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Educational Sciences

Duration: 4 years (8 semesters)
Cost:
Free
Language of Instruction:
Estonian, English
Field of Study:
Education
Conferred Degree:
PhD (Educational Sciences)

Detailed study programme is available here.

Objectives of the Programme
  • creating conditions for achieving professionalism in the field of Educational Sciences and conducting independent research on an internationally recognized level;
  • supporting doctoral students in becoming highly qualified university teachers, scientists, and experts in the field of education.
Learning Outcomes

The graduate:

  • is able to ground the solutions to problems in Educational Sciences from the broader point of view of Social Sciences;
  • is familiar with the modern approaches to the methodology of research;
  • is able to plan a study and use research methods and data analysis methods;
  • is able to effectively work with scientific texts and to create these themselves;
  • is ready for scientific communication and cooperation with other researchers.
What Do We Expect from an Applicant

We expect capable young people who have a master level education in Educational Sciences or in a related field and who want to acquire a high level qualification in the field of educational sciences, in the research scope of the School of Educational Sciences.

Why Study Educational Sciences at Tallinn University? 

The School of Educational Sciences offers knowledge, which is related to education, teacher training, learning, adult education and teaching in general and/or specific way. A rapid development of the institute is based on drawing on expertise from a large partner network, utilizing EU funding, encouraging the empowerment of staff members as well as on applying a holistic approach, integrating dynamic teaching, research and development activities. The school is located in a brand new building and offers excellent working conditions for visiting academics, students and post-doctoral students.

What are the Career Options After the Studies?

Graduates are able to follow a number of career options depending on their personal interests. For example they can work as researchers, university lecturers or experts in the field. In any case they are very well equipped to develop a sound professional career based on visionary thinking and critical knowledge of the field.

Admission 2017/2018

The admission exam for academic year 2017/2018 will take place on the 11th of July at 10:00 in room M-649. The exam will be an interview, based on a previously submitted doctoral proposal. The interview will be held in English.

We expect candidates whose proposed topic for a doctoral thesis is connected to any of the following priority research areas:

  • INCLUSIVE EDUCATION (focusing on differentiation of instruction, various learning difficulties, special education, immigrant education);
  • EDUCATION AS A CULTURAL PHENOMENON IN INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON (incl. combining PISA, PIAAC, TALIS, etc. with learning analytics);
  • INNOVATION, MANAGEMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN EDUCATION.

 The research areas will be introduced in detail at the Preschool of Doctoral Studies in Educational Sciences, more information here. Take a look at the Preschool of Doctoral Studies in Educational Sciences held in 2016 hereA Preschool of Doctoral Studies in Educational Sciences will take place in English and is free of charge, you can register here until the 19th of February.

 All candidates must submit their doctoral thesis proposal by the deadline (form available here), along with the confirmation by an academic reference with adequate qualifications. Candidates, who wish to link their thesis to the research areas described above, must describe it in their proposals and demonstrate earlier research and/or experience in the field during the interview.

During the admission interview, in addition to the quality of the proposal and the success in defending it, another criterion for assessing candidates will be their proficiency in English, success in publishing articles and/or performing at conferences

 Additional information on the admission and priority research topics:

1.       INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

(Focusing on differentiation of instruction, various learning difficulties, special education, immigrant education)

Special education and learning difficulties, differentiation of instruction

Contact:
Anneli Veispak, anneli.veispak....at....tlu.ee
Paul Seitlinger, paul.seitlinger....at....tlu.ee

 Immigrant education (vocational education, adult education and welcoming programmes)

Contact:
Prof Larissa Jõgi, larissa.jogi....at....tlu.ee
Meril Ümarik, meril.umarik....at....tlu.ee
Triin Roosalu, triin.roosalu....at....tlu.ee

2.       EDUCATION AS A CULTURAL PHENOMENON IN INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON

(Incl. combining PISA, PIAAC, TALIS, etc. with learning analytics)

Keywords: youth culture, multi- and interculturalism, digital culture, school culture, educational culture, didactic culture, learning culture, etc.

Instruction methods that support inclusive education (e.g. applying problem-based and research-based learning in an open learning environment, STEM education, the connections between the quality of study guides and subject knowledge)

Contact:
Inge Timoštšuk, inge.timostsuk....at....tlu.ee
Terje Väljataga, terje.valjataga....at....tlu.ee
María Jesús Rodríguez Triana, maria_jesus.rodriguez_triana....at....tlu.ee
Riin Seema, riin.seema....at....tlu.ee

 Research combined with international comparative research results

Contact:
Prof Krista Loogma, krista.loogma....at....tlu.ee
Meril Ümarik, meril.umarik....at....tlu.ee

School culture, developing a school culture that supports learner development

Contact:
Prof Eve Eisenschmidt, eve.eisenschmidt....at....tlu.ee
Prof Mati Heidmets, mati.heidmets....at....tlu.ee
Katrin Poom-Valickis, katrin.poom-valickis....at....tlu.ee

 Consistency and change in educational culture

Contact:
Prof Airi Liimets, airi.liimets....at....tlu.ee
Tiiu Kuurme, tiiu.kuurme....at....tlu.ee

 Digital culture, digital competence and study analytics as aids in learning and teaching

Contact:
Prof Tobias Ley, tobias.ley....at....tlu.ee
Luis Pablo Prieto Santos, lprisan....at....tlu.ee
Terje Väljataga, terje.valjataga....at....tlu.ee

Becoming a researcher, learning culture in doctoral studies

Contact:
Prof. Erika Löfström, erika.lofstrom....at....tlu.ee
Prof. Larissa Jõgi, larissa.jogi....at....tlu.ee

3.       INNOVATION, MANAGEMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN EDUCATION

Managing education organisations, innovation in schools, applying evidence-based practices in school development

Contact:
Prof Eve Eisenschmidt, eve.eisenschmidt....at....tlu.ee
Prof Mati Heidmets, mati.heidmets....at....tlu.ee
Katrin Poom-Valickis, katrin.poom-valickis....at....tlu.ee

Entrepreneurship studies

Contact:
Prof. Krista Loogma, krista.loogma....at....tlu.ee
Grete Arro, arro....at....tlu.ee

Digital innovation in schools

Contact:
Prof. Tobias Ley, tobias.ley....at....tlu.ee
Terje Väljataga, terje.valjataga....at....tlu.ee

General information about doctoral programme

PhD studies duration: 4 years (8 semesters)
Cost:
 Free
Language of Instruction: 
Estonian, English
Field of Study: 
Education
Conferred Degree: 
PhD (Educational Sciences)

Detailed study programme is available here.

Contact us!
  • Specific questions regarding the programme should be directed to the School of Educational Sciences:
    Maria Edur
    Doctoral Studies Coordinator
    Phone: +372 6199 767   
    E-mail: maria.edur....at....tlu.ee
  • For additional guidelines regarding admission procedure please contact the international admission specialist.
    E-mail: admissions....at....tlu.ee

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