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I. Program of Postgraduate Studies

1. General arrangements

The Department of Preschool Education (P.T.P.E.) organizes a Program of Postgraduate Studies (greek: Π.Μ.Σ.) entitled "Sciences of Education" which functions since the academic year 2009-2010 as a modified form of a previous Postgraduate Program which operated during the academic years 1994-2000 under the Ministerial Decision Β7/36/17-12-1993 (F.E.K. 942/30-12-1993 vol. Β΄), during the academic years 2001-2006 under the Ministerial Decision Β7/255/19-7-2000 (F.E.K. 999/9-8-2000 vol. Β΄) as well as during the academic years 2007-2009 under the Ministerial Decision Β7/69856/24-10-2006 (F.E.K. 1663/14-11-2006 vol. Β΄). The modified Program of Postraduate Studies functions according to the arrangements of the Ministerial Decision as well as the arrangements of articles 1-4 of Law 3685/2008.


2. Aims - Subjects

The aim of the Program of Postgraduate Studies is the promotion of the Sciences of Education through deep research in specialized and promoted scientific fields and the promotion of new researchers and scientists in specialties of the Sciences of Education. The scope of the Program of Postraduate Studies is the peripheral scientific fields which belong to the field of the Sciences of Education.


3. Diplomas

The Program of Postgraduate Studies awards a Master's diploma in the Sciences of Education with the following sections and specialties:

A) Section: Pedagogics and Didactics in Preschool Education

1) Specialty: Theory and Practice in Preschool Education

2) Specialty: Language and Literacy in Preschool Education

Β) Section: Applications of Psychology in Education

1) Specialty: Ecological and Socio-cultural Psychology: Alternative Psychopedagogic Approaches

2) Specialty: Psychopedagogic Interventions for Preschool and Primary School Children

During the academic year 2010-2011 the Program of Postgraduate Studies of the Section Applications of Psychology in Education with the specialty Psychopedagogic Interventions for Preschool and Primary School Children' will be continued and completed. Moreover, the section Pedagogics and Didactics in Preschool Education with the specialty ‘Language and Literacy in Preschool Education' will be activated.


4. Duration of Studies

The duration of studies for the title award is defined in four (4) academic semesters for the Master's Diploma with the possibility of extending the studies for three (3) additional semesters.


5. Categories of Graduates

The Program of Postgraduate Studies accepts graduates of: (a) Pedagogical Departments, Departments of Philosophy, Pedagogics and Psychology of Greek Universities and of equivalent departments abroad, (b) other University Departments as long as candidates have been successfully examined in at east five courses of the Sciences of Education, (c) Departments of Speech Therapy, Nursery Departments, Departments of Social Labor of Greek Universities as well as of equivalent departments abroad.

Candidates are asked to submit an application, CV, copies of diplomas, analytic certificate of Undergraduate Studies (in which all successfully attended graded courses are cited) as well as existing diplomas of foreign languages to the Department's Secretariat. Diplomas obtained abroad need to be acknowledged and certified by DO.A.T.A.P. or DI.K.A.T.S.A as equivalent to those awarded by Greek Universities.


6. Number of Accepted Students

The number of the students accepted to the Program of Postgraduate Studies is defined to maximally twenty (20) candidates per year for both Sections, among whom one (1) needs to be a fellow of the Greek State's Scholarships Foundation (I.K.Y) and one (1) outlander who is a fellow of the Greek State. The number of fellows can be increased after the decision of the General Assembly of the Department.


7. Selection of Accepted Students

The selection of successful candidates for the Program of Postgraduate Studies takes place according to the arrangements of article 12, Law 2083/92. For the selection of successful students, candidates have to (a) sit written exams in a topic relevant to each announced specialty, (b) sit written exams in the thematic area ‘Research Methodology - Elements of Statistics', (c) be interviewed in front of the selection committee. An essential condition of success is the achievement of the base grade ‘5' in two of the examined courses. The success grade of each candidate results from the consideration of the following criteria:

- The diploma grade,

- The grade of two undergraduate courses related to the announced specialty,

- The grade of the B.ed. thesis, wherever it applies,

- The potential research activity of the applicant,

- The grade of the written exams,

- The grade of the interview

- Relevant professional experience

Greek graduates need to proficiently speak one foreign language: English, French or German. To test this knowledge, candidates have to sit a written exam. From this exam are dispensed: (a) candidates who have obtained the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) and equivalent certificates in French (Sorbonne II) and German (Kleines Sprachdiplom), or (b) the National Diploma of Proficiency in Second Languages, or (c) a university diploma legitimately certified by DO.A.T.A.P. (former DI.K.A.T.S.A.) which has been obtained abroad in one of the above languages. Subjects of foreign countries need to have proficient knowledge of Greek which is tested with written exams.


8. Course Program

The courses and the research activities being part of the postgraduate studies are as follows:

(a) Courses are weekly and last 3 hours per lecture; they take the form of seminars and are distinguished in two categories: obligatory courses and optional courses.

(b) Each course is credited with ECTS ‘depending on the working load needed for the successful examination of the course' (article 2, §1, ministerial decision Φ5/89656/Β3, F.E.K. 1466/13-8-2007). The total working load per semester is evaluated with a maximum of 30 ECTS.

- Obligatory courses are credited with 17 ECTS

- Optional courses are credited with 13 ECTS

- The M.A. thesis is credited with 4 ECTS on level Ι (research design) and with 17 ECTS on level ΙΙ (writing and completion)

M.A. diplomas are obtained with the completion of 120 ECTS

(c) Students are obliged to attend and be successfully examined in at least 7 graduate courses which correspond to 99 ECTS and write up an M.A. thesis which corresponds to 21 ECTS. Students of both scientific sections are obliged to successfully attend 2 obligatory courses (2 Χ 17 ECTS = 34 ECTS) and 5 optional courses (5 X 13 ECTS = 65 ECTS). At least 3 out of 5 optional courses that students have to choose need to be part of the courses that their scientific specialization offers.

(d) After the end of the second semester students are obliged to undertake the design and completion of a M.A. thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. This thesis must be interrelated with the subject of the section and the specialty the student has attended.

Offered courses can shift to different semesters according to the teaching needs of the Department of Preschool Education and according to the ECTS system.


ECTS coordinators: Marina Tzakosta (regular member) and Evanthia Synodi (acting member)

Studies advisors: all faculty members of the Department


Indicative Program of Postgraduate Studies

1st semester: 1 obligatory course (17 ECTS) + 1 optional course (13 ECTS)

2nd semester: 1 obligatory course (17 ECTS) + 1 optional course (13 ECTS)

3rd semester: 2 optional courses (13+13 = 26 ECTS) + M.A. thesis - Level Ι (4 ECTS)

4th semester: 1 optional course (13 ECTS) + M.A. thesis - Level ΙΙ (17 ECTS)


9. Course Attendance

Course attendance is obligatory during graduate studies. The Faculty of the department can proceed to the cancellation of the student from the departmental records in case of undue absences. Students failing in a course after two examination periods are referred to the Faculty with the question of cancellation from the records of the Department. The Faculty can also enforce the student to attend courses of undergraduate level in case they believe that his or hers knowledge in the section is insufficient.


10. M.A. Diploma Award

The M.A. thesis is supported in front of a three-member committee consisting of Faculty members appointed by the Department. After successful support of the thesis the candidate is obliged to submit three copies of the thesis in printed and electronic version (diskette or CD) to the Department Secretariat.



II. Elaboration of Ph.D. Thesis


1. Objectives - Aims

The Department of Preschool Education of the University of Crete awards Ph.D. specialized in Education. The aim of the Ph.D. thesis is to promote the Sciences of Education through the deeper research in specialized fields and the appointment of new researchers and scientists in specializations of Education. More specifically, the Ph.D. thesis aims at the contribution of the training of scientists and researchers who are capable of promoting research in University Education in general and in the field of Education in particular.


2. Ph.D. Candidates

For the design, elaboration and completion of a Ph.D. thesis holders of M.A. diplomas of Universities (A.E.I.) or Technical Schools (A.T.E.I.) of Greece or of Universities abroad acknowledged by the Greek authorities are accepted. The elaboration of the thesis does not demand course attendance. However, an exception can be made in the case of specific courses, if the Faculty of the Department decides so. Candidates who wish to be accepted in the Ph.D. program are asked to submit their application and CV, a detailed design of the Ph.D. thesis, copies of University or other diplomas, a detailed certificate of M.A. studies, and second language degrees to the Department Secretariat. Diplomas obtained abroad have to be acknowledged by D.O.A.T.A.P. or DI.K.A.T.S.A. as diplomas equivalent to those awarded by Greek University Departments.


3. Languages of the written theses

The Ph.D. candidate has to display excellent knowledge of a second language. Official languages of the Ph.D. theses are Greek and English.


4. Duration

The minimum duration of studies for the completion of a Ph.D. cannot be less than 3 complete diary years from the day of the definition of the three-member advisory committee. The maximum duration for the obtainment of the Ph.D. title is 6 complete diary years from the day of the definition of the three-member advisory committee. Any extension of the maximum period of the Ph.D. studies has to be approved by the Faculty after the relevant proposal of the candidate's advisory committee. Abeyance of the completion of the Ph.D. thesis is granted after the relevant proposal of the coordination committee and the decision of the faculty for exceptionally serious reasons.


5. Procedure of the Supervision of the Ph.D. Candidate

The Ph.D candidate has to be in close contact with his/her supervisor and to compile an annual written report of progress of the passing academic year. The advisory committee examines and evaluates the candidate's report and submits a relevant conclusion to the department Secretariat. After two subsequent evaluations of the Ph.D. candidate's progress as non-satisfactory or if 3 years pass after the entrusting of the Ph.D. subject with the supervisor having no evidence for the progress of the thesis, the candidate is relegated to the faculty with the question of cancelation.


6. Research Activities and Assistantship of the Ph.D. candidates

Ph.D. candidates offer their research and assistant services to the Department's labs, conferences etc. These services are particularized by the faculty and are rewarded by the University of Crete budget. Ph.D. candidates can also participate in educational programs of Greek and foreign Universities, collaborate with Universities, research institutions etc. in Greece and abroad. For this reason, candidates can be financially supported by the University of Crete - under the approval of the faculty - or any other medium for their transportation and residence in cities of Greece or abroad.


7. Obtainment of the Ph.D. Diploma

The final evaluation and examination of the PhD. thesis is made according to the arrangement of § 4α & 4β, article 9, Law 3685/2008. After the successful defense of the Ph.D. thesis the candidate is obliged to submit to the Department Secretariat three copies of his thesis in printed and electronic version (diskette or CD).


8. Remaining arrangements

Anything anticipated or stemming from the above arrangements, other applying arrangements and legislation is determined by the Faculty of the Department.