The master's degree in Education in Rural Areas seeks to train professionals who can recognize the specific characteristics of the rural environment, meet the particular educational requirements of these settings, and contribute to improving the quality of education in rural areas.
The disciplines to which education sciences belongs have traditionally given little attention to education in rural areas and the associated training requirements. Few basic curricula cover the theoretical and practical aspects of rural education and competitive research to build valuable knowledge is even more scarce.
As such, there is a pressing need to train competent professionals who understand the demands of education in rural areas, as part of a wider effort to give life in rural settings the consideration and respect it deserves.
The aim of the interuniversity master's degree in Education in Rural Areas is to promote expertise in teaching and learning adapted to the characteristics of rural communities, to teach students to assess rural contexts from a cross-disciplinary perspective, and to raise awareness of the importance of quality education in rural areas.
Although the course does not lead to a professional qualification, it is intended for professionals who are directly or indirectly involved in education in rural areas. Successful graduates will be able to identify the specific characteristics of the rural environment, to meet the particular educational requirements of these settings, and to contribute to improving the quality of education in rural areas.
Students should have previous academic training in the Spanish education system, particularly relating to primary education, and of the main elements in the classroom teaching and learning process. In addition, they must have certified English language skills at level B1, as well as general IT skills (databases, information storage, and text processing, in particular).