Masters in Education ,Leadership Management and Development
The ELMD outreach programme, a capacity building and empowerment programme, was conceptualized, developed, and implemented in collaboration with the University of Fort Hare in South Africa. This attractive collaborative effort between universities across national boundaries made it possible for a generous contribution from the WK Kellogg Foundation which financed both the Zimbabwean and the South African initiatives.The MEd programme in ELMD that the Faculty is offering has the following unique aspects and/or strengths: Students will relate their programmes to community development and participation, The programme will cater for prospective practitioners in community education and community development, The incorporation of Peace Education as a compulsory course in this programme will orient the students to the significance of peace in schools, communities, and nations.
(a) The duration of the programme shall be a minimum of two years or four semesters on full-time basis, or a minimum of four years or eight semesters on part time basis, or by distance
(b) Maximum number of years to complete the programme is three years or 6 semesters for full-time and six years or 12 semesters for part-time.
(c) The programme of study shall normally consist of coursework (lectures, discussions, assignments, written examinations, etc.) and dissertation.
(d) In order to graduate from the MEd in ELMD the candidate must have successfully completed 42 graduate credit hours. Of the required credit hours on the MEd in ELMD, a minimum of 6 credit hours will be reserved to the dissertation.
(e) All coursework is to be satisfactorily completed within the first three semesters of study by students on the full-time programme. Those students taking the programme by part-time study should complete all the coursework by the end of the first three years of study.
(f) For a student to start on the dissertation, he/she must have completed all coursework requirements.
(g) The length of the dissertation shall be in the range of 20,000 and 30,000 words.
(h) The dissertation shall be started not earlier than the first semester of the second year of study and be completed by the end of the second semester of the second year of study.
(i) Candidates who fail to complete their dissertations within the specified period may apply to Senate through the Dean of the Faculty for an extension of registration period.
(j) Normally, a student shall not be permitted to break the continuity of his/her studies, although a student may be allowed to suspend registration for a maximum period of one year on the approval of Senate, after a recommendation from the Faculty Board through the Postgraduate Studies Committees.
(k) A student will not normally be allowed to change from full-time to part-time or vice-versa without the expressed consent of the Faculty Board and Graduate Studies Committee.
The minimum entry requirements for admission to the MEd programme in Educational Leadership, Management and Development (ELMD) shall be:
(a) (i) BA with Education, BSc with Education, or BEd
degree in at least the second class lower division from this University or equivalent qualification from any recognized university or equivalent institution ; OR
(ii) A Bachelor’s degree in the first or second class plus a Diploma in Education or a Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Education or equivalent; OR
(iii) Equivalent qualification acceptable to Africa University Senate.
(b) At least two years of appropriate post bachelor’s degree professional experience in education or other relevant professions which may be acquired concurrently with part-time studies undertaken prior to entry into the MEd programme.
(c) Computer literacy*
(d) Three acceptable references from persons who have full knowledge of the applicant’s academic and professional competence
*Applicants without computer literacy may be admitted but they will be required to demonstrate computer literacy prior to graduating from the programme by taking relevant course(s) at Africa University or elsewhere.
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