The Master of Education (MEd) in English programme for in-service teachers is anchored on the belief that the language and literature curriculum in secondary schools must impart knowledge and skills that make students confident, competent and communicative in the 21st century. To achieve this, English teachers must be trained to develop knowledge and understanding by engaging in continuous learning and integrating the new learning in their classroom teaching. The programme, therefore, aims to immerse the students in advanced study of English language and literature, and contemporary pedagogies. A special feature of the programme is the students’ engagement in educational inquiry and research through which they will become creative, critical, and reflective practitioners. Furthermore, the programme will prepare students to serve as change agents in identifying and developing solutions to issues that impact education in the country, including curriculum change, learning and teaching, assessment practices and educational change in the international context.
The duration of the programme
It is 2 years full time programme leading to MEd in English of Royal University of Bhutan (RUB).
On completion of the programme, graduates will be able to:
- apply appropriate content and pedagogical knowledge in the teaching of English language and literature in secondary schools that is informed by research and employs all orders of thinking skills;
- manage classroom settings to engage learners in meaningful exploration, discovery and hands-on activities within a supportive environment that nurtures and inspires learners to participate, cooperate and collaborate in the teaching and learning process;
- develop and use differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs and interest of students across the full range of abilities;
- use contemporary pedagogies to engage student interest and motivation to read prose fiction, prose non-fiction, drama and literature in verse;
- apply enquiry based learning and teaching approaches to enhance professional practice and the quality of student experience;
- implement an independent educational research that improves professional practice in the teaching of language or literature;
- use ICT tools and platforms to provide students alternative means to enhance their language competencies and skills;
- plan and use a range of assessment approaches to measure achievement of learners, including diagnostic and formative assessments to enhance learning;
- develop and apply a personal philosophy of teaching that engages learners;
- provide academic leadership for the professional development of teachers;
- engage in professional reflection, set development goals, and exhibit values of lifelong learning;
- use effective communication skills through a range of media for a range of audiences and purposes; and
- adhere to professional ethics, the Code of Conduct for Teachers and other relevant regulations, policies and procedures.
Why should they enroll in the programme?
The MEd in English programme will prepare the students to teach language and literature in Secondary Schools. In addition, it will provide opportunities to diversify their careers within the education system in areas such as professional and instructional leadership, educational research and generation of new knowledge, curriculum innovation and development, teacher education, including consultancy. The graduates will be in a position to guide and support other teachers in their schools with their newly acquired knowledge and skills. For some students, this qualification will also be a pathway to higher educational qualification, such as PhD.
Programme delivery and support
The programme focuses on enquiry based and constructivist approaches to make students creative, critical and reflective practitioners. Further, the programme focuses the development of knowledge in the subject, digital skills, and ethical values. Accordingly, the programme will be delivered through a variety of pedagogical methods such as Socratic seminars, inquiry-based learning, jigsaw techniques, mini writing and reading workshops, online e-forum discussions via the Learning Management System (Virtual Learning Environment [VLE]), literature circles and flipped classroom. The programme also demands a high degree of engagement in academic writing, analysis and critiquing of research articles and involvement in research activities.
Year I Semester I
- PSY502 Principles of Learning and Teaching
- LAN501 Communicative Grammar
- LAN502 Linguistics for Educators
- RES502 Educational Research Methods
Year I Semester II
- PDY510Teaching, Learning and Assessment in English
- LIT501Teaching Literary Theory.
- LAN503 Phonetics and Phonology for Teachers
- RES503 Dissertation Proposal
Year II Semester I
- CUS502 Curriculum Development and Change
- LIT602 Poetry in Action
- LIT603 Theatrical Arts
- RES602 Dissertation
Year II Semester II
- LIT604 The Writing Workshop
- RES602 Dissertation.
The announcement for the programme will be made through MoE and SCE websites well before the beginning of the academic year. The aspiring students must apply online. The RUB website will also contain the detailed procedures for the online application
The selection criteria will be announced through the MoE and SCE websites.
- hold a bachelor’s degree in education with English as subject of specialisation or PgCE/PgDE in English from a University or Institute recognised by RCSC;
- have scored a minimum of 50% in English Language Proficiency Test comprising of a written test and viva-voce administered by the college.
For more information about the programme, please contact:
Mr. Kuenzang Gyeltshen
Dean of Academic Affairs
Dr. Sonam Daker