Master of Educational Leadership (Full Time)

Program Code: (MEdL)applyonline

Program Description

The Master of Educational Leadership (MEDL) program caters for both academic and administrative interests at elementary, primary, secondary or tertiary levels of education.  
 
The MEDL program is offered in both full-time and flexible learning mode. Full-time students take four units a semester and complete the program in one year. Part-time students take two units a semester and complete the program in two years. Part-time students are required to participate in a two-week residential component each semester. Students are expected to have their own personal laptop.

Credit Points Required

The program comprises eight units, each with a 10 credit point value. Students are required to gain 80 credit points (80cp) to be eligible to graduate.

Duration of Study

Two Years

Study Mode and Location

Flexible Learning mode in Madang campus.It is offered in both full-time and part-time study modes. Full-time students take 4 units a semester and complete the program in one year. Part-time students take 2 units a semester and complete the program in two years. The program is offered on the DWU Madang campus. In future it is anticipated that some units will be offered online.

Pre-requisite Required

Applicants would normally be required to hold a Bachelor degree or an award equivalent of four years of professional education from a recognized tertiary institution

Units

Full -Time Study Mode

Semester One
ED602 Educational Leadership ED605 Ethical Leadership
ED607 Curriculum Leadership ED608 Research Methods
ED607 Curriculum Leadership
ED608 Research Methods

Semester Two
ED603 Administrative Leadership
ED611 Leading Educational Change
ED609 Research Project
ED614 Learning Theories and Practices

Part -Time Study Mode

Semester One (November - December)
ED602 Educational Leadership
ED605 Ethical Leadership

Semester Two (May - June)
ED607 Curriculum Leadership
ED608 Research Methods

Semester Three (November - December)
ED603 Administrative Leadership
ED611 Leading Educational Change

Semester Four (May - June)
ED608 Research Project
ED614 Learning Theories and Practices

ED602

ED602 Educational Leadership - 10 Credit Points

The educational leadership unit explores current experiences of leadership in Papua New Guinea and critiques them against a wide range of western models. The concept of good relationships honoured in traditional Melanesian society will be a particularly important benchmark. Other styles of leadership portraying ‘colonial’ attitudes will be identified. These may currently be employed in Papua New Guinea.

ED603

ED603 Administrative Leadership - 10 Credit Points

The administrative leadership unit introduces students to the concepts of administrative leadership. Special attention is given to the emerging cultural perspectives in administration. Leadership within the cultural perspective and organizational culture building along with more traditional bureaucratic, human relations, and political views of organizations and functioning will be critiqued.

ED605

ED605 Ethical Leadership - 10 Credit Points

This unit explores the ethics and philosophy of human acts as foundations of educational leadership thought and action. Leadersneed to be able to interpret educational policies and practices to ensure that they address the most important dimensions of managing ethics, creating an ethical culture and being an ethical institution. The unit assists students to think ethically. Making good decisions requires a trained sensitivity to core values and a reliable method of exploring the considerations that should impact on the choice of a course of action. Having a method for ethical decision making is absolutely essential. Students create a framework for ethicaldecision making as a useful process for exploring ethical dilemmas and identifying ethical courses of action in PNG’s complex and culturally diverse educational context. Students examine theories of what an ethical community, an ethical public sector, an ethical school, an ethical government or an ethical society should be.

ED607

ED607 Curriculum Leadership - 10 Credit points

Leadership is a critical component in any curriculum improvement effort. Without such leadership, goals and values will not be clarified, plans will not be developed and implemented, and individuals in organizations will not fully contribute to the improvement of educational opportunities for students. In this unit, administrators will focus on how the educational mandate of their institution is decided upon, implemented and evaluated. Students will undertake an environmental scan of their organization within this context to identify areas for change and improvement.

ED608

ED608 Research Methods - 10 Credit Points

In the research methods unit students acquire the skills to undertake a research project. Different research paradigms and perspectives, and related data collection and analysis techniques are explored and applied to case material. Students are required to develop a proposal to explore a research problem relevant to educational leadership in PNG. Students identify specific research problems that are of interest, conduct initial reviews of relevant literature, and select and design ways of conducting the study.

ED609

ED609 Research Projects - 10 Credit Points

In the research project, students are guided to produce a report on the research problem they explored in unit ED608. Special attention is given to the interpretation of findings and the presentation of the report. Crafting skills are developed for sections such as introduction, context, literature review, design of the research study, results, discussion, recommendations, bibliography, and appendices.

ED611

ED611 Leadership Educational Change - 10 Credit Points

Leaders in schools and educational systems are faced with the challenge of operating in a rapidly changing world. The globalisation of economic systems, rapid technological advances and society’s increased expectations of education have replaced past certainties with new and uncertain frameworks. Studentsl have an opportunity to reflect on and analyse change in their organisations and systems using a number of difference models and frameworks for planning, implementing and evaluating change processes and outcomes. These change perspectives are used to assist leaders in Papua New Guinea manage change ethically, compassionately and productively.

ED615

ED615 Learning Theories and Practices - 10 Credit Points

This unit helps students to acquire an understanding of the ways humans learn; identify, analyse and synthesise contemporary learning theories and the principle of learning; identify the implications of learning theories and principles for the teacher in the teaching learning process; and the implementation of those theories and principles when and wherever applicable in real-life teaching learning situations in the context of Papua New Guinean schools.

DOCTOR OF EDUCATION (EdD)

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Program Description

The Doctor of Education (EdD) program is concerned with the development and enhancement of professional practice, through the application of advanced knowledge and research findings to the issues, problems and challenges that face education professionals.
 
The EdD program is offered in blended learning mode. It is a directed higher degree program comprising both advanced coursework units and intensive research components. Students are required to participate in a one-week residential for initial course units and maintain regular communication with their supervisory team. Students are expected to have their own personal laptop.

Credit Points Required

The program comprises eight units each with a 10 credit point value. Students are required to gain 80 credit points (80cp) to be eligible to graduate.

Duration of Study

2 Years

Study Mode and Location

The Bachelor of Education (primary, Inservice) program is designed to provide a unique opportunity for teachers in PNG to gain a degree qualification in primary education from two years of study in flexible learning mode.

Units

ED801 Research Problem Exploration in Context  ED802 Literature and Theoretical Critique ED803 Research Paradigms, Methodologies and  Methods 
ED804 Thesis work 1
ED805 Thesis work 2
ED806 Thesis work 3  
 
The program culminates with external examination of the thesis, to be passed for the candidate to be eligible for the award. The normal period of candidature would be six years part-time (equivalent to three years full-time). 

 

ED801

ED801 Research Problem Exploration in Context

This unit aims to assist candidates to clarify their research problem by analyzing the context from which it is derived and by deconstructing the tentative conceptual issues to illuminate and amplify the problem. Candidates will be introduced to and guided to use a comprehensive array of databases and be mentored through critical reflective experiences to generate a logical narrative, culminating in the justified articulation of their research problem as they appreciate it at this early stage. This understanding in turn is employed flexibly in the incipient investigation of the scholarly literature to produce a literature map with a major annotated literature framework accompanying it. This stage is the pre-requisite of the conceptualized literature review to be attempted in the following unit. The outcome of this unit is the basic scaffolding for three chapters of a thesis.

ED802

ED802 Literature and Theoretical Critique

This unit will engage the candidate, in close consultation with his/her supervisors in identifying the appropriate literature. From the concepts embedded in the problem articulation and by synthesising the relevant literature, the candidate will generate a conceptual framework which allows the literature to illuminate suitably an understanding of the problem as well as, where appropriate to generate defensibly the research question. The end product represents a complex reconceptualisation of the substantive knowledge matrix embedded in nurturing a sophisticated appreciation of the research problem.

ED803

ED803 Paradigms, Methodologies and Methods

In writing a research thesis it is imperative to communicate comprehensively and justify the research design underpinning the study. Thus clarity, coherency and comprehensiveness of the research design are pivotal. The purpose of this unit is to assist students to construct the design chapter of their thesis or dissertation. The unit addresses the need to develop and defend a theoretical framework and research methodology generated from the research problem. Likewise, the unit guides candidates to argue logically for a research design based on the justified research questions.

Research proposal

Presenting the research proposal is a significant milestone on the EdD journey. Candidates present and defend their proposals at a seminar. Full research student status is confirmed only after the successful submission of the Research Proposal, and an Application for Ethics Clearance.  
 
ED804 Thesis work 1
ED805 Thesis work 2
ED806 Thesis work 3