The MPhil in Culture and Education at St Augustine specialises in Educational Leadership. It draws significantly upon the latest research of the South African educational context, as well as the rich resources of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition to produce leaders who are optimally equipped to face the challenges facing South African basic education. Successful candidates have found placement and promotion both in private and public schools, and are leading their schools creatively in matters of healthy learning environments, transformation, and the professionalisation of the teaching profession.
Like all of our master’s programmes, the MPhil in Culture and Education is a part-time programme, designed to accommodate teachers and other already working in the field. Modules delivered in a contact one-week block release format, four times during the year coinciding with school holidays. The degree requires seven of these modules and a subsequent research paper of 18,000 words under the supervision of a lecturer. Successful completion of the degree awards the student 50 points as endorsed by the South African Council of Educators for its Continuing Professional Teacher Development (CPTD) programme.
Exceptionally advanced applicants may instead take 4 modules and write a 30,000 word dissertation or a master's degree by dissertation only of 50,000 words.
(a) Core modules
A candidate must complete the following four modules:
MPHP501: Dignity of the human person
MPHC508: Historical perspectives on education
MPHC510: Pastoral care and community building in schools
MPHC511: Vision and values in education
(b) Elective modules
A candidate must select and complete three of the following modules. Please note that the College cannot guarantee that all elective modules will be offered every year.
MPHC509: Curriculum and values in education
MPHC512: Human sexuality: a challenge for the teaching and caring professions
MPHC505: Leadership and management of a faith-based school
MPHC506: Spirituality for leadership
(c) Research Paper
A candidate must complete the compulsory Research paper of 18,000