Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education


M.Sc. in Educational Leadership: School Education

This program is designed for administrators, teachers, and specialists in assessment, curriculum and pedagogy working in schools or related institutions.

Students will develop a strong foundation in theory and practice in such core classes as Educational Leadership for schools and Educational Context and Reform in Kazakhstan. Students will also choose from such electives as Professional Identity, Comparative and International Education, and Education Policy Analysis and Development.
As with all three M.Sc. programs, students in the M.Sc. in Educational Leadership: School Education program will develop strong quantitative and qualitative research skills, enabling them to contribute to evidence-based decision-making within their institutions and across the education system.
The graduates of the M.Sc. School Education specialization will develop the capacity to make important contributions within schools, education ministry institutions, development agencies, NGOs, think tanks and universities.

Examples of some core and elective courses in the program:

Academic English 1

Academic English I provides students with a structured opportunity to improve oral and written English in professional and academic settings. The emphasis is on developing student capacities for success in GSE program courses at the beginning of the student program experience. This online course is the first course in sequence.

Curriculum Design and Management

This course will examine contemporary and historical issues facing curriculum development. It will highlight complexities of curriculum change from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Taking examples of processes of curriculum renewal in primary and secondary schools of Kazakhstan and cases from other countries, the course takes a premise that curriculum design and management are influenced by the complex interplay of global, socio-cultural, political and economic factors. The course provides an opportunity to discuss curriculum change and design from the perspective of different actors – policy makers, institutional leaders and practitioners.

Foundations of Early Childhood Education

This elective course covers the main theories and trends in international research on early childhood education, and analyzes these theories and trends in relation to reforms in early childhood education in Kazakhstan.

Introduction to Educational Leadership: School Education

This course provides an introduction to the nature and processes of leadership for educational reform efforts. The course emphasizes discussions of leadership, change and change management at institutional and national levels, highlighting international contexts, perspectives, theories and approaches. The course is designed around issues relevant to program specialization in School Education, and will prepare students for the course Applying Educational Leadership in Kazakhstan, a course emphasizing the extension and practical application of this course learning to specific Kazakhstani institutional and system contexts. Key curriculum features include needs analysis, planning, policy, implementation, change and assessment.

Research Methods I

This is the first half of a two-semester course covering education research methods. Students will develop knowledge and skills required to design and understand research projects, conduct research ethically, and plan data collection and analysis.