Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities

(To become Faculty of Arts and Science starting September 2019)

Master of Arts in Education - Basic Education

36 credits


Common Core
EDU596Project/Internship in Education
3 credits
This training activity is intended as a seminar, the ultimate goal of which is to enable the students to devise a research project in the field of education. The seminar is linked to all the teachings and, in a special way, in social science research methodology. Students are supported during the course towards the realization of the first steps in the construction of their research project. The main objective assigned to this seminar is to build a research project, which will be finalized in the dissertation. After attending the seminar, the students are required to submit a final written project (20 typescript pages). Epistemology forms part of the course. This is a study of the concepts and methods of the various currents of modern epistemology, which originated in the early “epistemological breaks" that separate the pre-scientific period of the classical rational sciences and highlight their implications in the renovation of the statuses of science, epistemology and history of science.
MTR681Quantitative Methods in Humanities
2 credits
This course introduces students to the multiple uses of statistics and contexts from which data is drawn. It allows them to acquire mastery of statistical concepts used in their research and be able to conduct proper investigations. This course provides the Master’s students with the basic knowledge that enables them to act with autonomy in surveys and data processing. It enables them to systematize the stages of an investigation through data collection, data organization, analysis and interpretation of data. Students also learn to use statistical tools for compiling the data and analysis of results.
MTR575Research Methodology in Humanities
3 credits
The course aims to introduce a working method, in order to conduct scientific research. It is mainly about conducting research required at the level of Master’s thesis and implementing the different stages of scientific research, ranging from the position of the problem until the drafting and final presentation of the research. Furthermore, regarding a research topic, the course looks at how to select a problematic and devise relevant hypotheses, choose an appropriate technique and then apply it. Students will learn how to communicate the results of research in the form of a clear, rigorous and scientific text. The purpose of this course is to master the design, drafting and submission of the dissertation.
EDU541Comparative Education
3 credits
In the first part, the content of this course will focus on the comparison between the different educational systems of the world (French, American, Australian, Chinese, Japanese, etc.). Students will be prepared to understand the basic concepts related to this area and to analyze, through the stages of its evolution, the factors that led to its emergence and expansion. They will, likewise, be initiated to understand the current trends in comparative research through several thematic studies, with the aim of establishing criteria for comparison. In the second part, the course covers the comparison between the different educational styles and systems in Arab countries, in order to identify divergence and convergence. This viewpoint will place Lebanese students in relation to the regional educational contexts and give them the opportunity to compare them with the Lebanese educational context.
EDU514Curriculum Design and Educational Policies
2 credits
The study of theories of explicit and implicit programs will be the subject of this seminar. This study will cover the basics for the design, development, management and implementation of programs. An analysis of the theoretical and practical aspects of the programs’ evolution requires consideration at several levels: the role of objectives in curriculum planning, the analysis of needs, building contents, stages of implementation of these programs, revision of evaluation models and the theoretical aspects structuring the different disciplines. This study will be accompanied by the discussion of issues that arise during the implementation of renovated programs and successive transformations carried out on the educational programs throughout their implementation.
EDU519Didactics Issues
3 credits
This course implements, in didactic situations, appropriate techniques to deepen the teaching practice. These techniques fall within exam preparation, correction, fun activities, organization and class preparation. In conjunction, this course presents the techniques essential to lead the workshop in the job and in selected situations, by putting forward related educational solutions. This course also presents appropriate teaching methods to be adopted in the classroom, according to the didactic situations as they arise and at the level of the learners.
EDU601Educational Supervision and Coordination
3 credits
This course will focus on the supervision and pedagogical coordination produced from the educational and administrative needs of educational institutions and from the objectives targeted by the managers of these institutions, the directors, executive board and teaching staff. The discussed sub themes will also focus on the competencies and the different functions of the coordinator as a trainer, evaluator, manager of education and a member of the teaching staff; as well as on its relations with those responsible for the cycle and the director of school. Techniques and working methods articulating theory and practice will be analyzed at these levels, to focus on interpersonal relationships in the school and the management of learning.
EDU525From Distance Learning to E-Learning
2 credits
Since the mid­nineteenth century each new technology has been proposed for use in education and distance learning systems (correspondence courses, cinema, radio, television, computer­assisted instruction, etc.), without education itself changing profoundly. Today the Internet has penetrated into training and educational systems, and reduced the traditional boundaries between lectures, distance learning and self­training. These divisions are no longer appropriate.
The course aims at taking a historical approach towards technology for education and training modes of variation­integration of different forms of E­Learning.
EDU680From Theory to Practice in Education
3 credits
In light of learning theories, methods and techniques already encountered throughout their academic career, students will make a reflexive analysis on their educational intervention and study situations and cases relating to classes of primary cycles 1 and 2. They will, in turn, propose educational practices concerning these situations. This analysis of teaching practices focuses on implications for the school intervention and the relationship between theoretical and practical teaching. Examples are the choice of approaches, methods and means of teaching used according to the subject being taught, student characteristics, classroom management, and appropriate instrumentation.
EDU678Innovative Pedagogical Issues
3 credits
Education and Modernity
The objective of this seminar will focus on the study of the impact of social, technological, economic and media­dominated changes on education in the era of modernity. Several issues concerning the challenges which education is constantly facing will arise, such as the global or social crises threatening the development of education and affecting the positive representations, which are designing new pedagogies. A redefinition of the relationship between school and society will be vital and a review of new educational realities in the computer age is essential.
EDU513Linguistics Applied to Teaching
3 credits
The content of this course will focus on the implementation of linguistic theories in the teaching and learning of the French language and the fields of linguistic intervention in the language class. It will also examine how the current psycholinguistic theories help to better understand the process of acquisition of the second language and the factors that facilitate or make the acquisition difficult. It will likewise cover the problems of teaching French (the phenomenon of interference between Arabic and French, analysis of typical errors, bilingual education, and sociolinguistic fallout).


The main mission of the Master's program in educational sciences, basic education option is to train teachers specialized in didactics intending to pursue thorough graduate studies and carry out research on innovative pedagogical issues. The aim of this training is to reach personal and professional dimensions that lead students to a good professional integration in response to major curriculum reforms in an environment increasingly diverse and plural. The training delivers to the labor market teacher trainers who can integrate into their teaching new educational techniques and have access to doctoral studies.

Program Educational Objectives

1. Graduates become teachers and trainers equipped with a broad, versatile and coherent training, which facilitates decompartmentalization and paves the way for exchange between the disciplines.
2. Graduates will make careers in educational institutions and will address the changes achieved in the world of education and curricula by adapting easily to the current and future challenges of the teaching profession.
3. Graduates will possess the essential capabilities to integrate the ICT in their teaching and work in an environment increasingly diversified and pluralistic.
4. Graduates will become specialized teachers with a teaching nurtured by open and innovated research. They will demonstrate all the skills necessary to pursue a postgraduate course that leads to the PhD and excel in research.

Program Outcomes

a. Students will define useful knowledge and fundamental concepts into a methodology of social science.
b. Produce a pre-preparatory project to the final thesis, in one of the areas of teaching.
c. Recognize theories of learning in relation to didactic practices.
d. Interpret the data offered by innovative educational issues and their impact on the world of education.
e. Identify the supervision, coordination and training in light of recent educational concepts.
f. Describe the components of a curriculum and designs renewed at that level, with educational changes and transformations.
g. Analyze the problems of French language instruction in an Arabic medium according to data of applied linguistics.
h. Compare different international approaches to comparative education.
i. Develop teaching/learning situations for the learning contents, based on new technologies.
j. Integrate ICT into the preparation of didactic situations.
k. Prepare a research project which leads to the Master's thesis.
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