Learning Outcomes of the Master of Teaching: Social and Economic Sciences

Discipline-specific component

1. The Master has an advanced level of knowledge of the concepts and theories of the chosen specialties within the disciplines of sociology and economics and is able to describe the status of the scientific debate and the most recent (inter)national developments.

2. The Master is able to systematically collect and critically process (inter)national sources and research literature on a specific social question from a multidisciplinary perspective. 

3. Based on their analytical insight and methodological training, the Master is able to scientifically formulate a research question, independently or in a team, to draw up a research plan, to collect and process (empirical) data and to reach well-founded conclusions. The Master knows the possibilities and limitations of scientific research methods.

4. The Master is able to critically evaluate the results of social, economic and socio-economic scientific research and to translate these into practical policy recommendations.

5. The Master can combine and integrate economic and sociological insights for the analysis of policy problems.

6. The Master is able to communicate effectively and to report at academic level orally and in writing, interpersonally as well as in groups.

7. The Master has an independent and critical attitude and understands in which circumstances it is important to think independently, rationally and interdisciplinary.

8. The Master recognizes the ethical and sustainable aspects of socio-economic questions and can integrate these in a global frame of thinking.

Teaching component

Frame of reference

9. The Master of Teaching masters specialized theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and attitudes that support the basic competences of teachers as formulated in the "Decision of the Flemish Government of 8 June 2018 concerning the basic competences of teachers", pedagogically as well as with regards to the teaching methodology.

10. The Master of Teaching has profound knowledge in the subject matter of the discipline as made explicit in the discipline-specific learning outcomes.

11. The Master of Teaching can independently extend, update, broaden and deepen the educational, didactical and domain-specific knowledge and connect it with current social topics and developments. He/she can independently apply and integrate this knowledge and use it to create challenging learning environments for learners. Based on the acquired competences, he/she can develop new ideas for the educational practice and check these against reality.

Class level

12. The Master of Teaching can map the initial situation and the specific educational needs of a learning group and of individual learners. He/she can create a learning environment that connects in all its didactical components (learning objectives, content, learning material, work and grouping methods, evaluation and feedback) with the initial situation and that is inclusive and responsive with regards to the diversity in the learning group.

13. The Master of Teaching has class management skills to create a positive learning and living environment. He/she can support the broad personal, intellectual and social development of students through targeted activities and formal and informal interactions.

14. The Master of Teaching can cope with diversity and with the context of a metropolitan environment.

15. The Master of Teaching can make a short or long term plan for the organisation of teaching and learning activities with a view to creating a structured, efficient, safe and stimulating learning environment, based on scientific evidence.

Collaboration with partners

16. The Master of Teaching can communicate with parents or carers with different backgrounds in various language situations with a view to exchanging information, to stimulating the involvement and participation and to developing constructive solutions together to support and stimulate the learning of the learners.

17. The Master of Teaching can collaborate constructively with external partners with a view to enriching the education and training offer and to facilitating the flow between education levels and the job market.

Inquisitive attitude

18. The Master of Teaching can independently access available (inter)national scientific research in the domain of the teaching profession in general or in his/her discipline in particular, approach it in a critical-reflective way and apply the insights in his/her own class and school context.

19. The Master of Teaching knows the possibilities and the limits of different theoretical paragdigms in educational, didactical and discipline-specific research.

20. The Master of Teaching treats information, education practices, methodologies and learning tools critically and reflectively, based on scientific evidence. He/she is aware of gaps in the empirical evidence to fill the teaching role appropriately.

21. The Master of Teaching can complete a research cycle on a topic relevant to education whereby he/she can make contribution to the developments in education based on theoretical and practice-oriented insights.

22. The Master of Teaching can contribute to school policy and school development based on an active and inquisitive attitude to professional innovation.

23. The Master of Teaching can adjust his/her functioning as a teacher through inquisitive learning and critical self-evaluation and thus give direction and innovation to his/her professional practice and development.

School and society

24. The Master of Teaching has insight in the organisational principles of schools and of good school policy.

25. The Master of Teaching can collaborate constructively with colleagues in a school team. He/she can initiate, participate in and lead disciplinary and interdisciplinary team meetings and activities beyond the classroom.

26. The Master of Teaching can communicate with colleagues and other stakeholders in education about educational topics, the teaching profession and solutions he/she has developed for the educational practice and can participate as professional in the social debate.