- University Master Degree in Leadership of Pedagogical Innovation and Management of Educational Centers
University Master Degree in Leadership of Pedagogical Innovation and Management of Educational Centers
- DurationTwo years part time (30 ECTS)
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and two Saturdays each semester
Blanquerna-URL - Carrer del Císter, 34. 08022 Barcelona
School of Psychology, Education and Sport Science
Who is it for?
The course is aimed mainly at teachers who have managerial and coordination responsibilities in schools and at teachers who wish to develop their teaching skills and knowledge of educational innovation.
- Primary and secondary school teachers with managerial and coordination responsibilities in schools
- Teacher Training graduates and diploma holders
- Graduates in Education
- Graduates of the Master Degree in Compulsory Secondary Education, which prepares graduates in any discipline to teach in Compulsory and Post-Compulsory Secondary Education.
Improve your qualifications
The University Master Degree Course in Leadership of Pedagogical Innovation and Management of Educational Centers taught at the Blanquerna-URL School of Psychology, Education and Sport Sciences provides solid training for teaching professionals in the roles of school management and team management and in the keys to leadership in educational innovation in compulsory education (infant, primary and secondary). The course provides the necessary tools to develop an innovative professional praxis, manage the classroom and revitalize the school with academic rigor, incorporating current educational trends.
In accordance with the definition of the European Higher Education Area, the goal of master degree courses is for the student to acquire advanced, specialized or multidisciplinary training, geared to professional specialization. The main aim of the University Master Degree Course in Leadership of Pedagogical Innovation and Management of Educational Centers is to prepare students with qualifications in different areas of education (especially infant, primary and secondary education) as professionals who can do innovative work in schools and develop their team management and leadership skills.
The aim is to train professionals capable of implementing the most up-to-date innovations in schools, bringing about real, measurable transformations in the classroom and in the organization of the school, with an awareness of the different forms of collective work emerging in the region. Priority is given to the effective and objective development in students of the critical competences of transformational leadership and pedagogical innovation in the school. The development of these competences at different levels - classroom, educational organization or social and educational network system - should promote stimulating, inclusive learning environments favoring success at school.
In view of the above, the aims of the University Master Degree Course in Leadership of Pedagogical Innovation and Management of Educational Centers are as follows:
- Develop a solid, advanced conceptual framework around the processes of pedagogical innovation in the classroom and within the organizational framework of the school and the education system.
- Develop a solid, advanced conceptual framework around the processes of transformational educational leadership and strategic management within the framework of school organization.
- Identify and study in depth the new paradigms of socio-educational cooperation in complex contexts, based on strategic management, focusing on values and pedagogical well-being.
- Deploy and study in depth a wide range of theoretical and practical proposals for the generation of innovative teaching within the framework of the new 2.0 and 3.0 classrooms, the new virtual learning environments and the competence-based school curriculum.
- Study in depth and classify different strategies for the management and leadership of teams, promoting the development of managerial skills, thought and decision-making that facilitate autonomy, creativity, trust and personal initiative among their members.
- Examine in depth the different ICT solutions for the management and organization of the school, as an organization that teaches and learns, integrated into the region and consistent with quality improvement models.
- Incorporate the basic principles and methods of action research into professional practice.
- Manage information thoughtfully to transform it into knowledge applicable to organizational improvement and educational innovation.
- Assume responsibility and make decisions in the management of educational teams.
- Be able to speak in public and make presentations with digital support material adapted to different interest groups (teachers, educators, families, students, etc.).
- Make ethical values part of one's own professional conduct, as teacher or manager, and part of the management of pedagogical innovation.
- Apply techniques and strategies for communication and negotiation in the management of human teams (educators, students and families).
- Manage and apply resources, and promote methodological and institutional strategies, to promote educational inclusion and success.
- Manage people and teams of teachers and students proactively and healthily.
- Participate in, promote, manage and disseminate with ICT support projects and strategies for cooperation between the school and other social and educational agents in the region.
- Use different ICT solutions to manage and organize the school, according to educational regulations and consistent with improvements in quality standards.
- Design and manage the evaluation of innovative programs and educational projects.
- Strategically plan processes for improvement and innovation in different organizational and institutional contexts.
Great scope for professional growth
Students acquire resources and skills to carry out functions such as the following in schools:
Leadership and stimulation of teaching teams
Planning, monitoring and evaluating educational projects
ICT-LKT projects and coordination
Classroom management and creating effective learning environments
If you choose the University Master Degree in Leadership of Pedagogical Innovation and Management of Educational Centers at Blanquerna, you choose...
- Accreditation: Training recognized as a requirement to be head of a school.
- Innovation: The course provides the tools needed to develop an innovative professional praxis.
- Faculty: Extensive experience in school management, team management and innovation in teaching
A unique methodology based on personalized learning
According to Royal Decree 1393/2007, graduate studies must provide the student with both basic and sufficient academic training for professional practice and qualify them to continue studying and pursue a master degree. Master degree studies include advanced specialized and multidisciplinary training, the aim of which will be academic and professional specialization or embarking on research activities. Master degrees are required to access PhD studies, which are aimed at providing advanced training in the field of research and lead to preparing a PhD thesis and obtaining a PhD qualification. The master degrees have been adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and are structured in ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System), which make it possible to share a compatible credit system, comparable criteria and methodologies and a duration similar to that of European qualifications, with the aim of facilitating and promoting the mobility and incorporation of students into the European workforce. Master degree studies have a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 120 credits. This equates to one to two academic years. ECTS credits are characterized by being student-centered to ensure the student leads their own learning process. Each credit is equivalent to 25 hours of training and is used to count class hours (theoretical and practical), personal study, participation in seminars, assignments, external internships and assessment tests. During an academic year, a student can get a maximum of 60 full-time credits and 30 if they have a part-time job. The master degrees at Blanquerna-URL School of Psychology, Education and Sport Sciences are aimed at diploma and bachelor degree holders and graduates, as well as professionals in need of continuing education. Our master degrees are geared towards professionalization and address subjects and materials that require specialized treatment. Our School's master degrees feature:
Made up of researchers and professors, both from the School and from other universities in the State, and by active professionals of recognized prestige. All teachers are practicing experts in the field of study.
With institutional and business support, coordinated by renowned researchers and professionals.
Limited number of students per program
To guarantee the quality of the teaching, participation and personalized treatment. Agreements and contracts with institutions and companies that guarantee internships or opportunities for professional development and research.
Agreements and contracts
With institutions and companies that guarantee internships or opportunities for professional development and research.
Training in line with your interests and professional future
The methodology proposed combines lectures, round tables, case studies, a virtual platform, forums and, optionally, internships in established centers, with the aim of developing skills for innovative professional practice, effective classroom management and revitalization of the school with rigorous standards, incorporating current educational trends.
|Master's degree project||10|
|Bases and new models of pedagogical innovation and educational leadership in the 21st century||5||Compulsory|
|Classroom 3.0: New Didactic and Sociodigital Learning Contexts||5||Compulsory|
|Pedagogical innovation and curricular management: new orientations for the development of the competences||5||Compulsory|
|Strategic management and planning in environments of uncertainty: from institutional approaches to sustainable improvement||5||Compulsory|
|Leadership and management of the school's human resources||5||Compulsory|
|Economic-financial management and educational marketing||5||Compulsory|
|Master's final project||10||Master's degree project|
|Optional credits (20 credits must be taken)|
|Neurobiological basis of learning, talent development and educational innovation||5||Optional|
|Design and evaluation of programs and projects of educational innovation||5||Optional|
|Design and management of virtual platforms and professional learning environments||5||Optional|
|Keys and ethical commitments of educational leadership||5||Optional|
|Education, school and territory: networked collaboration strategies for inclusion and school success||5||Optional|
Do your internship in different educational fields
- Internships take place in the 2nd semester, and can focus on any of the fields described (management and team management, technological innovation, socio-educational innovation).
- Internships are chosen by students according to their personal interest and the track chosen.
- The internship requires a total of 80 hours to be spent in participating schools, institutions and organizations which are recognized for their educational quality and commitment to innovation.
- Students also participate in a seminar for work, follow-up and mentoring in the School.
Internships can focus on different professional areas (management practice and team management, innovation, ICT-LKT and classroom management).
Master Degree Thesis
The thesis requires the preparation and defense of a project focusing on the design and evaluation of an innovative proposal for educational intervention and leadership in schools at any of the stages of compulsory education (primary/secondary). This activity involves the application of the knowledge acquired by the student during the course.
The student will have ten minutes to defend the project. Students have to prioritize the issues they consider most significant and summarize them clearly, precisely, and completely. After the presentation, the student will have to respond to observations, comments, and questions from the panel. The master degree project must normally be written in Catalan or Spanish. However, with a prior written request from the advisor, the academic management team (EGA) may authorize it to be presented in another language. In this case, a summary of the project must be provided in Catalan or Spanish.
The thesis requires the preparation and defense of a project focusing on the design and evaluation of an innovative proposal for educational intervention and leadership in schools at any of the stages of compulsory education (primary/secondary).
The master degree project must normally be written in Catalan or Spanish. However, with a prior written request from the advisor, the academic management team (EGA) may authorize it to be presented in another language. In this case, a summary of the project must be provided in Catalan or Spanish.
The thesis is mandatory and must be prepared individually. It will be supervised by a professor who is a PhD attached to the master degree course. The project will be publicly defended before a panel made up, as far as possible, of professors from the master program.
The assessment criteria for the thesis reflect the competences consolidated while it is being prepared, the quality of the final product, and the student's defense of the thesis.
Take on managerial responsibilities in the field of education
The course provides solid training for teaching professionals in the roles of school management and team management and in the keys to leadership in educational innovation in compulsory education (primary and secondary).
Management and administration
Managerial and coordination responsibilities in schools.
Leadership and stimulation of teaching teams.
Planning, monitoring and evaluating educational projects.
Projects and strategic digital coordination of the center.
Classroom management and creating effective learning environments.
Students who have gained 60 ECTS credits can access PhD studies.
A direct link to your future career
Our work doesn't finish the moment you graduate. The Alumni department will support you to enable us to achieve an employment rate of 90% of students in the first year after graduation
State-of-the-art equipment at the students' disposal
All the services you need during your course
University master's degrees are official degrees awarded by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, in accordance with the requirements of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the guidelines set out in the Bologna Declaration. To access the official master degree, you must hold an official Spanish university degree, or a degree from another country that is part of the European Higher Education Area. Access to master degree studies is regulated by Royal Decree 822/2021, of 28 September.
These studies are also open to students with a degree issued by an education system outside the European Higher Education Area, who do not need to have it approved, provided that the level of training is equivalent to that of an official Spanish degree and that, in the country of origin, the degree gives access to graduate studies. However, admission does not in any case imply the convalidation of the degree or any other type of recognition beyond allowing the student to access master and graduate studies at the University.
Phases of the admission process
The admission process for university master degree studies at the School is developed over 3 stages:
Students can pre-enroll online (by accessing Pre-enrollment | Blanquerna or the pre-enrollment option for each course) and also in person at the school.
For online pre-enrollment, you will need to:
- Sign up on the unique registration system and create a username (if not previously obtained) and follow the instructions to completion.
- Make a payment of €100 (non-refundable fee for pre-enrollment rights and processing) can be made by credit or debit card, through a secure and confidential BBVA process. Alumni are exempt from payment.
- Upload the required documentation through the document repository.
- ID card (both sides), passport or NIE residence card
Once pre-enrollment has been completed, the candidate will be offered a date for an interview with the degree coordinator, who will assess their suitability and solve any doubts they may have about the course for which they are enrolling. Motivation, academic transcript and professional experience will be taken into account for the selection of students. Once the assessment is complete, the student will be informed of the result of the interview and how to enroll, if admitted.
Prior to enrollment, the person concerned must upload the following to the document repository:
- Qualification or receipt of the qualification of the studies that give the student access to the master degree.
- Original official academic certificate or certified copy of the bachelor degree transcript.
- For foreign applicants: certificate issued by the relevant body (university, embassy, consulate) confirming that the studies qualify the student to undertake master degree or graduate studies in the country of issue.
Enrollment formalization is the final procedure to obtain a place in the master degree:
- The date of enrollment formalization is communicated individually to the person concerned and can be done online.
- After this, they have two business days to pay 50% of the total cost of the credits for which they have enrolled, by bank transfer or using a barcode at the bank; the remaining 50% is split into nine monthly installments, from October to June, payable by direct debit using the bank account indicated at the time of enrollment (Instructions for sending the signed SEPA document to Blanquerna).
Alumni of official qualifications from the School are given a 15% discount on the enrollment fee (non-cumulative discount) if they enroll full time and for all the credits that the qualification offers. Prices are updated each academic year. Once enrollment is complete, the amount paid will not be refunded under any circumstances.
Students who are admitted can choose between two forms of enrollment, depending on whether they already qualify for university admission:
- Conditional enrollment: Students who have not yet obtained a bachelor degree and who require a maximum of 9 more credits and/or the thesis yet to do can apply for this. For conditional enrollment, students must be enrolled for the outstanding credits for their bachelor degree.
Unless the student has passed the bachelor degree giving them access, they will not be able to defend the thesis and, therefore, will not be able to obtain the master degree.
To be eligible for this option, the person concerned must sign this information document in which they agree to the particularities of conditional enrollment.
- Final enrollment
Final enrollment is when the person concerned has completed the admission pathway for the university master degree.
When a student enrolls, a contract for the provision of teaching services is formalized between the student and the Blanquerna Foundation, which is legally binding from the time of payment. Payment includes the corresponding insurance and, for students under the age of twenty-eight, compulsory academic insurance. If a student declines to take up a place, he/she will lose in full any amount he/she has paid.
The student accepts the rules for the use of computer services established by the Blanquerna Foundation. The student's personal data will be included in an automated file under the responsibility of the Blanquerna Foundation, so that this contract can be maintained and fulfilled. Students should note that their data may also be used to inform them about the future activities of the Foundation, or for the institution to send them publications.
In accordance with the provisions of Organic Law 15/1999 on the protection of personal data, students have the right to access their data to update, rectify or cancel them, or object to their use, by sending a letter, indicating which right they want to exercise.
This section is a summary of the general conditions for enrollment. It is only for guidance and therefore has no contractual value. In the event of any discrepancy, the provisions of the general conditions for enrollment specified in the receipt generated at the time of enrollment will prevail; this receipt formalizes the contract between the student and the Blanquerna Foundation; students can consult it on the intranet whenever they wish.
The School cannot guarantee that a course will be available if the requirement for a minimum number of enrollments is not met. In this case, the amount paid for enrollment and pre-enrollment will be refunded in full.
The School reserves the right to ask candidates with qualifications obtained outside the EES for a letter from their university, embassy or consulate to certify that their studies enable them to pursue a master degree or graduate studies.
Students are responsible for having all the official documentation necessary for their stay in Spain while studying at the School. Applicants can ask for a pre-acceptance document attached to the pre-enrollment receipt to initiate applications for visas or scholarships or carry out any other administrative procedure. Under no circumstances does this document guarantee a place if all the access and admission requirements are not met. Once applicants have been accepted and enrollment is complete, they can request a letter of admission from the Academic Secretary, if required, by paying the corresponding fees.
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Course fees are paid in installments without any interest. At the time of enrollment, 50% of the total cost of the credits for which the student is enrolled must be paid*; the remaining 50% is split into nine monthly installments (from October to June) payable by direct debit.
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