The Open Society Foundations Early Childhood Program is pleased to announce the MA in Leadership in Early Childhood Development and Education Scholarship for the 2014 – 2016 academic year. The Open Society Foundation Early Childhood Program (ECP) is cooperating with the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES) and Manchester University to develop and implement a new part-time, post-graduate course in Leadership in Early Childhood Development and Education. The program aims to provide policy makers and existing or potential leaders in the field of Early Childhood Development (ECD) from Russia and neighbouring countries (Central Asia, the Caucuses etc.) with the knowledge and skills to design effective ECD policies and to develop, implement and evaluate services. The OSF’s Early Childhood Program (ECP) is offering a limited number of scholarships to cover tuition and partial costs of travel/expenses for participants from Caucasus and Central Asia . It is open for the applicants from the following countries:
The deadline for submitting applications is: 31 July 2014
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Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES, Russia) and Manchester University (MU, UK)
Leadership in Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Education
The MSSES/MU post-graduate program in ECD is an innovative higher education initiative that focuses on training experts in the most important period in the development of children, birth to age eight. Effective ECD programs, particularly for poor and vulnerable children, positively impact children’s future school performance, their social skills, and, ultimately, their lives. Many countries in Europe, Eurasia and worldwide, have identified ECD as an important strategy for improving education and employment across the lifespan.
The MSSES/MU program has a global emphasis and includes the participation of an international team of leading ECD specialists in collaboration with outstanding Russian faculty. It focuses on the most modern, innovative, and effective approaches found worldwide. The program aims to provide policy makers and existing or potential leaders in the field of Early Childhood Development (ECD) from Russia and neighboring countries (Central Asia, the Caucuses etc.) with the knowledge and skills to design effective ECD policies and to develop, implement and evaluate services. In addition, participants will gain an understanding of current ECD research and will develop basic research skills needed to obtain and utilize evidence for informed decision-making.
Participants can, in preparation for their thesis, develop materials and service models that address challenges in their communities and countries. Participants in the program will take four core courses and then select from among several specializations:
The program starts in October 2014, led by Professor Elena Yudina, head of the National Center for the Assessment of Quality Early Childhood Education in the Russian Republic. The majority of teaching and learning will take place in Russian language, though students may be required to complete some readings in English. The program is designed both for early childhood specialists from Russia as well as those from neighboring countries (Central Asia, Caucuses etc.), who would benefit from an international academic program delivered primarily in Russian language, and reflecting a balance of perspectives from East and West Europe as well as from around the globe.
Neighboring countries and regions of Russia interested in implementing innovative approaches in ECD are invited to send a team of professionals with different specialties, who, in the future, could lead the modernization of systems and programs for young children. The program is designed to enable participants to continue working while studying. It is implemented as a part-time degree program with five face-to-face two week sessions scheduled across the two year program. Students are required to attend these five 2 week-sessions and to complete independent tasks in-between sessions. Sessions are scheduled for:
The dates of the sessions may be adjusted, but not more than 1-2 days
Language of instruction: Russian (with some English)
List of Courses:
Core Courses – REQUIRED OF ALL STUDENTS
ECD 001. Child Development
ECD 002. Program Models & Approaches in ECD
Elena Yudina and Cassie Landers
ECD 003. Methods of Social Research in ECD
Elena Bodrova and Dmitry Rogozin
ECD 004. Leadership for Change
Specialization Courses –STUDENTS PICK ONE SPECIALTY
Area of Specialization 1. Inclusion and Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs and their Families
ECD 005. Foundations of Young Children (0-3). Early Intervention
ECD 006. Inclusion of Children with
Special Needs in Pre-schools
ECD 007. Working with Special Populations in ECD
Area of Specialization 2: Quality Teaching and Learning
Area of Specialization 3: Administration, Policy and Planning
There is a program-wide emphasis on:
The program is guided by the following principles and ideas:
Graduates will receive a diploma of vocational retraining with a specialty in “Management in Education” from the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, as well as a Masters of Education (M.Ed) in Leadership in Early Childhood Education and Development from the University of Manchester in the UK.
Tuition fee: $7000. Some limited tuition scholarships are available for participants from outside of Russia in 2014-2016 (contact firstname.lastname@example.org ). For more information you can visit: www.msses.ru
Address: 119571, Moscow, pr. Vernadsky, House 82, Block 2 (on the territory of the Academy of National Economy). M. “South West”
Administrative contact for applications: Julia Salamatova; E-mail: email@example.com.
Phone: (495) 564-85-82
Fax: (495) 434-75-47