College London Institute of Education (UCL IOE). It aims at the development of theory, research and practice in Education and Human Rights. It consists of:
a) the Joint MA Program “Education and Human Rights” which awards a Joint degree by both Universities (UOA and UCL)
b) the Joint MA Program “Education and Human Rights” which awards a Separate degree by the University of Athens with reference to the UCL IOE
The Program aims at developing specialists and professionals involved in research, teaching and the formulation of educational policies with emphasis on combatting social inequalities and the consolidation of human rights in education.
For further details see the website: http://www.ehr.ecd.uoa.gr/
The M.A. Program was originally established in the academic year 2001-02 as an option within the transnational program “Education and Human Rights” jointly organized by the FECE and the Institute of Education of the University of London. However, it became independent in the academic year 2008-09 as well as organized solely by the FECE. As many other postgraduate programs in Greece, it was funded until 2004 by the Ministry of Education and the European Union (through the EPEAEK Program. i.e. the Enterprising Program of Education and Initial Professional Training). However, its functioning subsequently relied upon tuition fees. Some financial assistance is, nonetheless, provided to students offering administrative duties.
The Program aims above all at an in-depth acquaintance with various issues regarding special education and inclusion settings in general schools. More specifically, it provides knowledge on: a) disability, b) contemporary approaches to the education and social inclusion of people with disabilities, c) research methodology on special education, inclusive education and disability. In addition, it provides students with the ability to teach in special schools and inclusion settings. It relies upon the academic staff of the FECE and its research and professional training activities, but also staff from other faculties, universities and research centres in Greece and abroad.
The M.A. is a two-year program, which includes a dissertation. It also includes a semester (the spring Semester of the first year) of supervised practical training at inclusion programs in general schools, special education schools and units as well as day treatment centres conceded for this purpose by the Greek State.
Applicants should have a first degree relevant to special education as well as certified knowledge of Greek and English.
The Program is run above all by a Coordinating Committee, consisting of Associate Professor Vasilis Tsafos (Director of the Program), Assistant Professors K. Papadopoulou and E. Nteropoulou-Nterou as well as Professor A. Giannikopoulou as a deputy member.
Administrative support is provided by the Secreteriat of the FECE at 13a Navarinou Str. ground floor (A. Gontika, tel: 210-3688043, Fax No. 210-3688057). The Program is also served by its own Support Office at 5 Stadiou Str., 7th floor, Office 719 (K. Micha, tel: 210-3689311, e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org). Further information offers the website: http://www.ecd.uoa.gr/?page_id=2395. A reading room and library operates on the 7th floor of 5 Stadiou Str.
Information and Communication Technologies in Education
The Program was established in the academic year 2005-06 in collaboration with the Faculty of Communication and Mass Media Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Department of Architecture of the University of Thessaly and the Department of Electronics Engineering of the Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus It provides a joint degree by the four Faculties.
The M.A. was originally funded, as many other postgraduate programs in Greece, by the Ministry of Education and the European Union (through the EPEAEK Program. i.e. the Enterprising Program of Education and Initial Professional Training) which allowed collaboration only among university faculties. The Program has subsequently relied for its functioning upon tuition fees.
The M.A. is a two-year program, which includes a dissertation. It principally aims at the following: to develop a critical stance towards the role of technology in education and professional training, to enhance knowledge on applications of information and communication technologies and to bring students in contact with experts on the use of such technologies in various sectors of education.
It accepts applicants preferably with a first degree which qualifies them to work in primary, secondary and further education but also a degree in any relevant field.
The Program is run by a five-member coordinating committee, one from each collaborating faculty. The Committee is presided by E. Kourti, Professor of the FECE and includes Assistant Professor D. Gouscos from the Faculty of Communication and Mass Media, Professor G. Papaconstantinou from the University of Thessaly, Assistant Professor M.
Sfyroera from FECE and M. Ragoussi from the Department of Electronics Engineering of the Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus
Administrative support is provided by the Secretariat of the FECE, 13a Navarinou Str., ground floor, A. Gontika, tel. 210-3688043, e-mail: email@example.com. For further details see the website http://www.icte.ecd.uoa.gr.
Counselling Psychology and Counselling in Education, Health and Work Settings
The MSc program was established in the academic year 2009-2010 through the collaboration of the FECE with the Department of Social Administration and Political Science, Democritus University of Thrace. The MSc program offers a joint degree by both Faculties.
The Program’s primary objective is specialization in Counseling Psychology and Counseling in education, health and work settings. The program offers theory and significant high-level professional skills and practice for those working in Counseling Psychology and Counseling. More specifically, it strives to: a) equip students with the necessary knowledge, experience and skills for careers in which Counseling Psychology and Counseling are considered necessary, b) train specialists in Counseling Psychology and Counseling in order to work in universities, schools, hospitals, health centers, organizations, businesses and other institutions of the public and private sectors, c) prepare specially trained professionals to reinforce the teaching staff of higher education institutions and promote research and teaching in Counseling Psychology and Counseling, d) train post- graduate students according to the researcher-practitioner role; a role that expects from professionals to master both the caring, practitioner role and the methods of investigating science in order to be equipped with the necessary skills that will ensure their proper preparation for the academic, scientific, research and professional career at a European, as well as, at the international level.
Two options of specialization are offered, as two separate degrees: a) Counseling Psychology and b) Counseling. The Program lasts for two years (four semesters). It depends for its function upon tuition fees.
Program Graduates can continue for a PhD. degree, the requirements of which are specified in detail in the section of the Guide on doctoral studies.
Pending changes to be brought about by recent legislative reform on the functioning of postgraduate programs, the Program is governed by a Special Interfaculty Committee of the following members: From FECE: Professor Evangelia Kourti, Professor Eugenia Flogaiti and Assistant Professor Kalliroi Papadopoulou. From the Faculty of Social Administration and Political Science of Democritus University of Thrace: Professors Theano Kallinikaki, Associate Professor Agapi Kandylaki and Associate Professor Charalampos Poulopoulos (Chair of the Committee).
The Program is supported administratively by the Secretariat of the FECE, Navarinou 13A, ground floor (Maria Iliopoulou, tel: 210-3688039, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Details concerning the structure, program content and teaching staff , as well as the procedures and selection criteria of post-graduate students, are included in the Joint Postgraduate Program Student Guide as well the website http://www.gcp.ecd.uoa.gr.
PH. D. STUDIES
The FECE offers a chance for doctoral studies in various areas relevant to education in the wider sense. Two of the Master’s programs described above, the Political Science and Sociology as well as the Counselling Psychology and Counselling in Education, Health and Work Settings, also offer the chance for continuing towards a Ph.D. degree within their own particular framework.
Applicants for a Ph.D. thesis in the FECE more generally must hold a Master’s degree of some sort, although exceptions can be made in special cases. Selection of applicants takes place three times a year, in October, February and May.
Applications with all required documents are submitted to the Secretariat of the FECE and must be accompanied by the following: a) A sample of scholarly work, preferably a copy of the M.A. dissertation, b) A research proposal not exceeding 10 pages, which must include a brief description of the topic of research and the context of relevant approaches, an outlining of a research methodology and relevant bibliography. Applications are evaluated by members of the academic staff whose work is closest to the proposed research topic. If an academic teacher decides that s/he can supervise the proposed project, s/he submits a proposal to the General Assembly of the FECE which must ratify the acceptance of a candidate. As is typical so far of Greek higher education, the main supervisor is assisted by two academic teachers from the FECE or other faculty. Ph.D. theses can also be undertaken after a relevant call by the FECE in a certain research area.
The Ph.D. degree as a continuation of the M.A. in Counselling and Counselling Psychology in Education, Health and Work Settings
The minimum period of doctoral studies cannot be less than three (3) years and no more than five (5) years. Enrollment is permitted to holders of: a) the M.Sc. of this particular program, b) the M.A. or M.Sc. of a related subject from a Greek university or other recognized foreign higher education institution (in accordance with Article 12 paragraph 2 of Law 2083/1992) as long as they have sufficient knowledge of Greek. Applicants must also be proficient in the English language. More specicically, students accepted must have the following backgrounds: a) A first degree in Psychology for the “Counselling Psychology” option. b) For the “Counselling” option, applicants can be graduates of the faculties of Philosophy-Pedagogy-Psychology in Greek Universities, Social Administration with an emphasis upon Social Work, Nursing, Education, and more generally graduates in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Greek or foreign universities, in addition of the School of Health and Welfare of Higher Institutes of Technology (ATEI in Greek) (according to the requirements of article 5, par. 12c of Law 2916/ 2001, which was supplemented to Article 25 of Law 1401/87, Gov. 114a ‘).