Med In Educational Philosophy


Program Objective

The Master of Education degree in Philosophy of Education is meant for anyone interested professionally or personally in questions about the moral and political justification of education; educational aims and values in liberal societies; the nature of knowledge and understanding; and the educational implications of different philosophical traditions. The aim of this course is: to give students a comprehensive grounding in philosophy of education; explore the relevance to education today of ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of mind and epistemology; enable you to think philosophically about your own educational concerns and reflect on relevant aspects of policy and practice such as fairness, equality and knowledge; help you to argue a case and to evaluate the arguments of others on controversial issues. This master degree provides an opportunity to: study a program that is unique in philosophy of education; gain a grounding in philosophical approaches and their application; become part of a lively community of masters and doctoral students with shared interests and from a wide range of backgrounds.


Career Prospects

The master’s degree program in philosophy of education prepares students to teach in humanities and social studies programs in secondary schools and colleges. The Ph.D. degree program in philosophy of education prepares professors and teachers of philosophy of education for college- and university-level positions. Scholars trained in philosophy of education pursue careers in colleges and universities, policy agencies, and public and private educational systems. A master’s degree in philosophy of education prepares students for doctoral work in this and other areas of educational research. The degree may also be used to supplement one’s career as an education professional.



Course Descriptions

PHE 650: Philosophical Theories of Education

PHE 655: History and Philosophy of Education

PHE 660:  Politics of Education

PHE 665: Current Problems of Philosophy of Education

PHE 670: Education and Culture

PHE 675: Comparative Education

PHE 680: Philosophical Foundations of Inclusive Education


Course Description

PHE 650:  Philosophical Theories of Education

This course provides a study of the educational implications of idealism, realism, existentialism, marxism, postmodernism and pragmatism. Significant factors will include the curricula emphasis, preferred method, ethics, and aesthetics stressed by each philosophical tradition and the role of education in a democratic society. Attention is placed on the learner’s ability to identify and describe his or her own philosophy of education.  A study of philosophical theories will assist the students in understanding the source of many popular opinions and perceptions regarding education and how they have relevance for education and life today.


PHE 655: History of Philosophy of Education

As an introduction to the history of education divided into two parts namely western and Cameroon education. It places emphasis on the educational development from Ancient Greek and Rome with reference to evolutionary trends in different philosophies of education. It lays emphasis on the history of education in Cameroon from the traditional education to formal education.


PHE 660: Politics of Education

The aim of this course is to expose students to government policies and involvement in education in any democratic society. It focuses on the fact that professional tasks are highly political and that school professionals are also politicians. It will identify and examine the role played by different stakeholders in the political process of influencing the purpose of education and approaches to the study of politics of education, power politics and factors affecting school politics. It also focuses on the relationship between politics and education and the roles of government and stakeholders in formation and implementation of educational policy.


PHE 665: Current Problems of Philosophy of Education

This course proposes a critical reflection on the current problems facing education in the light of its history and themes. It focuses on the philosophical analyses human rights and education, philosophical foundations of communication and the problem of alterity (the other) in education, finalities of education and the concepts of education and authority and citizenship.


PHE 670: Education and Culture

This course aims at showing how one’s culture can influence the three dimensions of education namely to raise, to teach and to form since one of the definitions of education is acculturation. It deals with concepts of social anthropology, openness of one’s culture to universal culture, multiculturalism and education and the role of interculturalism in the formation of man in his cultural values and norms.


PHE 675: Comparative Education

The concept of comparative education and the description and critical examination of the educational philosophies of different societies and how they have influenced changes in their educational systems.


PHE 680: Philosophical Foundations of Inclusive Education

This course examines the philosophical bases for equity, equality and quality education for pupils and students with diverse learning backgrounds. Issues of gender, disability, culture, ethnicity, street and orphaned are discussed.


In addition to the concentration courses, students are expected to do the following courses

PHE 693: Practicum

PHE 698: Research Project


PHE 693: Practicum

A period of about four weeks in an educational environment that enables the candidate to interact with students and put to practice the techniques of classroom management.


PHE 698: Thesis

A supervised critical and analytical study of some philosophical theories of education and how their relevance in the areas of teaching and learning.




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