Adult Education and Career Development

 

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

Name of the programme:

ADULT EDUCATION AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Type of programme:

Master's study programme, second cycle

Duration of study:

2 years

Number of credit points (ECTS):120
Mode of study:full-time/ part-time
Place fo study:Koper

Professional title awarded:

Magister/magistrica profesor/profesorica andragogike

 

AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

With the study programme ‘Adult Education and Career Development’  we wish to educate a professional capable of performing different roles in the area of adult education and career development, namely those of:

a strategist in adult education and career development; head of the education and training unit in an organisation; project manager in adult education and career development; designer, organiser, and evaluator of education and training processes for adults; counsellor and mentor for adult education and career development, and as a lecturer.    

Graduates from the study programme ‘Adult Education and Career Development’ will be able to link and use the acquired competences in new complex, unpredictable and diverse situations. Three components are closely connected in relation to this: the cognitive component (knowledge and understanding), the conative component (attitudes and values) and the component of action (skills and aptitudes). Regarding this, the basic aims of the study programme ‘Adult Education and Career Development’ will be:

Cognitive goals

Critical understanding of contemporary cognizance of social, economic and personal aspects of adult education and career development; Knowing the factors and up to-date forms of educational and career processes in organizations; Knowing the tools for developing and performing projects in the field of adult education and career development; In-depth knowledge of methods of planning, organizing, leading and supervising education; Knowing the methods of detecting needs for new knowledge and of counselling adults; Knowing modern approaches to and methods of learning in adult education.

Conative goals

Raising awareness of the importance of lifelong learning for social, economic and individual development; Developing responsibility for the development of education and career of adults (in organizations); Training for team work (teaching) and cooperation with other professionals participating in the education process; Developing the capability of identifying specific target groups’ needs of for education and career development; Raising awareness of different circumstances in which learning can take place and of the participants’ various roles in the learning process; Raising awareness of the importance of permanent (professional) growth and personal development supported by reflecting theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

Action goals

Developing skills for independent theoretical study and empirical research in the phenomenon of adult learning and career development; Developing organisational and leadership skills in adult education; Developing new skills for independent solving of practical and theoretical problems in the area of adult learning and career development;  Mastering the processes and principles of advisory work as well as of designing and performing intervention programmes; Developing the capability of applying innovative methods, techniques and forms of teaching to specific learning groups; Acquiring theoretical foundations and skills in the area of adult education methods.

 

THE GRADUATE’S GENERAL COMPETENCES:

In conformity with level 7 of the European Qualification Framework  (and KLASIUS – the national qualification standard for education and training) master study allows graduates to deepen their knowledge in broader professional areas, training for finding new sources of knowledge in the professional area and the field of science, assuming responsibility for leading the most demanding working systems and for developing critical reflection, social and communication competences for leading group work.

Based on the description of level 7 qualification in the European Qualification Framework (and KLASISUS), Criteria for the Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions and Study Programmes, Criteria for the Accreditation of Study Programmes for Teacher Education, and basic goals of the study programme graduates from the study programme ‘Adult Education and Career Development’ will acquire the following general competences: 

Knowledge

  • Ability to understand social, psychological, economic and legal foundations;
  • Knowing modern learning and teaching and career development strategies;
  • Capability of using knowledge in practice;
  • Capability of developing and implementing original ideas.

 

Skills

  • Ability to analyse and to synthesise, to predict solutions and consequences;
  • Proficiency in research methods, procedures and processes;
  • Developing academic skills for meditation, transmission, promotion and publication of scientific research outcomes;
  • Ability of developing new skills on the basis of existing knowledge and experience.

 

Personal and professional competences in terms of autonomy and responsibility

  • Autonomy and responsibility in professional work;
  • Organisational and leadership competences in the working context;
  • The competences of leading (an interdisciplinary) working group;
  • The competences of planning and managing activities and assessing the productivity of the work performed.

 

Learning competences

  • The ability to develop the concept of lifelong learning in society as well as with individuals;
  • Ability of understanding and autonomously guiding learning processes and career development;
  • Ability to develop cognitive skills related to individual’s development level;
  • Capability to use information and communication technologies.

 

Communication and social competences

  • Developing the awareness of the importance of communication and of the quality of relationships;
  • Ability of participating on the local, regional, national, European and broader global levels;
  • Ability to participate in group work while taking account of diversity, multiculturality and ethics;
  • Developing communication abilities and skills, especially communication in international environment.

 

Professional and occupational competences

  • Ability of critically reflecting one’s own work and improving it through developing study and research skills;
  • Being open to permanent professional development;
  • Being open to advice and modern findings in one’s professional environment.
  • Adhering to ethic principles and commitment to professional ethics.

 

THE GRADUATE'S SUBJECT SPECIFIC COMPETENCES:

In accordance with the goals of the study programme stated above, the graduates will acquire the following subject-specific competences:

 

Knowledge

  • Understanding modern views of adult education and career development;
  • Understanding psychological research findings on learning and teaching and of individual's career development;
  • Knowing models of knowledge management;
  • Knowing and understanding theoretical foundations and models of educational and career-counselling work.

 

Skills

  • Being trained for detecting and solving today's problems of education and career development;
  • Being trained for scientific and research work in the field of theory and practice of adult education and career development;
  • Being trained for creative presentation of one's own findings and outcomes of research in the field of adult education and career development;
  • Formulating a comprehensive assessment of an individual's or group's learning needs, of their strengths and weaknesses, while taking account of environmental factors (physical, social, cultural) with adequate procedures and instruments.

 

Personal and professional competences in terms of autonomy and responsibility

  • Being trained for participating in decision making and assuming responsibility for the development of adult education and career development on national, regional and local level;
  • Developing autonomy in finding solutions in complex and unpredictable situations in the area of adult education and career development;
  • Capabilities of leading and coordinating (multidisciplinary) educational groups;
  • Capability of independently planning, managing and evaluating projects and educational programmes.

 

Learning competences

  • Capability of assuming responsibility for one’s own professional development, motivation for supervision and intervision forms of work;
  • Capability of organising active and independent learning;
  • Being trained for counselling in the field of adult education and career development;
  • Knowing the methods of adult learning;
  • Being trained for applying modern information and communication technologies to formal and informal learning situations as well as in other professional work.

 

Communication and social competences

  • Knowing and understanding social processes (especially processes in education and career development);
  • Analysing current social norms and relationships related to adult education and career development, performing activities for their development;
  • Understanding relationships between educational institution and social environment;
  • Developing awareness and skills for constructive mutual communication in education process and career development process.

 

Professional and occupational competences

  • Cooperating with experts in various areas of education and career development;
  • Knowledge and use of self-evaluation in educational and career development processes with the purpose of improving one’s own work;
  • Planning one’s own professional development in the areas of pedagogical work and adult education;
  • Developing the identity of adult educator and career development counsellor.     

 

Curriculum

Course Syllabus:

 

 ENROLMENT CONDITIONS AND SELECTION CRITERIA IN CASE OF LIMITED ENROLMENT

The study programme ‘Adult Education and Career Development’ is primarily intended for students who in the first cycle have graduated in educational sciences, pre-school education, primary school teaching, pedagogics, psychology, sociology, and management. Taking account of certain enrolment conditions also other graduates can enrol.

First year of the study programme ‘Adult Education and Career Development’ can be enrolled by those who have completed:

a)   First cycle study programme in the corresponding field of profession (educational sciences, pre-school education, primary school teaching, pedagogics, psychology, sociology, and management);

b)   First cycle study programme in another field of profession provided prior to enrolment the candidate has fulfilled the study requirements essential for the continuation of studies corresponding to 30 credit points in the subject areas of pedagogics, adult education, psychology, management, and research in social sciences, which the candidate has either concluded during the first cycle studies, in permanent education programmes or in the form of examinations prior to enrolment into the master study programme. Subject to decision by the authorised commission of the UP PEF, based on the candidate’s request, satisfying these requirements can exceptionally be granted after the enrolment, but no later than before enrolling year two of the master programme.

c)    The higher education professional study programme ‘Pre-school Education’ adopted before 11 June 2004;

d)    Other higher education professional or academic study programme adopted before 11 June 2004 provided prior to enrolment the candidate has fulfilled the study requirements essential for the continuation of studies corresponding to 30 credit points in the subject areas of pedagogics, adult education, psychology, management, and research in social sciences, which the candidate has either concluded during the professional or academic study programme, in permanent education programmes or in the form of examinations prior to enrolment into the master study programme. Subject to decision by the authorised commission of the UP PEF, based on the candidate’s request, satisfying these requirements can exceptionally be granted after the enrolment, but no later than before enrolling year two of the master programme.

In case of limited enrolment precedence is given to the candidates with higher average assessment grades in the studies concluded.

 

Enrolment to year two of the master study programme according to criteria for transfer

Enrolment to year two according to criteria for transfer is possible:

a)    From second cycle study programmes in similar fields of profession: educational sciences, pre-school education, primary school teaching, pedagogics, psychology, sociology, and management;

b)    For graduates from university study programmes and corresponding professional fields (educational sciences, pre-school education, primary school teaching, pedagogics, psychology, sociology, and management) adopted before 11 June 2004.

The candidates must meet the enrolment criteria for the programme into which they transfer. If necessary, the authorised commission of the UP PEF defines the requirements that on transferring into the new programme must be satisfied prior to enrolment for each candidate individually.

 

CONDITIONS FOR PROGRESSING IN THE PROGRAMME AND CONCLUDING THE STUDIES

To be allowed to progress to year two of the second cycle study programme ‘Adult Education and Career Development’ the student must have accumulated 48 CP (80.0 %) of the 60 CP in year one of the study programme. In exceptional cases upon a substantiated request addressed to the corresponding commission of the UP PEF, enrolment to year two can be granted with 42 CP accumulated.

To be allowed to register for master’s thesis the student must have accumulated at least 30 CP (25.0 %). The student must register for the master’s thesis no later than by the end of year one.  

 

Repeating a study year can be granted if the student has accumulated at least half, i.e. 30 CP of the study year she or he is enrolled to. The competent commission of the UP PEF can grant repeating a study year to students, who because of justified reasons have accumulated less than the prescribed number of CP.

Students can progress in the study programme and conclude it faster than foreseen with the study programme. The conditions for faster progress will be determned by the Senate of the Faculty.

To register for the master's thesis the student must have satisfied study requirements corresponding to at least 30 CP. The students enrolled to year one register their themes by the end of study year one. Students enrolled into year two on conditions prescribed for transition register for master's thesis by the end of the celendar year in which they have enrolled into the study programme.

 

Continuing studies on conditions for transfer

Treated as transfer between study programmes is giving up education in a study programme enrolled into by a student and continuing education in a new programme when part of the study requirements or all the requirements the student has satisfied in the first programme are recognized as satisfied in the second programme.

A student can transfer  from one into another study programme.

The following criteria apply in case of transfer between programmes:

·   Meeting the requirements for enrolment into the new study programme;

·   The number of study places available;

·   The number of study years or semesters in the previous study programme for which the student has satisfied all the requirements and can be recognized partly or as a whole.

Transfer between study programmes is possible if the transfer takes place between study programmes of the same degree of education, i.e. between Bologna second cycle study programmes. 

Individual requests for transfer are dealt with by the authorized commission of the UP PEF, which in determining any additional study requirements takes account of the candidate's previously concluded study programme. The decision is subject to the approval of the Senate of the UP PEF in accordance with the Law and criteria determined by the Higher Education Council of the Republic of Slovenia.

To graduates from similar study programmes approved before 11 June 2004 (‘pre-Bologna programmes’) recognition of study requirements in the extent of up to 60 CP can be granted, which means in certain cases they can enrol into year two.

According to criteria for transfer candidates can enrol into year two: 

a)   From second cycle study programmes in similar professional fields: educational sciences, pre-school education, primary school teaching, pedagogics, psychology, sociology, and management;

b)   As graduates from academic study programmes in the corresponding professional fields (educational sciences, pre-school education, primary school teaching, pedagogics, psychology, sociology, and management), approved before 11 June 2004.

Candidates must satisfy the enrolment conditions for the program into which they transfer. If necessary, the Commission for Study Affairs of the UP PEF determines the requirements to be satisfied before enrolment for each candidate separately.

 

THE GRADUATES' EMPLOYABILITY

The graduates in the study programme ‘Adult Education and Career Development’ can be employed in all institutions that are (in)directly involved in the processes of socialization, education, learning, and teaching of adults. They can assume leadership, research and administrative tasks in the field of adult education. Primarily they can assume tasks in the following work places:

Research and development expert in adult education and carreer development on national, regional, or local level;

·         Head of education and personnel units in (non-)profit organizations;

·         Head of professional development units in (non-)profit organizations;

·         Project manager for adult education and career development;

·         Planner, organiser and evaluator of adult education and career development;

·         Animator, counsellor and mentor for adult education and recruitment, and

·         Lecturer.

 

Conforming to the Standard Classification of Occupations an adult educator will be able to get employment in the following work places:

2351: Education method specialists;   2359: Other teaching professionals; 1319: Managers of small enterprises; 2412: Personnel and career professionals; 3342: Teachers of practical lessons; organisers of practical lessons, and teaching associate professionals

 Magister profesor andragogike / magistrica profesorica andragogike holds a licensed education that allows him/her to start a private education enterprise for adult education.

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