Master of Education

Background to the programme

The Eastern University, Sri Lanka (EUSL) was established on the 1st of October 1986 under the Universities Act of 1978. The University was preceded by the Batticaloa University College established on 1st of August 1981, which began with two Faculties, namely the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Agriculture. Additional Faculties of Commerce and Management & Cultural Studies were established in October 1986. The Faculty of Cultural Studies was later expanded to include the Departments of Languages, Social Sciences and Geography and renamed the Faculty of Arts and Culture in 1991. The Department of Education and Child Care was established in 1998 due to the huge of the study programme. And the need of the Master of Education urged the Department of Education and Child Care to start the postgraduate programme with special reference to the discipline of Education under the title Master of Education (M.Ed.).

Rationale of the Programme

A large number of teachers in the region need to pursue their higher degree for various reasons such as for their promotion and other such aspects. Due to the ethnic conflict of the period, many of them did not have proper transport facilities to have their higher degree out of the region. Therefore, the Eastern University, Sri Lanka, the only existing higher educational institute of the region wanted to begin postgraduate programme as part of the community service.


The overall aim of the postgraduate degree programme of the Faculty of Arts and Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka is to produce human resources with advanced analytical knowledge and skills in specific areas. Also it aims to provide opportunities to the students to pursue postgraduate studies in the relevant fields and to produce graduates with advanced knowledge and skills to enable them to enhance the analytical capacity.

Eligibility for Mater of Education (Admission requirement)

Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) from a recognized University or HEI with four years duration. or
A any degree with postgraduate diploma in education from a recognized University and
A minimum of five year of teaching experience from a recognized Intuition/school.

Admission Procedures

Application for admission to the course will be invited through open Advertisement in the press. Selection of candidates will be made based on a written examination and an interview.

Course duration

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree programme consists of both course work and a dissertation. Course duration is one year full time course.


Tamil medium

Course Structure

There will be 11 courses in two semesters and the details are given in the following table. The students are requested to sit all courses during this period. All the courses are compulsory.

1. First Semester

Course Code Subjects Credits Hours
MED 1011 Philosophical Foundation of Education 03 45
MED 1012 Psychological  Foundation of Education 03 45
MED 1013 Educational Planning and Management 03 45
MCC 102 Research Methodology 04 60
MED 1014 English Language Skill 03 45

2. Second Semester

Course Code Subjects Credits Hours
MED 1021 Comparative and Historical Study of Education 03 45
MED 1022 Preschool and Primary Education 03 45
MED 1023 Evaluation of Educational Dimensions 03 45
MED 1024 Contemporary  issues in Education 03 45
MED 1030 Dissertation 06 60
MCC 201 Introduction to Information and Communication Technology I & II 02 30

3. Dissertation

The orientation of the research would be done through lecture discussions, literature survey, field work, seminar, practical component, performance/exhibition constitute the research programme. Publication of research journals is also an integral component expected to run parallel to the writing of the thesis. The programme aims at new findings and at strengthening or challenging the established findings, documenting rare resources of knowledge & skill, and publishing/reviving rare knowledge sources.

The dissertation involves a study in details of an Educational problems related to the courses selected by the respective student. The dissertation has to be prepared and submitted according to the general format that will be provided by the Faculty of Arts & Culture. The dissertation should consist between 6000 – 6500 words. Three (03) copies of the dissertations should be submitted to the Examination Branch within 3 months from the last date of written examination. Each dissertation should be typed in A4 size paper. This is compulsory for all students.

Evaluation format
a. Dissertation Evaluation Format (Research Report)

Criteria Maximum Marks
01. Choice of topic – originality, importance 05
02. Objectives/Hypotheses 05
03. Adequately researched, literature review 10
04. Adequately supported materials 10
05. Appropriate methods/techniques/choice of application of analytical tools 15
06. Presentation and interpretation of Findings 25
07. Conclusions consistent with objective 05
08. Recommendations/suggestions 05
09. Reference list 05
10. Abstract 05
11. Adherence to style and format consistency 10
Total 100

b. Oral Presentation Evaluation Format

Criteria Maximum Marks
01. Logical sequence of presentation  15
02. Adequacy of explanation, research problem and rationale  20
03. Knowledge of subjects  35
04. Poise and confidence  10
05. Use of  Language, Quality of visual aids used  10
06. Conformity to time limit  10
Total 100

4. Students Attendance.

A 80 percentage satisfactory attendance is expected from the students

5. Assessment Procedures

Marks composition pre course
Assignment  - 30marks
Final Examination - 70marks
Total Marks  - 100 marks

Note: Candidate should obtain minimum of 50% of the marks in each component to get a pass.

6. Evaluation of the dissertation

The evaluation of the dissertation shall be performed as shown below:
Dissertation - 60 marks
Presentation - 40 marks
Total Marks - 100 marks

Note: Minimum requirement 50% in each component

7. Grade Point average

Percentage Letter Grade Grate Point
75 and above A+ 4.0
70-74 A 3.7
65-69 A- 3.3
60-64 B+ 3.0
55.59 B 2.7
50.54 B- 2.0
Below 50 D

Grade Point Average will be calculated as the weighted average of grades obtained for the number of course credit. This aggregate index shall be called as Grade Point Average (GPA). It is computed as follows:
GPA = GiCi
G – Grate Point of the ith course
C – Number of credits of the ith course
Minimum grade for passing a course is C

8. Determination of the final results

Pass in an examination
a. A student should obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in each course

b. A student who does not obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in any course (S) should be required to report the course (S) and also resubmit the assignment (S) and or re-sit the papers (S) as the case may be.

c. The student could repeat the examination only twice on the next examination by satisfying condition (a) above.

9. Effective Date of the Degree

The effective date of the degree is last date of the examination or presentation which comes last.
Repeat Examination
A student who does not obtain a minimum average 50 marks in any paper would be required to repeat the paper only twice.

Medical Certificate
If a candidate unable to sit the examination under medical grounds he/she should submit valid medical certificate and it would accepted by the Higher Degree Committee.


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