POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMS OF STUDY
The DECE offers four postgraduate programs at the master’s level (M.A. or M.Sc.). Three of them are organized in collaboration with other departments and universities, one being an international collaboration. They rely not only upon the academic staff of the DECE, but also upon staff from other faculties, universities and research centers in Greece and abroad. The DECE also offers the chance for a Ph.D. degree. Recent legislative reforms of Greek higher education may, however, lead to changes in the structuring and functioning of postgraduate studies more generally.
While many postgraduate programs in Greece were originally funded by the Ministry of Education and/or European Union funds (i.e. the Enterprising Program of Education and Initial Professional Training or EPEAEK), nowadays the DECE programs rely upon tuition fees. They do, however, offer financial assistance in the form of lower tuition fees for students who excel during their first year of studies and are also in need of such assistance.
Teaching activities of all these programs are located mainly at 5 Stadiou St., 7th floor, where support offices as well as a reading room also operate.
M.A. Education and Human Rights
This is a Joint Program of the National and Kapodistrian University (UOA) and the University College London Institute of Education (UCL IOE). It is historically the first postgraduate program of the DECE, initiated in 1994 as “Comparative Education and Human Rights”. Students spent two terms of their first year at the University of London. In the academic year 2001-02 the M.A. it became the first οfficially recognized trans-transnational postgraduate program in Greece. At the same time, it was restructured into two streams: “Social Discrimination” and “Special Education”. The collaboration with the Institute of Education expanded to the co-teaching in Athens of a second year interdisciplinary seminar as well as the co-signing of the degree certificate. In 2006 the M.A. was officially termed a joint degree of the Universities of Athens and London. In the academic year 2008-09 the option of “Special Education” became totally independent, while the Program in “Social Discrimination” was restructured as “Education and Human Rights”. The latter retained its collaboration with the Institute of Education, but now consisted of two separate degrees: a) One for students spending the spring and summer terms of their first year in London and receiving a joint degree by both universities, b) One for students attending courses only in Athens, with their degree provided solely by the University of Athens but with reference to the collaboration with University College London Institute of Education, which continues through the co-teaching of the interdisciplinary seminar. The latter option was created in order to meet the growing need for postgraduate studies by professional teachers, who could not take a leave of absence from their work so as to spend two terms in London. During the academic year 2014-15 the Institute of Education was merged with University College London (UCL), which is now the official collaborating institution.
The M.A. is a two-year course, which includes a dissertation. It aims at promoting theory, research and practice in Education and Human Rights. More particularly, it aims at producing experts and professionals in research, teaching and educational policies, with emphasis on combating social inequalities and consolidating human rights in education. It accepts students with a first-degree in education but also related disciplines mostly but not exclusively from the humanities and the social sciences. It is a two-year course, which also requires a dissertation.
The M.A. is run by a Governing Board, which includes Associate Professor Evie Zambeta of the DECE as Chairperson, John Vorhaus as Course Leader at the Institute of Education, as well as Professor Demetra Kati and Associate Professors Nelli Askouni and Mary Leontsini from the DECE.
For information contact the Support Office at 5 Stadiou Str. 7th floor (Maria Ntelikou, tel: 210-3689312, email@example.com). For details on the structure, courses, teaching staff, application and selection procedures see the website http://www.ehr.ecd.uoa.gr/.
M.A. Special Education
The 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 DECE and the Institute of Education of the University of London. However, it became an independent program, organized solely by the DECE, in the academic year 2008-09.
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 centers conceded for this purpose by the Greek State. It aims 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. Applicants should have a first degree relevant to special education as well as certified knowledge of Greek and English.
The Program is run by a Coordinating Committee, consisting of Associate Professor Vasilis Tsafos (Head of the Committee), Assistant Professors Kalliroi Papadopoulou and Eudoxia Nteropoulou-Nterou as well as Professor Angeliki Giannikopoulou as a deputy member.
For information contact the Support Office at 5 Stadiou Str., 7th floor, Office 719 (Katerina Micha, tel: 210-3689311, firstname.lastname@example.org). For details on the structure, courses, teaching staff, application and selection procedures see the website https://pmseidikiagogi.ecd.uoa.gr/.
M.A. 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. is a two-year program, which includes a dissertation. It aims at developing a critical stance towards the role of technology in education as well as providing professional training, at enhancing knowledge on applications of information and communication technologies and at bringing students in contact with experts on the use of such technologies in various sectors of education. It prefers applicants with a first degree which qualifies them to work in primary, secondary and further education but also with degrees in any relevant field.
The Program is run by a five-member coordinating committee, one from each collaborating faculty. It is presided by S. Papadopoulos from the University of Thessaly and includes Professor E. Kourti and Assistant Professor M. Sfyroera from the DECE, Assistant Professor D. Gouscos from the Faculty of Communication and Mass Media and M. Ragoussi from the Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus.
Administrative support is provided by the Secretariat of the DECE, 13a Navarinou Str., ground floor, A. Gontika, tel. 210-3688043, e-mail: email@example.com.
For details on the structure, courses, teaching staff, application and selection procedures see the website http://www.icte.ecd.uoa.gr.
M.Sc. Counseling Psychology and Counselling in Education, Health and Work Settings
The Program was established in the academic year 2009-2010 in collaboration with the Department of Social Administration and Political Science, of the Democritus University of Thrace. It offers a joint degree by both Faculties.
The M.A. is a two-year program, which includes a dissertation. Ιts primary objective is specialization in Counseling Psychology as well as Counseling in education, health and work settings. It offers theoretical knowledge but also high-level professional skills and practice. More specifically, it strives to: a) equip students with knowledge, experience and skills for careers in which Counseling Psychology and Counseling are 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 for the role of researcher-practitioner, thus also equipping them with research abilities. Two options of specialization are offered, as two separate degrees: a) Counseling Psychology and b) Counseling. Graduates can continue for a PhD. Degree in these particular fields.
The Program is governed by a Special Interfaculty Committee with the following members: Professors Evangelia Kourti and Eugenia Flogaiti as well as Assistant Professor Kalliroi Papadopoulou from the DECE, in addition to Professor Theano Kallinikaki, Associate Professors Agapi Kandylaki and Charalampos Poulopoulos (the latter serving as Chair of the Committee) from the Department of Social Administration and Political Science of Democritus University of Thrace.
Administrative support is provided by the Secretariat of the DECE, Navarinou 13A, ground floor (Maria Iliopoulou, tel: 210-3688039, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). For details on the structure, courses and teaching staff, as well as application and selection procedures see the website http://www.gcp.ecd.uoa.gr.
The DECE offers a chance for doctoral studies in a wide variety of areas which are relevant to education. In addition, as noted above, the M.Sc. in Counseling Psychology and Counseling in Education, Health and Work Settings offers the chance for continuing with a Ph.D. degree in this particular framework.
Applicants for a Ph.D. thesis in the DECE must hold a Master’s degree of some sort, although exceptions can be made in special cases. Selection of applicants takes place twice a year, in November and May. Applications with all required documents are submitted to the Secretariat of the DECE 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 asks the General Assembly of the DECE for a ratification of acceptance. As is typical of Greek higher education, the main supervisor is assisted by two academic teachers from the DECE or other Departments. Ph.D. theses can also be undertaken after a relevant call by the DECE in a certain research area.
The Ph.D. degree as a continuation of the M.A. in Counseling and Counseling Psychology in Education, Health and Work Settings
The period of doctoral studies ranges from a minimum of three (3) years to a maximum of 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 English. More specifically, students accepted must have the following backgrounds: a) For the ‘Counseling Psychology’ option a first degree in Psychology. b) For the “Counseling” 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, more generally the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the School of Health and Welfare of Higher Institutes of Technology (ATEI in Greek).