What is comprehension and how does it differ from knowledge? What do we want students to understand and be able to do? What type of knowledge is worth learning permanently? How will we know that students truly understand and can apply knowledge in a meaningful way? How can we design our courses to ensure comprehension? Pedagogy explores these questions and provides practical solutions for teachers. This program looks not only at the "how" of teaching, but also at the "what" and the "why". Pedagogy (literally, the science of teaching) is part of the essential understanding of all teachers: a sound conception of pedagogy is central to all good teaching and education.
We also offer this program as a bachelor's or Ph.D.
Education & Pedagogy Online via distance learning
This module is applicable to Specialist, Expert, Bachelor's, Master's & Ph.D. (Doctor) Degree Programs. This academic program is designed at the postgraduate level (Master’s or Doctoral). This module may also be adapted to complete the course requirements of Specialist, Expert Diploma, or Bachelor’s Degree. A further option is an enrollment into each of the courses listed within this specialization module. This module may be combined or completed with other modules from this faculty. For example Childhood & Special Education, Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, Educational Technology, ELT English Language Teaching, Linguistics.
Method of instruction: Distance Learning Higher Education
This distance learning education program is completed by a traditional correspondence instruction method. Once you sign up for the course, Bircham International University will send you (to your mailing address) the suggested textbooks. After reading the book, you will be asked to write a 20 to 35 pages report that reflects your understanding of the book. This report is equivalent to the exam and can be submitted by email or mail. Bircham International University will evaluate your written work. If passed, BIU will issue the corresponding diploma. For more instructions about BIU pedagogy, tutoring, and evaluation, please read our distance learning education study guide.
Students enrolling in this distance education program should be aware that:
Location: Bircham International University needs a functional geographical location to ship the book and materials for successful completion of this program of study.
Communication: Email, courier, phone are key communication instruments with Bircham University that play an important role in the progress and support of this program of study.
Capacity: Any impediment, physical or psychological, to read a book and write a report must be communicated to Bircham International University prior to enrollment into this distance learning program.
Technology: No specific technology is required to complete this distance education program.
Language: Book reading and report writing in another language other than English must be requested (and approved by BIU) prior to enrollment in any distance learning program.
Discrimination: There is no discrimination with respect to race, color, gender, beliefs, or religion.
Age: Check the admission requirements for each distance education degree program.
Duration - Education & Pedagogy Online via distance learning
For a program of 21 credits, the estimated time for completion is 21 weeks. For 45 credits, the estimated time for completion will be 45 weeks, and so on. Calculations are approximate. The length of each distance learning degree program is calculated based on an average of 15 hours of learning per week. It also depends on the number of validated credits from previous knowledge and the level of commitment to the studies.
Master's Degree - Education & Pedagogy Online
Tuition Fee: Min. 4.680 Euros (6.120 US$) | Max. 7.020 Euros (9.180 US$).
Master's Degree Online: 36 - 54 Academic credits required for this distance learning degree program.
Composition: Education & Pedagogy via distance learning = 36 Academic credits + Additional courses may be selected from other modules in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities from Bircham International University if required. This selection must be approved by the Distance Learning University Education Board. For example Childhood & Special Education. + 13 Academic credits (Research methodology and final project or thesis).
Courses list (each subject accounts for 3 academic credits):
1 BIU Earned Credit = 1 USA Semester Credit (15 hours of learning) = 2 ECTS Credits (30 hours of study).
You may study any subject as an independent online continuing education course.
Child Observation & Guidance
This course provides guidance to observe children in structured and unstructured situations, to record these observations, and how to use them to assess the strengths and needs of individual children. Guidelines include how to properly conduct observations, keep records, and assess data for curriculum planning.
Academic Supervisor: Catherine Wanjiru GachuthaLearning & Memory Development
This course reviews the principles of learning and memory by examining various learning theories, memory research, perception, information processing, and problem-solving. How are memories stored and retrieved? How is sensory input converted to subjective perception? Is the brain a general-purpose learning machine or a toolbox of innate, specialized processors?
Academic Supervisor: Elena Lorente RodríguezLanguage Acquisition
This course explores the question “How do children manage to learn the language?” It introduces classic and contemporary theories of language acquisition. Topics include early speech perception; word learning; acquisition of phonology, morphology, and syntax; development of pragmatic and metalinguistic knowledge; and developmental change in language comprehension and production.
Academic Supervisor: Philomena Wavinya NdambukiDesign of Learning Systems
This course focuses on issues and problems related to the design of learning systems involving new pedagogical approaches and technologies. It provides know-how on a wide range of integrated learning systems and technologies, including both those that are widely used in educational settings and those that are state-of-the-art.
Academic Supervisor: Samuel MurindaMethods of Evaluation
This course addresses various and evolving models of evaluation, emphasizes paradigmatic issues that emerge in different contexts, and analyzes the application of theory and methods in examples of actual evaluations conducted (or in progress) within each defined context. The course teaches the planning and design of evaluations in different contexts.
Academic Supervisor: Carmen Ramirez HurtadoCognitive Development
This course focuses on the theories and models of learning as applied to the fields of education, cognitive psychology, and artificial intelligence. It reviews different theoretical orientations to learning and memory, metacognition, analogy, language acquisition, reading, writing, mathematics, concept learning, skill acquisition, and self-regulated learning.
Academic Supervisor: Elena Lorente RodríguezSpecial Education
This course provides a framework for understanding current research in the area of curriculum and methods of teaching students with exceptionalities, with emphasis on portfolio assessment and learning styles. It examines curriculum models and teaching techniques for adapting lessons to students with exceptionalities.
Academic Supervisor: Samuel MurindaChildren Education Programs
This course shows the know-how required in the operation and management of an early care and education program. It deals with organizational management, financial, legal, and ethical issues, establishing operational systems, and programming for children and families.
Academic Supervisor: Samuel MurindaClassroom & Teaching Strategies
This course describes, explores, and shows how to implement effective teaching strategies and ideas. It applies theoretical knowledge to teaching practice, lesson plans to design, and classroom activities. It explains how to select didactic materials and how to monitor and assess students’ progress.
Academic Supervisor: Samuel MurindaEducational Technology
This course explores the social, cultural, economic, and political dimensions of technology uses in education from a policy standpoint. It also focuses on educational technologies at homes, libraries, and the workplace.
Academic Supervisor: Mercedes Inciarte RodríguezApplied Educational Technologies
This course reviews the topics related to learning and teaching in situations involving new technologies. It teaches how to apply research findings and theories to technology-rich educational settings. It deals with the interaction of learning and teaching with new technologies.
Academic Supervisor: Mercedes Inciarte RodríguezEducation & Pedagogy
This course provides the theoretical and methodological basis for understanding pedagogy and its relationship to other disciplines. It covers all issues concerning teaching and learning activities, regardless of whether they take place at school or elsewhere (in the family, at work), the rules governing the process of education, and the norms for didactic practice.
Academic Supervisor: Samuel Murinda
Admission requirements - Education & Pedagogy
For official admission status at Bircham distance education university; you need to send in a filled out, dated, and signed official Application for Admission. You may download this application form from the website or request it by email or mail. Please send this application and enclosed documents to our address. You may also submit this application and attached documents by email in a PDF Format.
Bircham International University issues an admission certificate after receiving your complete application for admission. This document will show the number of credits transferred and validated from previous education and experience, and the number of credits required to complete the distance learning degree program's major. Bircham University can not perform this evaluation without the complete application for admission.