Diploma in Educational Leadership, Pedagogy, and Technology
Education is one of the most critical investments for developing countries like Myanmar in building their human capital and improving the socio-economic standards of their citizens. To ensure the quality of teaching and learning, educational institutions focus on demonstrating the academic results of their students, which in turn is related to the standard of instruction provided by teachers. As a Burmese saying goes, “Saya the tha akaryar,” teachers are prime. The quality of the teaching workforce greatly reflects the quality of education and has a significant impact on students' academic outcomes.
Despite having such an importance on nation development, PK-12 teachers from private schools and tutors across Myanmar have long been attempting with limited resources to provide their students with the most effective instruction possible. It is because the attempt to enhance teachers’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes through professional development is often neglected in Myanmar’s education system. In fact, current teachers with 10-20 years of experience have grown up in the darkest era of the country under the six decades of authoritarian regimes and have not often been exposed to professional development throughout their careers. From the 1960s to 2010s, there was little to no effective professional development for Myanmar PK-12 teachers working freelance or at private schools for over seventy years.
Moreover, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the recent political turmoil further intensified the existing negligence of professional development in Myanmar. When the pandemic has emerged in early 2020, freelance and private school teachers encountered prolonged closures of their schools or losses of their jobs. As a result, most of them started working as freelance teachers and tutors assisting the PK-12 students with their government-prescribed lessons and helping them improve their English proficiencies. There are thousands of unskillful and untrained teachers who are impacting the lives and education of millions of children.
We planned our program and drafted the curricular content in consultation with the administrators and faculty members from the University of North Dakota and its College of Education and Human Development, and our own advisory board members and subject matter experts from the field of Education. There are three components in this project; the first component being a 30-hour training on educational technology, the second component being a 30-hour training on educational pedagogy, and the last component being a 30-hour training on educational leadership. We believe we can empower beginner teachers with inclusive educational opportunities, prepare them to become agents of change, and share the knowledge to a new generation of Myanmar people.
The objectives of this program are to
prepare Myanmar’s untrained PK-12 teachers ready for their teaching careers
help them develop the essential competencies for effective teaching and learning
To achieve these goals, the project will apply the best practices and other research-based strategies to develop an innovative and comprehensive professional development program to serve the most neglected teachers who are severely impacted by the current covid-19 pandemic and the civil war.
Upon completing the program, the participating teachers will have a set of competencies they need for their professional development and an opportunity to learn from the top scholars from the University of North Dakota.
The program is jointly offered by the University of North Dakota and the University of Taxila.
About the University of North Dakota
The University of North Dakota (UND) is a flagship public research university in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Dakota Territorial Assembly established it in 1883, six years before the establishment of the state of North Dakota. The university has nine professional colleges and schools: aerospace sciences, arts & sciences, business & public administration, education & human development, engineering & mines, graduate studies, law, medicine & health sciences, and nursing & professional disciplines. The university has the only schools of law and medicine in the state of North Dakota. Its John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is one of the top three Aerospace schools in the U.S. and has the largest fleet of civilian flight training aircraft in North America, with over 120 aircraft and helicopters. The Aerospace School was the first in the U.S. to offer a degree in unmanned aircraft systems operations.
About the University of Taxila
Established in 2015 with a mission to provide high-quality personal development courses, Taxila Institute is one of its kind in the training service industry, offering non-degree programs in management and education disciplines. In a very short time, Taxila Institute has become a trusted partner of nearly 160 public universities and several departments of basic education (at the state level) and provided quality education to more than 16,000 university students, 7,500 faculty members, and 1,600 teachers. Taxila Institute has administered several educational projects in collaboration with the Myanmar Ministry of Education (MOE) and public universities all across Myanmar. To provide American-accredited bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in Myanmar, Taxila Institute has been transitioned into the University of Taxila. In partnerships with several public universities in the U.S., the University of Taxila will provide face-to-face, online, and hybrid instructions for nearly 80 degrees accredited by relevant councils such as HLC, AACSB, ABET, and CAEP. In addition, the University of Taxila will also offer American-accredited courses for professional development.
An application form
Private school teacher ID card (or) a recommendation letter from a freelance teacher (if the applicant is a freelance teacher)
Older than 18 years
A desktop/laptop computer, stable internet connection, and reliable electricity
Successful completion of three courses
Instructional Design and Technology (2 credits)
Educational Leadership and Management (2 credits)
Curriculum Development and Instruction (2 credits)
Successful completion of any other requirements
Upon completing the program requirements, educators will receive six credits and earn a diploma and a transcript from the University of Taxila.
If educators opt-in to pay additional fees, they can earn six graduate-level extension credits from the University of North Dakota and receive UND's program certificate and an official transcript. Please contact student affairs for payment options.
The followings are the fees of the ELPT program.
Application Fee: 50,000 MMK
Taxila Tuition Fee (6 credits): 2,250,000 MMK
Transcript Fee: 25,000 MMK
Diploma Fee: 25,000 MMK
Total: 2,350,000 MMK
If educators opt-in to pay for the UND tuition fees, they can earn six graduate-level extension credits from the University of North Dakota and receive UND's program certificate and an official transcript.
Additional tuition and fee of 1,200,000 MMK will be incurred. Please contact student affairs for payment options.
The University of Taxila will award a limited number of full and partial scholarships. Each full scholarship award is worth 2,350,000 MMK, including tuition and fee.
In addition, the University of Taxila will also provide a limited number of full scholarships to educators to earn credits from the University of North Dakota and receive a program certificate and a transcript from it. Each UND scholarship is worth 3,550,000 MMK, including tuition and the fee of the University of Taxila.
Full scholarship recipients are required to pay minimum tuition (150,000 MMK) as a refundable deposit to ensure that they are committed to the programs. If they drop out of the program or fail the program, the deposit will not be refunded.
The University of Taxila and the University of North Dakota acknowledge the general support of partner organizations and the knowledge contribution of Myanmar and American faculty and experts in this program.
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