Education: Career Prospects

Upon successful completion of your Bachelor's programme, you are awarded the title of Bachelor of Science. Most students then choose to continue their studies with a Master's programme. The Master's programme in Education comprises two one-year Master's courses: Educational Therapy, and Education & Theory of Education.

Educational Therapy

The learning and educational process is central to educational therapy. It is about children, their parents/guardians and the relationship between them. When problems occur relating to a child's education and development, educational therapists step in. For example, an educational therapist can investigate what teenage mothers think about parenthood and what expectations they have with regard to their children's education. You can also work as a care provider, helping parents to explore how best to raise a disabled child. Or you can help teachers to determine the best way for a child to learn to read if all of the regular methods are not working.

Education and Theory of Education

Education professionals can work as researchers, developers, advisors, supervisors, trainers, managers etc. They work for school counselling services or internal school advisory services, for municipal or national government bodies, at senior secondary vocational schools or higher professional education institutions, for example as doctoral candidates. Furthermore, graduates of Education at VU University Amsterdam are extra qualified for providing guidance, development and further training in Development Focused Education (OGO). Theoretical education professionals can fulfil all kinds of positions. You can choose a policymaking or research position at a knowledge institute or for the government. You can also work for higher vocational education institutions or universities. Theoretical education professionals are extremely well-trained in analysing texts and reflecting on the ethical justification of viewpoints. These types of thinkers are in great demand, as the government and other institutions are constantly confronted with decisions that they must be able to explain and justify to citizens, parents, clients, employees etc. And this is no easy task! Many theoretical education professionals are also educational practitioners. This can include providing support during meetings with employees of educational institutions about ethical matters, such as discipline, dealing with uncooperative parents, or more generally about the value of their work.