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Faculty of Humanities and Education

School of Education


Social Context and Education Policy

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About the Programme

This programme is designed to provide educators with an understanding of how social, cultural, philosophical, and institutional forces shaping education systems, student learning, and educational policies, within the Caribbean region.

It is intended to provide those in the field of education with relevant knowledge, skills and competencies required to more effectively address the underlying issues and challenges in contemporary education.

What Will I Study?

You will discover a deeper understanding and awareness of:

  • The role schools play as systematic providers of education;
  • ​The symbiotic relationship which exists between schools and society a large;
  • The need for and means by which schools can better prepare 21st century students for their roles as active national, regional and global citizens living within democracies;
  • The national, regional and international developments, trends and challenges which shape the development of education policies in the Caribbean and beyond;
  • Current philosophies driving education reform in the Caribbean;
  • Relevant education policies and policy documents in use across various Caribbean territories; and
  • The relationship which exists between education and development.


Our Faculty conducts research in all areas of Education. We focus on investigating education issues and problems within schools and within the broader education system.

Career Opportunities

If you want to be: 

  • An educator/education worker/education leader, with skills which allow for flexibility in an education based career in formal and non-formal educational settings; and 
  • An educator with a passion to pursue further research based studies into the fundamental problems facing Caribbean teaching and learning

Then this degree is for you!

This programme is recommended for:

  • Educators/Education leaders in the formal and non-formal based education settings Studies; 
  • Education Support Workers in schools
  • Education officers or planners
  • Any educator whose work requires a deeper understanding of the socio-cultural forces affecting education and education institutions at large.


At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: MEd
  • Duration: 1 year : Full-Time ; 2 years : Part-Time


Programme Details

You will complete courses in:

  • Current Issues in Education
  • Advanced Sociology of Education
  • Caribbean Ideologies and Policies in Education
  • Citizenship Education, Democracy and Global Trends Creole Linguistics
  • Electives from the Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work or the Department of Gender Studies
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Tuition remission may be available for Barbadian students. Several scholarships and financial aid are available for non-Barbadian students.  

Choose a payment plan that fits your education budget. View Tuition Costs »

Admission to the Master of Education programme will normally require:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree of at least Lower Second Class Honours and the Diploma in Education of The University of the West Indies or any other diploma or certificate in Education acceptable to the School of Education;
  2. A Bachelor’s degree with courses in Education acceptable to the School of Education; 
  3. A Bachelor’s degree and a Teacher’s College Certificate that are both acceptable to the School of Education;
  4. The Bachelor of Education Degree of the UWI or 
  5. Any qualification deemed to be equivalent by the appropriate committee of the Faculty of Humanities and Education.

If you have questions about the Master of Education with specialisation in Social Context and Education Policy, please e-mail Dr Verna Knight ( or call 246-417-4438.

For general queries about our Master of Education programmes, please e-mail