M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts in Education (Elementary)

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Education

Centre: Centre for Education

Intake: 51


TISS offers four programmes of study in Education at the Post Graduate level

  1. MA Education (Elementary) is a flexible blended programme with face-to-face and online learning, offered by the School of Education, Mumbai. The following are regular, campus based programmes:
  2. MA Education and
  3. B.Ed-M.Ed (integrated, three years) are offered by the Centre for Education, Innovation and Action Research, Mumbai
  4. MA Education is offered by the TISS-Azim Premji School of Education, Hyderabad.

MA Education (Elementary) is a unique programme which allows students, especially practitioners to study full-time in a blended mode ( face to face & on-line pedagogy ). Twice a year (May-June and Oct-Nov), face to face classes are held in Mumbai campus for approximately a month each and rest of the curriculum gets transacted on-line through a Learning Management System devised for the same.



The Master of Arts in Education (Elementary) programme aims to enhance knowledge, capacities and orientations that are relevant to strengthening elementary education in the country. Students completing this programme develop a critical and reflective understanding of the core and foundational areas of education, including theory and research, with special reference to India. The programme is designed to include thematic, issue-based courses that are of current significance in the Indian context.  Students also develop special expertise in chosen areas of study relating more directly to professional needs: for example, curriculum, pedagogy, teacher development, material development, education of children with special needs, leadership and management issues, gender issues in education, etc.

This programme has two distinctive features: It is conducted in dual mode, involving 4 weeks of contact classes and 12 weeks of distance learning in Semesters I and III and 31/2 weeks of contact classes and 12½ weeks of distance learning in Semesters II and IV. This model has been chosen as a way of facilitating participants to combine work with study. The contact classes are held at the Mumbai campus of TISS. Teaching–learning during the rest of the semester is carried out based on planned weekly/fortnightly reading, study and regular assignments to be shared with faculty and other peers, primarily through the Internet using a learning management system.

The M.A. programme was collaboratively conceived by TISS, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai, Vidya Bhawan Society, Udaipur, Digantar, Jaipur, Eklavya, Bhopal and National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. These organisations have contributed significantly to research and innovative practices in the field of elementary education. This gets reflected in the vibrant curriculum of the programme. Professionals from these organisations and other experts in the field contribute to teaching in the programme. The programme is located in TISS, Mumbai and the degree is awarded by TISS.

Distribution of Credit Hours:

First 6 Courses 30
Second 6 Courses 30
Field Attachment 6
Total Credits

Semesterwise Courses:

Course Contact Credits
(1 credit = 15 hours)
Distance Credits
(1 credit = 30 hours)
Total Credits
Semester I (Odd Semester): 4 weeks of contact and 12 weeks of distance period
BC 01 Philosophy of Education 2.5 2.5 5
BC 10 History of Education 2.5 2.5 5
BC 04 Child Development, Cognition and Learning - I 2.5 2.5 5
Semester II (Even Semester): 3½ weeks of contact and 12½ weeks of distance period
BC 02 Sociology of Education - I 2.5 2.5 5
BC 07 Curriculum and School 2.5 2.5 5
OCA Optional Course 2.5 2.5 5
Semester III (Odd Semester): 4 weeks of contact and 12 weeks of distance period
BC 0 5 Child Development, Cognition and Learning - II 2.5 2.5 5
BC 0 6 Language, Mind and Society 2.5 2.5 5
BC 08 Research Methods 2.5 2.5 5
Semester IV (Even Semester): 3½ weeks of contact and 12½ weeks of distance period
BC 03 Sociology of Education - II 2.5 2.5 5
BC 09 Policy, Institutions and Practices 2.5 2.5 5
OCB Optional Course 2.5 2.5 5
FA Field Attachment and Presentation of Report 1 5 6
Total Credits 31 35 66

Note: BC: Basic Course; OC: Optional Course; FA: Field Attachment.

1.  Basic Courses: The basic courses are compulsory and draw on the foundational areas of philosophy, sociology, economics, history and psychology. These address the need for an understanding of education in relation to areas such as metaphysics and the nature of knowledge, human nature, human development, learning and cognition, language and thought, the nature of Indian society and culture, education as a means of social transformation and social reproduction, etc. Basic courses introduce students to important theories, concepts and debates in these areas.

Optional Courses: There are two groups of optional courses. Group I relates to pedagogy areas and includes courses which relate to the school subjects/academic disciplines and examine curricular and pedagogic issues in these areas. The courses in this Group aim towards comprehending the nature of school knowledge and how children learn. It also includes organisation of learning processes covering curriculum, pedagogy and evaluation. Group II relates to thematic areas of contemporary significance. The courses in this Group provide opportunities to examine specific issues of particular relevance to Indian education.

Optional Courses A, B, and C are to be chosen from the following with at least one option from each group.

Optional Group I

OC 1

First Language Pedagogy

OC 2

Pedagogy of Mathematics

OC 3

Pedagogy of Social Studies

OC 4

Science Education

Optional Group II

OC 5

Education Leadership and Management

OC 6

Materials Design and Development

OC 7

Teacher Professional Development

OC 8

Gender and Education

OC 9

Education of Children with Special Needs

OC 10

Caste, Tribe and Education

2.  Flexi options: Normally a student would be able to complete the programme in two years.  There is also a flexible option of taking fewer courses in a semester and completing the programme over three years (up to five years).  This is based on the prerequisites defined for each course.


Note: The total number of credits, list of CBCS courses, and semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.


Due to the current pandemic situation courses may be shifted or taught across semesters.

Fee Structure:


Components M.A. In Education (Elementary)
FEE Tuition Fee 10,500 10,500 10,500 10,500
Examination Fee 800 800 800 800
Health Centre Charges 100 0 0 0
CHARGES Field Work Charges 0 0 0 6000
IT  Charges 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2,000
ID Card Charges 300 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 0 0 0 0
Internship Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab/Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Development Fund 8,000 8,000 0 0
Students' Union Fund 500 500 500 500
Medical Insurance Fund 1,500 0 1,500 0
DEPOSITS Caution Deposit (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10,000 0 0 0
  Total Course Fee 32,700 20,800 14,300 20,800
  Hostel and Dining Hall Charges:      
Dining Hall (Advance) Charges 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000
Hostel & Electricity Charges 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000
  Total Charges 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000
*Details under School        
Institute reserves the right to revise the Fee Structure of programmes if necessary.
Some Schools will organise Practicum / Study tour / Rural field work / Urban field work/Winter Institute, expenses for these are not shown in the above table. These expenses will have to be met by the students themselves at the time of the activity.


*Institute reserves the rights to revise the Fees Structure of programme if necessary.