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Masters of Education in Curriculum Design and Development (MED CDD)

The Masters in Curriculum Design and Development is a new programme offered by the Open University of Tanzania (OUT) through collaboration with The Tanzania Institute of Education and UNESCO (mainly represented by the International Bureau of Education, Regional Bureau for Education in Africa, the Teacher Education Section). The programme is hosted by the Open University of Tanzania under the regulations that established OUT in 1992 by an Act of Parliament as a public institution of higher education, and accredited by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) under the Universities Act of 2005. In compliance with quality assurance regulations of the Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA), the Programme is aimed at strengthening capacities among the stakeholders in education and training provision, management, research, monitoring and evaluation.  Specifically, the programme, at the different exit levels, targets curriculum developers, teacher educators, graduate serving teachers, school inspectors, examination officers as well as educational planners and policy makers at local and regional level; for the purpose of enhancing their competencies in understanding, leading, researching, planning, designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the curriculum and decision making about curriculum and education in general.

 

Programme Summary

Course Name:Master of Education in Curriculum Design and Development
Course Initials:  MED-CDD
Duration:  2 year
Total Units:  18
Mode of Deliverence: Blended Learning
 

Programmes Informations

The applicants are drawn from across Africa, and beyond. The entry qualification for the programme is as follows:

The applicant should:

  • Be first degree holder or its equivalent or
  • Be Postgraduate Diploma and at least three years of teaching or curriculum practice in a relevant field
  • Applicants who have already done the Postgraduate Diploma in Curriculum Design and Development (PGDCDD) will be asked to complete two course modules and the final Dissertation to be awarded a MEDCDD
  • The minimum class degree/PGD qualification should not be less than GPA 3.0 (Using the OUT degree classification system)
  • The applicant/candidate should have access to internet to participate to online sessions and be available to attend face- to- face intensive sessions

icate in Early childhood Care and Education is EITHER an Ordinary Level School Certificate (or equivalent) with at least five (5) pass OR an Ordinary Level School Certificate with at least two years of working experience in the early childhood care and education centres.

 

Code

Title

Credits

Remarks
OEI 621

Curriculum Development Process

20

Core

OEI 622

Curriculum Design Approaches and Models: Trends in the National and International Contexts 

20

Core

OEI 623

Curriculum Implementation Process, Management and Governance

20

Core

OED 626

Research Methodology

20

Core

OEI 625

Development and use of teaching and learning materials

20

Core

OED 699

Dissertation

60

Core

OEI 624

Issues in Curriculum Research and Evaluation

20

Elective

OEI 626

Curriculum Quality Control and Assurance

20

Elective

OEI 627

Assessment of Teaching and Learning

20

Elective

OEI 628

Policy Dialogue and Formulation for Curriculum Development

20

Elective

OED 634

Educational Leadership Training and Development

20

Elective

 

TOTAL CREDITS

180

 

  Candidates will be required to take all core courses, and select any ONE course from amongst the five elective courses.  A minimum of 180 credits is required for the award of Master of Education in Curriculum Design and Development.

Candidates who successfully complete at least 120 credits units, and for any reason other than cheating, are forced to leave the programme may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Curriculum Design and Development (PGDCDD)

The fee structure for this programme is divided into two mainly categories: (a) Executive mode and (b) Blended/hybrid mode

(a) Executive Mode: The fee structure for the executive mode follows into three sub- categories namely: (i) Fee for students who do not hold Post Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Design and Development (PGDCDD), (ii) Fee for students who hold PGDCDD and (iii) Fee for students who will be exiting at Post Diploma level.

(i) Fee for Students who do not Hold PGDCDD

Students in this category will be required to pay USD 3,930 covering the following items (split in two academic years where USD 2,230 must be paid during the first year) as indicated in the table below:

Table 2: Fee Structure for Students who do not hold PGDCDD

NUMBER

ITEM

AMOUNT IN USD ($)

1

Application fees

$ 30

2

Registration fees

$ 100

3

Student ID

$ 20

4

Student Union fees

 $ 20

5

Quality Assurance fees

$ 20

6

Refreshment (during face-to-face Session)

$ 100

7

Coursework Modules (12 Units @ $ 170) delivered by face to face and eLearning

$ 2,040

8

Dissertation

$ 900

9

Certification Fees

$ 700

 

Total

$ 3,930

 

 

 

(ii) Fee for Students who Hold PGDCDD

Students in this category will be required to pay USD 2,570 covering the following items as indicated in the table below:

Table 3: Fee Structure for Students who hold PGDCDD

NUMBER

ITEM

AMOUNT IN USD ($)

1

Application fees

$ 30

2

Registration fees

$ 100

3

Student ID

$ 20

4

Student Union fees

 $ 20

5

Quality Assurance fees

$ 20

6

Refreshment (during face-to-face Session)

$ 100

7

Coursework Modules (4 Units @ $ 170) delivered by face to face and eLearning

$ 680

8

Dissertation supervision and Examination

$ 900

9

Certification Fees

$ 700

 

Total

$ 2,570

 

(iii) Fee for Students who will be Exiting at Post Diploma Level.

Students in this category will be required to pay USD 3,030 covering the following items as indicated in the table below:

Table 4: Fee Structure for Students who will be Exiting at Post Diploma Level

NUMBER

ITEM

AMOUNT IN USD ($)

1

Application fees

$ 30

2

Registration fees

$ 100

3

Student ID

$ 20

4

Student Union fees

 $ 20

5

Quality Assurance fees

$ 20

6

Refreshment (during face-to-face Session)

$ 100

7

Coursework Modules (12 Units @ $ 170) delivered by face to face and eLearning

$ 2,040

8

Certification Fees

$ 700

 

Total

$ 3,030

 

(b)Blended Mode: The fee structure for the blended mode is shown in the table below:

Table 5: Fee Structure for Students Studying MED-CDD by Blended Mode

NUMBER

DESCRIPTION

Local (Tshs)

EAC/SADC (USD)

NON SADC/EAC(USD)

1

Registration fees

50,000

100

100

2

Student ID (Paid Once)

20,000

20

20

3

Student Union fees (Annually)

 20,000

20

20

4

TCU Quality Assurance fees

 20,000

20

40

5

Course Examination fee per paper

20,000

40

60

6

Plagiarism fee

20,000

20

20

7

Coursework Modules (12 Units @  180,000/USD 100, USD 200)

2,160,000

1,200

2,400

8

Facilitation Fee

 

50

50

8

Dissertation fee (6 Units@180,000,USD 100, USD 200)

1,080,000

600

1,200

 

Total

3,390,000

2,070

3,910

NAME CONTACTS
Dr. Mary Ogondiek and Ms. Janeth Jonas Email: mary.ogondiek@out.ac.tz
Mobile: 0754051096 or0718750296

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES

5.1. KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
By the end of the programme, the graduate should be able to:
a) Demonstrate an understanding of curriculum concepts, theories and issues
b) Acquire professional skills as trainers in curriculum matters
c) Demonstrate competencies in educational leadership, research methodology, monitoring and evaluation.
5.2. Intellectual Skills
By the end of the programme, the graduate should be able to:
a)     Design programmes of instruction based on modern approaches to curriculum development and cross-cutting issues
5.3. PROFESSIONAL/PRACTICAL SKILLS
a) Explore and use pedagogical knowledge and skills, didactics and reflective practices in the teaching and learning of subjects within inclusive educational settings
b)     Design and carry out action research to support curriculum design and development
c)     Conduct monitoring and evaluation for improvement of teaching and learning process
d) Lead and supervise curriculum processes including decision making about curriculum resources.

5.4. TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
By the end of the programme, the graduate should be able to:
a) Apply ICT facilities as resources, working tools and as media of communicating information to enhance decision making and effective communication in the teaching and learning process
b) Initiate, design and implement quality educational innovation programs
c) Use research data to make decisions i.e. in the review of curriculum
d) Conduct training on all aspects of curriculum design and development

THE PROGRAMME ASSESSMENT

The assessment will be done in a way as to assess the mastery of programme competencies as well as ability to integrate, communicate and demonstrate the competencies, in both practical and written form. In this regard, the assessment techniques suggested include written report, project work, dissertation, student portfolios, quizzes, tests and assignments. There shall be no final written examination.

Final Award

Successful candidates will be awarded the Master of Education in Curriculum Design and Development of the Open University of Tanzania. The following regulations shall apply to all students:

1.     Participants registered for Master of Education in Curriculum Design and Development shall complete a minimum of 180 credits (18 Units) within two academic years.

2.     Participants shall take and pass all registered courses offered by the Department of Curriculum and Instructions in the Faculty of Education of the Open University of Tanzania (OUT).

3.     The minimum pass grade shall be “B” grade or 50%.

4.     A participant who fails a course where it is assessed wholly by continuous assessment, he or she will be required to repeat the course.

5.     Participant who fails a repeated course shall be discontinued from the programme.

 Exit Award

The Exit award which is equivalent to the PGDCDD shall be offered to individuals who exit from the programme having completed at least 12 units for the programme

 Students convicted of cheating shall not be eligible for any exit award.

Grading System

The grading system shall be as follows:

GRADE

E

D

C

B

B+

A

MARKS

0- 34

35 – 39

40 – 49

50- 59

60 – 69

70 – 100

The Postgraduate Diploma will be classified as follows:

Distinction:                            GPA 4.4 – 5.0

Credit:                                    GPA 3.6 – 4.3

Pass.                                      GPA 3.0 – 3.5

The Final Award, (Masters) will be classified as Pass or Fail