Length of program 2 years
Timetable afternoon
Credits 60 ECTS
CoordinationProf. Elena Sofia Ojando
Application open
masters-universitarisMLDC

Objectives

In accordance with the definition provided by the European Higher Education Area, the goal of Master's programmes must be to offer students advanced specialised or multidisciplinary training aimed at professional specialisation. To this end, the goal of the University Master's in Educational Innovation and Educational Leadership is to prepare students from different undergraduate degrees in education (especially preschool, primary and secondary school) to work as professionals who can develop innovations at school and are competent in leadership and team management skills.

The aim is to train professionals who are capable of bringing the latest innovations to schools, innovations whose transformative nature is real and measurable in both the classroom and organisationally in the school as a whole, without ignoring emerging forms of local collaboration. The emphasis is for students to effectively, objectively develop the specific, critical competences of transformational leadership and educational innovation at school. The development of these competences at different levels – classroom, educational setting or socio-educational system/network – should be aimed at promoting stimulating, inclusive learning environments targeted at school success.

Bearing in mind these considerations, the specific objectives of the University Master's in Educational Innovation and Educational Leadership are the following:

  1. To develop a solid, advanced conceptual framework around educational innovation processes within the classroom and as part of school and educational organisation.
  2. To develop a solid, advanced conceptual framework around processes of transformational educational leadership and strategic management in school organisation.
  3. To identify and examine the new paradigms of socio-educational cooperation in complex contexts based on strategic management centred on values and educational wellbeing.
  4. To implement and examine a wide range of theoretical and practical proposals for generating educational innovation as part of the new 2.0 and 3.0 classrooms in new virtual learning environments and the competence-based school curriculum.
  5. To examine the different strategies of group management and leadership by promoting the development of managerial skills, thinking and decision-making that foster and facilitate the autonomy, creativity, trust and personal initiative of all members.
  6. To examine the different ICT solutions for the organisational management of schools as learning organisations which learn, which are integrated into their territory and are coherent with quality improvement models.

Competences

Transversal

  • To incorporate the basic principles and methods of action research into professional practice.
  • To manage information in a reflective way in order to transform it into knowledge that is applicable in processes of organisational improvement and educational innovation.
  • To take on responsibilities and take decisions in the management of educational teams.
  • To be capable of expressing oneself in public and making presentations with digital support that are adapted to the different stakeholders (teachers, educators, families, students, etc.).
  • To integrate ethical values into one's own professional conduct as educators and managers and into the management of educational innovation.

Specific

  • To apply communication and negotiation techniques and strategies when managing human teams (educators, students and families).
  • To manage and allocate resources and to promote methodological and institutional strategies that foster inclusion and educational success.
  • To manage people and teams of teachers and students in a proactive, healthy way.
  • To participate, promote, manage and disseminate with ICT support collaborative projects and strategies teaming up the school and local social-educational agents.
  • To use different ICT solutions to manage and organise the school in line with the regulations of the educational system and quality improvement norms.
  • To design and manage the evaluation of innovation programmes and educational projects.

To strategically plan improvement and pedagogical innovation processes in different organisational and institutional contexts.