EDUCATIONAL THEORY AND CURRICULUM STUDIES (MATHEMATICS)

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

The MA (Ed) programme in Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies (Mathematics) aims, based on a qualifying first degree, to further develop students' knowledge and skills within the fields of general didactics, the didactics of mathematics, and mathematics.

The programme will enable students to acquire:

  • competence in defining, analysing, and discussing problems on a theoretical basis in relation to learning, education and teaching in institutional frameworks, and in arguing for and making well-informed choices in relation to the planning of subject-specific and cross-disciplinary teaching.
  • insight into and competence in relation to the theory of science in general and within the discipline in question, as well as in relation to the potential and limitations of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • insight into and comprehensive knowledge of selected central theories and problems with the didactics of mathematics and/or science, as well as competence in recognising and analysing the significance of these theories and problems for current and/or potential teaching practice within the field.
  • comprehensive knowledge and judgement concerning a) the nature of mathematics as a field; b) the use of mathematics in other disciplines and fields of practice, as expressed through the development and application of mathematic models; c) the historical development of mathematics as a teaching subject; d) progression and continuity in the teaching of mathematics in Denmark, and e) the interaction between theory and practice within the didactics of mathematics.
  • skills in relation to mathematical thinking, problem-solving, modelling, reasoning, representation, symbolisation, formalism, communication, and the use of aids, in interaction with their development of insight into and comprehensive knowledge of numbers, algebra, geometry, functions, infinitesimal calculation, dynamic systems, probability calculation and statistics, as well as their competence in dealing with and analysing these skills and content from the perspective of the didactics of mathematics.
  • skills in formulating and working scientifically with problems.

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies (Mathematics) requires that you have completed one of the following courses of study:

  • Bachelor's degree in mathematics or mathematics-economics
  • Bachelor's degree in education with mathematics as the main subject and a Bachelor's project related to this
  • Bachelor's degree in a mathematics-related subject other than mathematics or mathematics-economics with a mathematics scope equivalent to a minimum of 60 ECTS credits and with modules in education as supplementary subject equivalent to a minimum of 30 ECTS credits
  • Bachelor's degree in education with mathematics as the main subject and a completed relevant educational or mathematical supplement with a scope of at least 10 ECTS credits.

You will be admitted to the degree programmes based solely on your qualifying course of study. It is therefore not possible to become further qualified. The assessment of applicants is based on whether the admission requirements are met. Work experience is not included in the assessment of the qualifying course of study. 

Admission on other terms

Following individual assessment, Aarhus University may grant admission to the degree programme for applicants who do not meet the educational requirements but who are deemed to have the necessary qualifications to be able to complete the degree programme. Work experience is not included in the assessment; only formal education is assessed.

If you apply for admission to a Master's degree programme on the basis of a course of study which is not described as qualifying in the academic regulations for the Master's degree programme(s) to which you are applying, you must enclose a description of your educational background as well as documentation of this. To enable an assessment of your educational background to be made, the following requirements must be met:

1. Your educational background must be on a par with that of the qualifying course of study which is described in the academic regulations for the Master's degree programme.

2. Your educational background must have a scope of at least three years of full-time study – equivalent to 180 ECTS credits.

3. Your educational background must be academically relevant.

4. If your educational background is composed of different modules and/or courses of study at multiple universities/educational institutions, and if you want to be admitted on this basis, you must enclose a summary of your entire educational background. The summary must include the titles of the modules and/or courses of study you have passed, the year in which they were passed and the names of the various educational institutions.

5. The documentation of your educational background must include: a) a description of the purpose, content, level and duration of the course of study, e.g. in the form of academic regulations, and b) documentation that you have passed/completed the course of study in the form of certificates.

Admission

All applicants who meet the conditions set out in one of the admission categories are eligible for admission to the degree programme.

Programme structure

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Student life

The student body at the MA(Ed) programmes at IUP comprises mainly Bachelor graduates with a background in teaching, educational studies, nursing or social works.

A large part of the student body consists of mature students, who have used their qualifying examination for a few years before choosing to continue their post graduate studies.

Around 4000 students, full-time and part-time are enrolled at IUP. 2/3 of the students are women.

IUP has a large library and different student facilities such as a canteen and different study areas.

The MA (Ed) programme in Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies (Danish) is offered at the School of Education, located at the campus in Emdrup in the northern part of the capital of Copenhagen and at the DPU department at the University of Aarhus.

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Study abroad

Joint Nordic Master's Programme in Didactics of Mathematics

The Joint Nordic Master Programme is created within a consortium consisting of five partners in three of the Nordic countries, Norway, Denmark, and Finland. The partners are

  • University of Agder, Kristiansand
  • Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Campus København
  • University of Copenhagen, København
  • Åbo Akademi University, Vasa
  • University of Tampere, Tampere

Further information (University of Agder):Joint Masters Programme

Danish coordinator:Tomas Højgaard

Career

Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question. Note that this data is derived from different, but related programmes.

The Master's degree programme in Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies (Mathematics) aims, based on a qualifying Bachelor's degree, to further develop students’ insight and competencies within the fields of mathematics, general didactics and the didactics of mathematics in order to qualify them for educational, developmental and management tasks, as well as to participate in research contexts within the field of the didactics of mathematics.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.