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M.A. Education


Programme structure

M.A. in Education

30 crore children. 15 lakh schools. 70 lakh teachers.
The system needs trained professionals.

Contributing to the improvement of public education in India requires capable and committed education professionals in substantial numbers. We need a large number of people who understand the domain of education and can take up a range of responsibilities, illustratively, classroom teaching, supporting teachers, curriculum development, programme management, policy formulation and analysis. The number of professionals in the education sector is grossly inadequate, given the scale, complexity of issues and the wide range of competencies required to work in these areas.

Graduates of the MA Education programme from Azim Premji University have been contributing to the education sector at various levels, taking on a variety of roles and responsibilities to help improve school education in our country for the past ten years.

Azim Premji University is launching its revised MA Education programme from the academic year 2021. The central purpose of the programme remains the same - to equip students with knowledge and competencies required to contribute effectively to the education domain. Understanding fundamental ideas in education through philosophy, sociology and child development continue to remain central to the programme. The revised curriculum envisages courses with a strong practice connect, a deeper engagement with school subject content and pedagogy, along with an intense and direct school and field experience.

The core of educational action is the classroom, where actual teaching and learning take place. In order to understand the processes involved in teaching and learning, knowledge of a specific subject area and first-hand experience of teaching in a classroom, are both essential. With increased emphasis on early years education in the National Education Policy 2020, the need for educational professionals with capabilities to understand the Early Childhood Education domain has become absolutely essential. The revised curriculum provides students opportunities to develop in-depth knowledge of early childhood education or a school subject area, and to work with children and teachers in a classroom for an extended period of time. Students can choose Early Childhood Education, Science Education, Mathematics Education, Language Education or Social Studies Education and work in areas of curriculum development, pedagogy and assessment in any one of these areas. Through a series of field engagements, students will have the opportunity to understand the ground realities of the public education system in India, and the finer aspects of the workings of an organization in the education sector.

After M.A. in Education-

Students after successful completion of our programmes will develop the vision, social concern, and motivation to create a basis for education action. They will develop as confident professionals who can meaningfully contribute in the education sector.

They will take up roles such as Curriculum designer, Policy maker, School Leader, Teacher Educator, Designer of learning materials, Researcher in education, Program Manager of educational interventions, Associates working to address issues of access and equity in education etc.  In addition, they can also be social entrepreneurs capable of implementing path-breaking solutions to social problems.

The Programme is designed as a 72-credit, 2-year full time postgraduate degree programme-

  • Common core curriculum that build disciplinary perspectives and provides understanding of school systems, policy and research in education.
  • Choice to pursue taught courses and field engagement in one of the five areas: Science Education, Mathematics Education, Social Studies Education, Language Education or Early Childhood Education.
  • Extended field engagements spread over the four semesters-in organizations working in Education as well as a 12 weeks internship in a field institute of the Azim Premji Foundation.

Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester 3 Semester 4
Philosophy of Education Curriculum Studies Field Practice-2 Field Research-1 Field Research-2
Sociology of Education Curriculum and Pedagogy-1 Curriculum and Pedagogy-3 Consolidation of Programme Experience
Child Development and Learning Curriculum and Pedagogy-2 Preparation for Field Practice 3 Elective-1
Introduction to School System in India Schools as Organizations Curriculum and Pedagogy-4* Elective-2
Field Practice-1 Teacher Professional Development* Elective-3 / Independent Study
Open Course-1 Open Course-2 Field Practice-3
Practicum Practicum
20 16 2 20 14

*courses to be taught in the field.

Core Courses: Nearly 50% of the credits are allocated to 10 core courses that are considered necessary for understanding education as a domain of study.  These courses will introduce students to key issues in educational thinking, critique and practice and serve purposes of building a theoretical basis and critical thinking necessary to form education judgment, and sensitive, reflective practice. The core curriculum includes courses that provide philosophical, sociological and psychological perspectives on education as a domain of study, courses which help understand school systems, policy and administration in India, as well as courses in curriculum studies and teacher professional development that help to think about educational action and interventions. These are compulsory courses for all students.

Electives: The elective courses are meant to supplement and extend understanding acquired in the core areas through deeper engagement with specific aspects of educational theory and practice. Students will obtain a total of 20 credits from elective courses.

Of these, 11 credits will be used for a set of four courses in curriculum and pedagogy of school subject areas. The aim of the four courses is to help students understand one school subject area in depth, including an understanding of the nature of that school subject, curricular and pedagogic knowledge, and issues in assessment and material development in the teaching and learning of that subject. The Curriculum and Pedagogy courses include Mathematics Education, Science Education, Language Education, Social Studies Education and Early Childhood Education. All students entering the programme would be expected to opt for one of these five areas.

The remaining 9 credits would accrue from 3 courses selected from a range of 8-10 courses, that would be offered in the fourth semester. These may include courses in educational practice, or courses that enhance perspective or disciplinary understanding in education. The option of choosing a course of Independent Study would also be available in lieu of one of the elective courses.

Field Engagement: Engagement with field practice forms an integral part of this programme. The objective is to expose students to a variety of field settings in Indian educational contexts in order to sensitize them to issues related to the practice of education. The multiple opportunities for field engagement, starting from the first semester onwards, would allow students to introspect on their own role and work. It is hoped that the experience will build humility, empathy, optimism and conviction in their intervention. Field practice experiences will be offered in different educational settings such as public schools, non- governmental or governmental organizations working in education, and through interaction with children and teachers in classroom settings, and teacher professional development centres at the field institutes of the Azim Premji Foundation. The field practice component is summarised below:

Component Time of Offering Credits Duration Location
Field Practice 1 Semester I 2 2 weeks Field Institutes, Azim Premji Foundation
Field Practice 2 End of Semester II 2 3 weeks Organizations working in Education
Field Practice 3 Semester III 10 12 weeks Field Institutes, Azim Premji Foundation


The selection process for Master of Arts in Education / Development / Public Policy & governance includes National Entrance Test and Personal interview.

Step 1: National Entrance Test

National Entrance Test Structure

Part Section No of questions Question type Time
Part 1
Common for M.A. Education, Development, Public Policy & Governance and LL.M. programmes
Reading Comprehension 25 Multiple choice 2 hours
Reasoning Ability 10 Multiple choice
Quantitative Ability 25 Multiple choice
General & Social Awareness 20 Multiple choice
Total Questions 80 Multiple choice
Part 2 Subject test Additional test to establish students’ interest, aptitude and knowledge (up to grade X level only) in a school subject area. The test can be taken in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Language or Early Childhood Education. 1 hour

Step 2. Personal Interview

Shortlisted candidates will be called for a personal interview. Our faculty members will interact with the candidates to understand their motivation to pursue postgraduate programmes at Azim Premji University.

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Important Dates
Admission process Working Professional Round Regular Round Last Round
Last date to apply 25th Dec 2020 27th Feb 2021 25th May 2021
Entrance test date 10th Jan 2021 21st Mar 2021 6th June 2021
Interview process 6th Feb - 10 Feb 2021 19th Apr 2021 -10th May 2021 End of June
Interview results Last week of Feb 2021 Last week of May 2021 Mid July
Academic session starts Mid of Aug 2021 Mid of Aug 2021 Mid of Aug 2021

Note: The dates mentioned are Tentative.


Master of Arts in Education / Development / Public Policy & governance

  • Bachelor's Degree in any discipline (including Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Engineering, Medicine, Agriculture, Commerce, Management, etc.) from a recognized University.
  • Undergraduate students who are appearing for their final year examinations and completing their graduation on or before September 2020 are also eligible to apply. The offer of provisional admission is valid only on successful completion of graduation.

Candidates with work experience are actively encouraged to apply.


Careers in Education Sector

Students with a Masters Degree in Education will develop the vision, social concern, and motivation to create a basis for education action.

They will take up roles such as Curriculum designer, Policy maker, School Leader, Teacher Educator, Designer of learning materials, Researcher in education, Program Manager of educational interventions, Associates working to address issues of access and equity in education etc.  In addition, they can also be social entrepreneurs capable of implementing path-breaking solutions to social problems.

They will develop as confident professionals who can meaningfully contribute in the ecosystem of education.

We have a dedicated placement cell to enable fulfilling career opportunities for our graduates. Seven batches have graduated and more than 90 organizations visit the campus every year for recruitment.

Our Major recruiters for the M.A. Education programme are:
Azim Premji Foundation Educational Initiatives Eklavya Education Foundation
Going to School Humana People to People India Educate Girls Foundation
Kaivalya Education Foundation Bodh Siksha Samiti The Teacher Foundation
Magic Bus Foundation Mantra 4 Change Akanksha Foundation
Kotak Education Foundation Indian School Leadership Institute Pratham

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Early Childhood Education


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